For many years the services at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McClusky, ND were faithfully accompanied by member organist, Shirley Jorgensen. Following her passing the congregation was left without an organist to take her place. Church member, Deb Sparrow, graciously stepped forward to provide piano music for the congregation, but the organ music was missed. Thoughts o purchasing an electronic piano which would allow us to switch between piano and organ music for church services began to emerge.
A committee was formed to research electronic keyboard brands, features, versatility, and connectivity to the sound system already in the church. In February 2018, the congregation voted to purchase a CP 405 Yamaha Clavinova, using money from the Church memorial fund.
Several church members dismantled and moved the large Baldwin organ in preparation for the Clavinova delivery and installation.
Psalm 95:1 says: “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.”
The ability to layer “voices” (additional instruments) to the piano or organ feature adds beauty to the service which would not be available in a small rural congregation such as ours. The voice of a trumpet and a clarinet was added to LSB hymn #457, Christ the Lord is Risen Today, for Easter service.
As we gather for worship at our Sunday services, along with the saints who have gone before us, we at St. John’s are thankful to those families who donated in memory of their loved ones, to use for the enhancement of our worship service.