Wednesday Update

Detail of some of the stops on the West Point Chapel Organ.

You are looking at a few of the stops on the largest pipe organ in a house of worship anywhere in the world.  This historic Möller organ, constructed in 1910 and added onto many times thereafter, is located in the main chapel of the historic West Point Military Academy, on the bank of the Hudson River in upstate New York.  More than 27,000 pipes encircle the perimeter of the chapel, from the 32-foot ranks laid horizontally beneath the rest of the organ to the en chamade trumpets over the entrance doors.  A group of non-delegate synodical attendees had the immense opportunity to enjoy a day trip to this spectacular location.

Our tour guide was Chaplain Paul Berghaus, a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and graduate from Mid-America Reformed Seminary.  Not only did we receive a tour of the chapel and organ, but Chaplain Berghaus also guided us around most of the campus.  All in all it was an excellent day, leaving me extremely thankful to the coordinators of the field trip and humbled to enjoy this privilege.  My only regret is that the synodical delegates weren’t able to join us.  Sincere thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Kuiken of Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church for arranging this outing!

I’ll end this post with a few pictures from the West Point trip, including a more complete picture of the organ console.  Meanwhile, here are three of the most important points of synodical news so far:

  • Classis Southern Ontario has been split into two new classes: Classis Southwestern Ontario and Classis Ontario-East.
  • The synod of the URCNA has accepted the invitation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to work together toward the publication of a songbook to be used by both federations.
  • Synod has moved that the URCNA enter into Phase 2 relations with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), to be ratified January 1st, 2013.

On URC Psalmody we have special cause to rejoice over the second decision in this list.  Praise God for bringing these two denominations together, and pray that he will continue to grant them increased unity in the future.  For more news and information, don’t wander far from Glenda Mathes’s regular updates.



4 Responses to “Wednesday Update”

  1. 1 Reita Julien June 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Have still enjoyed reading your Psalmnody posts. Just wanted to tell you the the horizontal trumpets are “en chamade” Might have just been a typo, just thought you would like to know. Had an enjoyable lunch today with Dr. Joan Ringerwold, the former organ prof at Dordt College. She retired a few yrs ago. I sent her your site to read and she may pass it on to another fellow who might be interested. Not sure where they are in this Psalm “business”
    (for lack of a better word ;-)). You may get some feed-back, just letting you know ahead of time but I think you can hold your own.

    • 2 Michael Kearney June 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks! I think the “en charade” was just an honest misunderstanding of the term…I’m correcting it now. I always appreciate it when readers spread the word about the blog.



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