Sanctuary Choir (vocal choir)
An adult choir for ages high school and up. Practice is every Wednesday evening after the church service from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the choir room upstairs in the school. The choir sings 3-4 Sundays a month from late August through May and on occasional Wednesdays in Advent and Lent. Directed by Karen Farris.
Lutheran Ringers (a handbell choir)
Lutheran Ringers, open to ages eleven years and up, practices Wednesday evenings late August through May from 5:30-6:15 p.m. before the Wednesday evening service. The choir plays one to two Sundays each month September through May and at occasional Wednesday evening worship services, especially during Advent and Lent. Directed by Wayne Poore.
First Bells (a handbell choir)
First Bells, open to ages eleven years and up, practices Sunday mornings late August through May from 8:45-9:15 a.m. before Sunday school. The choir plays one to two Sundays each month September through May and at occasional Wednesday evening worship services, especially during Advent and Lent. Directed by Wayne Poore.
If you play a musical instrument or sing and would like to use your musical talent in the church, contact Wayne Poore at 859-0367 to set up a time to practice. Wayne will work with you to develop your skills and select music appropriate for the season. Musicians may be asked serve at various worship opportunities to provide variety and enhance the worship service.
An organ search committee was formed in January 1972 to begin listening to and evaluating many organs. Their travels took them to hear organs in Kingsport, Bristol, Louisville and Richmond, KY, Orrville and Cleveland, OH, and St. Louis MO, as well as Knoxville. Everywhere they went, the name of Rudolf von Beckerath of Hamburg, Germany was mentioned. After hearing his landmark organ at Trinity Church, Cleveland, the committee decided to recommend him as the man suitable to build the organ for First Lutheran. A contract was signed in January 1973. During the succeeding months, inflation mounted. Immediately after the first payment was made, the United States dollar depreciated 10 percent.
At last, on June 21, 1974, the organ arrived in New Orleans and came to Knoxville on July 2. Some ten men of our congregation plus two from Hamburg carried the crates into the church. Carrying six hundred pounds of console to the second floor required more than a bit of courage. Construction was begun on July 10, and completed on July 31. Voicing and tuning of the organ was begun on August 19.
The organ is at once an example of the finest type of classical organ-building combined with the best technological advances of our time. The tracker action is typical of that of the great organs of the past, but the action has been made functional in twentieth century terms. The organ has been built along lines similar to those of northern Europe and the contemporary tonal design philosophy of the “Orgelbewegung,” a stressing of tracker action, low wind pressures, casework surrounding the pipes, and an integral, self-contained approach to the design of the instrument.
The casework of the instrument is oak. Pear wood is used around the keyboards, oak or mahogany for wood-pipes, and grenadilla for the keys. The metal pipes contain a much higher percentage of tin than usual in many modern organs. The beauty of the sound we enjoy is partially a result of that. The organ contains 19 stops, 24 ranks, and 1204 pipes.
Soli Del Gloria