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Went to church at St. John's ELCA, as planned. Despite wandering around radiating 'visitor', no one spoke to me for 10 minutes; then Pastor and his wife did, and were very friendly and welcoming. They even let me go visit the church's Casavant Freres pipe organ, since I wouldn't be hearing it at contemporary worship. Worship was tiny, 25 of us in a corner of a giant church. Contemporary, led very competently with just voice and piano-- soothing for me in comparison to a typical praise band. No gluten-free communion option, so I took wine only, from a common cup in which folk had been dipping wafers- okay for me, but raised awareness for them (we discussed it after). Many people greeted me during the Peace, and after church several ladies intercepted me to talk-- and took me out to lunch! So despite a slow early welcome, they came through in the end.

After a very pleasant lunch, I stopped at a downtown park for walking and photography (pics when I go home, probably), and then rested at the hotel for an hour. Then I was off to the opening recital for my conference. Craig Cramer, very brilliant, and a delightful pipe organ. I don't share Craig's taste in modern music (he loves chromatics, I love jazz chords) but it was all enjoyable and inspiring. The chapel is very uncomfortable for me-- no windows! Natural light comes only from a narrow strip in the roof, two narrow strips at the front which are blocked from direct view, and windows along the side which actually face downward! Adding to the claustrophobic effect, there seems to be no fire exit at the front of the building (I wonder how they got away with that?).

Dinner was amusing, re interactions. I was a latecomer, so chose a table occupied only by a nonconformist pastor (clerical collar peeking out of a sweatshirt, when nearly all the pastors were in suit and tie). We had a pleasant chat for a while, then a pastor and his organist (female) joined us-- and the two pastors chatted together, completely excluding us women. I caught the other woman's eye and rolled mine; next time her pastor took a breath she jumped in, introduced herself, asked after me, and basically forced him to be polite. He did chat with me a bit; and then one more seat got filled.

The newcomer stuck out his hand and said "Hi, I'm Kevin Hildebrand." If there was a list of Who's Who among living Lutheran organists, he's in the top 10 if not #1. So I introduced myself and shared greetings from my pastor's wife, and we had a terrific chat.

Closing chapel was exquisite, but very much a performance, and very very traditional.

Date: 2013-11-04 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Neither long nor boring.

I so dislike performancey worship. :(

Date: 2013-11-04 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Casavants can be really fine instruments. The Episcopal church I used to go to bought a three-manual, 36 rank Casavant in the Seventies, to replace their I-don't-know-what-except-it-was-dying. (ED: Actually, I just found a reference. The original was a 2-manual, 7-rank Pilcher from 1905!)
Edited Date: 2013-11-04 11:57 pm (UTC)

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