Market Square Presbyterian Church

20 S. Second St., Harrisburg, PA 17101

view of organ and entire loft





Musical Notes from Tyler

Dear friends,

In last month’s edition, I encouraged you to pick up your cross this Lent and travel the journey with us as we walk with Christ. I mentioned how I want to leave  my sadness of losing both of my loving grandparents with Christ. I cannot give you a status about how that is going just yet. We must submit our newsletter articles about halfway through the month and Lent has not started. Although, I do not need to pick up my cross only in Lent! We should be traveling with Christ in our everyday lives. Take some time each day and set that aside for devotionals. Lent is a penitential season. A time for us to reflect. Reflect on our lives, our journey with God, and also a time for us to reflect on Christ’s journey. This Lent, the Sanctuary Choir will be singing anthems that tell the story of Christ’s journey, anthems that help us reflect. Some anthems might bring you to tears, and that is okay.

When you arrive at Market Square on Sunday mornings, try to leave your worries behind. Use the prelude to center yourself as worship is beginning. Walk with us as we follow Christ’s journey.

The Sanctuary Choir is busy preparing music for our Sunday morning worship services and Holy Week. With all the music we have to learn, we still manage to have lots of fun in the choir room! The Market Square Ringers are staying busy as well preparing music for Lent and Easter.

Our Celebration Ringers handbell choir is up and running! We have had a great turnout of youth and adults. There is still room in the choir if you are interested in ringing bells. If ringing is not enough incentive for you, lunch is served before rehearsal.

I am so proud of our Alleluia Singers children’s choir. They have the shortest rehearsal time but learn songs very quickly. And they are also excited about choir time! There is a rehearsal time change: the Alleluia Singers will rehearse from 9:10 a.m.– 9:30 a.m.on Sunday mornings. Parents, thank you for being understanding.

Looking ahead…

Music Sunday will be on Sunday, April 29 during our morning worship service. More information will come in our April Marketplace.

Thank you to everyone who shares their time and talents with our music ministry. Thank you to everyone who supports our music ministry.

Holy Week is upon us.
God bless.

Organ Renovation Committee

Last November the Session approved formation of a church-wide committee with responsibility for recommending and then overseeing renovations to our sanctuary organ. The need for significant repairs and modifications has been a subject of discussion for a good many years, beginning not long after Eric Riley came to MSPC in the fall of 2007. Over time, the need has become increasingly apparent and urgent.

Some of the problems are discernible to the congregation: random pipes sound sporadically (and are probably mistaken for the organist’s error!), and sometimes a pipe will quietly but steadily sound in the background through prayers and sermons. Other problems can actually be seen. Turn around sometime and look carefully at the pipes in the positif” organ that hangs off the front of the gallery. Numerous pipes have begun leaning there and elsewhere, and without repair they will eventually fall over and cause a domino-like cascade with attendant damage. Elsewhere, problems in the “blower” room (the blower is the first step in providing the air that will eventually cause audible sound as it exits one of the pipes) have pulled insulation off the wallsand dirt into the system, and drywall is coming unattached in several places throughout the system. Clearly, the console and electronics system need to be replaced, and leaning pipes repaired and re-set. And these are just examples - not a full list!

Committee members are drawn from the Session, Trustees, and the congregation at large. They are Bill Murray and Gwen Lehman (Trustees); Ron Poorman, Dave Lehman, and Ellen Hunt (Session); and John Robinson and John Taylor (congregation at large). Both Tyler Canonico and Ellen Hunt provide staff and professional leadership.

The committee has held two meetings to date. Preliminary reports have been provided by four different potential organ-building firms. Those firms all agree that major renovations are called for, and each has offered descriptions of the work that should be done, as well as some consideration of esthetic modifications and improvements that would enhance the quality of sound.

Even at this early stage it is clear that a significant project needs to be undertaken, involving significant expense. As a next step, the committee plans to have detailed and in-person discussions with several of the firms that have provided initial reports. This will help us refine the scope of work under consideration, and it will provide a clearer picture of the associated costs. It will likely be several months before specific recommendations are ready for presentation to the church’s governing boards. Actual work on the project would probably begin some time in 2019.

Gwen and Dave Lehman