Ben Faidley and A New Pipe Organ

for Trinity’s Chapel

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Jerry Rich, Director of Music
Jerry Rich, Director of Music

When Trinity’s chapel was completed, no plan had been formulated for purchasing a musical instrument to accompany its worshippers or provide appropriate service music. A Trinity family had kindly supplied an electric piano for services, but this instrument could not provide a long-term solution for all the chapel’s music needs. Fortunately for Trinity, Ben Faidley, a long-time member and a trained classical organist who had always hoped that the chapel would have a chamber organ, generously offered this spring to supply it with a new continuo tracker organ.

Ben chose the respected Vermont organ builder David Moore, whose firm specializes in creating quality pipe organs for both large and intimate worship spaces; after being apprenticed to the legendary builder Charles B. Fisk, Mr. Moore has run his own organ firm since 1973, making or restoring organs in California; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; New York; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC and Wisconsin. The installation date for Trinity’s instrument was set for late September 2014, so by the time you read this, the chapel will have its own pipe organ.

Ben Faidley and the new organ in the Chapel.
Ben Faidley and the new organ in the Chapel.

Ben chose the organ stops that would be most useful to the chapel’s size and design: Trinity’s one-manual chamber instrument will have three full-compass stops (8′ Bourdon, 4′ Flute, 2′ Fifteenth), a half-stop mixture (Sesquialtera; compass: c1-g3), an 8′ pedal division (30 notes) and a pedal coupler. The instrument case and bench will be maple with a natural oiled finish. The pedal chest will be located behind the pedalboard and bench. The wood used will come principally from Mr. Moore’s family farm in North Pomfret, Vermont: ash, butternut, maple and pine for the pipes; rosewood for the manual sharp keys; black cherry and maple for the pedals.

We hope that you will attend one of Trinity’s chapel services (the Wednesday noon communion service or the 6 p.m. Celtic service on the last Sunday evening of each month) to sing with and listen to this wonderful new instrument that—thanks to Ben Faidley’s vision and willingness to give back to Trinity—will serve the musical needs of our community for many years to come!


Children’s Choir

By Ellen LaCroix

Ellen LaCroix, Director of Children's Choir
Ellen LaCroix, Director of Children’s Choir

Each week children’s choir begins with the same song to focus our time together. As all of the children gather and prepare for practice we sing:

“LORD, listen to your children praying. LORD, send your spirit in this place. LORD, listen to your children praying. Send us love; send us power; send us grace.” (FWS 2193)

Prayer comes in many different forms. Too often we become trapped by the expectation that prayer is a quiet experience with head bowed, eyes closed, and hands folded. It certainly can be just that, but prayer is not limited to this experience. It can be silent meditations of your heart or loud boisterous praises. You can physically pray with your whole body or in the stillness pray from within. Prayers can give thanks for blessings in our lives or ask for God’s attention and intervention. Prayers can also demonstrate a full range of emotion. They can express joy, fear, anxiety, burning anger, loneliness, amazement, confusion and more. Prayer can be silent, spoken, shouted, communal, individual, sung, danced, written, painted, the list goes on and on. How do you commune with God? What would happen if you tried something new?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to pray continually through the lives we live. In choir practice our prayer comes in the form of song. We remember throughout rehearsal that we are not gathered together for the sake of music itself. We are gathered to continually lift up prayer through the beautiful gift of music.



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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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