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'For sale: pipe organ, played once a week'

That was the headline on a Chicago Sun-Times story about Grace Lutheran Church, Aurora, Ill., which drew national, even international, attention.

With an average Sunday attendance of fewer than 100, Grace hopes to raise more than $200,000 from the organ sale, enough to keep the church running for another few years. After national TV and radio picked up the story, even Sotheby's showed interest in auctioning off the pipe organ.

Members decided to sell the instrument, which is used only at the 8 a.m. service, rather than cut staff or programs. A five-piece band accompanies the 10:30 a.m. service.

Dan Borchers, pastor of Grace, said, "We'll miss the organ, but we're willing to pay the price. We've got things that are more important. Members aren't doing this to preserve the institution. They're talking about gospel, reaching out, being in the city for good and answering the call — all the things a preacher wants to hear. They're about expanding and doing good work."

Borchers said the organ was worth more than anything else they have and compared its use to "riding in a stretch limo around the block to the White Hen [convenience store]."


Comments

MW BAines

MW BAines

Posted at 5:00 pm (U.S. Eastern) 3/2/2009

I stumbled across the "Organ for Sale, Used Once a Week" story in the Chicago Sun-times (July 2001) about the organ in Grace Lutheran, Aurora, Illinois....

So, whatever happened to that organ?

Helena

Helena

Posted at 8:55 pm (U.S. Eastern) 8/4/2009

I used to be a member of that church when I was a girl, whatever happened to the church?



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