Liturgical - we follow the ancient pattern of 'gather, meal, word, sending.'
Purposeful - prayers, songs, and all we do in worship connect us to the Scripture readings of the day.
Musical - Agnus Dei is blessed with many gifted musicians. At each service you will hear organ and piano, and a variety of musical styles.
Reverent AND Joyful - We take worship seriously but are quick to share laughter and have fun.
Agnus Dei Choir The Choir, under the direction of Shari Shull, with Susan Luebeck accompanying, enhances our worship with choral music.We rehearse most Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, and sing for the 11 AM service on Sundays from September to June.All are welcome to join their voices in prayer and praise as we “sing to the Lord a new song.”
Handbell Choir The Handbell Choir, under the direction of Shari Shull, provides handbell music throughout the year from September to June.We rehearse from 12:15 – 1:00 PM on selected Sundays.All are welcome to join in ringing our praise.
Instrumentalists Agnus Dei is blessed with many fine instrumentalists who offer musical offerings year-round to enhance our worship experience.
The Paul Fritts Organ, Opus 31
The organ is one of 4 built during 2010 in the Parkland workshop and installed at Agnus Dei in March of 2011. The organs are nearly identical and are the 3rd generation of the design incorporating refinements and improvements over the earlier designs. All parts of the organs except for wood screws and the electric blower were made in the shop from carefully selected raw materials.
The organ is housed in a solid Douglas fir case that has an oil finish. The fir carvings above the façade pipes were designed and carved by Paul’s sister Jude in her studio in Olympia. The organ has 402 pipes of which, the largest 35 are made of wood. The façade pipes are made from polished tin.
The manual keyboards are topped with ebony and the sharp keys have tops of cow bone. The “reversed” keyboard colors pay homage to organs with similar keyboards built by organbuilders in Germany and France and in colonial America. The keys are directly connected to valves called pallets inside the windchest by means of mechanical key action. When a key is depressed, the valve is opened as quickly or slowly as the key is depressed which allows wind to enter the stops of pipes that have been selected by means of the stop knobs. The direct mechanical key action gives the player a great deal of feedback and responds sensitively to the player’s input.
There are 3 stops of pipes controlled by the lower of the two keyboards. Each stop has one pipe for each key on the 58 note keyboard. Another 3 ½ stops of pipes are controlled by the upper keyboard. The pedal keyboard, played by the feet, has one stop of its own. To extend the versatility of the organ, the manuals may be “coupled” either to the pedals or to each other. There is also a Tremulant to create a pleasant undulating effect to the sound of the pipes, appropriate for certain pieces of organ literature.
For more than 500 hundred years traditional organs with windblown pipes have been the principle musical instrument of the Christian church. Since the founding of the company in 1979, Paul Fritts & Company Organ Builders has been dedicated to the design and construction of high-quality pipe organs. The company’s work is found in churches and universities across the US and in Korea. To view pictures and information about other Fritts organs, go to www.frittsorgan.com