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Year of Celebrations at Church of Our Savior: Organ Redication


Church of Our Savior in North Platte is having a “Year of Celebrations” to mark the 146th anniversary of the first Episcopal services in North Platte (May, 1867), the 140th anniversary of the first Episcopal Church building to be built in the city of North Platte at their present location (the corner of 4th and Vine Streets), and the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the “new” church building, which was consecrated in September, 1964.

On Sunday, October 6 there was a commemoration of the first service (held in the lobby of the Union Pacific Hotel in 1867) by using the The Book of Common Prayer from the 1700’s and music from The Hymnal of that time. Father Jeffrey Nelson celebrated the Eucharist facing the altar in the manner of that day.

The next big event will be the re-dedication of the pipe organ. The first pipe organ in North Platte was installed in the Church of Our Savior. That organ was destroyed when the church building burned in 1962. The current pipe organ is nearing its 50th year of service and has been completely rebuilt and brought up to date electronically. The completion of the restoration will be celebrated in a free public concert on Saturday evening, November 9, at 7:00 PM. There is no admission charge. The organist will be Ray Johnston, Canon Musician at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN. A wine and cheese reception will follow in the Fireside Room at Church of Our Savior.

On Sunday, November 10, the 8:00 and 10:30 services will be combined for one service at 10:00 AM and the organ will be officially rededicated. Ray Johnston again will be the guest organist.

Church of Our Savior, North Platte, is located at 203 W. 4th Street
(308) 532-0515

For more information contact Brian Gardner at

The anniversary observances at the Church of Our Savior will continue from time to time until September, 2014, when Bishop Barker will come to North Platte to reconsecrate the church building.

ray.johnston.sm_3 RAYMOND JOHNSTON was born in Kent, England. He studied music at Cambridge University, where he was an Organ Scholar and studied organ with baroque specialist Dr. Peter Hurford.
After graduating in 1984 he spent the next five years as a freelance accompanist, recitalist, choir trainer and music teacher. Appointed Assistant Director of Music at Ellesmere College in 1990, he moved to Worcester as Assistant Organist at the Cathedral in September 1991.
During his time at Worcester Cathedral he developed his career as a recitalist and conductor, performing in the UK, Europe, South Africa and the USA. He appeared regularly as accompanist and soloist with the Cathedral Choir on radio, television and commercial recordings, and conducted the festival premiere of The Seasons by Haydn at the 1993 Three Choirs’ Festival.
In December 2000, he was appointed Canon Musician at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis. In addition to directing the Cathedral Choir and Choral Society he is responsible for the Music Series as performer and administrator. Active as a recitalist, conductor, composer, and arranger, he was privileged to conduct the World Premiere of Vexilla Regis by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
He holds degrees from Cambridge University, a specialist performance diploma from the Royal Academy of Music, and a Fellowship from the Royal College of Organists.

The newly restored organ

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