Pipe Organ Future

December 26, 2012 - 3:32 PM
In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, organ builder John Nordlie points at some of the towering pipes on an instrument he built for First United Methodist Church, in Sioux Falls, S.D. The pipe organ has ruled the Christian worship sanctuary for centuries, but a growth in praise-band worship services and a nationwide shortage of qualified organists are prompting many congregations to leave the majestic instrument out of their new building construction plans. But organ aficionados say they see a bright future for the instrument. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)