Lutheran church in Russia shares Christ through music, movies and celebrates confirmations, baptisms
This post was shared by Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko from LCMS partner church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR). The LCMS supports projects with this partner.
Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, pastor of the ELCIR church in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, hosted screenings and discussions of internationally acclaimed films from the Christian perspective. Some of the recently viewed productions included films from Sweden, Poland, Italy, the USA and Great Britain.
Boychenko’s church also hosted a series of concerts of classical sacred and secular music entitled “The White Nights in Nizhny Novgorod.” The music was performed on the organ by Ekaterina Porizkova, organist from Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Toksovo near St. Petersburg. Porizkova is a university student, studying organ, carillon, harpsichord and organ improvisation at St. Petersburg State University. The four-day program in August included compositions by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Porizkova herself. A Russian seminary student and member of the congregation acted as emcee for the concert, explaining the spiritual meaning of the sacred works.
Each day’s program was followed by a master class of nineteenth-century ball dance such as polonaise, waltz, and polka. Seventeen non-Christians attended the multi-day program at the church.
In late August, Boychenko led a Bach Today meeting which listened to and discussed Bach’s music. Boychenko presented Bach’s sacred music in different interpretations, such as jazz, performed by musicians from around the world.
The church in Nizhny Novgorod also praises God for the confirmation of several new members and the baptism of a baby in September