This post was shared by Darya Shkurlyatyeva (pictured above), choir leader at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Moscow, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR), and coordinator of music projects for LCMS World Mission in Russia. Darya is an accomplished musician (cello, viola da gamba, organ) and a journalist in the area of music.
On May 11, 2013, the choir of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Rzhev, led by Elena Baranova, and the choir of Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Moscow. led by Darya Shkurlyatyeva, came together in Rzhev to perform “Mass in C-major” by Charles Gounod at St. Luke’s Church. Other participants included cellist Tatiana Petrova from Rzhev and flute player Oleg Zhalnin from Moscow.
By now, joint music outreach projects of Lutherans from Rzhev and Moscow have become a good tradition. Many members in both churches want to praise God by singing and playing musical instruments. Both churches’ membership includes whole families of musically gifted people.
Musicians Tatiana Petrova (left) and Elena Baranova (right) played together during the Ascension recital.
At the beginning of the concert, several such musical families joined efforts to perform antique plays for an ensemble of soprano and tenor recorders accompanied by the guitar. Rev. Valery Antipov, the pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran, wished the musicians to not simply play and sing, but remember that “music in the Church should always effuse the aroma of the Gospel,” that is, to serve mission goals.
The Moscow musicians stayed in Rzhev for the Sunday worship. Thanks be to God for the opportunity to praise God, hear God’s Word and commune together!
Also, on May 24, 2013, Darya Shkurlyatyeva participated in a concert performed by music school teachers in Vyborg in the region of St. Petersburg. The concert was dedicated to the anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff. She was able to establish relationships with secular musicians.
- Thank God for the work of music ministry in Eurasia!