Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko is a pastor of a congregation in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) partner church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ECLIR). The LCMS supports work with this partner. This post was shared by Rev. Boychenko and Translator Alexey Zubtsov.
On November 19-20, 2013, Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR) congregation in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, spoke about the Gospel, the history of the Reformation, and the chief doctrines of the Evangelical Lutheran faith for more than 85 people at the Lobachevsky State University in Nizhny Novgorod. His audience included 2nd-year undergraduates from three departments: international relations, regional studies, and political science.
On December 7, 2013, church member Olga Lebedeva finished teaching a course of Christian parenting by Nicky and Sila Lee. The course Olga had been leading from November 2nd was presented for anyone interested both among church members and people outside the church and included five sessions– “Building a Firm Foundation,” “What Do Our Children Need?” “Setting the Limits,” “Teaching the Correct Relationship,” and “Our Long-Term Goal.”
On December 14, 2013, the Lutheran church in Nizhny Novgorod hosted a conference of the Union of Christian Students in Nizhny Novgorod. The day’s topic was “How Can the Christian Live Out Their Faith Today?” Church member Vyacheslav Lebedev represented the Lutheran congregation.
On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013, the worship service was followed by a concert and a Christmas play, “Born to Be King” by Dorothy Sayers. The play was presented by both adult church members and children.
In November and December, the Lutheran congregation continued gathering young church members and unbelieving or non-Lutheran guests for viewing and discussing international and Russian films from the Christian perspective. During the two months, Rev. Boychenko presented “The Way” directed by Emilio Estevez (USA, Spain, 2010), “The Afterword” by Marlen Khutsiev (USSR, 1983), and “Ushpizin” by Giddi Dar (Israel, 2004). The viewings and discussions gathered, besides church members, 12 people who are not Lutherans, but are showing interest in and come to the Lutheran church.
The congregation continued to hold recitals of sacred music. “Western European and Russian Baroque” on November 10, 2013, was performed by an ensemble specializing in antique music and included works by Bach, Händel, Couperin, Coelho, Scarlatti, and Cavalli. The program included many spiritual songs and, curiously, some settings of Bach’s works for the Russian balalaika. The recital on January 12, 2014, titled “Three Hundred Years of Organ Music,” was performed by organist Ivan Tatarinov who played pieces by Buxtehude, Cabanilles, Messiaen, and an organ symphony of his own composition. Ivan is a student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. The audience at the two recitals included 12 non-Lutherans.
- Pray for the members of the congregation in Nizhny Novgorod that they would continue to be strengthened in their faith, witness and work!
- Pray for Rev. Boychenko as he cares for his congregation while engaging the community and beyond with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Pray that those who attended these events would strengthened in their faith or brought to faith soon!
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