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Outreach Concert in Saratov, Russia Proclaims the Gospel

The congregation's sanctuary was packed during the recital.

The congregation’s sanctuary was packed during the recital.

On June 23, 2015, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR) in Saratov, Russia, hosted “The Many Faces of the Clavier”, an outreach concert that was held in the chapel’s worship area.

The church people led by Rev. Alexander Furs had taken a long time preparing for this event which proved to be more than an average outreach concert as they invited many unchurched people as well as friends, acquaintances, and partners. After this event many of the people expressed interest in the Lutheran Church.

A flute and organ piece.

A flute and organ piece.

The performers were organ and harpsichord class graduates from the Saratov Sobinov State Conservatory. The program included solo works for the organ, duos of organ and harpsichord, organ and flute, organ and saxophone, and vocal works performed by a soprano with an organ accompaniment.

The musicians exhibited excellent skills performing works by outstanding Baroque and Renaissance composers such as J. S. Bach, F. Schubert, F. Liszt, A. Vivaldi, J. Mendelssohn, and others.

A young boy makes announcements concerning the concert.

A young boy makes announcements concerning the concert.

The attendance included church members and friends of the church as well as music lovers who came to the chapel for the first time. It was a full house in the chapel’s worship room as some people stood even in the aisles and all the seats were occupied.

Photo credits: Deacon Sergei Anikin, Zoya Yakovleva, Rev. Alexander Furs.

  • The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod supports St. John’s Saratov. Read more about the work done there.
  • Pray for those who attended the concert, that the sacred music would generate interest in the Word of God, and that they would continue to attend other events, as well as the Divine Service.

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