Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko shares sacred music with students from Nizhny Novogorod, Russia.
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Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, pastor of an ELCIR church in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, met with two groups of students and teachers from secondary schools (48 and 53 people respectively) in January and February to show them around the congregational house with the worship area. He shared with them about the Gospel teaching of the Lutheran Church and the history of Lutherans in Nizhny Novgorod. He also performed several sacred music works on the church organ.
In March, the Nizhny Novgorod congregation hosted a seminar titled “Is There Life Before Death? The Biblical Perspective.” The seminar was led by Rev. Leif Camp, ELCIR pastor from St. Petersburg, Russia. The seminar audience included non-Lutherans.
During Passion week and the Easter celebrations, Rev. Boychenko incorporated sacred music through much of the services. On Good Friday, scripture readings were followed by the sacred music of Bach, Pergolesi, Rakhmaninov, and Sviridov. For Easter Day, Rev. Boychenko organized a recital of sacred music for the attending church members and non-Lutheran guests of the congregation. The recital was held after the Easter liturgy. The recital’s program was based on 11 works by German Lutheran composer Georg-Рhiliрр Telemann. To perform the compositions, Rev. Boychenko invited professors and students of the Glinka State Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod and an ensemble of period music.
Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko and his congregation marked J.S. Bach’s birthday with cake and his music.
From January through April Rev. Boychenko continued inviting Lutherans and non-Lutherans to his church for screenings and discussions of internationally acclaimed films. On March 31, church members and guests gathered to remember the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach by watching the historic Bach Cantatas Pilgrimage undertaken in 2000 by the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.