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New English Language Worship Service in Győr, Hungary

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Hungary, News

Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi shares with us about the first new English-language worship service held in Győr on Sunday, February 22nd. Sarah helped to arrange the service and Rev. Rex Rinne led the service. There have been requests for such a service from the community, as well as from Lutheran American personnel at a nearby NATO base.

The group included Pastor Rex Rinne (far left), Linda Rinne (with the black scarf), and GEO missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi with her husband, Tamas, and their daugher Lili Jane. Other members of the local community also attended.

The group included Pastor Rex Rinne (far left), Linda Rinne (with the black scarf), and GEO missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi with her husband, Tamas, and their daugher Lili Jane. Other members of the local community also attended.

–By Sarah Berta-Somogyi

In the last 6 years since I’ve been a missionary here in Győr, I’ve often thought about the lack of an English-language worship service in the city. None of the established churches have such a service, and there are both ex-pats from around the world as well as Hungarians who could benefit from such a service. With the arrival of Pastor Rex Rinne to the mission field, I saw a chance to make this idea a reality.

Linda Rinne holds Sarah's daughter, Lili Jane, while Sarah and her husband, Tamas, help Rev. Rinne set up for service.

Linda Rinne holds Sarah’s daughter, Lili Jane, while Sarah and her husband, Tamas, help Rev. Rinne set up for service.

A few years ago, we had a special religious program day at our school, and during a part of it, the students were asked to list things they would change about church services. I realize that anyone can make up excuses for not attending church, but I remember some of their items well: a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, a warm building, a service not so early in the morning and visual material (like a PowerPoint presentation, for example). When planning for this service, I tried to tick all the boxes, while still keeping the most important thing – worshiping our Savior Jesus – in the forefront!

The congregation sings during the Divine Service while incorporating visuals.

The congregation sings during the Divine Service while incorporating visuals.

Although we only had 8 people at the first worship service (held Feb. 22), many more told me that they will be coming to the second service, as this will be an every-six-week occurrence. I also had people volunteer to be musicians and to also tell their friends and people they know about the service so more will attend. Praise God for this!

  • Pray that the attendance at the service would continue to grow so that people may hear the Gospel.
  • Pray for those who attended, that they would be strengthened in the faith and bold to share with others.
  • Pray for Sarah and the Rinnes as they work to make this service an every-six-week occurrence with the next service on March 29.

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One Response to “New English Language Worship Service in Győr, Hungary”

  1. Chaplain Joseph Friedman says:

    Is this English language service still operational? If so, is it meeting this weekend (7/24/2016)?

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