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Rev. Dr. Ahlman’s January Sacred Music Tour in Russia

Fri, Feb 13, 2015

News, Russia, Uncategorized

–By Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman

The evening recital at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Photo courtesy of: Rappu Nikolai

The evening recital at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Photo courtesy of: Rappu Nikolai

Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman, Strategic Mission Developer and Area Music Program Coordinator for LCMS Eurasia, conducted another successful tour of evangelistic musical activity in western Russia January 15-20, 2015. There he worked together with The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) sister church body, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR).

Dr. Ahlman and Alexsei Zubtsov address the attendees of the evening recital in Petrozavodsk. Photo Courtesy of: Rappu Nikolai.

Dr. Ahlman and Alexsei Zubtsov address the attendees of the evening recital in Petrozavodsk. Photo Courtesy of: Rappu Nikolai.

Upon arriving in St. Petersburg, Dr. Ahlman traveled to Petrozavodsk to hold a series of activities for Cantors in the Karelian District of the ELCIR. The activities took place at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Petrozavodsk. There Dr. Ahlman led an in-depth Bible study on the Magnificat (Luke 1.46-55), offered a lecture-recital on the early compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, in honor of the 300th year of its publication, and performed a recital featuring both free organ works as well as early works from the Orgelbüchlein. Approximately two-thirds of those of the significant crowd in attendance at the recital were “new faces” to the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit.

Aleksei Zubtsov waits to translate Dr. Ahlman's lecture to seminary students at the ELCIR's seminary in Koltushi.

Aleksei Zubtsov waits to translate Dr. Ahlman’s lecture to seminary students at the ELCIR’s seminary in Koltushi.

After taking an overnight train back to St. Petersburg, Dr. Ahlman traveled to the Lutheran Theological Institute of the ELCIR in the nearby village of Koltushi for a series of meetings, as well as to host both a lecture on evangelization through the medium of musical art, and to perform a mini-recital for students of the Theological Institute.

Dr. Ahlman's lecture recital at St. George's Lutheran Church near the seminary in Koltushi.

Dr. Ahlman’s lecture recital at St. George’s Lutheran Church near the seminary in Koltushi.

Dr. Ahlman was again assisted by Darya Shkurlyatyeva, who proposed the overall itinerary, and again accompanied by the superlative translator, Aleksei Zubtsov, who, in addition to translating all formal and informal correspondence, also ably coordinated many tangible aspects of the itinerary.

In all, another successful tour of western Russia was concluded, in praise of Jesus Christ and to the glory of God.

  • Learn more about Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman.
  • Read about previous trips to Russia and hear some of Dr. Ahlman’s performances.
  • Pray for all those who heard the Gospel through music and lectures this January, that they may be brought to faith by the Holy Spirit, or that they may grow in their faith.

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