Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko shares the Gospel through music in Russia

Wed, Nov 23, 2011

News, Russia

Note: The LCMS supports Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko’s work through projects in collaboration with the ELCIR. This post was shared by the ELCIR.

Rev. Boychenko plays during a concert with his family.


Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko plays during a concert with his family at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR) congregation in Nizhny Novgorod.

Volunteers in Outreach and a Concert

On July 17, Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, pastor of an ELCIR church in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, performed a concert of sacred music, along with his wife Larisa and their two sons, Leonid and Ilya. The concert was for church members and local guests and volunteers who worked for a month in Nizhniy Novgorod. The program included works of J. S. Bach and interpretations of well-known Christian hymns.

In June and July, as part of the Ministry to All Congregations project with the ELCIR, volunteers from different congregations helped the congregation in Nizhny Novgorod in its ministry to youth and children and to repair its congregational house.

The team stayed in a mission house and conducted daily evangelistic Bible studies on different topics, led religious meetings to strengthen the faith of the congregational youth, reached out to local young people through sports games and helped in the congregational diaconal ministry.

Youth play a game in Nizhny Novgorod

Local youth play a game in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

The team members also led a daytime camp for non-Christian children from July 11 through 15, gave away fliers with information about the Lutheran church in Nizhny Novgorod and had 25 or more personal outreach meetings with non-Christians, sharing with them about the Gospel and the evangelical faith.

The team included Veronika Shutova (Sts. Peter and Paul’s Congregation, Vyborg; chairperson of ELCIR Children & Youth Committee), Tatyana Tsilikina (Moksha-Erzya Congregation, Saransk), Alexandra Maximova (St. Mary’s Congregation, St. Petersburg; chairperson of ELCIR Diaconal Committee), Dmitriy Laptev (St. Petersburg), Anna Jokinen (Finland), Viktoria Shutova (Vyborg), Serafima Chernysheva (Kengisepp), Yekaterina Wilhelm (Velmema Congregation, Saransk), and Alexandra Lebedeva (Vyborg).

Sacred Music Concerts

Organ Concert at ELCIR Congregation in Nizhny Novgorod

Yekaterina Porizko performs one of her concerts in Nizhny Novgorod

Yekaterina Porizko, organist and cantor of a ELCIR congregation in Toksovo, St. Petersburg, visited Rev. Boychenko’s congregation from August 8 to 12, 2011. Porizko is studying and preparing to graduate from St. Petersburg State University Department of Arts courses on the organ, harpsichord and carillon course.

Through a harpsichord concert and three organ concerts, Porizko presented the sacred music of composers of different nations and ages. The program included musical compositions from J. S. Bach and Mendelssohn, Haydn, Mozart and A. G. Ritter as well as compositions and improvisations of Yekaterina Porizko herself.  Yekaterina, Rev. Boychenko, and Denis Tikhomirov, a student at the ELCIR Theological Institute, shared their thoughts about the spiritual meaning of the works with the audiences, which included non-Christians.

Listening to sacred music outside of regular worship and meditating on the Word of God proclaimed through music is a long-standing tradition at the Lutheran church in Nizhniy Novgorod. In the recent months, Rev. Boychenko has led a Bible study where church members and non-Christians have been listening to and discussing spiritual cantatas of J. S. Bach and connecting it to the previous liturgical Sunday lesson.

Rev. Boychenko Presents on the Reformation

Rev. Boychenko Lectures at Lobachevskiy University

Rev. Boychenko Lectures at Lobachevsky University

Rev. Boychenko was invited to lecture at the Lobachevskiy University in Nizhny Novgorod on September 28. He was invited by the chair of international relations at the university. Rev. Boychenko presented a lecture for a group of 55 students and faculty as part of the university’s course on religions. He shared the Gospel and spoke about the history of the Reformation and the history of Lutherans in Nizhny Novgorod. During the discussion, the students asked many serious questions about the Christian faith. Rev. Boychenko gave away several copies of his book “About Lutherans in Russia, in Nizhniy Novgorod and Elsewhere.”

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