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“In harmony with God” - seminar on music service in Moscow Districts of the UMC
It was the title of a seminar on music service, which was held on 19th October 2013 in Moscow Districts of the United Methodist Church.
One of the main verses of the seminar was the verse Ephesians 5:19
"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
We had last seminar on music service in Moscow for a long time ago, in blessed times when the pastor Pak held a wonderful seminar, emphasizing the importance of this service in the United Methodist Church.
This wonderful reminiscence let us pray again in order to hold a similar seminar. When we started preparation of this event, we are particularly appreciated the hymn "As the deer wishes", which is based on Psalm 42. We realized that we wish new knowledge in the music service of God so much. This "thirst" was like a "guiding star" in preparing and organizing this seminar.
The Lord has blessed Lyudmila Garbuzova, pastor of the First United Methodist Church "Singing Christians" of Moscow to be the leader of this seminar, and senior pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Marietta, Georgia, USA Dr. Rusty Edwards to become a lecturer .
The seminar was held at the church "Kvanrim," and we thank again the church and its pastors for their hospitality and their work for Praise the Lord Jesus Christ.
The seminar began with a prayer and a special musical program prepared by the church "Kvanrim" where pastors are Galina Rushkevich and Igor Kobzev. Then all participants were offered a historical note on the musical service in churches with information about the genres of sacred music, which provided some of the participants: Elena Ampleeva, Nadejda Smolnyakova, Anastasia Koptenko, Taisia Sergunina, Irina Dracheva, Konstantin Vaganov. Then it was time to examine wonderful Book of Psalms as the first unique collection of hymns. This lesson was held by Dr. Rusty Edwards. We are fascinated by his devotion and joyful luminous exposition of material with shining musical examples. Tatiana Maykova was his translator. It was her successful debut as a translator. Our seminar "In harmony with God" was also successful and it ended with a Joyful Praise the Lord in songs, award certificates and special blessing of God.
Let this seminar will be that little bourgeon of our faith, that will grow into a big tree of love of Christ and bring amazing fruits: new hymns , psalms , songs, give us new authors to the glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
We hope that the Lord will allow us hold similar seminars each year, so that we become true followers of John and Charles Wesley.
We grateful the churches of the North Moscow District of the UMC, our Moscow Theological Seminary of the UMC and the First United Methodist Church "Singing Christians" of Moscow for prayers and financial support for this seminar.
"Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!" (Ps. 150).
Constantin Vaganov, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church “Singing Christians” of Moscow, Russia
Photo: First United Methodist Church “Singing Christians” of Moscow
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