Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church

Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Христианские Песни 2018 «Две тысячи лет ожидания» Вы встречали Господа Иисуса?
WHAT IS HOLINESS IN SIMPLE EXPLANATION.
Holiness is the nature and character of God manifested to us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Holiness. Holiness, or Sanctification is the process of God's grace sanctifying (making holy) a person who was justified and regenerated (1 Cor. 6:11; Titus 3:5).
Holiness or Sanctification is God's perfect will for all Christians (Rom.12:1-2; 1Thes.4:1-7). God ordained His people to bear fruit, and this includes maturity through sanctification.
Holiness is BOTH consecration to God and separation from the world and all sins,it is always a command by God to man (Titus 2:11-12; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Matthew 5:48; 2Cor.5:17). Without Holiness, no man shall see the Lord (Mat.5:8; Heb.12:14; Rev. 22:10-12).
God requires Holiness better than spiritual gifts, and is actually the basis of God's moving in the life of a person or church (Joshua 3:5; Matthew 7:21-23).
Holiness is both partaking of God's divine nature through the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:4), and the actual decision of man to submit to God's control (Rom.12:1). Therefore, a Christian is expected to leave sin and worldliness in pursuit of God's holiness. Separation from sin, wickedness, and worldliness is both a principle of Holiness and a command to obey (2 Cor.6:14-18; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16). If a Christian is truly living in the principles of the Bible concerning Holiness, then he will practically obey the standards of God's Word that pertains to holy, righteous, and godly living which includes moral standards, standards of godly clothing and adornment, and prohibition of worldly lifestyles and fashion.
Holiness affects all areas and aspects of our lives, including our thoughts, words, actions, dress, lifestyles, relationships, and our outlook in life. In short, Holiness is both inward transformation toward Christ-like character and outward transformation that is different from the ways of the world and unbelievers. That's Holiness.
Dear Lutherans in Siberia!
Next year in march 2018, I will play some organ concerts in Siberia:
March, 13th - Barnaul
March, 15th - Chita
March, 17th - Irkutsk
March, 18th - Novosibirsk

I would be very happy to meet some people, if possible!

I am organist and director of music in Herford Minster/Germany, a huge lutheran church in north of germany

The Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church - Сибирская Евангелическо-Лютеранская Церковь, Россия

Operating as usual

21/09/2021
13/09/2021

Sunday of the lilies and the birds.

Stress is a constant part of our life. It always haunts us. It is hard and constant. A year ago, we were forbidden to breathe fresh air and were forced to sit in cramped stuffy apartments, and now we hear they will fire us if we do not agree to get vaccinated.

And what about the health of our elderly parents? What if I myself get sick? Where to find money then ... And we also need to buy food and clothes. Isn’t it so with you? It is amazing, though, that we can still sleep at night.

And then suddenly we hear from our Lord His "Do not worry… what to eat and what to wear for clothing." How can we not worry, oh Lord? Everyone who lives in this world cannot stop worrying.

But you know what? Let's start with the fact that, telling us His "do not worry," our God understands that we, humans, always "are worried and distracted by many things" (Lk 10:41) and cannot do otherwise. But the Lord knows what our life consists of.

Because He was born in a cold winter, in a town where nobody opened the door for His pregnant Mother. Imagine how Saint Joseph ran through the streets, knocking on the doors of houses, worrying about where his wife would give birth. You will not wish such stress on anyone, but this is how the earthly life of our Savior began.

And He knows what poverty is, because His earthly parents were very poor. Surely they were not lazy; like many of us, they worked hard and honestly, but remember how they once sacrificed in the temple not lambs, but pigeons; it was a sacrifice of the poor. Being poor is completely stressful, everyone knows that. And our Lord also knows how it feels.

Our Lord understands that it is impossible not to worry; after all, even if we are able to forget about ourselves, then our lives are filled with care for our relatives. And you know what? Christ understands this even better than we do, because He himself showed the greatest care for His neighbors, the greatest of all possible cares by dying on the cross "for us men and for our salvation."

Do you understand? All of the above means that when Jesus tells us His famous "do not worry," He does not at all want to say that we should not care about everything and everyone, and, like those Confucians, sit and look at the white wall and meditate. But this is absolutely impossible.

Do not worry... (Mt 6:31)

And suddenly I realized that these Christ's words are not the Law (which we, anyway, are not able to fulfill), but the Gospel. "Do not worry," because the most important thing you need, you cannot do yourself. It is God Who does the most important things for us!

We are better than the lilies of the field, and therefore in baptism He clothes us in the garments of salvation (Is 61:10 and Gal 3:27).

We are better than the birds, and therefore He feeds us not only with earthly food, but with heavenly food -- the Eucharist, the meal of salvation. All who eat of it will not die, but will be resurrected on the last day (John 6:54). No matter how difficult our earthly life is, no matter how many troubles and worries there are in it, eternal life awaits us.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. (Mt 6:33)

This means: come to church as often as possible and commune of this Kingdom here.

(From our Bishop's today's sermon).

Sunday of the lilies and the birds.

Stress is a constant part of our life. It always haunts us. It is hard and constant. A year ago, we were forbidden to breathe fresh air and were forced to sit in cramped stuffy apartments, and now we hear they will fire us if we do not agree to get vaccinated.

And what about the health of our elderly parents? What if I myself get sick? Where to find money then ... And we also need to buy food and clothes. Isn’t it so with you? It is amazing, though, that we can still sleep at night.

And then suddenly we hear from our Lord His "Do not worry… what to eat and what to wear for clothing." How can we not worry, oh Lord? Everyone who lives in this world cannot stop worrying.

But you know what? Let's start with the fact that, telling us His "do not worry," our God understands that we, humans, always "are worried and distracted by many things" (Lk 10:41) and cannot do otherwise. But the Lord knows what our life consists of.

Because He was born in a cold winter, in a town where nobody opened the door for His pregnant Mother. Imagine how Saint Joseph ran through the streets, knocking on the doors of houses, worrying about where his wife would give birth. You will not wish such stress on anyone, but this is how the earthly life of our Savior began.

And He knows what poverty is, because His earthly parents were very poor. Surely they were not lazy; like many of us, they worked hard and honestly, but remember how they once sacrificed in the temple not lambs, but pigeons; it was a sacrifice of the poor. Being poor is completely stressful, everyone knows that. And our Lord also knows how it feels.

Our Lord understands that it is impossible not to worry; after all, even if we are able to forget about ourselves, then our lives are filled with care for our relatives. And you know what? Christ understands this even better than we do, because He himself showed the greatest care for His neighbors, the greatest of all possible cares by dying on the cross "for us men and for our salvation."

Do you understand? All of the above means that when Jesus tells us His famous "do not worry," He does not at all want to say that we should not care about everything and everyone, and, like those Confucians, sit and look at the white wall and meditate. But this is absolutely impossible.

Do not worry... (Mt 6:31)

And suddenly I realized that these Christ's words are not the Law (which we, anyway, are not able to fulfill), but the Gospel. "Do not worry," because the most important thing you need, you cannot do yourself. It is God Who does the most important things for us!

We are better than the lilies of the field, and therefore in baptism He clothes us in the garments of salvation (Is 61:10 and Gal 3:27).

We are better than the birds, and therefore He feeds us not only with earthly food, but with heavenly food -- the Eucharist, the meal of salvation. All who eat of it will not die, but will be resurrected on the last day (John 6:54). No matter how difficult our earthly life is, no matter how many troubles and worries there are in it, eternal life awaits us.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. (Mt 6:33)

This means: come to church as often as possible and commune of this Kingdom here.

(From our Bishop's today's sermon).

Photos from Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church's post 08/09/2021

Today we celebrate the Nativity of Theotokos

Photos from Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church's post 03/09/2021

Time flies very quickly. Yesterday several priests of our Church celebrated the 20th anniversary of their ordination. On that day, at the request of Estonian Archbishop Jaan Kiivit, Bishop Jonas Kalvanas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lithuania arrived in Novosibirsk.

Here Bishop Jonas conducted several ordinations. During the rite, he was assisted by priests Jaanus Noormägi from Estonia and Vsevolod Lytkin (future Bishop of SELC).

On that day, deacons Alexey Streltsov, Andrei Ivolga, Pavel Khramov and Pavel Zayakin were ordained to the priesthood, and Sergei Glushkov was ordained into the deaconate (now he is the rector of the Parish of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Yekaterinburg).

For us, these ordinations were vitally necessary, because through the ministry of new priests, many people obtained (and are obtaining) eternal life and thus Lutheranism continued to increase in Siberia.

The sacred hierarchy has always been in the Church, and it is vital, because without priests the sacraments cannot be administered. But where did these priests receive the authority to administer the sacraments? They received (and receive) this authority from Christ through the apostles and their successors.

So rejoice with us!

02/09/2021

"Our merciful Heavenly Father, we pray to You for all the children, boys and girls, who will go to school to study, and for all adults who will teach them, grant by Your mercy that schools teach what is true. Fill our children with love of learning and with desire to develop their abilities to serve You. Protect them from everything what could hurt their moral and spiritual growth. Give the teachers the wisdom and Your fear, so they always remember about their responsibilities..."

(The beginning of the prayer that was read in our parishes before new school year begins in September. The priests pray for students and teachers, as well as for the seminarians, and give them the blessing).

"Our merciful Heavenly Father, we pray to You for all the children, boys and girls, who will go to school to study, and for all adults who will teach them, grant by Your mercy that schools teach what is true. Fill our children with love of learning and with desire to develop their abilities to serve You. Protect them from everything what could hurt their moral and spiritual growth. Give the teachers the wisdom and Your fear, so they always remember about their responsibilities..."

(The beginning of the prayer that was read in our parishes before new school year begins in September. The priests pray for students and teachers, as well as for the seminarians, and give them the blessing).

29/08/2021

Since we recently celebrated the Day of Bartholomew the Apostle, may we bring to your attention an excerpt from the sermon of priest Vitali Smirnov, spoken on that fest.

"Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles" (Acts 5:12).

By the hands of the apostles... Do you follow the movement of the hands of our bishop or priests when the Liturgy is celebrated? You can say, what is special? What is special when the bishop stretched out his hands and greeted everyone with the words, "Peace be with you"? Or what is so great that happens when the priest's hand scoops up water from a baptismal font and sprinkles it on the head of a child, proclaiming: "I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"? Or, when he puts with oil the sign of the cross on the forehead and palms of the sick? Or, when a priest lays his hand on the head of a poor miserable sinner with the words: "I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"? And when, in the Eucharist, the priest's hands are stretched out over the bread and wine, and then these hands raise the Body and Blood of Christ over the altar? And, finally, when the bishop lays his right hand on the head of a candidate and says, "By virtue of the authority given to me, according to the apostolic tradition, through the laying on of my hands I entrust you the holy ministry"?

This is the Lord acted through the hands of His apostles, and now He acts through the hands of their successors, the bishops, who delegate the authority to forgive sins and conduct the sacraments to the priests. And this is not some kind of magic, as Simon the Magician thought, when, seeing that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he decided to buy this God's gift for money (Acts 8:18).

But this is the power of God's Word, the power of Christ's institution: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you" (Acts 1:8).

And therefore, no matter how many impostors repeat the movements of the apostolic or episcopal hands, they will remain simple manipulations and nothing more. And through their hands the Holy Spirit will not be given at all, no matter what great signs and wonders they may show.

This is evidenced by our Lutheran confessions, that only those who are called in an established and regular way can publicly preach in the Church and administer the holy sacraments (AC 14).



The real signs and wonders were conducted by the hands of the apostles. At the Day of Pentecost, by the hands of the apostles, the baptism of three thousand repented and converted took place (Acts 2:41). The hands of the apostles broke bread in Holy Communion and distributed the Body and Blood of Christ when the first Christians gathered for the Lord's Supper. By the hands of the apostles, the first bishops were consecrated in those ancient times.

The hands of the apostles and their successors are the hands of Christ. That is why the promises of Christ are active among us who dwell in the Church. Because it is the Church, which is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, where Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone (Eph. 2:20).

Since we recently celebrated the Day of Bartholomew the Apostle, may we bring to your attention an excerpt from the sermon of priest Vitali Smirnov, spoken on that fest.

"Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles" (Acts 5:12).

By the hands of the apostles... Do you follow the movement of the hands of our bishop or priests when the Liturgy is celebrated? You can say, what is special? What is special when the bishop stretched out his hands and greeted everyone with the words, "Peace be with you"? Or what is so great that happens when the priest's hand scoops up water from a baptismal font and sprinkles it on the head of a child, proclaiming: "I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"? Or, when he puts with oil the sign of the cross on the forehead and palms of the sick? Or, when a priest lays his hand on the head of a poor miserable sinner with the words: "I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"? And when, in the Eucharist, the priest's hands are stretched out over the bread and wine, and then these hands raise the Body and Blood of Christ over the altar? And, finally, when the bishop lays his right hand on the head of a candidate and says, "By virtue of the authority given to me, according to the apostolic tradition, through the laying on of my hands I entrust you the holy ministry"?

This is the Lord acted through the hands of His apostles, and now He acts through the hands of their successors, the bishops, who delegate the authority to forgive sins and conduct the sacraments to the priests. And this is not some kind of magic, as Simon the Magician thought, when, seeing that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he decided to buy this God's gift for money (Acts 8:18).

But this is the power of God's Word, the power of Christ's institution: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you" (Acts 1:8).

And therefore, no matter how many impostors repeat the movements of the apostolic or episcopal hands, they will remain simple manipulations and nothing more. And through their hands the Holy Spirit will not be given at all, no matter what great signs and wonders they may show.

This is evidenced by our Lutheran confessions, that only those who are called in an established and regular way can publicly preach in the Church and administer the holy sacraments (AC 14).



The real signs and wonders were conducted by the hands of the apostles. At the Day of Pentecost, by the hands of the apostles, the baptism of three thousand repented and converted took place (Acts 2:41). The hands of the apostles broke bread in Holy Communion and distributed the Body and Blood of Christ when the first Christians gathered for the Lord's Supper. By the hands of the apostles, the first bishops were consecrated in those ancient times.

The hands of the apostles and their successors are the hands of Christ. That is why the promises of Christ are active among us who dwell in the Church. Because it is the Church, which is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, where Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone (Eph. 2:20).

Photos from Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church's post 22/08/2021

Photos from Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church's post

Photos from Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church's post 22/08/2021

Our traditional Summer seminars were held in a rural place near Novosibirsk. More than a hundred people came from different parishes from Transbaikalia to Moscow and the South Urals.

We thank those who prayed and donated for the seminars!

In his speech at the opening of the seminars, our Bishop Vsevolod said,

Today we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of our traditional Summer theological seminars. When we organized them for the very first time (and, by the way, how many of you were there, remember? Raise your hand!)... so, when we held them for the very first time, we did not know how many more times we would be able to organize. Then we only dreamed.

At that time there was no autocephalous Lutheran Church here in Siberia, at that time we were under the cozy wing of our Mother - the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Then we still had almost no clergy. How many were there? There was me, there was deacon Pavel Khramov, there was deacon Daniel Burlakov (he was ordained into the deaconate in 1995).

We didn't have church buildings then. In Novosibirsk we rented a semi-basement room.

To be honest, I hardly remember the first summer seminars. Maybe some of you remember them better. I raised my hand simply because I clearly was at those seminars. But I don't remember the details. 25 years is a quite long time. And my memory is not the same. Saint Dementia, pray for me. :)

But then, we got off to a great start. We have invited the best professors from foreign seminaries, and many friends from different countries came to visit us (it is incredibly sad, of course, that this year no one of them was able to come because of the pandemically closed borders). We started with theological education. Our first candidates went to study at the Seminary in Fort Wayne.

And we talked about Christ to all those near and far, we called them to the Church, started organizing theological seminars in other locations, we invited those who were already our parishioners, and those who were near the Church, but still not inside her.

Our Church has always been distinguished by the fact that we strived to learn and to teach. In general, we Lutherans have always been "obsessed" with education, because God's truths were given to us for our salvation. So many mistakes people make because they don't know the Gospel! Sometimes these mistakes are fatal. People err and perish in their delusions, and lead others to perdition.

That is why it is the duty of every Christian to witness of his (or, her) faith in Christ to those around him, and the duty of the Church is to save people through the Word and the sacraments and to teach the faithful of the salvation, revealing to them the most important thing that we have, "the true treasure of the Church is the most holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God."

So I congratulate you on this 25th Anniversary of the Summer theological seminars!

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Chita
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Going from the train station to Tuim
..from Novokuznetsk to Novosibirsk after the Easter service
Dance of Bethlehem Star
Dance of little sheep
"The Other Half of the Truth"  LTS/SELC Documentary IV (2010)
"The Beginning" LTS/SELC Documentary I (1998-1999)
On July, 2 at the liturgy of the St. Thomas' day, we have baptized Ilya, son of Ivan and Olesya.
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Novosibirsk
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Novosibirsk, 630033

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