After several weeks of planning and rehearsals, the Ecclesiastical District of Northern Europe finally held its ‘Songs of Salvation’-Buklod Edition on July 31, 2022.
“I am thankful to all the Buklod members for their time and effort in practicing and preparing for our recordings and uniting in this activity,” said Jinky Rapisura, Songs of Salvation choir master and choir organist from Stockholm, Sweden Congregation. She also said that they felt joyful for being able to participate in the Church activity, giving glory to God.
Weeks prior to the competition, neighboring local congregations in the countries being supervised by the district formed a choral group composed of married brethren. Having chosen a piece for the competition, each of the choral groups then went on to rehearse before finally recording their entry for the activity.
The district oversees countries including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.
“I’m thankful for this opportunity,” said Michal Winther, a participant from Helsingborg, Sweden Congregation. “We will always stay united with the Church Administration and always do our best in guiding the brethren to be closer to our Lord God.”
During the activity, the married couples in each of the local congregations gathered at their respective place of worship and, through videoconferencing, watched the recorded presentations of the choral groups. Through the activity, the participants were able to “express through music their faith in God as well as their unity with the Church Administration,” said Kathrina Guieb from Vienna West, Austria, one of the judges of the competition.
The choral group from the local congregations in Sweden won the competition. They include the married couples from the local congregations of Stockholm, Göteborg, and Skanstull, with Västerås Group Worship Service (GWS).
“Activities such as this serve as a further inspiration for the brethren in performing their duty and to all the more look forward to participating in CFO activities,” explained Celina Bolander, one of the participants. — With reports from INC News Section