Lutherans in the Twin Cities

April 15 hymn festival will feature Minnesota Boychoir

Fourth annual music event will benefit Metro Lutheran

Continuing a tradition begun at Central Lutheran Church in 2004, Metro Lutheran will welcome hymn lovers to its fourth annual hymn festival on April 15.

The annual event was created as a fund-raising opportunity for the paper, which is a nonprofit. It has become a popular annual celebration of Lutheran hymnody.

This year’s festival will be hosted by Jehovah Lutheran Church, a congregation affiliated with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Previous venues have been in ELCA congregations.

The Jehovah festival begins at 4 p.m. and will feature the keyboard artistry of two Twin Cities organists, Sarah Koehler and Timothy Strand. Both were previously organists at Jehovah.

Also featured will be the highly-regarded Minnesota Boychoir, directed by Mark Johnson. Hymn commentary will be provided by Jehovah member Dr. Victor Gebauer, former music faculty member at Concordia University in St. Paul and former director of the Minneapolis-based Lutheran Music Program.

A reception will follow the festival. Jehovah is located at Snelling and Thomas Streets in St. Paul’s Midway District. There is parking adjacent to the church building and on local streets.

The paper’s second hymn festival was hosted by First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights. Last year’s event took place at West-wood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park.