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Konstantin Zhigulin’s Spiritual Music Ensemble. (L to R) Luka Klimanova, Lina Zhigulin, Jeff Matteson and Konstantin Zhigulin. The translators of Kostya’s hymns. Mark Shipp. Jeff Matteson. Wiley Dean.

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Konstantin Zhigulin’s Spiritual Music Ensemble

(L to R)

Luka Klimanova, Lina Zhigulin,

Jeff Matteson and Konstantin Zhigulin


The translators of Kostya’s hymns

Mark Shipp

Jeff Matteson

Wiley Dean


Kostya's songs are beautiful, they are true praise, true worship, capturing the spirit and praise of the Psalms and telling the story of God and his people - the way that the old hymn writers did, with the technical ability

of Bach. This is what Kostya's music can inspire in American writers.

I pray that it does. Kostya's music captures the depth of traditional Christian hymnody. When he was hereat our little church, I saw people uplifted by the music in ways that I haven't seen in a long time. It seems

to me that Christians in America are hungry for something - music that captures their experience of the life of faith and wraps it into the story

of God, and that is exactly what Kostya accomplishes.

- Todd Hall


Austin, Texasrehearsals

September 2


Nashville, Tenn.

September 3-4

Una Church of Christ


Margit Prosser’s

Hermitage House Smorgasbord

Hendersonville Church of Christ


With Russian & American friends in Nashville


Recording

“My God and King”

Sept. 5-8

Konstantin Zhigulin, Mel Witcher, Lina Zhigulin,

Brad Merrell, Luka Klimanova, Mark Shipp, Diann Sloan, Hugh Morgan, Jeff Matteson, Judy Witcher


It was an honor and my  pleasure to work with these wonderful, talented, loving, but humble folks. They brought a style of music that was distinct to the Russian culture while reflecting a reverence for God, Son, and Holy Spirit, that frequently moved me to tears as I sang or listened to the words and music of Kostya's creations. His music, as it finds its way into the American churches, will greatly increase the depth of understanding of what worship is about.

Hugh Morgan

Austin, Texas


Originally written in the Russian language by Konstantin Zhigulin and translated by Christian brothers Mark Shipp, Wiley Dean and Jeff Matteson, this collection

of hymns was inspired by the Psalms and other passages in the Holy Scriptures. Reflected in this project is God’s unfathomable work uniting nations and cultures for His glory. For this profound blessing we give all praise, honor and glory to

God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Oklahoma City

September 9-11

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial


OC Music Department Chapel


With old and new friends in Oklahoma City


Morning

Memorial Road

Church of Christ


Lunch

Soldier Creek Church of Christ


Wilshire Church of Christ

Evening


OC Missions “Outreach” Devotional


Cox Blvd. Church of Christ

Sheffield, Alabama

September 12-13


Fredericksburg, Texas


Austin Graduate School of TheologySept. 16


Holland St. Church of ChristSan Marcos, Texas

Sept. 17


The Spiritual Music Ensemble is so refreshingbecause they sing songs loaded with meaning andappropriate music. Contemporary worship and

praisesongs are often just secular music with religiouswords.  The ensemble's hymns, like the ancient church,are set apart from the world,

sacred and holy. - Lin Penland

Minister of the Word

Holland St. Church of Christ


Brentwood Oaks Church of ChristAustin, Texas

September 17


At Brentwood Oaks, we were privileged to have Kostya and

the ensemble sing in our assembly on a Sunday evening.

The grace of God was evident in the hymns translated into

English but also those in the Russian language.  The hour passed too quickly. However perhaps the best testimony to their ministry and its effect was, for me, visible in the chapel

of Brentwood Christian School. 600 students sat in rapt attention as they sang.  Those who serve well children are a blessing to us all.

- Roger L. McCown

Minister of the Word

Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ


Abilene Christian UniversitySept. 18-19

Konstantin’s hymns are spiritual

and deep. May churches in America learn from and imitate his music.

- Everett Ferguson


Old and new friends in Abilene


ACU Lectureship


High Pointe Church of ChristMcKinney, Texas

September 20


Dallas, TexasSept. 20-24

Visiting with old and new friends


ITCM Board Meeting. Dallas, Texas


The content of their music focuses on the core reason

for worship which is to communicate our deepest thoughts

and feelings to our creator with all our heart,soul,mind and

strength.Their music is timeless both modern and ancient,

simple yet beautiful,truthful and spiritual,Russian yet universal, calming yet exciting to the soul.Their precise vocal skill and balance shows they take God seriously and their presentation with conviction and calmness shows their relationship to Him. - Bob Jones

The ensemble of Russian singers were true Christian ambassadors

in their visits to US churches. They represented the spirit of Christ in their hymns of praise to the Father, in their relations with each other and in their lovely spirit with hosting Christians. The groups hymnody was precisely targeted in praise and decidedly vivid in the blend of tonal parts. Kostya Zhigulin is a hymn writer whose name this and future generations should recognize.

- Chuck Whittle


Richland Hills Church of Christ

Ft. Worth, Texas

September 23


I was our blessing to be able to host the St. Petersburg ensemble.

The blessings received, for the churches in he US, are many and strong.

The blessing of seeing and hearingfruit from evangelism efforts in Russia is testimony to God's grace to us and to the Russian people. There are also blessings for the Russian church that could stand for decades, should the Lord tarry. The opportunity for Russian psalmists like Kostya to be encouraged can have the result of providing God's Russian church with a reservoir of hymns that will last 'til the Lord returns.

- Ron Holland

Minister of Missions

Richland Hills Church of Christ


Duncanville Church of Christ

September 24


Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ

Arlington, Texas

September 24


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