July 24 – 28, 2024

FinnFest festivals each year include an opportunity for attendees to share a worship experience that reflects Finnish spirituality. Prayers, scripture, and hymns shared together in both Finnish and English define this ecumenical experience. The Finnish Heritage Hymnbook will provide all the hymns translated into English. A small choir conducted by Margaret Vainio, cantor, will help make all the hymns accessible to all. Pastor Tiina Talvitie will lead the service. All are welcome.

Tiina Talvitie is the Pastor of Agricola Lutheran Church, the Finnish speaking congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America ( ELCA,) a position she has held since 2009. Born and raised in Ilmajoki, Finland, she trained for church work and was first a deacon in Kittilä, in Lapland. Prior to ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, she served as a novice in a French-speaking monastery in Switzerland. Her pastoral responsibilities today stretch from Boston to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington DC. Margaret Vainio, an American who moved to Finland as an adult, served, for over 30 years as a cantor in the Seinäjoki parish. She has contributed to FinnFest worship experiences for many years. She brought a gospel choir to FinnFest in 1996, a Finnish chamber choir in 2007, an American trio, Northern Echo to FF2008. She has led FinnFest singalongs in 2016, 2017 and 2019.