It’s their mission to fulfill God’s mission.
To carry out this mission, the Canticum youth choir has traveled through the lands of Europe to the roads of the U.S.
Currently, this Swedish choir is on its follow-up U.S. tour.
On Saturday, St. Paul Lutheran Church will host the choir for an evening concert.
The choir sings “various musical styles, ranging from classical choral music to contemporary gospel music,” according to its website.
“This is not for school ... this is part of their lives,” said Kathleen Cartledge, the church’s music ministries director. “It should serve as a wonderful ... thing for our youth.”
The concert is free and will begin at 7 p.m. Donations to the church can also be made during this time.
The mission of the Canticum choir is to “sing to share the gospel, the wonderful message of Jesus Christ, who has saved us and given his life for us, so that we may have an eternal life together with God,” according to its website.
The choir is based in Scania, a city in southern Sweden.
Most of the members live in the city.
Currently, these members are around 30 high school students and young adults.
Through the years, the choir has visited various venues like churches and Bible camps throughout Sweden, Bornholm and Finland.
In 2009, the singers traveled to 17 different churches throughout the Midwest.
“We experienced how God greatly blessed the members of the choir as well as the attendees of the visited churches,” as stated on the choir’s website.
Between their performances, the singers and directors make a point to tour the area.
During their prior U.S. tour, the choir “visited one of the largest shopping centers in the U.S., went touring in Chicago, went boating on the Mississippi River, rode roller coasters and much more,” as stated on its website.
While in Aiken, the staff at St. Paul Lutheran Church plans to spend some quality time with their guests, according to Cartledge.
The choir will also join the church’s congregation for its Sunday morning service.
This is the first international group the church has hosted, according to Cartledge.
Before they stop in Aiken, Canticum will perform in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
They are scheduled to make more stops in South Carolina before traveling down to Georgia and Florida.
For more information on Canticum, visit www.canticum.eu/startpage_e.html.
St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 961 Trail Ridge Road.
For more information, call 803-649-4021 or visit www.stpaullc.net.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.