Because the folks of Ukraine face struggle, believers throughout the nation, together with many evangelicals, are nonetheless gathering to worship the Lord wherever they’re.
In worldwide information shops, we’ve seen pictures and heard reviews of people praying—huddled to intercede on the town squares and underground bunkers—in addition to discovering refuge in churches, and singing in public places. Their perseverance within the midst of tribulation is an affidavit to the facility of prayer and reward within the darkest of occasions.
Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, most Ukrainian worship music consisted of Western reward songs translated into Ukrainian. However as an American professor, missionary and worship chief who makes common teaching trips to Ukraine, I’m a part of a rising motion encouraging the creation of authentic Ukrainian worship music—written by and for Ukrainians—together with songs represented in this Spotify playlist.
My hope is that sometime, Western Christians will begin translating Ukrainian songs and singing them in English. As we collect in church this Sunday, let this be a reminder to ‘Pray for Ukraine.’
1. “God the Nice One!” (Prayer for Ukraine)
That is the “nationwide non secular anthem” of Ukraine, МОЛИТВА ЗА УКРАЇНУ, a hymn that’s acquainted to most Ukrainians. This model has a video with views of many alternative components of the nation. The English lyrics are as follows:
Lord, oh the Nice and Almighty,
Defend our beloved Ukraine,
Bless her with freedom and lightweight
Of your holy rays.
With studying and data enlighten
Us, your youngsters small,
In love pure and eternal
Allow us to, oh Lord, develop.
We pray, oh Lord Almighty,
Defend our beloved Ukraine,
Grant our folks and nation
All of your kindness and beauty.
Bless us with freedom, bless us with knowledge,
Information into variety world,
Bless us, oh Lord, with success
For ever and evermore.
2. “To You,” by Andriy Hryfel
This tune is titled “до Теье”, which suggests “To You,” which is a reasonably well-known tune in evangelical circles. The artist, Andriy Hryfel, was a big younger chief, pastor/elder, worship chief and songwriter who died abruptly final yr. The translated lyrics are as follows:
I run to You Lord, I run to Your Lord.
The heat of Your fingers restores religion in my each step
Your grace offers me the energy to go
You might be my knowledge, in You I can undergo the whole lot.
I’ve longed for you all my life
I sit up for assembly You in heaven
To Thee my love, To Thee my paths,
I obey you once more to maintain my religion.
I lengthy for you as a child longs for mom,
Because the dry land longs for the rain, I lengthy for You.
I take a look at you when I’m exhausted within the wrestle,
I pray to You, as a result of I imagine my victory is in You,
I stand on the Phrase, this world is not going to overcome Your love
I like you, I stay for you, you’re my God.
3. “I’ll Sing,” by Maria Kuchurian & Diana Yakovyn
This can be a newer tune, written by two latest seminary graduates, which simply received a nationwide award for worship music. Listed below are the lyrics in English:
He’s the One who lifts up and surrounds with peace.
His love is nice! I’ll maintain on to Him.
When the guts is heavy, He takes away the stone,
Gently hugs. O my holy Jesus!
I’ll sing, I’ll sing, I’ll sing to the Risen King!
His hand is with me. He is close to, right here, I do know
I really feel in my coronary heart, I pray to Him!
He warms with love and wipes away tears
Loyal Good friend perpetually. His identify is Jesus!
You selected me and set me up, You selected me, raised me up!
You selected me and forgave me, You selected me, raised me!
You selected me and crammed me, You selected me, raised me!
4. “The Lord’s Prayer”
The Lord’s Prayer unites Ukrainian Christians, together with these within the Orthodox Church, which is almost all non secular custom within the nation. At any interdenominational gathering, everybody stands to wish it collectively as an act of worship. This setting is from an Orthodox Easter liturgy.
5. “Mighty to Save,” by Hillsong Ukraine
This 2006 Hillsong tune has been sung for nearly that lengthy in Ukraine. This video was recorded only a day or so in the past, displaying college students worshiping along with the lights out—because the battle for Kyiv was underway not many miles away.
Considerably, that is being sung in Russian, not Ukrainian. It is vitally vital to notice not everybody who speaks the Russian language is Russian, regardless of the propaganda on the market. These are true Ukrainians who occur to talk Russian. Most Ukrainians are functionally bi-lingual to 1 extent or one other.
Fred Heumann is a worship chief and trainer with 4 a long time of numerous expertise in music ministry, evangelism, and worship in 50 nations. He heads MusicWorks International and has been working alongside a seminary in Kyiv, Ukraine, educating college students and partnering in conferences for worship leaders since 2012.