This week, we moved from traffic problems in Ottawa to war in Eastern Europe on a scale not seen since the Second World War. Many had assumed that such a thing was impossible. Who would even contemplate a return to the horrors of the last century? So it is a sober reality check that evil, in its most violent forms, still prowls the earth.
The city has existed since Roman times, part of the great trade route between Scandinavia and Constantinople. Over the years it has been captured by Hungarians, Khazars, Vikings and was completely destroyed during the Mongol invasions in 1240. The Lithuanians also had their turn at pillage and the city was besieged and ravaged several times by different Russian princes, who lived to the north (around present day Moscow) and who were still pagan. Then there were the oppressions of various Russian tsars; Stalin’s enforced famine (‘The Holodomor’) in the 1930’s that led to the starvation of around 7 million Ukrainians, then the German destruction of World War II. Kyiv is a city that has known more than its share of tears and the tragedy of defeat and destruction.
Tomorrow also happens to be Transfiguration Sunday on which we remember the light of God shining through Jesus when he ascended a mountain with his disciples. Our prayer is that those living in Ukraine can see through the present darkness to the light of God shining on the face of Jesus.
Order of Service
Call to Worship
Hymn #290: “Immortal, invisible God only wise”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
Responsive reading: Psalm 99
Exodus 34: 29-35
2 Corinthians 3: 12-18 (The Message)
Anthem: “I want to walk as a child of the light”
Luke 9: 28-36 (The Message)
Hymn #187: “We have come at Christ’s own bidding.”
Meditation: “On loving enemies”
Hymn: “O wondrous type! O vision fair”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: #313: “Anges du Très-Haut”