By Michael Edgar Myers
A colleague of ours with Artists in Christian Testimony Intl is a music ministry educator in Ukraine. As the Russian attacks were imminent, our colleague sent a post to A.C.T. Intl artists in 47 countries encouraging us to begin infusing oft-sung Ukrainian songs of worship in our local congregational assemblies. Three of the selections are original compositions by musical worship leaders in Ukraine, perhaps not known Stateside. YouTube links and link to the full story can be provided.
The first Sunday of March when the KIT Ministries ensemble resumed live presentations with the congregation where we've been serving, we introduced the idea above. We also created this graphic listing the songs and a perspective map of Ukraine as if a section of the U.S. The map we added from another news post we'd shared.
We were astonished with the light gasp from the congregation when we projected the map as the lead-in to the opening song, "Mighty to Save," the one selection already familiar to us. Though familiar, the new perspective provide a different singing response to the song than we'd often received.
We post this
1. Just to share the experience.
2. To encourage you to introduce these songs to your congregations or personal playlists. Whatever you know now, and one-by-one as time goes by.
Amid the bombs, foot soldiers and political bantering, we, too, can be combatants against the oppressor by using "the weapons of our warfare" that are both "not of THIS world" and powerful forces IN THIS world. Imagine the impact of thousands of individual congregants across the globe singing these songs within the same time frame. A musical Holy Spirit outpouring at Pentecost.
In pondering these ideas, recall the historic roles of musicians in battles -- from the trumpet "Charge!" of calvaries to the fife and drum corps leading revolutionary armies -- all of which were inspired by the account of King Jehoshaphat written in 2 Chronicles 20:21:
"After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his[a] holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.”
So let it be written.
So let it be sung.
The KIT 'n' Kaboodle Blog
The essays here are culled from our travels, conversations, worship experiences and discoveries.
Many are reprints from our newsletter, The KIT 'n' Kaboodle, or Facebook notes over time.
They're written by our ensemble, Garlan Garner, Michael Edgar Myers or Vikki J. Myers -- solo, or collectively.