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On February 25, our worship service for the second Sunday in Lent took on added solemnity as we dedicated our prayers for the people of Ukraine as their country enters the 3rd year of defending their land from the full scale military invasion from Russia of Febraury 24, 2022. However, Ukrainians have been defending their land since 2014 following Russian occupation of parts of Eastern Ukraine, and the invasion and annexation of Crimea. 

The vocal ensemble Družba (translated Friendship) helped us unite hearts in prayer for the suffering people of Ukraine through thei soulful rendition of "Prayer for Ukraine" -  text: Oleksandr Konysky, 1836-1900; Music: Mykola Lysenko, 1842-1912. 

If you missed the service you can watch a recording of our livestream on our Facebook page Družba begins their anthem at the 1hr:02min mark (1:02:04).

Image credit: Al Jaugelis; Družba Vocal Ensemble - from left, Lesya, Sue, Natasha, Olha, Marcia, Sonja (GD Music Director at piano) and Olena (far right). Pictured here with Jim (GD choir member)