December 18, 2009 is the date when different churches of Kharkov for the first time united in common prayer to influence the history and life of our wonderful city.
Pastor Valeriy greets all the participants from different churches.
Unity was the main topic at the meeting. This is a magnificent event when pastors and people from different churches fulfill God’s word: they get together to be united in one spirit, in one mind and in one prayer to our Lord. This brings such a great joy to His heart!
Practically all the Concert Hall “Ukraina” was filled with people. The songs of praise and worship flowed in unity and power. Hearts were overwhelmed with amazing feelings.
Pastor Paul Sharudin from "Word of Life" Church preached about the importance of unity, edifying those who have come.
We need to maintain unity.
The key points of the sermon were based on the Ephesians 4:1-4: if we want to walk in our calling, we must preserve unity not only inside our churches but also with other churches that function in our city. Unity is biblical. It pleases God.
The ecumenical alliance is important not because it can be profitable for us. But because division is harmful to our calling and brings confusion to our society. The Great Commandment cannot be fulfilled without functional unity. When the body of Christ functions as one, Holy Spirit can manifest Himself and our society will see the glory of God.
We are called to love our brothers, and not only those who think like we do, act like we do or love what we do. We have one Lord, one Father, one faith, one baptism, and one hope.
The sermon was followed by a prayer for the unity of churches so that the world could believe. Pastors took turns to say prayers, and there were no “yours” or “ours”. There were “We” united in one Body of Jesus Christ.
Also prayers for Israel were brought up. The atmosphere was amazing . We enjoyed short messages and small “surprises” such as Jewish songs and dances.
Dancing team of Chuguyev Christian Church
We were unanimous not only in prayer but also in congratulations with the ancient Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Melodious Hanukkah songs under the accompaniment of the accordion, performed exclusively in the Jewish language, brought us real pleasure.
Performance of Messianic community of Kharkiv
The pastor of the Messianic community Alexandr Sereda told about the history of Hanukkah holiday.
God bless Israel!
A lot of prayers were said about various spheres of life and ministry, including prayers about government and forthcoming presidential elections.
This meeting was really great and it is of great historical significance. Everyone was filled with the message of unity and love between brothers and sisters.
The Unity Meeting was finished by pastor Valeriy who invited all the pastors to the stage and, Pastor Peter Kovalenko led prayer, releasing blessings over the assembly and over all churches of the city.
We do one work on this Earth for the Kingdom of God and this issue of unity is really important. So in spite of differences between churches in teachings, names and places of their meetings we should bring good fruit to our Lord Jesus Christ and into eternity.
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice, set things right, be encouraged, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)