God of the Powers, and
Maker of all creation;
God of justice, and
Lover and Maker of peace,
we are distressed by the violence and the threats of violence and destruction in the world,
and especially by acts of war and brutality that people experience in Ukraine.
In solidarity with them, we pray for those
who are suffering and in danger,
who live in fear and anxiety,
who fear what tomorrow will bring,
who are anxious for their lives and the lives of those they love and care for, and
who mourn the dead.
We pray that
those with power over war
will lay down weapons, and that
those who have power to accomplish peace
will have wisdom and compassion.
God of Grace, the
Giver of Life, send your
Comforter, the Spirit of Truth,
who is everywhere present and fills all things,
to sustain the hope of all those who seek justice and peace and
to inspire the leaders of nations to do what is right.
Glory to you, O God,
Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit,
now and forever;
in the strong name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we pray.
Latest Update: December 1, 2022
I’ve been trying to send you a letter for a week now, but unfortunately, the power cuts have made it impossible. We have managed to get a generator for the office, which we can now use. However, there are no streetlights, our homes are dark and cold, no water, etc. We are not used to this, but we are grateful that there is no bombing in our area. Our pastors are here, and most of the staff are doing their jobs as well, as much as they can. Please pray for us and for peace.
Ukraine’s energy system has suffered further damage, resulting in a power shortage in Kiev equivalent to 30% of consumption, according to DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy investor. Residents have been warned that the state energy company Ukrenerho is imposing unprecedented emergency restrictions in Kiev and the country’s central regions to avoid a total blackout.
Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv Oblast Military Administration, said that preparations should be made for an indefinite interruption of electricity supply. The previously prepared timetable for the shutdowns is no longer up to date. More prolonged and more severe shutdowns should be prepared for in the near future.
“The company is preparing new, more convenient schedules that take into account the current state of the energy system. They will be made public early next week. The public will be informed in advance. Our energy engineers, together with Ukrenerho specialists, other services and public authorities, will do their utmost to stabilize the situation as soon as possible,” the statement said.
Unfortunately, the war, the crisis, and the everyday problems also make it difficult for the institutions of the Reformed Church of Transcarpathia. The maintenance or running of schools, kindergartens and homes is now in danger. Not only because of high food and heating prices but also because of the ever-increasing emigration.
We hope peace will come soon and this terrible period will end. Below is a prayer from our pastor. This prayer shows our daily life and difficulties but our hope as well.
Blessings and greetings,
Secretary, Transcarpathia Reformed Church, Beregszasz
Prayer from Transcarpathia
Stay with us through the long nights, Lord, and light us with your promises!
Our candles are burnt and fizzling, our batteries are dying, we have no signal or internet—we have prayer until the darkness encloses us. We recall the former state of a world falling apart. In the bright old days when water always came from the tap, the light switch flicked on in rooms, the heating worked, and we didn’t have to wake and go to bed in anxious worry. When you held my hand, called me by name, made promises and promised me a test. Thank you for giving us a heads-up.
Long days and unnoticed, we are filled with complaint and tension, Lord. Some of us have become stressed, and others have lost abnormal weight. Many hope for easy comfort from drinking, slipping unnoticed into dependency. Our husbands are driven to self-destruction by quiet desperation, their wives by fear. Death awaits those who have neither pastor nor hope. Stay with us through the long nights, Lord, and find and lead back the lost and the abandoned.
Our children sit in damp, dark cellars under air raids. In our churches, we light candles and warm our hands by their flame. As we sing, the letters melt before us, so we sing the familiar—more from the heart than from a hymn book. Our eyes and souls weary with exertion, We listen in credulity to the gloomy news. We think we know things we cannot know; we watch anxiously for the first snowflakes to fall. Stay with us through the long nights, Lord, for winter is coming!
We wait for you, Lord, as watchers wait for the morning, as those who sit in darkness waiting for the first rays of light. We wait for you to speak, to act, to guide us.
We thank you that your promises have lost none of their power; we trust in them.
We thank you that we have learned perseverance from our ancestors and can teach perseverance to our descendants.
Thank you for the families that are drawn together, Lord, grant that the trial may indeed bring man closer to man!
Thank you that we have reserves, that our house is not destroyed and that we can plan for the future.
Thank You that in Your hands are times and occasions, raising up kings and bringing down kings. In you we trust, for you have grace and can redeem us all from sin.
Stay with us through the long nights, Lord, and the night will end; it will surely end.
—The Rev. Zoltán Laskoti