Church members gather for a worship rally in support of Ukraine

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Members of area churches gathered in Legislative Square Saturday afternoon for a rally of prayer and worship in support of Ukraine.

Members of Brentwood Baptist Church and Harpeth Heights Church wore shirts, waved Ukrainian flags and held hands, praying for peace to soon reign in both countries.

Oksana Viyuk, a minister at Brentwood Baptist Church, led the songs during the rally, engaging other members through various Christian worship songs.

Viyuk is from Ukraine. She says her heart is saddened by what is happening in her homeland, but she relies on a higher power.

“Just innocent blood shed, families separated, everything destroyed. But I trust in our God who holds all nations in his hands,” Vijuk said.

Other church leaders lead the group in various prayers throughout the event.

“Father, we hear the cry of a mother who had to abandon her husband because he had to fight. We hear the cry of a baby wondering if he will see his daddy again,” said a church pastor.

Specifically, the group of about 80 people prayed for unity, healing and peace for Russia and Ukraine.

“My prayer is for the conflict to end, for ultimate peace. I think that’s what God wants. Our prayer is for the preservation of life and for truth and justice to prevail,” Vijuk said.

Earlier Saturday morning, a local group called “Ukrainians in Nashville” held a rally on the steps of the capital, pressing for an end to the war.

“We are here for one reason. We try to support Ukraine not only because of Ukraine itself or the Ukrainian people, but also because of democracy, because it’s just all-out war on democracy,” Alex Astafyev said.

Back at the prayer and worship gathering, people holding hands and reciting prayers aloud all hope for a better future for the two countries.

“My prayer is for the conflict to end – for ultimate peace. I think that is what God wants. Our prayer is for the preservation of life and for truth and justice to prevail,” Vijuk said.

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