Joint Prayer for Peaceful Reunification of Korean Peninsula

A Joint Prayer for a Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula has been prepared by the National Council of Churches in Korea (South Korea) and the Korean Christian Federation Central Committee (North Korea). The prayer and an order of worship are to help congregations in the annual observance on the Sunday prior to Aug. 15 as a day of prayer for reunification.

Since 1988, both the National Council of Churches of Korea (NCCK) and the Korean Christian Federation have worked together to prepare the Joint Community Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

The observance was urged by the World Council of Churches during its Busan Assembly of 2013.

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonialism and also its division into two occupying zones, which subsequently led to the Korean War, and seemingly perpetual animosities.

Since 1988, both the National Council of Churches of Korea (NCCK) and the Korean Christian Federation have worked together to prepare the Joint Community Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

Order of worship

The worship service addresses South/North antagonism and conflict, and prays for opening an interaction between the two countries. It hopes to foster an environment that will lead to peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula by concluding a peace treaty.

Technically ‘at war’

The Korean War ended with a temporary cease‐fire agreement, leaving the combatants technically “at war.” During the ensuing six decades the Korean Peninsula has continued to experience armed skirmishes, and the people live constantly with increased military drills and hostile rhetoric, serving essentially as an arena of military competition among the super powers.

The Order of Worship, which also contains background information about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, can be downloaded at “Footsteps to Reconciliation.”

In related activities, the Peace Committee of Korean American Assembly of The United Methodist Church will visit North Korea Aug. 12-19. The committee will participate in the 70th anniversary celebration of the liberation of Korea.

The Peace Committee is taking part this summer in a “National Campaign for Peaceful Settlement in Korea.” The campaign, initiated by the National Assn. of Korean Americans and the Coalition of Korean Americans, includes the following:

  • Letters to elected officials
  • Rally at the White House, Aug. 15
  • Symposium at the William Cho Peace Center, Fairfax, Va., Saturday, Aug. 15

There was also a Korea Peace Advocacy Day July 24, when visits were made on members of Congress, and a Rally Sunday, July 26, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

You can learn more, including other endorsers at info@heemang.org or nakaadvocacy@gmail.com.

The “2015 Sunday Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula” follows:

South and North Koreas’ joint prayer for peaceful reunification

Lord who oversees our history!

This year, we face the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan. On the day when we passed beyond the bitter persecution of the Japanese colonial era, our people sang a song of liberation. The song from our deep hearts flowed down like a stream of tears from everywhere South/North, North/South, Pyongyang/Seoul and Seoul/Pyongyang. Today, the roar of that day echoes through our hearts. However, we have been living with as much hatred as in the Japanese colonial era with our hostile divided state. Oh Lord have mercy on us!

Lord of Comfort!

It’s been 70 years since we were divided. Although the Jews, who were taken captive to Babylon, returned to their home freely as prophesied; we are living without embracing the hope of Reunification that we had expected would come soon. Now all land routes, railroads and seaways are blocked despite having traveled them more freely under Japanese colonial era. We live in nothing but an unfree situation in which bugs, animals, seeds, and the fruit of trees also are confined in South and North / North and South. Oh Lord, let the liberation of that day live in our hearts again. Let us prepare our song in a chorus of reunification from all over the world.

Lord of Peace!

Like the unchanging sky and land, strong nations surrounding this land have been continually pressuring us, the same as it had ever been, for 70 years. We, sometimes, expected them to come in the role of a mediator of peace; however, militarily and economically they have considered their own advantage first. Recently a military alliance between the U.S. and Japan has been strengthened, and an alliance between China and Russia has stabilized. They fan the flame of crisis by perpetually competing in an arms race by promoting exclusive military cooperation agreements. The way that our people can survive by ourselves is to hold exchanges, to communicate with each other, and to be reconciled, cooperating together; however, we are foolishly reinforcing our dividing wall even more. Oh Lord, change our minds and help us to repent of our sin.

Lord of Mercy!

Waiting for 70 years, we hope the complete peace of the Lord will be manifest in this world. We eagerly wish that our history of conflict and fighting which has been recurring for 70 years will soon be over. Brother and sister shared one same blood; our people, who (traditionally) wore the white garments, expect to recover our high dignity through beautiful union and peaceful reunification in East Asia and the world. We are dreaming that news of reconciliation will ripple through the East Sea and South Sea all around us, and that the news of peace be a great wind gusting out to Eurasia passing over Mt. Baekdu and to the Pacific Ocean passing over Jeju Island. Oh Lord, please fulfill our hopes without fail.

Lord who makes one!

At This moment when South and North / North and South are praying for reunification with one heart, make us into apostles of peace. Just like Jesus’ disciples, who became messengers of reconciliation after overcoming all fear, let all of us who were called as Christians be able to fulfill the duties of “the ministry of reconciliation.”

We pray in Jesus name, the one who achieved victory over death on the Cross, was resurrected, and gave us eternal life. Amen.

National Council of Churches in Korea                Korean Christian Federation Central Committee

Aug. 15, 2015

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