NCCK Joint Worship for Peaceful Reunification

(from an NCCK news article I helped to edit into English)

On Sunday August 10th, the NCCK Committee for Reconciliation and Unification along with 600 people from 11 member churches and affiliated organizations held a joint Sunday prayer worship service, ”The Wave of Peace, Be the Breaker of Unification,” for the peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula at Sejongro Park.

KakaoTalk_20140814_102608662The Korean Church and the World Church have been observing the week that precedes August 15th as a “Joint Prayer Week for Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.” In 1989, the World Church had determined at the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) held in Moscow to set a joint prayer week for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula and to pray together.

Also at the Busan General Assembly of the WCC held in October 2013, the Word Church adopted the Statement for Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula, which contains that reconfirmation about churches all over the world observing the “Joint Prayer Week for Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.” It has been reemphasized in the communiqué from the International Consultation on Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula held on June 17th – 19th, 2014 in Bossey, Switzerland.

KakaoTalk_20140814_102603342The joint worship began with introspection over the situation of the divided Korean peninsula. People repented that they did not see the suffering and pain of others, focused only on their own benefit, and they made little effort for the peace and reunification of this country while instead blaming the surrounding circumstances. According to the “South-North Joint Prayer for Peaceful Reunification on the Korean Peninsula,” which was co-created by the National Council of Churches in Korea and Korean Christian Federation last June in Bossey, Switzerland, people prayed for ending the war through a peace treaty and that we may all of us walk the way of love and truth, serving and sharing.

Significantly this time, the worship used the South and North Joint Prayer for Peaceful Reunification on the Korean Peninsula which was co-written by the Korean Christian Federation and the National Council of Churches in Korea. This joint prayer was sent to the World Churches so they may join the suffering and the wishes for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula.

KakaoTalk_20140814_102611871The preacher, Rev. Kim, from Deul-Gott-Hyang-Lin Church preached a sermon with the title, “I Am Who I Am,” and sent a message that “when seeing the people and countries of the Bible they always perished surely when they divided and fought each other. So the Christians who believe in the Bible should be the last bastion which is able to create unification.”

As a thanks giving and response, lay people took the lead for intercessory prayer. Kim Kyung Yoon from Dong-Nyok Church, prayed for the creation of a peace treaty to put an end to war and for the peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula and our prosperity. Also Kim Min Kyung from Gajewool-Noksec Church, prayed, “Let all of us be an apostle of peace so that we may work and cooperate for the peace of the world.”

KakaoTalk_20140814_102606323After that all people shared the body and blood of Jesus with love and sincerity in the Eucharist. People greeted each other with greetings of peace and prayed together.

After the service, all people gathered at the back and joined in the rhythms of Samulnori and Dedongnori which is a traditional Korean percussion quartet.

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