Friday, 04 August 2017

Prayers for Peace in Korea

Recent gathering of the ministers in the Uniting Church Korean National Conference Recent gathering of the ministers in the Uniting Church Korean National Conference

Uniting Church members are encouraged to join in prayers for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

On Sunday, 13 August, Christians around the world will be praying for peace on the Korean Peninsula, which remains divided and without a formal peace agreement more than 70 years after the end of World War II.

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan called on church members to uphold in prayer all Koreans in the hope of a peaceful resolution and easing of tensions. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with Korean members of the Uniting Church at this time of deep reflection and prayer for them,” said Mr McMillan.

Each year, the World Council of Churches and the World Communion of Reformed Churches call member churches to pray for peace and unity in Korea.

Prepared by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) based in South Korea and the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) based in North Korea, the prayer is traditionally used on the Sunday before 15 August every year.

August 15 is celebrated as Liberation Day in both North and South Korea and is the date in 1945 when Korea won independence from Japanese occupation. It also marks the day when the Korean peninsula was divided into two countries.

Chair of the Korean National Conference in the Uniting Church Rev. Steve Lee joined the call to prayer.

“I believe many Christians in Korea have been earnestly praying together for peace in the region,” said Rev. Lee. “They will be greatly heartened to know fellow Christians in Australia will be joining and upholding them in prayer.”

He offered the following prayer points which he says reflect the hopes of Christians in Korea.

  1. Peaceful leadership and co-operation across the region.
  2. A renewed will for reconciliation and peaceful reunification.
  3. Strengthen Christians across the region as they deal with complex and often difficult situations.
  4. Encourage prayers from around the world to uphold the people in the Korean peninsula.

The Korean National Conference provides a network for Korean congregations and members in all Synods of the Uniting Church. There are currently more than 70 Korean Uniting Church Ministers serving across the Church.

Resources for the Day of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula can be found on the World Council of Churches website and include an order of service prepared by the NCCK’s Reconciliation and Reunification Committee.