For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. –Ephesians 2:14
Sunday, August 13, 2017 is designated by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) in South Korea and the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) in North Korea as a “Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.” These resources may be used on that Sunday or at any time.
HWB 322 For we are strangers no more
HWB 371 Let there be light, Lord God
HWB 408 O day of peace
STJ 53 O God in heaven
STJ 56 Make me a channel of your peace
STJ 87 Put peace into each other’s hands
HWB Hymnal: A Worship Book
STJ Sing the Journey
Prayer for peacemaking
by your Son Jesus Christ,
you have broken down the walls of partition
between Jew and Gentile, slave and free,
rich and poor, male and female.
Break down all the barriers that divide us;
remove all the hindrances that keep us apart.
Reveal our jealousies and show us our pride;
cure our alienation;
open up our narrowness.
Shatter all prejudice
though we may have different histories,
different cultures, different viewpoints.
May we live together as loving neighbors,
in honor preferring one another,
to the glory of your great name. Amen.
–Arlene Mark. Reprinted with permission from Words for Worship. (Herald Press, 1996) All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Joint North-South Korea Prayer
You have shown us how to live as God’s children,
And Your Spirit has led us not only through life,
But also through history.
The sorrows of the 70-years ethnic separation
Still linger since the time of our North-South division.
We have lost the hope of “becoming one with God”
And have sought after earthly goods instead of peace.
Pity us, Lord.
Clear away the pain-filled memories of separation
And also the rusty barbed wires.
Help the North and the South fulfill a life of harmony and peace.
As farmers ready themselves to till new land and plant new life,
Prepare us Lord.
God of peace,
Help us work together with one united mind,
To fulfill the dreams of unification.
Help us remember the days when the North and the South once were one,
To better live into a world of harmony and peace. Amen.
–Adapted from a Joint Easter Community Prayer from NCCK and KCF. The full prayer is online at globalministries.org/2017_easter_joint_north_south_korea_prayer.