08.08.17 | News

Prayer for Reconciliation

On Sunday, 13th of August churches worldwide pray for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

For the population of Korea, the tension between North and South Korea are perceptible every day. Every day for over 70 years since Korea became a divided country. In 1945, after the end of World War II, the superpowers divided Korea into North and South Korea. Families were torn apart, many people lost their homes. The division led to the outbreak of the Korean War which recorded more than five million causalities. But even 72 years later the Koreans and people all over the world pray and fight for reconciliation of the Korean peninsula.

Every year on August 15th, the Koreans celebrate the Liberation Day, remembering the end of the Japanese sovereignty. In 2013, the WCC 10th General Assembly meeting in Busan, Korea passed a resolution that the churches of the world will annually observe each Sunday prior to August 15 as a "Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula." Furthermore, the Council urged the churches to join in the process of building peace and trust amongst North and South Korea.

As in recent years, the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) has prepared a Sunday Prayer Worship for Sunday, August 13th. It includes prayers, songs and a sermon script. The NCCK asks the churches worldwide to join and pray for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula and to light a beacon of solidarity.

The worship resources can be downloaded in the box below.