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Churches prepare for Season of Prayer and Reflection in the Korean Peninsula

Ecumenical partners praise talks on reconciliation and reunification

June 24, 2018

The Rev. Lee Hong-jung, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in Korea, participates in a candlelight vigil for peace in the Korean Peninsula on December 9, 2017, in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Paul Jeffrey/WCC)

Tomorrow members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will join in prayer to commemorate the beginning of the Season of Prayer and Reflection in the Korean Peninsula. The annual observance will conclude on Aug. 15.

This year the observance occurs amid renewed calls for unification of the Korean Peninsula. On April 27 the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) released a statement in response to the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.

The leaders of North and South Korea signed the agreement, which seeks a formal end to the Korean War and the complete denuclearization of the peninsula, at a summit in the demilitarized zone.

The NCCK expressed its strong support and respect for the declaration and the summit.

“Having recognized the absurdity and pain brought forth by separation, for more than 50 years the NCCK has worked for the reconciliation and peace of Korea while praying without ceasing,” the statement reads. “We strongly support the agreement to replace the armistice treaty with a peace treaty by the end of this year, and to build a long-lasting and stable peace in the peninsula through complete denuclearization.”

The NCCK also strongly supports the agreement to transform the demilitarization zone into a “peace zone” and to establish a peace zone in the West Sea.

“We also support the commitment to cease all hostile military acts,” the statement continues. “We strongly support the agreement to ensure the participation of civilians in the reunification process as seen in the decision to establish a joint liaison office and to resume the reunion events of the separated families.”

 Presbyterian News Service and World Council of Churches

Today’s Focus: Season of Prayer and Reflection in the Korean Peninsula

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Lorraine Recchia, PILP
James Reese, FDN

Let us pray:

Gracious God, lead us down a holy path of peace, so that we can be peacemakers wherever we are. In the name of the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 24, 2018, the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

First Reading 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
Or alternate First Reading 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 9:9-20
Or alternate Psalm Psalm 133
Second Reading 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Gospel Mark 4:35-41