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Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan

24 - 30 December 2017

Intercessions

Give thanks for:

  • The flourishing Christian churches in South Korea.
  • Those who witness to the self-giving love of Christ in the midst of cultures that value individual prosperity.
  • Those who are working towards peace and reunification in the Korean peninsula.
  • Christians in Japan and Taiwan who serve Christ even when they are small minorities.
  • Kimchi, sushi, tea and all the wonders from the sea.
  • Enormous drums which beat the rhythms of life.

Pray for:

  • Those who continue to be affected by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
  • An end to political unrest, border disputes and nuclear weapons.
  • Greater protection of human rights and a decrease in political corruption.
  • Those families torn apart by the separation of North and South Korea.
  • Peace in this region of frequent tension and misunderstanding.
  • Those in North Korea who suffer from malnutrition and starvation.
  • Hope for people in North Korea who live in despair.
  • A just and peaceful resolution to all political disputes, especially tensions  between China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
  • Those who seek power, prestige and wealth at the expense of spiritual wholeness, that they may be filled and renewed.
  • Indigenous peoples in Taiwan.
  • Those still rebuilding their lives after powerful earthquakes and nuclear devastation.
  • Children forced into prostitution.

Prayers

Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”(Eph. 2: 14)
God! We confess that you, O God, are the lord of peace, life and justice on the Korean peninsula. You, O God, desire peace and reconciliation for the people of North and South Korea
who suffer from the pains of division. While the ideological conflicts have disappeared from the global scene the Korean peninsula still struggles with ideological conflicts and peace is difficult to attain. We pray, O Lord for your love, peace and justice to become a living reality in the divided Korean peninsula. Lead us, O Lord, to build a just Korean peninsula where the poor and weak in society are protected and are able to live as equals in society. The relations between North and South, and the global relations may harden.
In spite of such external circumstances, lead us, O Lord, to continually struggle and strive to love and share life with our brothers and sisters in North Korea, and continue to build peace so that
your justice and peace may be realized in this land.

(Excerpt from a Common Prayer by participants of The 2011 Oikos Summer Theological School, held in Jangseong, Republic of Korea)

Prayer from Korea

Who do I say that you are? I don’t know.
But what I know,
You – Good News to the captives and the poor.
Liberator of the oppressed, friend of Minjung, 
suffering people, under repression,
attentive ear to the silenced,
healer of the tortured, advocate of the lowest,
hope of the desperate, homeland of the exiled.
Who do I say that you are? I don’t know.
But what I know,
You – Flower of freedom in the valley of repression.
Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.

(Seong Won Park, Presbyterian Church of Korea.)

 

Prayer from Japan

Eternal God,
We say good morning to you.
Hallowed be your name.
Early in the morning, before we begin our work, we praise your glory.
Renew our bodies as fresh as the morning flowers.
Open our inner eyes, as the sun casts new light upon the darkness
which prevailed over the night.
Deliver us from all captivity.
Give us wings of freedom like the birds in the sky,
to begin a new journey.
Restore justice and freedom, as a mighty stream
running continuously as day follows day.
We thank you for the gift of this morning,
and a new day to work with you.

(Masao Takenaka, first president of the Asian Christian Art Association, Japan. BAE p.62.)

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