Ein Gottesdienst für Kinder zum Gedenken an das hundertjährige Bestehen der Bewegung vom 1. März/A Worship Service for Children in Commemoration of the Centennial of the March 1st Movement (Photo: EMS/Youndong Presbyterian Church)
25. February 2019
A Korean Children's Service for the March 1st Movement
The March 1st Movement
The March 1st Movement in Korean is called 삼일 운동 (Samil Undong) and began on the 1st of March 1919 with the public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Seoul. So exactly one hundred years ago. The movement was directed against the Japanese occupation of Korea and was accompanied by months of demonstrations in almost all parts of the country.
Pastor Heekyung Jeong writes: "The March 1st Movement is a peaceful movement for the independence of Korea. Many Christian youths joined the movement under Japanese colonialism." Now all Korean churches are planning to celebrate the centenary service for the movement of the first of March in Korea next Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Sermon for the Children's Worship Service: The Remaining Trees in His Forests
The sermon for the centenary begins with a small parable. Gotjawal is the name of a thornbush forest on Jeju Island in Korea, whose soil is covered with lava rocks. People came and felled the trees and damaged the thorny bushes that grew between the trees. By felling the trees, however, more light came to the thorn bushes, which grew strongly and prevented people from felling the trees. The sermon also compares the Korean population during the time of Japanese imperialism to the thorny bushes that suffered under the rule. Between them there were Christians who stood as remaining trees between them. - The sermon text encourages the Christians of today to work as peaceful ambassadors of God for the peace of God on earth.
In addition, there is a draft for a complete worship service as a commemoration service for the March 1st Movement, including songs, Bible texts, texts for the worship service and explanations. The link can be found here: 3.1운동100주년기념 함께하는 예배 - 예배 해설서 (영문)
Pastor for YDKEM (Youn Dong Kids English Ministry) in Seoul, South Korea
I love the Children's Service because children are a gift from God and remind us of the importance of the little ones.