First UNY Korean Caucus prayer concert includes dozens of prayers
On Dec. 7, clergy and laity from across the Upper New York (UNY) Conference gathered together for the UNY Korean Caucus of Prayer at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool. The event included praise and worship, led by Yohan Moon and Jee hye Song, a message shared by Moon Ho Kim, and a long period of beautiful Tongsung Kido.
Tongsung Kido is popular in Korean congregations among others—it involves everyone in the room or sanctuary praying aloud at the same time. The voices of others do not bother anybody as they are all concentrating on their own earnest prayers, longing for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Prior to the Korean Caucus Concert of Prayer, a note was sent out to the Conference, asking for special prayer requests to be included in the Dec. 7 Tongsung Kido—almost 40 prayer requests were sent in. The attendees prayed aloud several prayers for repentance, unity, and restoration; prayers for the UNY Conference and the denomination; prayer requests for local churches; and several prayers for individuals needing strength and healing.
After the Tongsung Kido, attendees sang a praise song and Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb offered a closing prayer.
This Concert of Prayer was the first of ongoing Concerts of Prayer that will be held quarterly at the United Methodist Center.