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오 소 서 (Come Now, O Prince of Peace)

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Our prayers will certainly include the needs of those who suffer. Since the church reflects the unity of the people of God, they “pray together” (Belhar Confession, Section 2). And the church, through their prayer, “supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly…and stands by any people in any form of suffering and need...” (Belhar Confession, Section 4).
905

오 소 서 (Come Now, O Prince of Peace)

Introductory/Framing Text

This earnest prayer pleads that God reconcile his people – not only those within the body of Christ, but also all nations. Particularly meaningful for Koreans, whose nation has been divided since the 40s, this prayer is for all those who desire unity among all people and countries. 

Blessing/Benediction

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,
but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.
Let each of you look not to your own interests,
but to the interests of others.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
—Philippians 2:3-8, NRSV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

God of righteousness and mercy,
grant us your peace.
When violence haunts our streets,
grant us your peace.
When anxieties haunt our minds and hearts,
grant us your peace.
For the people of [____] who face the violence and conflict, we pray:
Grant them your peace.
Turn our hearts toward the Prince of Peace, we pray:
Grant us your peace. Amen.
905

오 소 서 (Come Now, O Prince of Peace)

Tune Information

Name
O-SO-SO
Key
g minor
Meter
6.5.6.5

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Musical Suggestion

The tune is simple and lovely and may be sung in unison, without accompaniment, perhaps lined-out in four-bar phrases by a cantor. The hymn may also be sung SATB, and there are some surprising harmonies near the end that add depth and color to the piece.
 
John Bell suggests using this hymn as a prayer response, alternating verses with spoken intercessions. 
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 52)
— Alfred V. Fedak
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