In May, we celebrate Asian heritage in The United Church of Canada. Chinese and Japanese congregations took part in church union; strong Korean and Filipino communities have taken shape since. The Very Rev. Sang Chul Lee became the church's first Moderator of Asian heritage in 1988. The intercultural vitality of the church continues to expand today, including through mutual recognition of ministries with The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) and The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).

Worship Ideas

2021 Pentecost in Asian Voices: A beautiful worship service for Pentecost and personal reflection conducted by United Church ministers for Asian Heritage Month. Presented in Bunun, Korean, Cantonese, Japanese, Tagalog, and English, reflecting the Pentecost vision of a common story. Subtitles in English.
Asia Sunday 2020 (910.64 KB): In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Christian Conference of Asia worship service has the theme "God, Heal Us as We Are Vulnerable."
Asian Heritage Month | A Step Nearer to Harmony (39.25 KB): A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that encourages harmonious living.
Asian Heritage Month | Centennial of Korean Independence (638.94 KB): 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement of the Korean people, who rose against colonial occupation by Japan in 1919. This worship resource can be used in Sunday service in May, Asian Heritage Month.
Asian Heritage Month | Our God Goes with Us (640.15 KB): A worship service for Asian Heritage Month worship service this year that focuses on the United Churches of Japanese-Canadian background and reminds us that no matter where we go and whatever the future holds, we need not fear, for God goes with us and before us.
Asian Heritage Month | Rice Is Heaven (31.72 KB): A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that uses rice as a symbol of life and harmony.


Sing, Thanks to Our God (Song of Many Tongues) (73.93 KB): A unison worship song (includes optional descant) with piano accompaniment for use during Asian Heritage Month. Written by Amy Yea Kyong Lee.

Related Material

Asian Cultures, Asian Heritage: This video celebrates Asian cultures within the United Church today. Asian leaders speak of their experiences in the church.
Litany of Thanksgiving for Asian Heritage Month (13.14 KB): This litany is used at Tsurukawa Church located in the city of Machida, a part of Tokyo Prefecture and of the West Tokyo District of the United Church of Christ in Japan. Translation by Rob Witmer.
Prayer for All Affected by the East Japan Earthquake (13.96 KB): This prayer is used at the Mizonokuchi Church in the city of Kawasaki, a part of Kanagawa Prefecture and of the Kanagawa District of the United Church of Christ in Japan. Translation by Rob Witmer.
Scripture and Incense (123.18 KB): A Bible study for Asian Heritage Month on Psalm 141:1–4
United Church of Canada Launches Korea Peace Appeal Campaign: The United Church of Canada Moderator launches the Korea Peace Appeal 10,000 Signature Campaign. Read more and sign the petition.