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Sep  2011 07
Call to Hope - 9/11/2011

This responsive prayer acknowledges the mixture of emotions that grief and fear evoke while calling the community to turn toward hope.

 

A Call to Hope for the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th. 

ONE VOICE:   We come from different places and with different emotions.

                We were all affected in different ways

                and continue to be impacted in different ways. 

                Now help us to offer up our emotions

                and become centered on you as we reflect in silence at this time. 

 

silent reflection

 

ONE VOICE:  O gracious Creator of all that is, seen and unseen, 

                we bring to you our heartache and sadness,

                our fear and defiance, our anger and self-righteousness. 

ALL VOICES: Come and teach us your way of compassion.

ONE VOICE: We recognize and still hear the angry cries, the angry guns,

                and continue to watch as your people die. 

ALL VOICES: Come and teach us your way of compassion.

ONE VOICE:  We understand the agony of lonely hearts, of broken lives,

                of desperately seeking love to replace that which is lost.

ALL VOICES: Come and teach us your way of compassion.

ONE VOICE:  We crave justice and desire mercy that they might ever fill the earth,

                but we do not know how to reach out in your love. 

ALL VOICES: Come and teach us your way of compassion.

                     Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,

                     from despair to hope, from fear to trust.

                     Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;

                     Let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,

                     Let peace fill our universe, and let us be the pipeline

                     of your mercy and grace.

                     In the name of the one who is, who was, and who is to come.

                     Amen.

 

One in a series of liturgies for "One Hope, One Prayer, One World" composed by

Students in Dr. Mindy McGarrah Sharp's class, Care in Christian Communities

Phillips Theological Seminary

Midday Services in Meinders Chapel

September 6-8, 2011

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