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Call to Remembrance - 9/11/2011

This prayer invites all who are present to remember the events of September 11, 2001, to remember the national crises sparked that day, to mark the anniversary and passage of time, and to name the reality of individual and communal sorrow, anger, and despair.


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

ONE VOICE:    Creating God,

      We remember the shock and disbelief that jolted everyone in America

      on September 11, 2001.
      We remember the collapse of the World Trade Center.

      We watched in horror as frightened people ran to safety, while others were trapped.

      We remember the terror and violence that tore through the Pentagon.

      We remember the tragic loss of those aboard Flight 93.

      We recall with clarity the immediacy of shattered lives,

      broken bodies, flames, smoke, and a rising cloud of terror.

ALL VOICES: Deliver us from our fear, anger, and hatred. Help us to forgive.

ONE VOICE:    We searched, but there were few answers or reasons to be found.

      We targeted our anger and  let stereotypes and fear of the unknown

      steer our thoughts.

      We saw revenge fuel war  and watched as our nation suffered the loss

      of thousands of lives.

      We saw many more thousands permanently damaged.

      We watched as our neighbors in Iraq and Afghanistan experienced the full impact

      of the destruction.

      The horrors of war danced across the decade, and still, lives continue to be lost.

ALL VOICES: Deliver us from our fear, anger, and hatred. Help us to forgive.

ONE VOICE:    While we remember the recent past, we seem doomed to repeat

      the mistakes recorded in history; the circle of violence that never ceases.

      Give us the courage to change, to love those we don't understand,

      and to live out your command: "Be strong and courageous.

      Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,

      for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

ALL VOICES: Deliver us from our fear, anger, and hatred. Help us to hope.

ONE VOICE:  We look forward to the safe return of our service men and women,

      who have endured the long and costly wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.

      We look forward to a world that is free from fear, deception, and hatred.

      We look forward to a time of peace for all people.

ALL VOICES: Deliver us from our fear, anger, and hatred. Help us to act.


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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