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Sep  2011 07
Invocation - 9/11/2011

This prayer recognizes the anniversary of loss, names the reality of suffering, confesses our complicity in destruction, and to invoke the presence of God in this moment for the sake of healing and wholeness.

 

An Invocation for the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th.

 

ONE VOICE:  O merciful God, comforter, and bringer of perfect peace,

                On this 10th anniversary of the terror attack on our nation, we still remember. We feel pain for those who continue to suffer physically and emotionally from that tragic event.  We come to you today, in great need of comfort from the anguish and grief that we continue to experience. Please confer upon us the help and strength to live in this present day with dignity and creativity.  Grant us wisdom to move ourselves and our world toward a just place and compassionate space.

 

                We know that it is your desire that we love our neighbors and live in peace. Grant us wisdom and guidance to act with graciousness and not with fear, hypocrisy and hate toward each other. We are confident that you, God, giver of every good and perfect gift, will grant our request.  As we reflect on your never-failing faithfulness, draw our spirits closer to yours. Thank you, gracious One.

ALL VOICES:  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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