9/11 Remembrance Prayers
PRAYERS FOR 9/11 SERVICES OF REMEMBRANCE
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We gather on a day of remembrance of 9/11.
People: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Leader: We remember innocent lives lost and thoughts of revenge.
People: And Jesus said: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Leader: We remember acts of courage and compassion by so many.
People: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Leader: We gather to remember but we also gather in hope, for as Jesus said:
People: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
All: Together we will sing God’s praise!
O God of all the nations,
we gather on this day of remembrance confessing that as your children,
the events of twenty years ago have not made us much wiser
or enhanced our willingness to love one another without condition.
Walls still divide, fear still separates, and strangers seem stranger than ever.
Patient and loving God, look with mercy on your children gathered here today.
Nudge us along the narrow way of Jesus,
that we might be healed and become healers and helpers and leaven
on this good earth you have given us to steward. Amen.
Rev Dr Ronald M Patterson, Bridge Minister for Plymouth UCC in Ft. Collins CO.
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