This prayer was written for Sunday 11th September 2011, ten years on from the 9 11 attacks.  The prayer and the powerpoint were updated in 2012 to be used in any year, but the original prayer can be found at the bottom of the page. This prayer is designed to help congregations reflect on their memories, and centre around God and how he meets us in tragedy. There is a PowerPoint you can show, or you could just print the words in a service booklet.

 

"On the morning of September 11 2001, 2,976 people from 93 nations lost their lives in New York, at the Pentagon, and on Flight 93.
Today, we pause to remember that moment of horror and pray for those left scarred by those terrible events."
 
Leader:              
We remember the first time we
heard the news.
We recall the first time we saw those images.
We remember the way our thoughts
and prayers were with those families
who lost loved ones.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them again today.
 
O God of Comfort – though the years have passed, you are faithful still. 
All:
Yesterday, today and forever; let your love and peace endure.
 
Leader:
We remember those who survived.
We recall their heart-breaking stories.
We remember that their lives are forever scarred by those moments.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them again today.
 
O God of Healing - though the years have passed, you are faithful still.
All:                         
Yesterday, today and forever; let your love and peace endure.
 
Leader 
We remember the pain we felt.
We recall the bereavement and bitterness of the aftermath.
We remember that you are a God of redemption and restoration.
Help us forgive those who caused so much trauma,
and that we may find release in that forgiveness.
 
O God of forgiveness - though the years have passed, you are faithful still.
All:
Yesterday, today and forever; let your love and peace endure.
 
Leader:
We remember that you love the world.
We recall you sent your Son to bring reconciliation and salvation.
We remember your Spirit inhabits your Church.
Help us bring your comfort and peace to all.
 
O God of hope - though the years have passed, you are faithful still.
All:                        
Yesterday, today and forever; let your love and peace endure.
 
 
 
 
Original prayer:

 

"On the morning of September 11 2001, 2,976 people from 93 nations lost their lives in New York, at the Pentagon, and on Flight 93.
Today, ten years on, we pause to remember that moment of horror and pray for those left scarred by those terrible events."
 
We remember the first time we heard the news. 
We recall the first time we saw those images.
We remember the way our thoughts and prayers were with those families who lost loved ones. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with them again today.
 
O God of Comfort - ten years have passed. 
 
Yesterday, today and forever; 
let your love and peace endure.
 
 
We remember those who survived.
We recall their heart-breaking stories.
We remember that their lives are forever scarred by those moments.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them again today.
 
O God of Healing - ten years have passed. 
 
Yesterday, today and forever; 
let your love and peace endure.
 
 
We remember the pain we felt.
We recall the bereavement and bitterness of the aftermath.
We remember that you are a God of redemption and restoration.
Help us forgive those who caused so much trauma, and that we may find release in that forgiveness.
 
O God of forgiveness - ten years have passed. 
 
Yesterday, today and forever; 
let your love and peace endure.
 
 
We remember that you love the world.
We recall you sent your Son to bring reconciliation and salvation.
We remember your Spirit inhabits your Church.
Help us bring your comfort and peace to all.
 
O God of hope - ten years have passed. 
 
Yesterday, today and forever; 
let your love and peace endure.
 
 
 
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