9 11 memorial prayer

Written By:
Jimmy Orr
Bible Refs:

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.
 
 
 
© Jimmy Orr/engageworship.org

 

Jimmy is currently part of the Leadership Team at Oasis Church, Waterloo (oasiswaterloo.org) in London, where he leads worship, preaches and heads up the Music and Arts cluster. He is married to Kathryn, lives in London and often refers to himself in the third person. Visit his blog here.

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Previous Comments:

Dan Blackburn
08 Sep 2011 10:27
These are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing them. It's so important to allow people space to recognise how they are still affected by how the world has changed in the last the years. I think it would also be great to add in prayers for those who perpetrated the events, that they too would experience the love and grace of Jesus.
Thanks again.
John Kless
09 Sep 2011 13:27
Found these on a web search. Beautifully done. We will use them for our prayer time of remembrance on Sun. morning Sept. 11. Thanks so much.
Andy Graham
10 Sep 2011 20:04
Great Job Jimmy. Sets into words so helpfully an act of remembrance and reminds us to whom we bring such brokenness. Thank you.
David Webber
11 Sep 2011 20:10
Thanks for this. It gave us a simple, measured way to acknowledge the occasion this morning.
Kurt Focht
15 Sep 2011 16:42
Jimmy- thanks so much for your thoughtful words and heart of prayer on this day in American history.
I was had been looking all over for something that fit with our church and our approach to church in America.
Everything I had watched, read or listened to was overtly Pro American and Pro American church pushing that the two were supposed to go together.
Your prayer on the other hand was beautiful and a wonderful approach of remembrance, reflection, response and hope.

I emailed it to our senior pastor and it fit was exactly what he had been looking for for our reflection time.
Lisa Holland
19 Sep 2011 11:33
Thank you, we used this last week, it fitted the bill perfectly.
Sharon Naylor
09 Aug 2012 00:53
Hi, I was just wondering if you are considering updating the 9/11/2001 prayer so that it can be said each year - not just on a 10 year anniversary. I think it is something we should pray about each year.
Sara Hargreaves
22 Aug 2012 10:46
This prayer has now been updated, thanks for the suggestion Sharon!
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