9/11 Memorial Prayer

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.

 
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.
 
© Jimmy Orr/engageworship.org
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