September 11: In Church That Evening

11 Sep

Early in the afternoon of September 11, 2001, our St. Andrew staff picked up the parish telephone directory with prayerful purpose. They got on the telephone and spoke with one person on each page of that directory, asking them to leave a message at every other phone number that was on their page. The message was simple: There will be a prayer service in church tonight, if you need or want to be there. That evening the church was filled with people who wanted to be together and to pray together.

During the service everyone was invited to write a prayer from their heart. We collected the prayers and read some of them aloud. The prayers still work today, ten years later:

Dear Lord, receive all the victims into your loving arms. Comfort their families.

Dear Lord, ease the pain in so many hearts and the despair in so many spirits. Only you, Lord, can touch and heal these places.

I pray tonight for peace in the world and for the spirit of forgiveness in my heart.

That the hearts of our enemies may be softened and that I will resist the need for revenge. Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Please help us understand what is happening, so that we may not hate, but work together to resolve this horrible tragedy.

Dear Lord, please help us not to have terror and for war not to start. Let our country be safe and free. Help dad to be safe on his trip.

One Response to “September 11: In Church That Evening”

  1. hopevoices September 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    There was no better place to be that evening than in church! Nothing made sense that day….but being in Church did…if one was looking for some comfort…there you could find it!

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