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Service of Remembrance for September 11

8:30 to 8:33: Bells (a chaotic sound and then silence)

8:33 to 8:40: Centering Litany of Remembrance

Reader 1: We gather ten years after the day when politics, religion, and culture clashed in a tragic way. On this anniversary day, we gather to remember the events of September 11, 2001. Let us not forget that we are God's people journeying towards God's kingdom.

Reader 2: On this day, violence created chaos, destroyed lives, and generated fear.

Reader 3: We remember the suffering born in pain. We remember the media images of frightening scenes and of human terror that are forever burned into our consciousness. We remember with confidence born of faith that this is not God's way.

All: We remember and journey together to build God's kingdom.

Sung Response:"Jesus Remember Me when you come into your kingdom." (two times)

Reader 2: On this day, lives were lost, peace was shattered, and hope was endangered

Reader 3: We remember the cries of the people caught amid fire and dust, the families whose loved ones never returned home after that day, the shared mourning of a frightened nation We remember the day when the skies were no longer peaceful, but rather threatened with a vision of fear. We remember with confidence that hope is still God's way.

All: We remember and journey together to build God's kingdom.

Sung Response:"Jesus Remember Me when you come into your kingdom." (two times)

Reader 2: On this day, strangers became friends, and ordinary people become heroic.

Reader 3: We remember courageous men and woman who worked tirelessly to save lives, seek the lost, and heal the wounded.

Sung Response:"Jesus Remember Me when you come into your kingdom." (two times)

8:40 to 8:45: Introduce bell chime and a moment of silence.

8:46: Bell tolls followed by silence 8:47 (one minute silence)

8:47 to 8:50: Litany of Remembrance continues

Reader 1: On this day, we pray for hearts to be softened and for peace to move lives.

Reader 2: We remember men and women living in danger far from home and their families who need God's peace. We remember women, men, and children around the world who live in constant fear and danger. We remember that God loves all the children of the world.

All: We remember and journey together to build God's kingdom.

Reader 1: On this day, we pray for God's kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.

Reader 2: We remember that God's kingdom is where the last are first, the lost are found, and the weak are made strong. We remember that we are required to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. We remember that we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves.

All: We remember and journey together to build God's kingdom.

8:50 to 8:53: Song -- "Come and Fill our Hearts with your Peace" (TFWS, 2157 ) -- woven with spoken prayer

8:53 to 8:54: Scripture Reading (Micah 4:1-5)

8:54 to 8:57: Litany of Remembrance continues

Reader 1: On this day, we work for the kingdom of God on earth; come to the house of the Lord on the high mountain seeking the way of God.

Reader 2: We remember that Love comes from the very heart of God embracing all humanity.

Reader 3: We remember that true power is born of humility, obedience, and justice.

Reader 1: We remember that God's grace is a gift that gives life to the world.

All: We remember and journey together to build God's kingdom.

Reader 2: On this day, we remember,

All: We remember and journey together to build God's kingdom.

Reader 3: On This day, we pray.

All: We remember and journey together to build God's kingdom.

Reader 1: On this day, we work.

All: We remember and journey together to build God's kingdom.

8:57- 9:00: Song -- "Lord Listen to your Children Praying" (TFWS, 2193) woven with prayer.

9:00 to 9:03: Introduce the bell chime and a moment of silence.

9:03 to 9:04: Bell tolls followed by silence 9:04 (one minute of silence)

9:04 to 9:10: Closing words, prayer and song - "We are Marching (Praying) in the Light of God"(TFWS, 2235)

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