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A prayer of the people: 11 September 2011

A prayer written for the 10th anniversary of 11 September 2001

07 September 2011

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy, remove terror from our lives.

Consecrate our memories, O Lord,
when we call to mind those who suffered and died
as a result of September 11th and its consequences.

Bless us as we experience anew the pain of loss,
and as we work to prevent such tragedy from happening again.

Arouse our gratitude as we recall the quality of support and caring
extended to those who were injured, in shock and in mourning.
Inspire us to provide that quality of care whenever people are in need.

Bring us together in love. Let not nation lift up sword against nation,
nor culture against culture, nor religion against religion, nor person against person.

Cleanse our hearts of violent intent and the lust for vengeance.
Help us to repent of hatred, and to seek peace based on your justice.

Forgive us our sins, O Lord, and teach us the things that make for peace;
for we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Prince of Peace,
to the glory of your Triune name. Amen.