September 11, 2001 was a day no one can forget as lives were rocked across the U.S. and the world. We reached out to United Methodists living in New York at the time for this exclusive series of stories in which church leaders and members reflect on what happened that dark day and what lessons have impacted their lives and their congregations since then.
It was not an easy thing to relive such hard memories but those we interviewed hope their words will help others continue to work for a more peaceful world. This series was produced by United Methodist Communications. Media contact is Fran Walsh. Click here to view the UMC.org website. As you mark 9/11, we share this prayer for reflection also.
A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
O God, our hope and refuge,
in our distress we come quickly to you.
Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided,
replaced now with an emptiness,
a longing for an innocence lost.
We come remembering those who lost their lives
in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.
We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants
who demonstrated the greatest love of all
by laying down their lives for friends.
We commit their souls to your eternal care
and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity.
We come remembering
and we come in hope,
not in ourselves, but in you.
As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken,
we are reminded of the illusion of security.
In commemorating this tragedy,
we give you thanks for your presence
in our time of need
and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,
our guide and our guardian. Amen.
15th Anniversary Remembrances
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9/11 Memorial in Shanksville, PA. The horrific events of September 11, 2001 put the rural community of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on the map and in the history books. Resident Donna Glessner felt her home shake from the impact of Flight 93 hitting the ground in a nearby field after passengers gave their lives to save others in the path of the hijacked plane. When she realized thousands of people would visit the area, she organized her fellow United Methodist church members and other volunteers to give tours and honor these heroes. This UMTV encore from 2011 shares the story of this important site.
United Methodists Recall 9/11 in New York. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 shut down New York City and left residents in a state of shock. Churches opened their doors to comfort and care for all who came to seek refuge and pray for healing. As we mark the 15th anniversary of that awful day, United Methodist church members who lived in the area then recall how New York congregations responded to the needs of the community after 9/11.
UMTV: 9/11 Highest Honors. In the unfolding deadly drama of September 11th, 2001, many people have felt their faith greatly tested. United Methodist Army Chaplain Terry Bradfield is trained to offer prayer and guidance on a battlefield – not in an office building. But he found himself working with the mortuary teams at the Pentagon on 9/11. Here are some of his reflections of the days following the terrorist attacks. UMTV sat down with Bradfield in 2002, one year after the attack on the U.S. Pentagon.