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September 11: We remember

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11

O God, our hope and refuge,
in our distress we come quickly to you...

We come remembering those who lost their lives
in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania...

We come remembering
and we come in hope,
not in ourselves, but in you...

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.

Excerpt of prayer by the Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon, First United Methodist Church, Panama City, Florida, via Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church.

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A 9/11 memorial in Breezy Point, Queens, New York, contains etchings representing the community members who died from the events of September 11, 2001. Photo by Canva.

September 11: We remember

20 years later: the transformative power of 9/11

As the world commemorates the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, a few United Methodists who survived those early days, weeks and months near Ground Zero, share how 9/11 shaped their faith.

The Tribute in Light is an art installation created in remembrance of those who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. It consists of 88 vertical searchlights arranged in two columns to represent the twin towers that came down in the attack. On clear nights, the lights can be seen over 60 miles away. Photo courtesy of the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Disaster Relief

Finding light in the darkness of 9/11

United Methodists rose to the challenge of caring for survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but many of these helpers needed support afterward for their own trauma.


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