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Remembering a time of terror, prayer and resolve;
Worship resources for the 10th anniversary of 9/11

July 25, 2011 – Rarely in human history have the events of a single day so profoundly affected the lives of so many on this planet.

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 – starkly and universally abbreviated as 9/11 – set in motion a worldwide chain reaction that has not ebbed in the decade that has passed.


Knowing that the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be a time of deep spiritual reflection for all who were touched by these events, the National Council of Churches has prepared worship resources for pastors and churches to use or to modify as they are led.


To download these free resources, click on the blue boxes.

“For Christians in the U.S. and around the world, this tenth anniversary will be a time of prayer and remembrance for those who were lost, as well as a time for each of us to seek to discern God’s will for ending the hatred and resentments that spawned the violence,” said the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, NCC general secretary.

The resources include a liturgy prepared by the Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Tenafly, N.J., former NCC Deputy General Secretary; and the Rev. Jon Brown, a Presbyterian minister and Pastor of Old Bergen Church, Jersey City, N.J.

In addition, the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, co-pastor with her husband Bruce of Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Del., has written a new hymn for use in 9/11 services of remembrance.

Other Worship and Study Resources:

Presbyterian Church (USA): Remembering September 11

United Methodist General Board of Discipleship: Peaceful Remembrance: Forty Days of Prayer for Children.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Worship resources for disaster response.

United Methodist Committee on Relief: Spiritual Resources for 9/11.

United Methodist Committee on Relief: Worship Resources: Remembering 9/11.

United Church of Christ: Between Memory and Hope

Massachusetts Conference UCC: resources for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

ehow Worship Resources for 9/11

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 9/11 page

Mennonite Church USA worship ideas.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture: worship resources

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 9/11 and disaster response worship suggestions.

Auburn Seminary: Religion and Justice

The Love-Hate-Love Movie

Please email additions to this list to Philip E. Jenks.


Links to earlier NCC statements and resolutions on 9/11.

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