O God, our hope and refuge, we come remembering those who lost their lives in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, and 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 the gifts of their lives to the human family.
We pray that you will comfort their families and friends who miss them so much. May they continue to heal, and may they live full and wholesome lives.
God of compassion, whose loving care extends to all the world, in our grief we remember this day your children of many nations and many faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Console those who continue to suffer and grieve, and give them comfort and hope as they look to the future. Give our leaders the grace to use our power to serve the good of all and for the healing of the nations.
Your Son, O God, commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you.
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.