We Light This Candle: a reading following a terrorist attack

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On the evening of September 11, 2001, the community gathered at LaOtto Wesleyan Church for this liturgy written by Pastor Lois Watkins

Leader: For the sudden and tragic loss of lives taken in this attack

Congregation: We light this candle

Leader: For the loss of lives of firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel while performing their assigned duties

Congregation: We light this candle

Leader: For family and friends left in shock and grief, who [will] continue to face their losses

Congregation: We light this candle

Leader: For the injured survivors in body, mind and spirit, and those who rejoice in their life and walk with them through their nightmare

Congregation: We light this candle

Leader: For the nation, that is forever changed, yet not broken in spirit and determination

Congregation: We light this candle

Leader: For all nations who have responded in compassion, support, and sacrifice

Congregation: We light this candle

Leader: For firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel who daily continue to risk their lives in the line of duty for our safety

Congregation: We light this candle

Leader: For the new life born on the very day of this tragedy, who give reason to hope and to live

Congregation: We light this candle

Leader: For our continued faith in God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the world and our hope of eternal life

Congregation: We light this candle

Copyright © 2001 Lois E. F. Watkins Permission to copy for church or community service is granted, provided author and copyright notice included.

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