Prayer of Invocation for Sept. 11, 2011

Here’s an opening prayer written by Rev. Mindi for worship on September 11, 2011.

God of Creation,
You created all of us in Your image.
On this day we remember that throughout history
there are those who have distorted Your image,
seeking power for themselves instead of submitting to Your power,
destroying relationships through violence, fear and oppression
rather than seeking to build up relationships through love, peace and mercy.

In this time of worship, as we have gathered to remember,
we call on You, Creator of the Earth,
to guide us into using the power You have given us
   to create, not to destroy;
   to love, not to hate;
   to build instead of tearing down;
   to reconcile instead of breaking apart;
   to seek restorative justice instead of revenge.

Guide our hearts and minds to remember
that we are created in Your image to be creative beings in this world.
In the name of Jesus the Christ,
   who went to the cross instead of revenge,
   who walked this earth in peace instead of carrying weapons,
   and who in the resurrection comes and says “Peace be with you,”
we pray that we might walk in His name. Amen.

—written by Rev. Mindi, on her Rev-o-lution blog. 

For more prayers and litanies for the tenth anniversary of 9 11, click on September 11 Worship in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.

For more worship resources related to the scripture texts for September 11, 2011 (the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost), click on Proper 19A in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.  

For other prayers and prayer resources on this blog, see this Prayer index.