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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

One of the great untold stories of our time is the response of pastors, churches and other faith communities on and after 9/11/2001. Our aim is to discover, share and reflect upon these stories. See "More Candles in the Dark: Heartbreak and Healing After 9/11" on YouTube and our book "More Candles in the Dark: Going From Heartbreak to Healing" available at

For national coverage of our story, see "UM Churches Prepare for 9/11 Services":

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


(For September 11, 2011)

Words by David James Randolph Copyright 2011
Music: U.M. Hymnal Tune  # 95, Doxology Old 100 Hundredth
 Or Tallis Canon (682)
 Or  UM Hymnal 643 Trad. English Melody “The Water is Wide”

O God like Father and like Mother
We give you thanks for sister, brother.
May we of every place and nation
Be stewards of your good creation.

We give you thanks in everything
In summer, autumn, winter, spring.
In all our nights, and all our days,
We offer you our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks for your dear son
Who offers life to every one.
When we drink and when we eat,
In his real presence may we meet.

Our prayers to you will never cease
Till all the world shall be at peace.
Turn us from our pride and from our greed
To share our wealth with those in need.

In the dark time of our terrors,
Save us from more hateful errors.
May we find light and pass it on
To be true children of the dawn.

“Prayer for September 11, 2011”

by David James Randolph © 2011

O God, we come to you in the darkness:
darkness in our minds we call doubt
And darkness in our hearts we call fear.
There is darkness in our air and water we call pollution,
And darkness around us we call racism, sexism, and ageism.
There is darkness in the world we call war.
We are dying in here!

O God, smash open the tombs
That keep us from your light and set us free.
Come like a candle in the dark.
Come like a breath of fresh air.
Come like a taste of fresh water.
Come like the embrace of a lover.
Come like the joy of breaking free.
Come like the peace that is sweet.
Come with the radiance of resurrection,
And from it we will light our candles
Of loving service to our family,
Our friends, those close to us, and those far away:
Flames for the future to illuminate and heal and lead.

O God, let it be said of us that
In the midst of darkness we bring light,
And in the midst of death we bring life
To our minds and to our hearts,
To the air and to the water,
Near to home and far away,
With our brothers and sisters,
Overcoming terror with love,
At peace with all through Jesus Christ,
The Light of the world. Amen.