Churches plan special services to mark 9/11 anniversary


    Various churches across North Georgia, as well as the nation, are making plans for special services and ceremonies to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.
    On Sept. 11, 2001, in the largest terror attack in our nation’s history, more than 3,000 people were killed in coordinated attacks at the World Trade Center in New York and at the Pentagon. Ten years later, the war against terror shows little sign of ending.
     “In times of turmoil and uncertainty, people seek answers,” said Phil Schroeder, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “and we need to be prepared to help people through difficult times.”
       Among the special services and events:
     In the Northwest District, the United Methodist churches of Murray County -- Chatsworth First UMC, Spring Place UMC, Eton UMC, Center Valley UMC, Casey Springs UMC, Mt. Zion UMC, and Fullers Chapel UMC -- are hosting a community wide prayer service on the lawn of the county courthouse at 8:46 a.m. Sun., Sept. 11, in remembrance of the exact time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.              
         The American Legion is providing a color guard and a bugler to play taps.
        After the service, the churches will be hosting a continental breakfast at Chatsworth First .
           “We see this as an opportunity for the church to meet the people where they are,” said Roger Vest, pastor of Chatsworth First UMC. “Americans everywhere will be thinking about the events of that day and we feel that as Christians we can set an example in how to respond.”
      Peachtree Road UMC will commemorate the anniversary with a special event on Sept. 11: A Service of Peace, Hope and Remembrance.
      The service, intended to bring together community leaders and Atlanta residents, will honor the memory of those who perished and share a vision of hope for the future.
     The community is invited to gather at 4:15 p.m. to express gratitude to local firefighters, police and emergency response teams, as well as experience music selected for this commemorative event.  At 5 p.m., an interfaith service will begin in the sanctuary featuring special prayers, music and message which will close with a significant procession of the church’s children.
      Votive candles will be available throughout the church.  Civic leaders, clergy and other special guests will participate in the service.
      And Peachtree Road’s Prayers for Peace Memorial will be dedicated. This structure stands as a tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
       Chamblee UMC will be holding a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the local emergency personnel at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11. Council persons, state representatives, the mayor, and other officials will be attending.
     There will be special music and presentation of the colors by the Boy Scouts. The public is invited to attend.
    Snellville UMC will commemorate the anniversary in all three services of worship. And the church will also join with congregations from DeKalb and Gwinnett counties for a service Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., at Norcross UMC.
      Harmony Grove UMC is planning a special service of reconciliation and hope at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
       Hillside UMC is hosting a community wide Service of Prayer, Remembrance and Hope at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, featuring a mass choir from local churches and schools. The church is at 4474 Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock.
   The General Board of Discipleship has a variety of worship, preaching and music worship resources available to help churches plan similar remembrances. For more information, visit