Following the traditional ringing of the church bells by Lovettsville Mayor Elaine Walker, St. James United Church of Christ will mark the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 with a morning of interfaith remembrance, with a call to confession, compassion and commitment to renewed listening and community building. The sanctuary will remain open to all for silent prayers and meditation, beginning with the first ringing of the church bells at 8:46 a.m. All are invited to stay for fellowship and an 11:00 a.m. interfaith service following the bell ringing.
The congregation at St. James seeks ways to honor all those who have been lost to the events set in motion that day, to heal, to declare ourselves part of one human family. We take note of continuing cycles of violence, and choose to lift up peace. We invite all in the community who wish to come together and tell their stories, hear the stories of others, or to simply seek a place for quiet prayer and reflection.
“Now is the time to seek interfaith conversations that lead us in directions of understanding and the pursuit of justice and peace, not more vengeance,” said the Rev. Don Prange. “We want to extend an invitation to people of good will from all faith communities to come together for reflection, prayer, and meditation.”
Plans to mark this occasion are still developing, and more information will be available on the St. James website: www.stjamesucc-love.org. St. James UCC is located at 10 East Broad Way in Lovettsville.