God, whose love is always stronger than our weakness, pride and fear,
In your world, we pray and wonder how to be more faithful here.
Hate too often grows inside us; fear rules what the nations do.
So we pray, when wars divide us: give us love, Lord! Make us new!
O God, our hearts were shattered on that horrendous day;
We heard the news and gathered to grieve and then to pray.
We cried to you and wondered, “Where did the violence start?”
The world as we had known it had just been torn apart.
The following hymn is dedicated to the memory of Shaul Lahav, grandson of Paul and Helen Loeb (members of the church where we were then pastors), who was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces by a Palestinian on November 18, 2003 on the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. See Carolyn Gillette's hymn note for more on this tragic story that inspired this hymn of lament.
The following hymn-prayer was written by Carolyn Gillette on September 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks that results in deaths in New York City (including the college roommate of our children's choir director), Washington, DC (including the brother-in-law of a Habitat for Humanity volunteer who worked in our church) and Pennsylvania. The hymn was shared widely, sung at victims' funerals and featured on national PBS-TV and the BBC in the UK.
A sermon preached by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Genesis 22:1-14
The story of Abraham and Isaac is one of the most dramatic stories in the Bible. And yet, in my fourteen years of parish ministry, I have never once preached on it. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone preach on it!