Each week, I want to share something I appreciate about my community of faith, the Belton Church of Christ located in Belton, TX. Each week, I will highlight one “bright spot” in my congregation.
We marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a special service at BCC. I want to briefly discuss why we did it and what it looked like.
1. 9/11 was THE defining moment of the generation. With this in mind, we felt it was important to bring the tragic aftermath into worship rather than to ignore it.
2. Everyone is thinking about it. We could have chosen to not address 9/11 but the moment that someone read September 11 at the top of the newsletter, their mind would be on that day. We felt it was important to acknowledge the deep seated hurt found in our people.
3. Bell County is a military community. Because of the events of 9/11, BCC families have been at war. Several of our body have served multiple deployments and have brought back wounds of various kinds. Our families have suffered the absence of parents and children not knowing if they would be safe. We need a way to bring this kind of hurt before us all.
all of these things bring us to a bigger reason.
4. We choose, as Jesus did, to engage the World rather than to ignore the World. The anniversary of 9/11 is a point of engagement with our community and our people. Jesus and Paul often chose points of engagement to bring to light Kingdom principles. We did the same.
1. Centered out of the reading of Romans 8:18-39. The framework was a move through a central portion of scripture where Paul moves his audience from hurt and pain to the ultimate source of hope, the Resurrection in which no force can separate one from Christ’s love.
2. A time for prayer. We prayed for the 2977 victims’ families, our first responders, our government, President Barack Obama, our military, and our enemies. The prayers were very moving.
3. Inspiring worship through song. We are an acapella congregation, and when we really sing, we sing our hearts out to God. The worship to God was thick and Spirit-filled.
4. Ended at the Lord’s table. The Lord’s supper is an ancient ritual for Christians that serves to re-enact the core of the Gospel message, the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The Cross is the answer to the question, “God, where were you when the towers fell.” He was at the same place as he was that day of crucifixion.
(You can listen to the whole service here.)
I love my church this week because we engaged our pain and hurt, brought it to the Lord and allowed him to exchange hurt for hope. May this be the rhythm of our lives.
HOW DID YOU REMEMBER THE 9/11 ATTACKS?