Paulding Church Services to Remember Sept. 11
Sermons and special anthems will help people cope with memories of the tragedy.
This year’s Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony will be earlier than usual at 8 a.m. to allow those in attendance to continue on to church, where many will hear further reminders about that tragic day.
A sampling of references to Sept. 11, 2001, in services this Sunday will include:
NorthStar Church: “We have a full service planned, devoted to 9/11, at 9:30 and 11,” according to campus pastor Brad Parkhurst. “It will be a very special time of memory, and inspiration, too!” (NorthStar meets at Abney Elementary School, 1186 Colbert Road, Dallas; www.northstarchurch.org/dallas).
Hope Church: “We will be kicking off a message series we’re calling ‘A Decade Later: Remembering 9/11,’” says lead pastor Frank Bernat. “We’ll remember the events of that day on 9/11 and talk about the best and worst in all of us. On Sunday, Sept. 18, we’ll take a Christian look at Islam. And on Sunday, Sept. 25, we will be talking about living without fear in an age of terror. This is going to be a very meaningful, emotional and informative message series.” (Hope Church is at 1970 Marietta Highway; www.placeofhope.org).
Heritage Baptist: Heritage Baptist Church is asking first-responders to wear uniforms to be honored in the regular morning service, says the Rev. Birch Jones. (Heritage is at 225 Hiram Acworth Highway; www.hbcdallas.org).
Bethel United Methodist: Bethel United Methodist Church’s service at 11 a.m. Sunday will include a special anthem written for the occasion, “O God, Our Hearts Were Shattered” by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, while the sermon, titled “Moving Forward While Not Forgetting the Past,” will address the remembrance of Sept. 11, says the Rev. Chris A. Branscomb. (Bethel United Methodist is at 1444 Bethel Church Road in Hiram; www.bethelhiramumc.org).
Smyrna United Methodist: “We are planning a special Heroes Day at our 11 a.m. service and are having a meal for all public safety employees after the service,” says the Rev. Steve Griggers. (Smyrna United Methodist Church is at 9199 Buchanan Highway, Dallas; www.smyrnaumc.com).
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church: Members of the Retired New York City Shields of Georgia, a fraternal organization of former New York City firefighters and police officers, will attend a memorial mass at 10:30 a.m. after participating in Paulding County’s 8 a.m. ceremony at the Mount Tabor Park Liberty Garden. Church pastor the Rev. Fr. Adrian Pleus is the Shields’ chaplain. (St. Vincent de Paul is at 680 West Memorial Drive, Dallas; www.saintvincentdepaulchurch.org/)