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New Insights and New Songs Offer Healing for Old Wounds on 13th Anniversary of 9/11/01

Contact: David Madgalene, 510-528-2942

ALBANY, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Worshippers may expect a wider range of biblical insight and hymns on Sunday September 7 before the 13th anniversary of 9/11/01, according to Dr. David James Randolph who is preaching in the San Francisco Bay Area that day. His sermon is titled “Good News in Bad Times” and is based on the Bible lessons in the widely used Revised Common Lectionary. Acknowledging the historic catastrophes which have increased even as war continues in Afghanistan and Iraq following 9/11/01, the Biblical message declares that God meets us in our highest hopes and deepest needs.

Examples are drawn not only from 9/11/01 but more recent events in South Korea and elsewhere. Pastor Sam Park will preside at the service at the Albany United Methodist Church on Marin Ave.

New hymns that relate faith to the issues of our time including the legacy of 9/11 are emerging such as "We Look Upon Our Enemies" by Jacque Jones in her collection entitled "Songs Unchanged, Yet Ever-Changing." She writes:

    "We have a choice: demand revenge…
    Or put revenge aside,
    Forgive but not condone the deed,
    Begin the healing, plant the seed."

This collection is highly recommended by Dr. Nancy E. Hall of the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley CA and is available from www.giamusic.com.

Dr. Randolph is Host of the New Way Media Fest who has taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and served as Senior Minister of Christ Church Manhattan United Methodist in New York City. His sermon for Sept. 7, 2014 along with related material including detail of John Skaggs 9/11 Memorial painting is @ readyfor911patriotsunday.blogspot.com