September 17, 2001
Local citizens gather in response to attacks
WOODINVILLE - Leaving their television sets to gather in community, 100 local residents joined together in Woodinville on the evening of Sept. 11 for a quickly arranged, multi-denominational church service at the Northshore United Church of Christ.
After sharing hymns, prayers and readings, people came forward one by one to light a candle.
Each spoke a few sentences, dedicating their candle's flame to ease the suffering of victims and families; for guidance of leaders; in thanks for emergency workers and volunteers; in compassion for all people who have experienced similar terror and grief across the world.
Minister Alan Taylor of the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church joined in planning the simple service with ministers from the Cottage Lake Cluster of churches, including Bear Creek Methodist, Wooden Cross Lutheran, Cottage Lake Presbyterian, Northshore United Church of Christ, and the Jewish Kol Ami Congregation.