"Honoring of Sacred Texts" service held at Highland Baptist Church on 9/11

Sacred Texts displayed in Highland's Sanctuary

O God,

We give thanks for the ways we have sought to honor our texts, our faiths, and our desires to worship you.

As we leave this place of peace - this place of sanctuary and go back into the world, let us remember that we came together to celebrate our differences on this day, that we came to honor one another before God

When there are some who would rather burn our texts rather than honor them - let us remember.

When there are some who would rather divide our community rather than unite it - let us remember.

When there are some who would rather bring violence to resolve our differences rather than dialogue - let us remember.

When there are some who would rather see color, gender, religion, politics, ethnicity instead of the human creation we all are - let us remember.

When we only hear the negative stories of each of our faith communities - let us remember.

May we leave here challenged by you and by one another to bring honor to the texts of our faith by actually living by their words; even among those with whom we disagree.

May we go back to our communities, back into the world with a new heart and a shared compassion for all of our faiths.

As we have been blessed by our time together today, so may we become a blessing to others.


This prayer was given as a closing prayer by Rev. Joshua Speight, Associate Coordinator for Missions with KBF during a service on Saturday, September 11 for "Honoring of Sacred Texts" at Highland Baptist Church.  The service was co-sponsored by Interfaith Paths to Peace, Highland Baptist Church, and Kentucky Baptist Fellowship.  Additional sponsors include: the Islamic Cultural Center (River Road Mosque), the Council of the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, St. William and St. Agnes Catholic Churches, The Temple (Congregation Adath Israel Brith Shalom), the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Community of Louisville, Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Pakistani American Community of Louisville, Independent Muslims of Louisville, Thomas Jefferson and Clifton Unitarian Universalist Churches, the Hindu Temple of Kentucky, the Drepung Gomang Institute (Louisville's Tibetan Buddhist Organization), the Baha'is of Louisville, and the Peace and Justice Divison of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, Unity of Louisville, and the Rainbow Spiritual Education Center.

Click here to find a link to the order of service on Highland Baptist Church’s website

Click here to read an article about the service written by Joe Phelps, pastor of Highland Baptist Church.

Preceding the service, the Voices United Choir organized a march for refugee awareness in Morocco, which attracted over 60 walkers.  They walked from Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville to Highland Baptist Church (4.5 miles) carrying signs, singing songs, and talking to fellow travelers about refugees.