Several area churches will remember the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with special, public memorial services that day.
Among them are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Berean Baptist Church of Ogden, the Congregational United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden.
The services include a dedicated memorial performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple of Music & the Spoken Word titled "9/11: Rising Above" at 9:30 a.m. that day to be broadcast and re-broadcast numerous times throughout the day and in the following days. News anchor Tom Brokaw will join the choir as a guest narrator.
At 10:45 a.m. Sept. 11, Berean Baptist Church of Ogden will hold a special memorial service honoring those who serve in elected office and those who are members of the the military, fire and police. John Stormer, author of books titled "None Dare Call it Treason" and "Betrayed by the Bench," will speak.
Across town at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, at 10: 30 a.m., there will be a joint service featuring that congregation and the members of the Congregational United Church of Christ.
"The UCC and UU congregations will worship together that day, 10 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," said the Rev. Theresa Novak, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden. "We are trying to model interfaith cooperation, something that is desperately needed in our world."
Novak said the Unitarians and Congregationalists in New England split back in the early 1800s over theological issues. But she said the two denominations have been cooperating with each other more and more in recent years.
"Worshipping together here locally is also a way of affirming our ongoing connections," Novak said. "As Francis David, the 16th-century Unitarian, said, 'We need not think alike to love alike.' "
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden is at 705 23rd St. The message at the Berean Baptist Church service will be geared more toward political messages.
"John Stormer has been an active and influential voice in American politics for nearly 50 years," states a news release about the event.
Stormer also is pastor emeritus of Heritage Baptist Church in Florissant, Mo., who led a Bible study for legislators in the Missouri Capitol for more than 25 years.
Berean Baptist Church is at 3846 Jackson Ave., Ogden.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir program will highlight how Americans have risen above the loss and grief of Sept. 11, 2001.
"The program will present, in music and word, how that tragedy -- and other challenges faced by everyday Americans -- have bound our nation together and inspired us to lead lives of deeper understanding, appreciation and purpose," states a news release about the performance.
"As much sorrow and grief as came from 9/11, there have also come positives," said Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. "In this program, we wanted to show how the indomitable American spirit turned a tragedy into a triumph of coming together and caring and serving. The message of this show is that -- as individuals and as a nation -- we can find healing and strength in adversity, and literally rise above all the negatives."
For 21 years, Brokaw was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. He has received numerous honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and an Emmy Award.
Wilberg described Brokaw as "gracious, charming and a privilege to work with" and added, "It was kind of fun that 'Shenandoah,' one of the songs in the program, is a favorite of his."
"9/11: Rising Above" will be broadcast on Sept. 11 on approximately 750 stations and networks in the U.S. and Canada. The release states that a large number of these (including many NBC network affiliates) will be carrying a "Music & the Spoken Word" program for the first time. Airtimes may be found at www.musicandthespokenword.org, or by checking local listings.
Music and the Spoken Word's originating stations, KSL TV and KSL Radio, will air the special several times on Sept. 11; BYU Broadcasting has planned an extensive airing schedule.
On Sept. 11, the program will be broadcast on KSL-TV, Channel 5 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. It will be aired KSL AM/FM at 9:30 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m.
BYU Radio, byuradio.org, will air the program at 9:30 a.m., noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Classical 89, 89.1 FM, will air the program at noon and again at 7:30 p.m.
KBYU Television will air the program at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. It will be shown again at 1:30 p.m. Monday.