The first annual 9/11 Community Prayer Breakfast was held at Phoenixville YMCA on the morning of September 11, 2015. The event was hosted by Express Church of the Y which meets at the Phoenixville YMCA ever Sunday at 10 AM. A delicious complimentary breakfast was provided by John Sakos, General Manager and Head Chef, The Great American Pub, located at 148 Bridge St. in Phoenixville. Among the honored guests were five firemen from the Valley Forge Fire Company.

The purpose of the event was not only to remember those who sacrificed their lives for others after the terrorist attacks in 2001, but to honor and pray for those who selflessly serve our community every day. This includes police, fire, emergency medical technicians, military personnel, and our government leaders.

Pastor Justin Chapman, Express Church of the Y, began in prayer with the words of Jesus, who paid the ultimate sacrifice with His own blood, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.’ John 15:13

To conclude, the gathering moved outside to the flagpole. Children from the YMCA Nursery School, Day Care and Kid Zone joined together in a moment of silence honoring fallen heroes. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by the singing of God Bless America. It was a memorable time of prayer, reflection and gratitude for all who attended.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16