The story about the fate of Christian hope in a post-Sept. 11 America began on Sept. 12. The Rev. Lyndon Harris told Wednesday’s night’s gathering that the response came from people who were mourning. Harris was the priest in charge of St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City, which became a haven for Ground Zero rescue workers.
People wanted to do something, Isaac Everett recalled. Everett directed the house band at St. Paul’s and helped provide continual music in the chapel during those months. Everett said that “something” took many forms, including the night he began playing the chapel’s piano only to be joined by a flutist and an accordion player. He wondered what prompted the people to come to their shifts at Ground Zero with their instruments. He said he now thinks it was the same force that called tourists to write on canvases hung on the chapel’s fence.
“People found their joy in the act of creation,” he said, adding that Wednesday night’s gathering showed that “we’re still finding our hope in the midst of making things out of that destruction