An Army chaplain has won a national prize for an original sermon he'll be delivering on Sept. 11 at a chapel near ground zero.

The Rev. David Peters, of Austin, Texas, will give his winning sermon during a special service at St. Paul's Chapel.

Peters is a former Marine and says he entered the Reconciliation Preaching Prize contest because he realized how 9/11 has shaped his life.

The inaugural competition was launched by the Parish of Trinity Church, which includes St. Paul's Chapel.

The Episcopal chapel is directly across from the World Trade Center. It was unscathed during the attacks and became a place of rest and renewal for volunteers and responders.

The competition is open to people of all faiths. The parish hopes to offer the contest annually.