September 11th Day of Remembrance

Thursday, 11 August 2016 09:20

Pittsburgh Hww Child Volunteers"The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord." --  John 10:17-18

The events of 9/11 like few others have permanently changed the course and tenor of our country. Since that fateful day in 2001, we take time to remember both the breathtaking loss for America and the extraordinary heroism performed by our first responders. These brave fire fighters, police, and medical personnel who so compassionately and expertly knit us back together when events tear us apart should be held in the highest honor. The sacrifice, love, and devotion shown to others are otherworldly qualities most exemplified by Jesus. Each week our fellowship celebrates Christ laying his life down for us just as these brave men and women did for their fellow Americans.

In that spirit, HOPE worldwide would like to invite all of our churches honor the 15th anniversary of that infamous event at our worship services across the country. September 11th falls on a Sunday this year, providing a rare opportunity to simultaneously reaffirm our devotion to Christ and our support and respect for first responders. Many expressions of encouragement are undoubtedly planned around the country and we do not want to dampen enthusiasm for any of these. Our suggestions here are intended only to supplement already established plans.

Some suggested ideas:

  • During weekend worship services, include a simple prayer honoring first responders in the audience.

  • Ask members and guests first responders to come on stage and have your elders or more senior members pray over them. That prayer could include both expressions of gratitude for their service as well as appeals to God for their safety. 

  • Some congregations may consider inviting first responder leaderships from their communities (i.e. local fire chiefs, police chiefs, regular patrol officers and medical professionals) to the worship service and to give them a few minutes somewhere in the service to address the audience

  • An entire service devoted to the spirit of self-sacrifice and laying down your life for others would be a totally appropriate! Sermon topics could easily include:

  • Cincinnati Volunteers CanvassingJesus as a first responder – Mark 9:14-24

  • Jesus is willing – Matthew 8:1-4

  • No greater love than this – John 15:9-13

  • Families or families can deliver cookies and cards of well wishes to local fire stations, police stations, etc.

  • Serve in any other way which will meet the needs of neighbors or the local community.

These are but a few suggestions. And we at HOPEww want to help. If you have a HOPEww Chapter in your church, ask your Chapter Director what they feel comfortable to organize while alerting them, as they likely are aware, that many resources remain at their disposal. For more information, visit hopeww.org/sept11 or email Terri Loso (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

On behalf of all of at HOPEww, we are profoundly grateful to support you as we serve the poor and needy. 

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