Blessing Rescue Workers

The name of our congregation is Community United Methodist Church. We have the joy of living and serving the community of DeBary, Florida. Our goal is to be the heart of DeBary, Christ’s heart. We’re constantly looking for ways to be a blessing to our neighbors- to share the love of Jesus with them in practical and meaningful ways.

As the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks drew closer, I kept thinking about the rescue workers who ran up into the twin towers while everyone else was running out. 411 rescue workers died that day in New York City. They trained and prepared and understood that one day they might have to give their lives on behalf of another. Day after day, all over the world and right here in our own hometown, people risk their lives in order to keep us safe. How could we say thank you?

We decided to say thank you in a simple, tangible way. A member of the congregation made two posters. Those attending worship on 9/11 were encouraged to write thank you notes and prayers on the posters as they left worship. We also included prayers for rescue workers during worship that morning. I had the joy of delivering the posters to our local volunteer fire department a few days later. You can see the response.

Over the next few months, we plan to bless other groups in our community- our police force, our local government workers, those who work at our local elementary school and hospital, maybe local business owners or little league… the groups are many, as are the possibilities.

How is God calling you to bless your community? I look forward to hearing your ideas in the comments section below. – Lisa <><

2 Corinthians 5:20a (NRSV)
We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us…

Matthew 5:14-16 (NRSV)
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

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