As I write this the commemorations of September 11 are in progress. Twenty-two years ago the skies were a particular brilliant blue before the first plane crash. This morning the skies over New York and Washington and probably Shanksville happen to have clouds which give an eerie memory of smoke clouds that were also a part of that fateful day.
We remember the devastation and we remember those who responded to duty that day and the days to follow to rescue and recover. We experienced the work of fire and rescue and police here in the Washington area as the Pentagon parking lot became a triage center.
We remember the recent events of January 6 where the Capital Police risked life and injury to defend the Capital from an angry crowd. The trauma of that day will be with them for months and years to come.
We recognize that when those who serve their communities in fire, rescue and police services leave their homes in the morning they have no idea what could happen during any given day. Sometimes it is routine. Sometimes it is just the opposite.
This Sunday we will have a community worship service at Greenbelt Community Church UCC to honor First Responders. Our scripture for the day is Psalm 46 – feel free to look it up!
We have invited our friends and neighbors in Greenbelt to join us for worship to honor and say thank you to our First Responders. After worship, we will be able to visit together in our Social Hall.
The date, September 17th, is intentional. That Sunday falls between September 11 and Fire Protection Week. Come join us in saying thank you!