Honor the Call
“We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
We are all called to something; divinely appointed to a purpose according to His will [Jeremiah 29:11, John 15:16]. And while everyone who belongs to the Body of Christ, His Church, are hands and feet, some have been called above and beyond.
The calling of First Responders is unique: Our law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency medical services live lives that are both familiar yet foreign. We’ve all seen TV shows, movies, and heard stories from and about them, but few of us can really relate to what it truly feels like to walk a mile in their boots. Whether it’s the odd and ever-changing schedules, the long hours with little sleep, the prolonged separation from friends and families, or the strange and dangerous calls they respond to, first responder life is just … different.
It’s also really hard. It can feel isolated, discouraging, and unappreciated. We call our first responders in our worst moments, and on our worst days – but do we really see them? More importantly, do they see us seeing them?
That’s why we’re inviting you to join us in Honor the Call, an initiative for churches to set aside one weekend of services to recognize the unique and difficult ways in which these courageous men and women are called to serve and protect our families and communities. We’re all hands and feet, but theirs are often dirtier and more endangered than ours. We want to honor their work on our behalf.
So why May? Easy.
National Firefighter Appreciation Day is May 4th
National Police Week is May 12th – 18th
National EMS Week is May 19th – 25th
What better time to Honor the Call than during this time? It’s the peak of Spring, a time of rebirth and regeneration; we also want to mark it as a time of remembrance, a time to honor those who serve us in our darkest moments.
On the weekend of April 27th – 28th, come get red (Fire), blue (law enforcement), and white (EMS) ribbons during anyone one of the four services at Mission Hills Church. Then, join us as we fill our communities and neighborhoods with these ribbons to show our love, support, and appreciation for First Responders. Tie the ribbons around your trees and porch lights. There will also be blue exterior light bulbs available as well to honor our law enforcement officers who work over night. Our beloved Douglas County Deputy Zack Parrish worked nights for most of his career, and like Zack, those who protect us while we sleep can’t always see ribbons, so let’s make sure they see our support for them as they patrol in the dark on our behalf.
Both the ribbons and bulbs will be available in the church lobby before and after each service. We’re asking a donation of $1 for a ribbon, and $5 for a bulb.
But anyone anywhere can participate – even if you can’t make it to Mission Hills that weekend! Head to your nearest craft or hardware store and grab your own bulbs or ribbons, and join us as we Honor the Call and those who’ve said, “Here I am! Send me!” [Isaiah 6:8]