Barney Fife & Sunday
SOME OF YOU KNOW I AM A FAN of the Andy Griffith Show. I know that dates me a bit, but a classic is a classic. How can you beat Don Knotts as Barney Fife? I even have an autographed picture of Don Knotts in character as Barney Fife. It is hanging in my office. Feel free to poke your head in and pay your respects to the finest actor of all time!!
My favorite episode of the Andy Griffith show, rather predictably, takes place in the little rural church where they worshiped every Sunday. The church is a buzz with excitement because a preacher is coming from New York City to address their little church out in the middle of nowhere in rural North Carolina. A big city preacher is coming to town!
Aunt Bee is so excited that she can’t figure out what to wear, so she calls her good friend Clara for fashion advice fitting for such an occasion as this. Andy, on the other hand, that is the esteemed Sheriff Taylor, is unimpressed with all the fuss over this city preacher from New York City. In fact he is hesitant about going to church at all that Sunday. He could be heard saying, “I have been taking from Rev. Tucker all these years and I am not about to change now.”
Somewhat aghast, Aunt Bee looks at Andy Taylor and exclaims, “But Andy, they are on the same team!” These words from Aunt Bee were words of wisdom and words of truth.
Aunt Bee’s words to Sheriff Taylor express how I feel about this coming Sunday. It will be our joy to worship Jesus together with several other congregations that assemble weekly in Wethersfield. I am friends with the pastors of these churches. We meet together and pray together and encourage each other on a regular basis. There is no measure of competition between us, rather we believe we are “on the same team” and together we see ourselves and our churches as being a collective light to the community of Wethersfield and Newington.
When I think of this coming Sunday, I think of the words of Paul in Ephesians 4:1-6. “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all and in all.”
On Sunday morning at 10:00 we will once again gather at the Wethersfield Cove declaring our unity in Christ and asking that God would use us collectively to be salt and light to our community and beyond. I hope you plan on being with us.
Here are some details to keep in mind:
- Bring your own seating (chairs or blankets)
- An offering will be taken for the Wethersfield and Newington Social and Youth Services. A check can be made out to either one or a cash donation can be given. Please make sure you do not bring an offering for WEFC this Sunday – you can send your offering for WEFC to the church office or use our online giving or bring it the following Sunday.
- If there is a need to cancel because of weather, we will send out an email notice or you can check the church answering machine. If we cancel the outdoor service, we will meet here at WEFC at 8:30 and 10:30.
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