Heavenly App

Just a week ago today, Hurricane Irene pelted us with wind, rain and storm surges.  Nearly every Sunday event in Westport was canceled.

But Green’s Farms Congregational Church — which turned 300 years old this year, and in 3 centuries has never missed a service — kept that incredible record intact.

Green's Farms Congregational Church

At the height of the storm, the faithful — though fewer than usual — populated the choirloft and held prayer books.  It was just like any other  Sunday, since decades before the United States was born.

But parishioners from 1711 —  even 2001 — may not have recognized every aspect of the service.  Minister Dan England preached from his laptop, while congregants shared smartphones to read their pieces and prayers (from notifications they’d received the day before).

Green’s Farms Church adapted to the times.  The colonial met the technological.  And it will be ever thus, no doubt through Sundays in at least the year 2311.

2 responses to “Heavenly App

  1. Dan England and Mrs Dan England and their dog literally camped at the building the night of the storm! Kudos also to sexton Rob Custer who makes sure the building is in great shape– and was also at that service. The steeple also weathered the storm, and the church goes on and continues to bless the community.

  2. The Gospel from this most recent Sunday (Matthew 18) indicates that “when two or three are gathered together”, God is in the midst of them. Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church continued its normal summer worship schedule and cycle of prayer through the storm (8AM and 10 AM) as it traditionally has every Sunday irrespective of the weather. A hearty three persons were present at the first liturgy and another seven were able to make their way to the church for the latter liturgy. Thanks be to God that more damage and disruption did not occur and thanks be for all who labored to restore the comforts of our lives.