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The Rev on the Radio
The City's Backyard Podcast interviews our very own Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson, senior minister of Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, CT. Rev Wilson wrote the book Meditations for Tough and Testing Times, and his words helped us to have gratitude and to cope with what is in front of us currently during this pandemic.
Special Messages to our Community
A Prayer for Ukraine
Joining in prayer for the people of Ukraine
The United Church of Christ joins in prayer with churches and people of faith all over the globe that the attack against Ukraine will cease. As a Just Peace Church, the United Church of Christ calls for the de-escalation of violence and a return to diplomatic negotiations, the only true way conflict ever ceases. We urge our members to pray throughout the day for peace and protection against the evils of war for the people whose lives and wellbeing are in danger, and to make this Sunday a day of collective prayer and fasting for a peace only God can bring.
Hear our prayers for all those who will die today because of war in Ukraine and other war-torn countries all over this world. Grant them an end to the suffering of this world and eternal peace that is only found in You.
We pray for the people of Ukraine, Russia, and all nations that war and bloodshed can be avoided and a new, just peace can be forged out of this crisis. We ask God grant wisdom to the leaders of nations, calling them to end provocation on all sides and invest instead in “the things that make for peace” as called for in all our faith traditions (Luke 19:41-2).
We pray for an end to the deep insecurity and mistrust on all sides, and call on leaders to build trust, based not on military might or alliances, but on the basis of our shared future and common humanity. Now is a time in which past harm should be acknowledged and addressed, and new partnerships can be envisioned.
We pray for and call on our leaders to have the courage to take small, verifiable, and independent steps toward peace, inviting others to reciprocate. Now is a time to invest in conflict resolution, diplomacy and international cooperation, not more weapons which only escalate tension in the region.
Be with those suffering in ways that we cannot. Protect them from devastation in ways those positioned in authority will not. Shield and comfort them as they confront the terror of violence that surrounds them. Hold them close to your heart and stay the hand of the enemies against them. Give us the courage and the strength to cry aloud against wickedness in high places that dare to harm others made in your image. Comfort the children and heed their cries to be saved from harm in this world.
Make us a people who love our children, all of our children, more than we love greed, power, and control. Overturn governments of tyranny wherever they are found. Disrupt the intentions of evil and give us power to stand against demonic forces of greed and control. Grant that peace and justice come to warring nations by the hands of those courageous enough to stand and study war no more. Let Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, we pray.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Fighting Racism and Injustice
The Coronavirus pandemic has put us all through some of the most tough and testing times of our lives. But events that occurred in Minnesota, New York, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, and many other communities across our nation have been horrifying, infuriating and deeply saddening. Black communities continue to be hurting. African Americans in our community, including members of our own church, know that living life normally, like jogging, shopping or driving in a different neighborhood, can put them in harm’s way.
We Norfielders must acknowledge that this fear is real, and we must do all we can to aid, support and protect our sisters and brothers. Jesus commands us, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Norfield has a long and proud history of standing tall as the "Church on the Hill," the beacon of faith, hope, love and inclusion here in Weston. Now, we need to stand tall and together in the fight against systemic racism and injustice. We will not be silent.
Please watch for ongoing communications from Norfield’s Board of Outreach and Social Action, as we implement a plan of reflection, dialogue, education and action. We continue to welcome your ideas and thoughts. Please email: email@example.com. Thank you.
Blessings, All of us from the Board of Outreach and Social Action
Sunday Services are live and in-person
Norfield Congregational Church has returned to live, in-person Sunday services and other special events. Watch for event announcements on this website and in our weekly email newsletters. Our Sunday services can still be viewed live every Sunday at 10 am on Norfield's YouTube channel.
Help is available
The COVID-19 medical crisis continues to affect everyone globally, as well as our locally. Congregants who are elderly or have medical conditions or need additional help with items such groceries, pharmacy items or other essentials, please contact Teri Gaberman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 203-227-7886. We will connect you with church members who are eager to help!
Holy Communion served in the home
Norfielders unable to attend worship services and would like to receive the Rite of Holy Communion in the home by one of the ministers, please contact Teri Gaberman at email@example.com or call the office at 203-227-7886.
Keep the Faith
We want to thank all of you all for your patience and kind understanding as we have all navigated through these challenging, unpredictable times. Continue to keep the faith, and as the Psalmist (121:1) tells us:
"My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."
With Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Dr. Bernard R. Wilson, Senior Minister
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Reverend Dr. Bernard R. Wilson
The Rev. Dr. Bernard R. Wilson is the 35th Senior Minister of Norfield Congregational Church. Dr. Wilson is a retired Navy Chaplain who received numerous awards, medals and citations for his stellar military career of 22 years.
Rev. Wilson served as the Executive Minister of The Riverside Church in the City of New York, and as the Interim Minister of the Briarcliff Manor Congregational Church in New York.
Who We Are
Norfield Congregational church has been a traditional anchor in Weston and surrounding areas for hundreds of years.
Our congregation is made up of a rich tapestry, a diverse group of forward thinkers who comprise an interesting, exciting and caring group. We share a love for our community, each other, and God.
Norfield Church was founded in 1757 as a local place of worship and a school to provide Norfield's children with a basic education. Over the next 260 years, the church evolved into a rich, growing hub that has offered services and outreach for the greater community...
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Norfield Congregational Church has returned to live, in-person service (and we're continuing our live online service as well) every Sunday at 10am in the Church Sanctuary. Please come and join us!