Brighton, Ms. — The Church of the Wild was said to have a different kind of service today. Head Deacon Ike Towery said that there was a house full of new folk and he didn’t know most of them and couldn’t recall ever seeing this many in the church at one time. The visitors were mostly older men and women, probably 60 and over. They seemed to be the more hippie type, at least maybe at some point in their lives. Some even called them free spirits. First of all, we don’t allow them free spirits in here, because that ain’t scripture. There was nothing reverent about them and they didn’t treat the Lord’s house with respect. They were standing up, mumbling out loud, hooping and carrying on. They even clapped their hands, holding their hands up in the air like they were being held by the police or something.
I think the last straw was when the church band was winding up their little thing, the people in the back were all shouting and clapping. Some of them even dared to pull out cigarette lighters and flicked them and hollered out something about a Free Bird, or something. Anyway, as head Deacon, it was my place to get them out of the church because they were out of order. Bad thing is, or maybe it was a blessing in disguise. When we asked these hippie folk to leave, the band packed up and left with them. I reckon next Sunday may be a little more quite. It was a weird day.