WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY, October 20, 10:30 am
At the Congregational Church of Weston UCC

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, Bob Feeny, one of the Pastoral Residents at the Wellesley Village Church, will preach for us, the Congregational Church of Weston at 130 Newton Street, Weston. Wednesday’s storm knocked the power out at church on Thursday. Thus, this is being composed at the parsonage. But … rest assure that come Sunday, Zen Kuriyama will be directing the choir, Dooseon Woo will be playing the piano and organ, Sharon Kuhn will be watching our children and I will be assisting in worship at the Congregational Church of Weston UCC, 130 Newton Street, Weston.

The gospel text for Sunday is Jesus’ story of the persistent widow before the unjust judge as encouragement to not lose heart and to pray always. An early version of “… and she persisted.”

In her book, Capital Dames, The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868, the late Cokie Roberts tells of Jessie Fremont visiting President Lincoln in Washington. Jessie was the daughter of Thomas Hart Benton and thus she knew and was known in the political and society circles of Washington from a young age. In addition, she had married the popular General John Fremont who was defeated for the presidency in 1856. Upset that her husband was not being equipped with enough men and material, she wrote badgering letters and finally decided she should take her cause to the President herself. Due to political maneuvering – surprise, surprise – her visit was politically complicating and caused Lincoln to recall his meeting with Jessie: “She sought an audience with me at midnight, and taxed me so violently with many things that I had to exercise all the awkward tact I have to avoid quarreling with her.[p.135]” While Mrs. Fremont was persistent, she was not in this case persuasive.

Perhaps it is the quality of having hope and living by hope that animates people of faith and gives them the tenacity to persist. Worship with us this Sunday as we continue to live into this collaboration with the Wellesley Village Congregational Church at our traditional gathering place, 130 Newton Street, Weston.

See you on Sunday,
Richard