Congregational Church of Weston, UCC

Our church was established in the early 1960's by people wishing for a local church in the tradition of historic New England Congregationalism (now the United Church of Christ). For years ours was a church without walls, meeting in a local school to develop spiritual community before the edifice was built with a simple grace that fits into our natural surroundings. n early emphasis on caring relationships and warm fellowship characterizes CCW to this day. As a warm and vibrant community of faith, the church offers creative worship and a variety of programs for children, youth and adults. It is welcoming to all regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age or economic standing.
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Pray with the Congregational Church of Weston, tomorrow, May 5, at 10:30 am as we worship and remember in prayer all the "usual suspects: peace, justice, healing, hope, and courage..." but also "for those who have no one to pray for them." Mary Luti's devotional (below) speaks to being awakened to such "a vast loneliness" and the assurance the Spirit intercedes so no one is left out.

Pray with us in the morning so no one is left out.

No One

May 04, 2019

Written by Mary Luti

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. - Romans 8:26 (NRSV)

The pastor invited us to pray for the usual suspects: peace, justice, healing, hope, and courage for the perils of the day.

Then, wrapping up, she also had us pray "for all who have asked for our prayers"—which was useful. I'm always assuring people I'll pray for them, but sometimes I forget. So to pray for them all at once helped me keep my promises.

But she wasn't done. And what came next made me weep. "Let us also pray," she said, "for those who have no one to pray for them."

I'd never before prayed for people who have no one to pray for them. I didn't know there could be such a vast loneliness, not to have even one soul storming heaven for you. Where had I been?

"For those who have no one to pray for them." I couldn't stop crying.

I've always cherished Paul's assurance that the Spirit prays in us, for us, on our behalf. But I'd always thought of Her intercession as Plan B for times when my own prayer fails. But that day I understood that for some people, She's not Plan B: She's the only plan.

Which is why I cried, stunned and grateful to contemplate the Spirit praying constantly in souls who are so profoundly alone. Sighing beyond words to God for them, not just because they can't or don't know how, but because there's no one else, no one but Her, to help them lift their loneliness to God.

Prayer
For those who have no one to pray for them: Lord, hear Her prayer.

About the Author
Mary Luti is a long time seminary educator and pastor, author of Teresa of Avila’s Way and numerous articles, and founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups.
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Dear Friends,

What a wonderful evening and conversation we enjoyed last night. Three pictures are attached.

With at least 11 communities of faith and more than 55 persons participating we began what will be an on-going conversation on "Sustainable Values in a Climate Crisis World" with the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal. Jim initiated the conversation with 11 values, a list that he acknowledged was neither prioritized nor exhaustive.

When we praise God as our Creator, we are affirming the goodness of Creation - that creation, life, and our life is purposeful. And that there is an orderliness that may be trusted. Day follows Night, Spring follows Winter, etc. Remember the old hymn, "All Beautiful the March of Days" --
All beautiful the march of days,
As seasons come and go;
the hand that shaped the rose hath wrought
The crystal of the snow,
Hath sent the hoary frost of heaven,
The flowing waters sealed,
And laid a silent loveliness
On hill and wood and field.

While that turn of the century turn-of-phrase is showing its age, it nevertheless bears witness to a Creation and a Creator that can be trusted. One of the values named last night was the grief of entering a time knowing that our children and grandchildren may not experience creation as we did in our youth. That when enjoying the warmth of a 70 degree day in February, you can also admit it is scary.

As those gathered were people of faith, we also spoke about the resources of our faith. Just as the people of God had to re-imagine themselves and their faith when their holy of holies was razed to the ground and their people taken into exile, just as the people of God had to re-imagine themselves and their faith when over-their-head and overwhelmed by the waters of chaos, just as the people of God had to re-imagine themselves and their faith when their leader was crucified and they participated in his betrayal, so we are at another moment when we are being asked to participate in the creative work of re-imaging ourselves and our faith again. Trusting there will be a return from exile, an end to the flood, and resurrection, we have hope.

To give our children and grandchildren a sustainable planet, to draw more carbon out of the atmosphere than we are adding to it, we have - beyond conversation - a lot of work to do. Last evening was one of many conversations to come if we are to engage in the calling of taking action so our children and grandchildren and their descendants may have "life and life abundant."

Again, thank you for engaging in this conversation.