Church: about “what stays”

Mary Baker Eddy penned a powerful question in her work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

Which ought to be substance to us, — the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal?



Well, I’d like to invite you to glance at a provocative little blog post of one of our jpchurch family: The kind of gratitude you should never practice.  My main takeaway from reading it was the lovely message that gratitude really ought to be inclusive.  But another point that comes to me after pondering the article is to be grateful for ideas bearing fruit in life/experience, rather than particular material things that seem more or less to pattern those ideas.  Elsewhere in Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy recommends resolving “things into thoughts,” which are better than material objects in that they are good and eternal.  Or as Jesus said, treasure not treasure of earth (subject to moth, rust, or thief), but treasure the treasure of heaven.  These substantial things — the things of Spirit, divine Mind, heaven — are so much more real than mere material shadows.  And, indeed,

It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his.

-Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.302


This Sunday morning, we’ll be having a church service, central to which will be a sermon on the subject “substance”, including these questions and ideas.  We’d love for you to join us physically (687 Centre St., JP), telephonically (605.475.4000 x636128), mentally, spiritually.  Party starts at 10:35 EDT.

Bless you,