In thinking in general about church services, I’ve appreciated that they’re a great place to go and get to know God a little bit better. Of course, God isn’t confined to a space – being a presence, or, as Jesus puts it, spirit – so you can be getting to know this presence of good anywhere. But churchtime is a unique arena for this, since people come together in church with this same goal. We all want to know more about love, completeness, order, effect & cause, intelligence, safety… and church is a time when we can all hunker down together, to support each other in prayer and feel supported ourselves.
Taking it a step further, Mary Baker Eddy’s got a rad definition of “church” in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. You might already know about it. It’s the next level of church – beyond the level of church activities, and at the level of ideas. Part of it says that church is “the structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.” There’s so much strength and universality in her statement, and, to me, it means that the strength of church goes with us wherever we are.
(You can read Eddy’s full definition of church here. Lots of good food for thought.)
As always, one of our services is happening tonight, from 7:35-8:35 pm EDT. You’re welcome to stop by – either virtually (on the phone @ 605-475-4000 x. 636128) or in person at the Eastern Bank community room (at 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain).
Christa & the C.S. Society of JP