Sunday Service

Get ready for an amazing service tomorrow! As always, where we are gathered together, God is there in our midst. 🙂

As a head’s up for tomorrow morning, the community room is currently without heat (as of Saturday afternoon, anyway) so sure to dress appropriately. We will have a space heater, but it is probably worth bringing an extra blanket or jacket. See you there!

@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map). 10:35-11:35 AM, EST, on Sunday and 7:35-8:35 PM, EST, on Wednesday.
-Or by phone (605) 475-4000, code: 636128#

 

In church, let your authenticity shine

A recent piece published in the Washington Post explains that millennials aren’t looking for a flashy church. The title of the article boasts the mandate, “Stop trying to make church ‘cool'”. As much as we think popularity wins the game in today’s world, there’s an important role that authenticity plays in showing people what you’re all about.

We can appreciate this point of view at JP Church. We’re grateful for the emphasis that Christian Science places on living your faith, and letting your life attest to your sincerity. We’d love to have you join us in prayer, music and fellowship any Sunday morning or Wednesday evening when we meet.

Tomorrow we’ll be in the park for our church service!

@ Johnson Park, Jamaica Plain, MA. (map).
10:35-11:35 AM, EST.
-Or by phone (605) 475-4000, code: 636128#
what: An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, testimony sharing, and pure Love.

Different location tonight!

Heads up!  Tonight’s Wednesday night testimony service will *not* be taking place at the Eastern Bank Community room.

Instead, we’ll be meeting at:
44 Robinwood Ave, Apt. 3L

If you’re already at the bank when you read this, never fear!  Just head back up Centre St, towards City Feed & JP Licks.  Robinwood Ave is about 1/2 mile beyond those places, on the right as you’re coming from that part of JP.

If you’re coming from downtown Boston on the 39 bus, your stop is Lochstead Ave.  Cross the street and walk one more block down, and Robinwood Ave will be on your left.

If you’re on the Orange Line, get off at the Green St. stop and walk up Green, past the park.  Turn right onto Rockview, then left onto Robinwood.  Follow it up and around, and 44 will eventually be on your right.

And if you’re nowhere near JP?  Our call-in number is (605) 475-4000, code: 636128.

(We’ll still start our meeting at the usual 7:35pm.)

Wherever you are today

in JP or elsewhere, with other people or by yourself…

rest assured: the Christ is there, too.

Love and peace to you today,

JP Church

rain, rain.

Whoa, rainy day in Boston!  The clouds just opened this morning.  Magnificent downpour.  It’s the rain that the sky has been waiting to send down for days.

For those staying dry inside someplace, you might enjoy thinking about this rainy analogy today – a promise of protection:

“Clouds parsimonious of rain, that swing in the sky with dumb thunderbolts, are seen and forgotten in the same hour; while those with a mighty rush, which waken the stagnant waters and solicit every root and every leaf with the treasures of rain, ask no praising. Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.”

-Mary Baker Eddy, in her address to the Concord Christian Science church, February, 1899.

And this evening, we hope you’ll join us in the cozy shelter of the bank community room, or on the phone, for our mid-week testimony meeting.  Details are below.

All love,

JP Church

Find us tonight at:
Eastern Bank community room – 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (across from Goodwill)
or on the phone at:
(605) 475-4000 x 636128
We’ll kick things off at:
7:35pm, Boston time (EDT).

A Strong Defense at the Boston Marathon

One of our members wrote an article about the Boston Marathon, and it seems appropriate to share it with you all.  It’s called “A strong defense at the Boston Marathon“.  It begins talking about the accessibility of the activity of running, and how it represents spiritual progress.  Then the author confronts the chaos we ran into last year, which unsettled us all, and how he eventually

recognized how error was attempting to deceive by introducing the suggestion that spiritual progress could be plotted against or disarrayed by fear, destruction, or malice. I reasoned that not only was Love guiding and protecting the police officers and citizens in Boston during that moment, but also that Love had never stopped knowing anything but spiritual progress through the whole Marathon. I could feel the truth of God’s care…

The article concludes,

When I run down Boylston Street, I’m now filled with an understanding of what that street represents—the celebration and demonstration of global progress out of the limits of physicality.

So, if you’re so inclined, give it a read and some prayer, and be uplifted.

Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts.

 

Peace,

Grant and jpchurch

 

 

PS: Don’t worry that the article “was written” in the future.  Like AJ says, “progress out of the limits of physicality.”  😉

A call to love.

[revised]

As I think about this date and the challenge it represents to me, I feel compelled to challenge myself.  And why not pose the challenge to you, too?  The challenge: Love more.

Love is unconditional.

We all love the Boston Police Department when they’re restoring order amidst the confusion of violence.  We respect their commands, we party in the street with their victory.  What about when they pull us over?

Would you be able to love a popular, soft-spoken, religious, teenage lifeguard who’s a Best Buddy, a student, and a little brother?  What if he was involved in a bombing or a police murder?

What about Putin or Assad?  Someone in Boko Haram?  How about Obama or Cruz?  That kid from high school?  The beggar outside the coffee shop?  The driver that cut you off?  Your ex?

Yourself?

God loves you, just like She loves Sean Collier and the Tsarnaevs.  And Putin, your ex, everyone in Boston, everyone everywhere.  These are not mere platitudes.  They’re based on Principle (that God made you good and recognizes it) and understanding it can radically improve our situation.

When his reliance on God brought him (peaceful) victory over a whole army that had been sent to kill him, Elisha fed and freed them, thereby earning peace with their king.

Jesus forgave his murderers.

Love doesn’t mean enabling bad behavior — Jesus’ famous “turn the other cheek” is a triumph over violence, a command to demonstrate that violence is powerless against Love.  And he didn’t just talk the talk on that point, either.

Sure, but that’s Jesus Christ.  We can’t all be Jesus…  But we have one God; we’re emanations of one Mind.  We can therefore work to do as Paul asked: let that mind which was in Christ Jesus be in us.

I’m not saying I succeed in my effort at Christ-ian (we really should have a word for that… 😉 ) love all the time.  But I’m working on it, and I invite you to work with me.  I have to admit, I have trouble with people who walk inconsiderately.  And Bashar al-Assad.  But I’m taking it a day, a step, at a time, and I’m committed to loving in a more principled way.  To learning that we all have the same Father-Mother, Good.  To letting go of my claims against them.  To refusing the claims of fault in my siblings.  To demanding that I see the good in their individuality.  I still have more ease with some folks than with others, but I’m working at it.

For instance, I’ve lived in urban areas for awhile, and I’ve often been unsure of how to interact with folks asking me for money, aware that sometimes giving them what they ask for could be enabling destructive behavior, and sometimes honestly taking it personally when I detect attempts at deception.  Lately I’ve taken this question to God (Mind, Love), and have received more opportunities to interact with these brothers and sisters of ours.  I’ve begun learning who some of them are, how they express Good, and how I can effectively express love to them.  I’ve learned to listen, to share, to respect…  And, unsurprisingly, they’ve given me more than I’ve given them.  They’ve taught me about gratitude, grace, humility, strength, and more.  I’m really grateful for them.  (PS: if you want to better love this segment of your family, I recommend the Sermon on the Mount, being a pal, and learning what’s useful to them.)

I spent this time last year asking God to show me how to love the Tsarnaevs.  I think of myself, of those I love, and think of bad things I/they’ve done and people who don’t like me/them, and why I love them anyway.  Why the good in them inherently is more important than the bad, more identified with who they are, more lasting.  I don’t know the Tsarnaevs personally, but I know God loves them, and I know God’s not dumb.  Please join me in loving them and everyone who feels the same conflicts they do.


Some of us are getting together this Wednesday evening to talk about divine Love and how we put into practice our understanding of it, how it makes our lives better and lets us love more.  There’ll also be some readings, singing, and prayer.  We’d be thrilled if you;d join us at 687 Centre St. in JP (or via (605) 475-4000 x636128#) @7:35 (EDT).

I’m … still working on people who walk on the left side of the sidewalk.

<3,

Grant and jpchurch

“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.340

Love each other, cus love is what God is.

(paraphrase of 1 John 4:7.)

This week, the Lesson-Sermon has focused on God as the quality of Love.  

BUT…

it also says that it’s got to be practical – that is, Love (i.e. God) isn’t fanciful, but something to see & do every day of our lives.

 

That’s kinda what we’re all working on, basically all the time.  We’ll be at the Eastern Bank community room (687 Centre St, JP) tomorrow, affirming these ideas (among others) in prayer together.

Service goes from 10:35-11:35, EST.  You can also call in (605-475-4000 x.636128), or Skype in (just friend-request/message us at christian.science.jp.church a few minutes beforehand).  We don’t always have Skype available, but we will tomorrow.

Wherever you are… there’s love and peace for you.

Come together

Come join with your brethren and sistren in praising Good.  It’s natural.  This week we’re joining hands with our neighbors at Third Church of Christ Scientist in Boston.  We’ll be meeting at their current home, Spontaneous Celebrations, on 45 Danforth St. in JP, starting at 9:45 Sunday morning.  (Call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.)  We’ll have readings regarding the question: “Are sin, disease, and death real?”, as well as music and prayer.  And so much love backing it all.

Peace.

In solidarity we stand…

…together in JP and beyond, wrapping up Boston in prayer. You and your loved ones are invited below…please help spread the word!

“Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure;
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
Earth has no sorrow that Love cannot cure.”
~ Hymn 40, Christian Science hymnal 
 
❤ Love ❤

Proving Hatred Impotent

Just as David ran at Goliath, Marathon workers and policemen yesterday instantly ran into the blast to help.  Love is so inspiring.

Many are praying right now to support our city.  If you’d like to do so collectively, there are at least three opportunities today and tomorrow to do so.  Check out our calendar for details.  Post here if you become aware of any that we haven’t put up yet.  Some of us will certainly be there, and it should be a great healing experience with our community.