Jesus. Christ. Why are they important?

Come hear a lesson-sermon and service tomorrow totally devoted to thinking about this question.

Or call in to listen – 605-475-4000, 636128# – starting at 10:35am EST.

P.S. It’s supposed to be a glorious day for meeting in the park, so we’ll see you there @ 10:35am. That’s Johnson Park, the park in J.P. that’s closest to the Green St. T stop on the Orange line. You’ll find us in the grass, close to the corner of Green and Lamartine Streets. Bring your own lawn chairs if you’d like!

P.P.S. This may be our last Sunday-in-the-park this year. Starting next Sunday and for two months, we’ll be holding our service at 351 Centre St, a.k.a. our jointly-maintained Reading Room. We’re pumped to get to share some joint church services with our wonderful friends at 3rd Church of Christ, Scientist, during the months of September and October.

**NOTE: For all of September, our Sunday services will be held at 9:30am – an important time shift! You can’t say we didn’t warn you  😉  but don’t worry, we’ll be sure to keep the reminders coming as we go.

See you soon!

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Gravitating Godward

A great quote from theologian and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, reads “Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual…” (Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures, 265:5-6). What a wonderful and worthy pursuit! I know that I hope to always be growing toward Spirit and spirituality. How does this happen? We do this by emulating the words and works of Christ Jesus, and by recognizing God as all powerful, all knowing, and always present. Our daily efforts to love God and love our neighbors bring us in accord with divine Spirit, Love, and Truth. Here’s to more love being expressed every day and to spiritual progress toward God!

This Sunday July 5th we’ll be meeting in Johnson Park across from Green St station on the orange line at 10:35AM.

Also: first time to a Christian Science church service?  Find out what to expect by checking out our “Services” page: https://jpchurch.com/services/

@ 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#

Happy Easter Sunday

As we arrive at Easter Sunday, a time to commemorate the resurrection of Christ Jesus, I appreciate the words of theologian Mary Baker Eddy: I love the Easter service: it speaks to me of Life, and not of death.” (Miscellaneous Writings 180:16)

And in thinking about eternal Life expressed, I am grateful for all that entails, especially freedom. That is freedom from fear, limitation, sin, and sickness.

The Christ is here! What could be more worthy of celebration? 🙂

I hope you have a happy Easter, and that gratitude and freedom are yours throughout the year!

@ 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.
-In person, or by phone (605) 475-4000, code: 636128#
what: An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, and pure Love.

Valuable instruction

At the heart of Christian Science is the inspired practice of the 10 commandments and the 2 great commandments taught by Christ Jesus.

Join us this evening to discuss more about why we value these instructions.

@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
7:35-8:35 PM, EST.
-In person, 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.

An idea, about one of John’s ideas…

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(1 John 4:1, 2)

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

This passage, found in this week’s Bible Lesson, caught my attention.  (I’ve been reminded recently that a really important part of being a Christian is continually getting to know more about God’s identity… so any passages that offer clues on what to look for, like this one, have stuck out.)

In preparing for tomorrow’s service—and maybe as a little warm-up for the Christmas season—I thought I’d share a simple idea that expanded my thought about this passage…

So: “every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.”

It seems to me like a literal statement of the words “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh!” is definitely a part of this.  But it occurred to me that this concept is broader than a declaration of that phrase alone.

That is: if any spirit (could be a thought, statement, action, expression, or something else) corroborates the act and essence of Christ Jesus’ coming on earth, then it’s from God.  If it opposes that experience, then it isn’t.

Which is awesome, as it gives us a whole lot more to be watching for!  Anything aligned with Jesus’ essential mission—so, for instance, anything that affirms unending life, permanent health, deep & unconditional love, unhindered expression of Soul, a fixed and replicable law of good—would be “of God.”

In addition, this scriptural passage also makes it vital that we acknowledge, or “confess,” the actuality of Jesus’ mission.  That is, that his life and words weren’t just a collection of feel-good ideas, meant to soothe, and nothing more… but that through walking the earth and doing everything that’s written about him (i.e. proving it possible), he gave humanity a taste of eternal life.

To me, this was an exciting new idea.  My hope is that that sharing it helps someone else, too.

And tomorrow, you’re welcome to listen to the sermon that contains this 1 John scripture, as well as many others—and correlated passages by Mary Baker Eddy—on the topic “Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced.”  Everyone’s invited to come enjoy the ideas and the love.  You can catch us on the phone, too (details below).

All love to you, and more & more of that spirit that confesses Christ Jesus…

Christa & the C.S. Society of JP


Details about tomorrow’s service:
@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
(605) 475-4000  x.636128 – for remote attendees
10:35am – 11:35am-ish, EST
-An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, and pure Love.

“Present your bodies a living sacrifice”

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This week, students of Christian Science around the globe (and others who have access to the C.S. Bible Lesson) got to study a lesson that, among other things, describes a new-old way of worship.  It talks about one-time sacrifices – i.e. goats or lambs, way back when, and perhaps monetary offerings today – not being the end-all be-all of connecting with God.  (Though, often, those kinds of sacrifices were, and still are, pointing people’s hearts in the right direction.)

The new-old sacrifice?  

Us.  Everything we might think of as ourselves.  Egos; opinions; plans for how our lives are supposed to go; desires for happiness to come in a certain form – even, sometimes, the desire to be loved by a particular person, or by certain people; identifying ourselves as physical beings; and the worries, fears, and diseases that threaten the world and also try to claim us.  And more.  Anything that would point away from God, i.e. holy Love, as being the thing that’s in charge of every single part of life, we get to give up.

I love that self-sacrifice is one of Christianity’s essential themes.  It’s not easy to give up habits, life choices, ways of thinking that bring us satisfaction or point us down the path of a self-satisfied life.  In fact, more often than not, it can feel wicked difficult.  But oh, man… does it feel good when we do.

(Some super tuned-in, wise people over the ages have figured that out and told us all about it and how awesome it is.  And now we get to do it ourselves.  Pretty amazing.)

The thing is, self-sacrifice might not be a popular idea with the world… but, then again, since when has pure spirituality ever been popular with materialism?  Prolly never, I’d guess.

You’re welcome to come join in at our service tomorrow, in person or on the phone, to collectively/individually consider these ideas some more.  For now, I’ll leave you with one of Paul’s behests, found in the Bible lesson this week:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:1, 2, King James Version

Love,

the JP Church clerk


Details about tomorrow’s (Sunday) service:
Eastern Bank community room, 687 Centre St, JP
(605) 475-4000 x.636128 – for remote attendees
10:35am – 11:35am-ish, EDT
-An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, and pure love.

El banco / la banque / the bank

Church will be in – you guessed it – the Eastern Bank community room tomorrow.  That’s at 687 Centre St, JP.  (Here’s a map.)

The service will start at the usual time, 10:35am EDT… and if you’re calling into the service, at 605-475-4000 x.636128, you’ll want to call in just a few minutes before then.

We’re looking forward to having you join us for an uplifting service.  It’ll be about exploring the building blocks of existence, and considering the idea that “…the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made [you, us] free from the law of sin and death.” (from Romans 8:2).

Be well!

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Awesome lessons of Jesus (tomorrow!)

The weather will purportedly be glorious in Jamaica Plain tomorrow morning, so let’s meet outside!  We’ll be at our usual warm Sunday spot, at the park just across from the Green St T – way over in the grass by Lamartine St. – and getting started at 10:35 am, East Coast time.

We’ll spend a little time hearing about Christ Jesus… and, specifically, hearing about some of the amazing lessons he taught his disciples – and, consequently, us.  It’s all stuff we can use now, too… today.

If you’d like to listen in from afar, you’re welcome to call in to our conference line: (605) 475-4000, x. 636128.  (Recommended: calling in a few minutes before the service starts, around 10:30 Boston time.)

Much love!

JP Church

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

This Sunday, as always, we’ll be providing a church service, with singing, prayer, and a sermon from our pastor.  It’ll be at 10:35am in the community room @ 687 Centre St. in JP.  The subject this week is Christ Jesus.  An excerpt:

“mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship.”

-Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.316

You can also call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.

<3,

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PS: This Wednesday we’ll be meeting at a special location.  More info here in the next couple of days.

Deception! Villainy!

…and how to defeat them!  Hint:

Truth brings the elements of liberty.

-Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p.224

Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

-Christ Jesus, via John 18:32

Need to be freed?  Come and hear about the liberation that we all have access to.  10:35am Sunday @ 687 Centre St.