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!

Today’s service: on Christ’s Christianity

Hi friends,

Another quick post!  We’re having our service this morning – same time, same usual place, same call-in number.  Check below for those details.

The topic of today’s lesson-sermon?  Christian Science.  Among other ideas, we’ll hear about the interconnectivity of Christian Science to all of Christianity.  Here’s one thought on that (from the sermon):

Christ’s Christianity is the chain of scientific being reappearing in all ages, maintaining its obvious correspondence with the Scriptures and uniting all periods in the design of God.

-from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy

You are more than welcome to join in to hear more, and to pray (silently, but also audibly and through song) with those in attendance, either in person or by calling in/listening on the phone line.

And – even if you don’t end up doing that – you are good, important, and loved by Love.  I hope you know that.

-the JP Church clerk


Details about today’s church 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.

“Love songs” for you (audio)

Hi!  Firstly, JP Church will be in “the bank” or on the phone at 10:35am EDT this Sunday morning – details below. Don’t go to the park if you’re looking for us; we won’t be there.  🙂

All this week, students of Christian Science, in JP and around the world, have been giving special focus in their prayers to the topic of Love.  This morning’s service is going to be a culmination of the week.  This essential element, love, perpetually deserves our focus, as well as more people prepared to humbly practice it.  (And it’s such a gift to be getting to know God not as a person, with whims or mysterious feelings, but as the immensity of Love itself.)

We have some musicians that go to JP Church, songwriters who radiate Soul through their work.  And, not surprisingly, a topic that comes up a fair amount is the topic of God’s love.

In celebration of the week’s theme… here are a few songs on Love by a handful of these musicians. To access the recordings, via a podcast called the Weekly Musician, click the links below.  May they be a drink of cold water.

Lisa Andrews – Love Never Fails

Alex Cook – Glorious Within

Laurie Burgdorff – Love is Priceless

Jef Scoville – The Way That God Loves You

* * * * * * *

(One last note: these + other original songs by JP Church songwriters will be available on a new album before too long.  We’ll be sure to let you know when it’s ready.)

Find us Sunday morning 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:
10:35am, Boston time (EDT).

Love, your neighbors at jpchurch

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

Prayer this Sunday

Lord, do not hold back your mercy from me;
    let your love and truth always protect me.
Troubles have surrounded me;
    there are too many to count.
My sins have caught me
    so that I cannot see a way to escape.

    Hurry, Lord, to help me.

let those who follow you
    be happy and glad.
They love you for saving them.
    May they always say, “Praise the Lord!”

David

This Sunday we’ll be praying, reading, and singing about God’s mercy, His love, sin, punishment, reformation, and healing.  We’ll meet at 10:35am (EDT) @ 687 Centre St.  Please, join us there or by phone (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

Loooooove,
jpchurch

Wake up.

Recently, I had a dream that my best friend had died.  I woke up pretty upset.  This guy’s basically my brother, so I felt I should call his mom to express my condolences or maybe grieve with her.  As I contemplating dialing the number I’d dialed so many times as a kid to find out if Kyle could come over, I knew, theoretically, that since it had been a dream, he should still be alive, somewhere, and this call wasn’t logically necessary.  The response in my head was “Come on, are you going to not call a grieving mother because of some theory?”  Pretty soon, the absurdity sank in, and I began to feel better.  Turns out, Kyle was okay the whole time, unaffected by my dream, unaware of how vivid it was.  Huh.

Of course, the unreality of dreams is no mere theory or doctrine; it’s simple truth.  Believing it or not doesn’t change the truth.  But understanding reality sure can lift the shade of gloom imposed by a fleeting dream.

And if you’re familiar with this blog, you probably know where I’m going with this.  Jesus revealed that the kingdom of heaven is here and now.  And indeed,

Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief.  It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised.  His proof of Christianity was … Science…”

Mary Baker EddyScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 26

Christ’s teachings are demonstrated fact.  All the things overcome by Jesus (storms, sickness, sin, death) need affect us no more than my dream, for dreams they must be, contradicting the Principle that is Love.

And Kyle’s still smiling.


So, any day is a good day for retelling the story of Jesus’ ultimate triumph, his proof of the insubstantiality of even the most vivid dreams (abandonment, scourging, and crucifixion).  Including this Sunday.

So, on Sunday we’ll be hosting a church service, including singing, prayer, and a sermon given by our pastor on Jesus’ doctrine of atonement.  We’ll start at 10:35am (EDT) @687 Centre St. in JP.  Please come by or call in via (605) 475-4000 x636128#.  We’d love to share our Sunday mornin’ with ya.

 

Abrazos grandes,

Grant and jpchurch

PS: a little ditty about the end of (the dream of) death, by a band called Gungor, having entirely too much fun:

Freedom sermon this Sunday

“the truth shall make you free.”

Jesus, John 8:32

“Truth brings the elements of liberty.”

Mary Baker EddyScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures p.224

 


Freedom’s pretty important to us.

We’ve fought many wars in its name, written countless books about it, sung songs, and made movies (including the #1 movie right now).  We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got our work cut out for us – there’s a lot of bonds out there to be torn away: sensualism shackles its practitioner to a false master, as well as fueling the horrors of sex slavery; the idea that somebody is not my brother bars me from the natural expression of brotherly love to him, but is also what allows discriminatory (literal) imprisonment of way too many young men in my country and others; selfishness constricts anybody that harbors it, and can motivate leaders to take away the people’s rights.  We can see infringements of freedom in our own lives or in world events on the news.

When tyranny, literal or metaphorical, in our own lives or the world abroad, seems beyond us to rise above… where do we turn?  Well, liberty is also a constant theme in the Bible: from Egypt to Rome, from false idols to plagues, there was always some bondage to be overcome.  And the savior can always throw off that bondage.  In her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy explained that the Christ, this message of Truth come to destroy error, best exemplified by Jesus, is what enabled folks from Moses to Paul, as well as herself, her students, and anyone, to cast off their bonds, by understanding their transience, by understanding the allness of God good.  Indeed, she writes that the person trying to understand Christ

“has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good.”

Any and all apparent lack of freedom boils down to the simplest lie: that there is another power than God, divine Love.  Uncovering this truth is liberation.  This corrects sin, unshackling the sinner.  It heals disease, unbinding her whom Satan hath bound.  One big tyrannical lie is death, and the always-truth that Life is eternal overcomes that, too.  Truth overcomes these things so efficaciously because they’re not real — they have no claim in our story of harmony and growth.

I say that like it’s easy — I’m still working on it… sure seems like I’m bound with some of these irons right now, in fact.  But the scientific pursuit of this truth has liberated me from physiological and emotional manacles before, and I know that as I continue to grow in grace, more will drop away.  And all the while I can help my brothers and sisters see the truth, and see healing in their lives.  That experience is pretty great, and I highly recommend it.

So, this Sunday morning, we’ll be hearing a sermon from these two books — the Bible and Science and Health — about the unreality of sin, sickness, and death, and the freedom that is the corresponding reality of righteousness, health, life.  There’ll also be a bit of lovely prayer and song accompanying it.  We’ll be meeting at 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain @10:35am; won’t you join us?  (We can be joined by phone at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.)

Always love,

grant + jpchurch

 

PS: Here’s a cute little song that talks about how to see this freedom in your life:

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,

jpchurch

 

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

Getting clean this Sunday

There’s power in purity.  You are pure.  If you don’t think so, don’t worry: the Christ will help you see it.

Our pastor will be delivering a sacrament sermon this Sunday about purification.  Come receive this beautiful blessing, along with some prayer, song, and love: 10:35am @ 687 Centre St in JP, or (605) 475-4000 x636128, or Skype christian.science.jp.church

You’re loved.

Christ-mas meeting

Merry happy!

Tomorrow is a day when folks all over the world celebrate the advent of Christ Truth entering our experience, anticipating a wealth of healing.  For some this holyday means family, for some it means generosity, for some festivity, for some trial.  Whatever you’re experiencing this winter, we invite you to our Wednesday meeting this Christmas, where we’ll be sharing how we’ve experienced the Christ coming in our own lives.  It’s truly a celebration, and all are welcome.  687 Centre St. in JP at 7:35pm.  Or call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.