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.

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Open the door.

I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.

-from Revelation 3:8, 20-21
New International Version

The admission to one’s self that man is God’s own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle.

-from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
p. 90

Our pastor’s giving a sermon tomorrow morning on the subject of “probation after death,” from the perspective Christian Science offers.  (see the corresponding verses above for an idea of what that is.)

And despite the subject sounding a bit heavy, rest assured: the only real theme is Love.  You can expect to feel loved when you come.  You can expect to feel even more loved, more refreshed, more healthy when you leave.

(p.s. as always, the phone is open – you can tune into the service from wherever you are.  Check out the phone # below.)

Peace to you!

-the C.S. Society of JP

Details about tomorrow’s 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.

Break EVERY yoke. (Plus, church in the *bank!*)

–> Details of the church location, time, call-in number are at the bottom of this post. <–

The Christian Science lesson-sermon for this week on the topic of unreality contains a particular central message: freedom.  It includes this passage from the book of Isaiah:

Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?”

-chapter 58, verse 6.  (Whole chapter here.)

That is:  The fasting, i.e. form of worship, that Love, Spirit, Mind, Truth has in mind for humankind is “to loose the chains of injustice” (as the NIV puts it) … to undo burdens… to let the oppressed go free.  Noteworthy that this isn’t just about individually finding freedom, either, but also helping others see their freedom.

Freedom from what?

Freedom from everything and anything not like God… every yoke!

The idea that this is possible is really just a profoundly wonderful thing.  I mean, think of all the varieties of “yokes” that seem to keep humanity in bondage: fear, selfishness, sensuality, lack, materialism, apathy, pain, limitation, incapability, bad history, mortality, etc. etc.

Think of actually being able to overcome all of those things, and helping other people to overcome them.  Every single one, and more.

No, seriously… wrap your mind around that for a sec.

If this doesn’t fill you with happiness, I don’t know what would.

(And, technically, all of those “varieties” are just variants on the same one evil… though that’s a topic for another post.  Or, better yet, you can read a bit about it here: Science and Health p.16)

Because of the nature of spiritual existence and of God, this one evil is truly and finally “defeatable.”  It’s what can’t help but happen.

Okay.  If you’d like a song that’ll get you thinking about freedom today, here’s a classic gospel song from around the Civil Rights era in the US.  This version of the song, “Oh Freedom,” is sung by the Golden Gospel Singers.

(note: this recording & video are not made by/copyrighted by JP Church!  For info about the video, click the YouTube icon in the bottom right of the screen.)

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

<3, jpchurch

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:

Healing service with testimonies

So, if you haven’t caught on, we meet every Wednesday, and an important part of that meeting is sharing “experiences, testimonies, and remarks” with each other.  It’s so beautiful to share how we’ve experienced healing in bodily health, emotional health, career, romance, other relationships… or even all of those at once, as a dear writer published in a periodical called the Christian Science Sentinel this week.  Her account details a simultaneous healing of her eye, anxiety, a childrearing issue, a troubled business, and a rocky marriage.  Her testimony begins, “I found myself in a dark place,” but ends:

Christian Science gives us dominion and freedom and teaches us how to face every challenge—by seeing harmony in our lives right now! I am most grateful.

If you’ve experienced healing in your life, please share it with us!  Ideally by attending or phoning in, but if you can’t make it, why not leave it in the comments?

If you’d like to hear more about such healings, come on by and we’ll be so glad to share with you.  Or browse around the website linked above.  Or contact us.  God’s love is truly palpable, and we’d love to share that experience with you.

To join us this Wednesday evening, drop by 687 Centre St. in JP.  We’ll begin the meeting at 7:35pm.  You’re also invited to phone in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.

Love and health are yours.

LIFE.

Hi everyone, join us tomorrow for church!  We’ll be joining to pray together, sing together, and mentally take a stand for the nature of life (ours and others) as continuous, unstoppable, free — part of the one Life, God.

Featuring: our only pastor, the Holy Bible + Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  Together, these books tell us what we need to know.

Location: It’s looking like we’ll be in our usual summer locale, Johnson Park (right across the street from the Green St. T stop on the Orange line — click for map).  However, if rain looks inevitable, we’ll default to the community room at Eastern Bank, a few blocks up (687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130).

Blessings!

Freeedommmm!

Hey folks!

Come join us as we explore how our spiritual nature gives us liberty from all bonds of captivity: freedom from literal tyrants as well as freedom from the tyranny of darkness and the tyranny of disease.  Reading, healing, music, growth, and fellowship are all in store.  It’ll be awesome – hope you’ll join us at 687 Centre St., JP starting at 10:35 Sunday morning.  If you can’t be with us in body, you can be with us in spirit, as well as by telephone at (605) 475-4000 x636128.