Be still, and know that I am God

God’s instruction to be still and calm is found in many passages throughout the Bible, including a story found in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson. In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah tries to impress everyone back into worshipping God by a spectacular miracle involving dueling altars (one to God and one to Baal). Although the miracle does in fact lead many to repentance, its overall effect is mixed and does not shield Elijah from Jezebel’s attack. After Elijah is driven into the wilderness, God shows him that God is not to be found in impressive, powerful demonstrations like fire, wind, and earthquake. God is in the calm…in the still, small voice. This reminds me of some advice I received once before giving my first sermon to a pluralistic audience who had mixed feelings about having me preach. My mentor told me, “You’re there to express the qualities God gave you, not to impress people.” What good advice that I still take to heart!

If you’d like to join us for a service all about God, we will meet tomorrow at 10:35am in Johnson Park, across from Green Street station. OR you can join us by phone (605) 475-4000 x636128#

 

Preparation for Truth

Hi lovely people! Here is a Psalm to get us ready for church tomorrow morning:

Psalm 100, from the Tanakh (Jewish Publication Society):

Raise a shout to the Lord, all the earth;

worship the Lord in gladness;

come into His presence with shouts of joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God;

He made us and we are His,

His people, the flock He tends.

Enter His gates with praise,

His courts with acclamation.

Praise Him!

Bless His name!

For the Lord is good;

His steadfast love is eternal;

His faithfulness is for all generations.

 

Please join us tomorrow:

@ 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#

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#

Praise God!

Praising God is one of the many themes present in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson. The first text given, the Golden Text, comes from the book of Revelation and reads, “…We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and has reigned.” (King James Version, Rev 11:17) and the subjects of God’s dominion and praise continue throughout the lesson.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines praise in one way as, “to express thanks to or love and respect for (God).” I love this idea and how expressions of thanks, love, and respect can come in so many different forms by everyone who engages in praise. After all, God and God’s creation are infinite!  So what are you grateful for today? And how do you show it in your own unique way?

Please join us Sunday at the bank for praise and worship and love!

@ 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#

Role of spirituality in health

If a sign that said “free health care” was placed in the storefront window of a business, people would likely come to investigate the claim.

In the USA today, with its rigidly material concept of health and medicine, some might be offended if that storefront turned out to be the outlet of a religious denomination, including staff without medical degrees or modern medical equipment. “Hogwash”, they might insist, and “blasphemy,” maybe not appreciating that cultures outside of ours have had a strong spiritual component to medicine for millennia, and with important benefits to the human body.

Take for example some of the native cultures in North America and Australia entertaining a consciousness that all life is interconnected. In part, they treat the body as a life force capable of  being encouraged prayerfully to be in greater harmony with its surroundings. This type of healing work that operates at a spiritual level is still being done around the world today, and in some cases it has advanced and the teachings have become more systematized.

You might not think a spiritual teaching held a component important to your health, but dropping into a Christian Science Reading Room or church service near you might open some doors to exploring new ideas for the solutions you’re seeking.

And the best part is those solutions are available to everyone, free of charge, only requiring a better understanding of God and man and woman as they spiritually are.

Join a fun group of Christian Scientists and others (all are welcome!) tonight for an open sharing meeting on how people are applying their spiritual inspiration to health and life issues and seeing fruitage. There will be readings from our denominational texts, the Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy to kick off the meeting. 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#

Spiritual substance

Hello there! This week I’ve been thinking about spiritual substance. A few years ago, I found myself searching for a job. My student loan payments were about to start, and I was really concerned about what I was going to do. I mean really concerned! So I decided to sit down and pray. I gave some thought to why I was so worried, and realized that what I was so anxious about was having debt. I looked up the definition of “debt” in the dictionary, and the first definition listed was sin. As Genesis 1 tells us, God created all and saw that creation as good. I am a good part of God’s creation! I just knew that God was (is) loving me and caring for me, and nothing could stop that. A couple of weeks after my prayer, I got a job, and more than that, I got a raise for good performance just before another student loan kicked in. Also significantly, the job was with a great family, and I spent most of my days laughing and enjoying myself in between tasks. God’s love expressed itself through their love and joy.

What this experience taught me is that prayer is practical and spiritual qualities are substantial. In God’s economy, supply meets demand and divine Love meets every need. Sometimes things can seem really hopeless to human eyes, but all we have to do is turn our thought to God, who is always with us and guarding us. God blesses all equally and infinitely!

Please join our joyful community this Sunday!

@ 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.

The beauty of creation

Today I felt inspired by the Daily Lift, which was all about how beauty is a quality of God’s creation. Right now I’m at an Air Force base for a “drill weekend” where all the Reservists who work here are gathering together for their work weekend this month. People are greeting each other, shaking hands, asking about the past month, and talking about family, friends, and loved ones. Everyone is expressing a lot of love for each other, just as God is pouring out love for all of us! The beauty in this community gathering together and loving one another is not only amazing, but I’m praying to affirm that it is also a permanent quality of creation that can rise above anything that might try to drag it down or tarnish it. And I hope you’ll find some inspirational beauty this weekend as well, perhaps through the Daily Lift, a community of your own, or in recognizing the beauty and love from God that fills all of creation (a macro-community, if you will!).

Please join our joyful community this Sunday!

@ 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.

“Go this way. There is your path”

Hi there!  We’ll be in our usual place for our Sunday service; see below for details.

And a thought from the Voice Bible.  (The italics indicate words that have been filled in or adapted from the original to add context.*  You can read more about this Bible here).

For you, dear reader:

Your ears will hear sweet words behind you: “Go this way. There is your path; this is how you should go” whenever you must decide whether to turn to the right or the left.

In your newfound freedom, you will sing as if it’s a festival night.
        With lighthearted joy, you will dance your way toward Jerusalem,
    To the Eternal’s mountain, the Rock Israel can trust.

(Isaiah 30:21, 29)

-the CS Society of JP

*Note: if you first received & read this post in email form, you would have seen that the email formatted the whole quote above to appear in italics.  To which I say, How confusing!  🙂  All apologies for the little blogging blunder, friends.


Details about this morning’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.

Is the Wednesday meeting still on at Eastern Bank tomorrow?

You bet!!

And even if your situation looks a little more like this:

Even when it seems like you're in deep... Love is there, too.

 

…never fear, you can still call in!  Our number is below.

And meanwhile, our prayers are deeply with New England.  You’re warmly invited to join us in this all-inclusive prayer, too. “For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.”

Till tomorrow,

-Christa and the C.S. Society of Jamaica Plain


Details about tomorrow’s service:

@ 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.

from the love that is Spirit

…Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness.

(The Message, Galatians 5:16)

The “compulsions of selfishness”… the” desires of the flesh” (NIV)… Either way, in both translations, neither of those is desirable.  Worth it to dip our toes into spiritual life, to explore the possibility that reality is a wee bit (or a way bit!) deeper than we know.

Keep digging, friends!

And in the morning, a sermon on Spirit.  Come and dine. ❤ (metaphorically, that is!)

jpchurch


Details about this morning’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.