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#

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All the church! Tonight, Thanksgiving, and supporting our world in prayer

Three things:

1 – Tonight.  Wednesday testimony meeting is still on, despite the nor’easter that’s been gently delivering rain/snow/hail all day.  We’ll be warmly ensconced in the Eastern Bank community room, and we’ll have our phone line as usual (info @ the bottom) for those who aren’t able to make it in person.

2 – Tomorrow = Thanksgiving!  We’re hosting a joint thanksgiving service with our sister church, Third Church of C.S., Boston.  It’ll be happening at 10:00am – half hour earlier than usual – @ the Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St, JP (map):

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You can call in on our regular line, too!  We won’t do phone intros as usual (only because of the number of in-person folks we’ll have).  However, if you call in, you’ll be more than welcome to share your Thanksgiving gratitude during testimony time.  We’ll make sure you can hear others who share in the room, too.  Call in early if you’d like so we can say hi.  🙂

And if you’d like to read the Thanksgiving lesson in advance, here it is: http://christianscience.com/bible-lessons/thanksgiving/thanksgiving

3 – Every day = a day for peace and love.  If you’ve been following the news in the US about Ferguson, MO, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do.  As a fellow Christian Scientist said in response, “no prayer falls to the ground.” (see 34:55-40:20 of this program)

Taking all of our hopes & wishes for humanity and giving them over God – the one big Love, who’s above varied opinions or human tragedy or any horrible “-isms”… the great protector and equalizer – is something we can all do right now.  This isn’t ignorance or blindness… it’s most definitely a form of activism.

If you’d like to see how some others have been praying, one place to look is http://time4thinkers.com/prayerwatch-ferguson-verdict/.  You can read and share your own prayerful ideas, too.

That’s all for now.  Love each other, stay warm.  🙂

Christa and the C.S. Society of JP


Details about tonight and tomorrow:

Wednesday service

@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
7:35-8:35 PM, EDT.
-In person, or by phone (605) 475-4000 x 636128
what: An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, testimony sharing, and pure Love.

Thanksgiving service

@ Nate Smith House. 155 Lamartine St, Jamaica Plain (map).
10:00-11:00am, EDT.
-In person, or by phone (605) 475-4000 x 636128
what: An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, Thanksgiving testimony sharing, and pure Love.

Gratitude and the kingdom of heaven

[ from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 590 ]

Kingdom of Heaven. The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.

This is what we’ll be celebrating this evening: the reign of harmony, the atmosphere of Spirit (i.e. God), the realm of unerring, omnipotent Mind (also a name for God) – i.e. the kingdom of heaven – and its current-ness, as well as our presence in that kingdom… right now.

(p.s. the Wednesday nights at Christian Science churches are a great place to come together with other people and share gratitude.  It’s expected to be a healing experience for everyone who attends.  As a recent visitor put it, “We need more spaces like this!”)

Whether you’ve come to church before or it’s your first time, all are warmly welcome – in person or on the phone.

Love to you, wherever you find yourself today.

jpchurch


 

Details about tonight’s service:
Eastern Bank community room, 687 Centre St, JP
(605) 475-4000 x.636128 – for remote callers
7:35pm – 8:35pm-ish, EDT
-An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, gratitude sharing, and pure love.

New mural at the South Street Youth Center

Hi there friends!

We’d like to share the below letter with you, a version of which went out recently to members of the JP Church community.  It’s about a project that’s near and dear to our hearts, and – thanks to individuals and other organizations who donated – is a fully-funded reality!


The church members over at JP Church [aka: the Christian Science Society of JP] wanted to let you know about an exciting community project we’re supporting in Jamaica Plain.  We’d like to thank everyone who donated to make this project possible.

South Street Youth Center mural
Partial view of the completed mural

OUR NEW PARTNERSHIP

JP Church is building a new partnership with South Street Youth Center, part of a low-income housing complex down the street from where we meet. Our first undertaking together is an uplifting, spiritually-based mural project.

The mural is just the beginning of what we hope will be an ongoing relationship among our church, youth center staff, and the young people they serve. We are actively cherishing the idea of what Sunday School can look like and how our church can best serve the youth in our community.

South Street Youth Center mural
An attendee of the South Street Youth Center and a JP Churcher, working on a blue tree

THESE KIDS ROCK!

The Youth Center does a lot of amazing work with youth from age 6 to 22 that live in the housing complex, including providing after school programming, mentors, and various classes.

So far, the youth we’ve met there rock. They’re full of enthusiasm and love and innocence. It was great to spend a Saturday morning painting “You Are Important” and “Eres Importante” on the wall outside the center. It’s a potent message that’s part of artist Alex Cook’s You are Loved multi-mural project.

South Street Youth Center mural
Alex, deftly mixing paints for his eager helpers

THANK YOU!

Our deep gratitude goes out to the following organizations, who helped to support this mural through their donations:

First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain
3rd Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue

Several individuals also contributed to the mural by using the “Donate” button on our website, and we are equally as grateful to those generous folks.

(If you love this project and feel a desire to contribute to it, we wouldn’t want to stop you: we know exactly how you feel!  However, we’re no longer actively seeking contributions, as we’ve met our fundraising goal.  Anything donated after this point will go towards offsetting JP Church’s costs in sponsoring the mural.)

South Street Youth Center mural
“You Are Important” in Spanish
South Street Youth Center mural
“Eres Importante” in English 🙂

To see more pictures, check out Alex’s South Street mural album or our Facebook page.

We are so very grateful for you!

hugs and love,

JPChurch

Weds location, plus a mid-week testimony treat for you

Just a quick note to all: we’re having our Wednesday service in our usual mid-week location, at the Eastern Bank community room.  That address is 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain.

We begin at 7:35 EDT.  If you’d like to listen and/or share by phone from wherever you are, our conference call digits (always found on the top-right of our website) are (605) 475-4000 x 636128.  Come one, come all!

And a little bit of testimony candy for you: here’s a beautiful experience of healing through Christian Science that was published in the Christian Science Sentinel last fall: “Gratitude and the healing of cancer“.

The author shares, at one point, the following inspiration that came during her healing:

“Thank you, dear God! I feel cleansed and purified. It was never my job to be a perfect mortal. It was always to be the clear and pure transparency of Your love.”

Love,

jpchurch

Thanking you (yes, *you*) this Wednesday (NOTE: special location!)

JP is a lovely neighborhood.  A neighbor from a different neighborhood of mine (pictured below) is reminding me to be grateful.  And you know whom I’m grateful for?  You.  You who receive this blog.  Some of you attend jpchurch in person, some on the phone, some regularly, some more spontaneously; some of you support us in thought; some read our emails; some are involved in our extra-church-y events.  Every form of that support is fostering the growth of this lovely little church, supporting our ability to bless our community (including you, including me).  The love makes it happen.  So thanks.

In gratitude, I invite you to a warm little meeting this Wednesday.  We’ll be partaking together in a bit of insight from the best books we know, we’ll be sharing gratitude, experiences, and thoughts of this reliable practice of Christianity that we’ve been learning about, we’ll be singing a bit, and we’ll be blessing each other.  We’d be delighted to have you!  It’ll begin at 7:35pm EST tonight (Wednesday) at 44 Robinwood Ave. (Apt. 3L) in Jamaica Plain, MA.  As always, phone access is at (605) 475-4000 x636128.

And as a reminder that’s always helpful to me, I give to you my neighbor:

thanks, Patrick Roddie!

With great fondness,

Your brother, Grant

 

PS: thank you, patrick roddie PHOTOGRAPHY!

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.

Come and get it!

What is grace?  Different biblical translators have called it “love,” “kindness,” or “exuberant giving and receiving;” a famous song simply calls it amazing… what does it mean to you?

This good, this grace, can come in many forms, indeed, but it’s all come to us the same way.  Come, experience grace with us, and share our gratitude as we reflect on it.  It will be healing, it’ll be inspiring, and the blessings will abound.

Our healing meeting will start at the usual place (687 Centre St., JP), at the usual time (7:35pm EDT, Wednesday), and with our usual joy (often expressed in hugs, high-fives, and healing).  If you would like to experience grace with us via telephone, the number is (605) 475-4000 x636128.

The Principle of everything loves you.  So do we.

Reciprocity

Howdy church fam!

JP Church has uplifted many of our lives.  The best response is to pay it forward.  If we’ve cheered you up, cheer someone else up; if church has healed you, be open to healing someone that needs it (and/or bring them to church!).  But it’s also natural to want to reciprocate to JP Church, and we’re happy to humbly accept a hand:

  • metaphysically: Pray for church!
  • humanly: Help out with services (contact us if interested)
  • monetarily: We now have a tax-deductible donation button on our website, which accepts credit cards or PayPal accounts.  Computer users can see it right on our homepage in the upper right ↗.  It also appears for both computer and mobile users in our Share Gratitude page.

Thanks for all you do!  We love you so much ❤

-JP Church