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.

“Eye infection gone”

Two things: 1) Quick note about church.  2) a wonderful article just for you.  🙂

1 – Church will be at the bank tomorrow.  (Eastern Bank community room, 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain.  Call in at 605-475-4000 x. 636128.)

2 – In thinking about the fear of ebola that’s currently being talked about (and, particularly, the detail that this is a disease which currently has no known cure), I came across this article.  It’s a testimony of a woman who found healing of a contagious condition through prayer, despite her condition having been first diagnosed by doctors who told her that the disease was resistant to all known medicines.

The encouragement that I take from this is: even if there is no medical cure for something, or if it’s difficult to come by, there is help and health through trusting in the laws of God (i.e. the laws of purely good Life).

Here’s the article: Eye infection gone

(Noteworthy: this week’s lesson/sermon will be on a pretty helpful and relevant topic, too.  It questions whether sin, disease, and death are inevitable and real parts of life, or whether there’s a law of God that obliterates those things.)

Happy reading, and love to you!

Christa and JP Church

Just a quick note about location:

…church will be at the bank tomorrow!

(Type “687 Centre St., Jamaica Plain” into a GPS if you’re trying to find us.  7:35pm-8:35pm EDT, in person or at (605) 475-4000 x.636128.)

And… another quick note about location.  🙂

(i.e. our locations – today, wherever we might be.  Where are we “found,” or where are we “finding” other people?  Here’s one possible place to start.)

Immortal Mind heals what eye hath not seen; but the spiritual capacity to apprehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power, is won only as man is found, not in self-righteousness, but reflecting the divine nature.

-Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesp. 179:7-11

(I’ll be chewing on this idea today, myself.)

Love,

jpchurch

The “beauty of holiness”

Just letting you all know: we’ll be in our usual Sunday location tomorrow, Johnson Park, right across from the Green St T stop.  Walk past the playground & fountains; we’ll be the ones on the blankets in the grass.

OR you can call in to the service, as usual – call our conference line at (605) 475-4000, code: 636128.  We’ll get started at 10:35am EDT.

Also, here’s a thought from this week’s Bible lesson, aka sermon – this week on the topic of Soul:

This is “the beauty of holiness,” that when Truth heals the sick, it casts out evils, and when Truth casts out the evil called disease, it heals the sick.

-from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 135 – read the quote in context here), by Mary Baker Eddy.  The Bible verse she’s referencing there is Psalms 96:9.

Much love, and see you soon!

-jp church

rain, rain.

Whoa, rainy day in Boston!  The clouds just opened this morning.  Magnificent downpour.  It’s the rain that the sky has been waiting to send down for days.

For those staying dry inside someplace, you might enjoy thinking about this rainy analogy today – a promise of protection:

“Clouds parsimonious of rain, that swing in the sky with dumb thunderbolts, are seen and forgotten in the same hour; while those with a mighty rush, which waken the stagnant waters and solicit every root and every leaf with the treasures of rain, ask no praising. Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.”

-Mary Baker Eddy, in her address to the Concord Christian Science church, February, 1899.

And this evening, we hope you’ll join us in the cozy shelter of the bank community room, or on the phone, for our mid-week testimony meeting.  Details are below.

All love,

JP Church

Find us tonight 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:
7:35pm, Boston time (EDT).

Church in the PARK [click pic for map – or call in: (605) 475-4000 x 636128]

 

light

“If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine Love, the healing work will be accomplished at one visit, and the disease will vanish into its native nothingness like dew before the morning sunshine.”

-Mary Baker Eddy, Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.365
(from tomorrow’s sermon)

“The physical healing of Christian Science”

Join us for church tonight, and hear the experiences of others who are striving to live a Christian life of healing.  (And share your own experience, if you’d like!)  We’ll all come together to pray, listen together to readings from our church’s pastor, and share!

Eastern Bank Community Room.  687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
7:35-8:35 PM, EDT.
how:  In person, or by phone (605) 475-4000 x 636128

In answer to a different “how” question – that is, *how does Christian Science heal?* – one particular quote has been coming to mind recently.

This is from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  It’s a little long, but I hope you’ll agree it’s worth it 🙂

Many imagine that the phenomena of physical healing in Christian Science present only a phase of the action of the human mind, which action in some unexplained way results in the cure of disease. On the contrary, Christian Science rationally explains that all other pathological methods are the fruits of human faith in matter, — faith in the workings, not of Spirit, but of the fleshly mind which must yield to Science.

The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus’ time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or “God with us,” — a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime,

To preach deliverance to the captives [of sense],
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty them that are bruised.

-Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health p. xi (read the quote in-context here)

Go peacefully today!

jpchurch

Hezekiah’s lesson

Hezekiah was a pretty cool king.  The previous king, having powerful allies, had incorporated the religion of his allies into Jerusalem’s Temple, including idol worship, and eventually closed the Temple.  Upon becoming king, Hezekiah’s first acts included restoring the Temple and cleansing his country of idol worship.

Then he got deathly sick.  And Isaiah, a big-deal man of god for the last four kings, came to check it out and reported, “Sorry pal, get your house in order, ’cause you’re not sticking around.” [Isa. 38:1, heavily paraphrased—I encourage you to go read the real version.]  Hezekiah was, understandably, upset, and now had no recourse but to confront his mortality honestly.  But while open-heartedly bewailing his pain and tragedy, he had two realizations: (1) that God doesn’t sustain sin [Ibid 17], and (2)

“The dead don’t thank you [God],
    and choirs don’t sing praises from the morgue.
Those buried six feet under
    don’t witness to your faithful ways.
It’s the living—live men, live women—who thank you,
    just as I’m doing right now.” [Ibid 18-19]

These realizations: that sin is transitory, and that life is what expresses God’s glory, may have fueled his protest against his death-sentence, knowing what God preserves and what He doesn’t:

“Remember how I’ve lived my life. I’ve lived faithfully in your presence, lived out of a heart that was totally yours.” [Ibid 3]

Isaiah was already on his way out, but God didn’t even let Isaiah leave the room [II Kings 20:4] before having him turn around and promise recovery, health, and life to Hezekiah!

Now Hezekiah’s inner sense had been keen enough to protest that this apparent story of sickness and death of a righteous life didn’t fit how God ran the show, but at this point, having received conflicting diagnoses, he felt like he could use some assurance, so he asked Isaiah for some.  Isaiah said sure: God can move the time on the sundial by 10 minutes as a sign, a promise.  Hezekiah pointed out that the time on the sundial was always moving forward, so God’d better move it back 10 minutes, just to make it clear it was Him.  And, indeed, so it happened [Ibid 11].

Three days letter, Hezekiah was not dead but well.  He went on to build up Jerusalem, defeat (through reliance on God, without touching a weapon) a huge invading Assyrian army, and oversee great economic growth in his kingdom.

So next time it seems like everything’s (or anything) is going downhill, think of Hezekiah.  His keen sense of God’s truth can be yours, too.  Take a moment to honestly confront your situation.  Know God isn’t behind your fleeting faults, but that God’s glory is (and must be) expressed in your immortal goodness.

And, if need be, ask Him to prove it.

He will.

He loves you.

 

This story, a scientific explanation of it, as well as a few others, make up a Bible sermon on “mortals and immortals” that will be given at our church this Sunday morning, at 10:35 (EDT).  We’ll also sing some praises and pray a bit together.  It may be too damp out, so we’re going to meet inside at 687 Centre St. in JP, but feel free to call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128# if that’s a little far.

yours,

Grant and 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.