Sunday morning in the park

This Sunday morning (August 7th) we will be growing our spiritual understanding in Johnson park*. Join us at 10:35 am there or on the phone. Hope to see you then.

From Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power
* Johnson park is across from the Green St. T station, we can generally be found across the path from the fountain, in the grass under the trees, usually on blankets.
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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#

We can be freed from our human histories

The world tries to tell us that our current experience is tinted and colored by our personal histories. That our being is in some way determined by our childhood, by our parents and how they raised us and how their parents raised them. That everything that seems to be wrong with the world stems from this war or that, from these people conquering and exploiting those people, from bad history. When we study God’s narrative, we find that not to be the case. The Truth is that God created everything and behold it was very good (Genesis 1).

In her semi-autobiographical work Retrospection and Introspection, our Leader and the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.” (22:1) Doing this we can free ourselves from a material and human sense of our history and return to the page where God creates and governs everything.

Please join us this evening at the bank (see address below) for readings exploring how we can be freed from our human histories.

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#

God’s supply is for everyone

The story of Ruth in the Bible is a great example of how turning to God in prayer can bring sustenance and supply from unexpected places. Ruth, in utter unselfishness, vowed to stay with her mother-in-law and continue supporting her after all of the men in their family pass away.

Her commitment is encapsulated in these words:

Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.
-Ruth 1:16 NRSV

They were in a challenging situation, yet events came together in a way that met their needs abundantly.

We each have the opportunity to make our own commitment to Christ in similar fashion as Ruth. Inevitably, the value of this humble state of mind will bring forward it’s due fruitage and supply in our lives as well.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday in Johnson Park (across the street from the Green St. T stop on the Orange Line).

Or by phone at (605) 475-4000, code: 636128#

It will be an hour of prayer, listening to the Lesson-Sermon, singing, and love.

God the only Creator

Welcome to JP Church! This Sunday, June 6, we will be gathering in Johnson Park across from Green Street station on the MBTA orange line in Jamaica Plain. We hope to have a few extra ushers out and about to make sure everyone can find the way!

***NOTE: A shuttle service will replace the orange line to the Green St. T stop this weekend. The alternate routes should be clearly marked by the MBTA.***

This week I felt moved by a quote from the Christian Science Bible Lesson that reads, “O Lord, how manifold are thy works!…Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created:” From Psalms 104: 24 (to !) and 30 (to the colon).

What does it mean that creation happens as God sends forth His spirit? I’ve really appreciated thinking and praying about that question- it challenges me to think differently about all that I see around me in the world!

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday in Johnson Park or on the phone at (605) 475-4000, code: 636128# for an hour of prayer, listening to the Lesson-Sermon, singing, and love.

 

Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods

“Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.” -Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
10:35-11:35 AM, 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, and pure Love.

Church is in the Park!

Hello all! This week we are meeting in Johnson Park across from Green St station in JP. Look for the group of smiling people on blankets with a sign (or “signs following”). 🙂 Be sure to wear warm clothing and bring extra blankets if you want them. Our healing service will take place at the same time, 10:35am, and as spring arrives we will celebrate together spiritual, eternal life.

[usually located at] @ 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#

Seeds that grow

January isn’t the best time to make a New Year’s resolution, they say. It isn’t the best time to plant a garden either. But now spring is here and the soil is ready for sowing. Similarly, you yourself might be feeling rejuvenated by the warmer weather and ready to plant some seeds in your life that will grow you closer to your goals.

Go for it!

Hit the gym, keep in better touch with old friends, learn a second (or third) language. And while you’re at it, nurture the seeds of progress in your life by honoring the qualities of God these pursuits represent.

Recognize that hard work at the gym is selfless discipline, an expression of your innate spiritual being, which gives you the energy and strength to reach your goals. Identify spiritual concepts that mean something to you and let them grow in your mental outlook. You’ll reap a flourishing mind of abundance and beauty.

Join us in JP tonight to explore Jesus’ seed-related parables and how spiritual ideas take root and grow in thought as we put them into practice in our lives.

Happy cultivating!

@ 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#

In the PARK today

Beautiful weather means we get to meet outside once again!  Church today will be in the park by the Green St. T stop (Johnson Park) this morning.  Come one, come all!

(Here’s a map, if the location is new to you.  You can also type “333 Lamartine St., Jamaica Plain” into your GPS, go there, then look across the street into the park from there – that’s where we’ll be.)

Service begins at 10:35am EDT.  We’d love to have you join on the phone, if that’s better for you – call (605) 475-4000 x 636128 right around the start of the service.

“The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” –Isaiah 40:5

See you soon,

JP Church

Error uncovered

Hey there.

Today, my prayers are all about brotherhood. With the protests currently going on in Ferguson, MO, over the shooting of Michael Brown, it feels like there’s a powerful need for this country to understand & practice strong, true, impartial brotherhood more clearly.

In the past several days, I’ve been deeply inspired (and also saddened) by reading some of the related stories circulating online. Many of them are from people who are sharing, very honestly, their own experiences of encountering hate and racial bias. Most everything I’ve read has also clearly spoken about the need for the evil of prejudice to end. It feels like the act of raising awareness about the problem has been, and continues to be, an important step.

It feels like the more we identify that a) this is a problem, and b) it has been happening on this plane of existence – often in hidden or subtle ways – the more we will intuitively take a stand against it. Really, humanity is good. Nobody wants something evil to continue, once they genuinely & empathetically understand that it is evil. And, as a result, our views of God (a purely good God) and of man (the result of a purely good God) will, very naturally, become clearer. To this end, I’m encouraged by something Mary Baker Eddy wrote:

Error found out is two-thirds destroyed, and the last third pierces itself, for the remainder only stimulates and gives scope to higher demonstration. To strike out right and left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift your head above it, is a sovereign panacea. Mental darkness is senseless error, neither intelligence nor power, and its victim is responsible for its supposititious presence. “Cast the beam out of thine own eye.” Learn what in thine own mentality is unlike “the anointed,” and cast it out; then thou wilt discern the error in thy patient’s mind that makes his body sick, and remove it, and rest like the dove from the deluge.

-“The Way,” Miscellaneous Writings, p. 355

We can always be “casting the beam out of our own eye” more.  (I know I can, anyway.) We’re also learning to practice true love more, every single day. Even through the littlest of details or daily interactions, every one of us can find ways to love more, to see & understand the people around us. And each time we do that, every time the veil is lifted a bit farther from our eyes, we’re having a healing impact on the world.

So keep going, sweet ones. Keep going.

Relatedly, our Sunday service will be happening tomorrow. The topic is Mind – and there’s so much love to be had in considering how one God, one unified Mind, is the basis of all our relationships and actions. Hope to see you in “the park” (Johnson Park, in JP, across from the Green St T stop – map), or hear you on “the phone” (605-475-4000 x 636128) at 10:35am, EDT!

-Christa, on behalf of the C.S. Society of JP