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#

 

“Every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters”

For our third hymn we will be singing Water hymn by Vaughan & Glass, the words can be found at the bottom of this post.

This week the lesson we have been studying, which we will read in our Sunday service is on the subject “Life” and has a focus on God’s sustaining power. One passage from our Leader Mary Baker Eddy included in the lesson reads:

Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences. … Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks. 

(Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with key to the Scriptures, pg 570)

How are you giving this cup of cold water to receptive hearts today?

Water Hymn [Vaughan & Glass]

Like trees who never plead for water,
here to stand with branches opened wide,
we receive the Father’s rain of blessings.
When we trust, He will provide. When we trust, He will provide.
Like the fish living under water,
who can’t trip or tumble or fall down,
we live in our elements of Spirit.
Our support is all around. Our support is all around.
Like the birds high above the water,
soaring miles upon miles straight ahead,
We are free to soar beyond distractions.
God is here. We will be led. God is here. We will be led.
God is Lord of land and sky and water
He made all and called his work well done.
We are His, Love’s innocent reflection.
And we shine just like the sun. And we shine just like the sun.

We hope you’ll join us by the waters Sunday July 19th at 10:35 am. We will be meeting in Johnson Square park (across from the Green St. stop on the orange line) near the fountain. Or on the phone at (605) 475-4000, code: 636128#

Following Christ with demonstrations of healing

The lesson for this week is on the Subject of Sacrament. What is this sacrament, how do we partake of it? Our leader and the founder of Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy makes clear that to partake of the sacrament we must follow Christ’s teachings and heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. She writes:

It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus “the resurrection and the life” to all who follow him in deed. Obeying his precious precepts, — following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, — we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death.

SH 31:14-22 (to .)
From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings

Following Christ’s example seems like a tall order. Where do we start? An article from the Christian Science Sentinel shares a healing which showed her what it is to be baptized, submerged in Spirit. You can read it at jsh.christianscience.com/baptism

This Sunday July 12th 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#

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#

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.

 

In church, let your authenticity shine

A recent piece published in the Washington Post explains that millennials aren’t looking for a flashy church. The title of the article boasts the mandate, “Stop trying to make church ‘cool'”. As much as we think popularity wins the game in today’s world, there’s an important role that authenticity plays in showing people what you’re all about.

We can appreciate this point of view at JP Church. We’re grateful for the emphasis that Christian Science places on living your faith, and letting your life attest to your sincerity. We’d love to have you join us in prayer, music and fellowship any Sunday morning or Wednesday evening when we meet.

Tomorrow we’ll be in the park for our church service!

@ Johnson Park, Jamaica Plain, MA. (map).
10:35-11:35 AM, EST.
-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.

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#

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)

Look deep

look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.

Mary Baker Eddy

or, as the Master put it,

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Jesus

Cold?  Lonely?  Struggling?  Come explore with us and our pastor how to look deeper and judge righteously.  Or, as Elihu put it, “let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.”  As we look deeper, we’ll find the warmth, the love, and the help we need.

Also, there will be a bit of singing.

Come join us Sunday morning at 10:35 in the park bank!  (Or call in: (605) 475-4000 x636128.)