Sunday Service

Please join us tomorrow morning for a beautiful service filled with love and Scripture! We welcome you in person or on the phone:

@ 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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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 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.

 

Loving your neighbor

In my Intro to Preaching class, my professor frequently talks about preaching as a practice of neighbor love. That can mean a lot of things, including content, length, speaking style, and so on. But there is also something deeper there that points to loving whoever you are speaking with at any time, and ultimately that can go beyond church.

This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson includes stories of Elisha (2 Kings) healing and helping people in different areas, which are great examples of loving one’s neighbor. No matter who the people were, rich or poor, man or woman, adult or child, Elisha helped them all. Elisha showed unconditional love for all of God’s children.

While it can be hard to imagine, this is possible for us to do today. We can follow Elisha’s lead and do our very best to love everyone daily. One thing I like to do sometimes is walk down the street and think, “You have dignity” or “You are loved” about every person I pass. It makes me smile and is just one way I practice loving my neighbor. Now, there’s no doubt that this is something I can always work on more, but the stories of Elisha inspire me to see everyone as an idea of God and refuse to discriminate based on class, gender, age, and so on.

I hope you’ll get inspired by this week’s Lesson-Sermon in your own way!

@ 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.

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

Waking up right on Sunday mornin’

Hello!

Sunday morning’s coming, and that means we’ve got another dose of prayer, song, readings, and love for you. This week we’re meeting at 687 Centre St. in JP (@ 10:35), but keep watching this site (or our calendar) for when we start meeting outside in our community! And you can always call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

The topic this week is the Adam-dream, and wakening from it to realize present good.

It’ll be a lovely morning, which is why your presence would be so fitting 🙂

Unity,
jpchurch

Wednesday Welcome

Hey!  You!  You signed up to follow us or you’ve found your way to our website; in either case, you’re groovy.  Being such a cool individual, you’re very much welcome to join us this Wednesday evening.  We’ll be meeting at 687 Centre St. in JP @7:35 to talk about the Science of the Christ and how we use it in our lives, as well as to sing and pray a bit.  Our door’s always wide open.  Or call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.  The open door before you cannot be shut.

<3,

jpchurch

Prayer this Sunday

Lord, do not hold back your mercy from me;
    let your love and truth always protect me.
Troubles have surrounded me;
    there are too many to count.
My sins have caught me
    so that I cannot see a way to escape.

    Hurry, Lord, to help me.

let those who follow you
    be happy and glad.
They love you for saving them.
    May they always say, “Praise the Lord!”

David

This Sunday we’ll be praying, reading, and singing about God’s mercy, His love, sin, punishment, reformation, and healing.  We’ll meet at 10:35am (EDT) @ 687 Centre St.  Please, join us there or by phone (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

Loooooove,
jpchurch

Fraternity this Wednesday

OK, challenge: think of somebody that scares you.  Maybe someone with power, maybe a hypothetical criminal, maybe someone directly involved in your life, whoever comes up for you.  Now realize that God, infinite Love, made that someone, the same way She made you — as a manifestation of loving intelligence.  This is your sibling, who shares your loving Father-Mother.  Anything that claims otherwise is not a legitimate part of your or their identity, and can be dropped.

Does this claim seem outlandish?  Realizing it and understanding why it’s true can have profound healing transformation in your (and their!) life.  Do you have questions about this?  Bring ’em!  Leave them in the comments, or better yet bring them to our little get-together this Wednesday evening. A bunch of your brothers and sisters will be circling up to talk about how realizing our (and everybody’s) nature as a loved child of God brings harmony to situations that initially seemed otherwise.  We’ll also read, pray, and sing a bit about these things.  Party’s at 7:35pm @ 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, MA, but is open to folks all over the world via telephone (605) 475-4000 x636128# (or Skype, upon request).

Love to have ya,

jpchurch

One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,—whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

“Fill your minds with beauty and truth”

This blog has produced perhaps too many words to read of late.  So today, we’re just gonna marinate in some good thought at the behest of Paul:

Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

Do that, not because it’s nice, but because it’s what substance is, and what we’ll learn the most from.

We’ll be sharing some of the beauty and truth we’ve experience this Wednesday evening at 7:35 (EDT), @ 687 Centre St. in JP, reachable via (605) 475-4000 x636128#.  We’d so love to have you join us!

<3,

jpchurch