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.

Wake up.

Recently, I had a dream that my best friend had died.  I woke up pretty upset.  This guy’s basically my brother, so I felt I should call his mom to express my condolences or maybe grieve with her.  As I contemplating dialing the number I’d dialed so many times as a kid to find out if Kyle could come over, I knew, theoretically, that since it had been a dream, he should still be alive, somewhere, and this call wasn’t logically necessary.  The response in my head was “Come on, are you going to not call a grieving mother because of some theory?”  Pretty soon, the absurdity sank in, and I began to feel better.  Turns out, Kyle was okay the whole time, unaffected by my dream, unaware of how vivid it was.  Huh.

Of course, the unreality of dreams is no mere theory or doctrine; it’s simple truth.  Believing it or not doesn’t change the truth.  But understanding reality sure can lift the shade of gloom imposed by a fleeting dream.

And if you’re familiar with this blog, you probably know where I’m going with this.  Jesus revealed that the kingdom of heaven is here and now.  And indeed,

Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief.  It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised.  His proof of Christianity was … Science…”

Mary Baker EddyScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 26

Christ’s teachings are demonstrated fact.  All the things overcome by Jesus (storms, sickness, sin, death) need affect us no more than my dream, for dreams they must be, contradicting the Principle that is Love.

And Kyle’s still smiling.


So, any day is a good day for retelling the story of Jesus’ ultimate triumph, his proof of the insubstantiality of even the most vivid dreams (abandonment, scourging, and crucifixion).  Including this Sunday.

So, on Sunday we’ll be hosting a church service, including singing, prayer, and a sermon given by our pastor on Jesus’ doctrine of atonement.  We’ll start at 10:35am (EDT) @687 Centre St. in JP.  Please come by or call in via (605) 475-4000 x636128#.  We’d love to share our Sunday mornin’ with ya.

 

Abrazos grandes,

Grant and jpchurch

PS: a little ditty about the end of (the dream of) death, by a band called Gungor, having entirely too much fun:

God: dive in.

 

Tomorrow, our sermon will be devoted to simply this: God.  

What does this word mean to you?

To be sure, the world has about as many varying definitions of God as there were snowflakes falling on Jamaica Plain this week. And for plenty of people, the word has negative connotations, or is associated with a bad history.  “God” might feel vague and insubstantial, inscrutable, or unrealistic.

 

In beautiful fashion, the sermon this week responds to these ideas, and gives us something to sink our teeth into.  

We’ll hear the idea that God is a purely spiritual entity, something that can’t be located by scrutinizing the physical universe.  We’ll hear about God as unadulterated, healthful good itself.  We’ll hear that this good God is the thing that made us, that shapes our lives, the driving force behind all health and happiness.

And, in one of my favorite phrases from this week’s sermon, we’ll hear it laid out like this:

 

The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.

-from p. 140 of Mary Baker Eddy’s seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Come by 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain.  Others of us will be there, and all listening & learning together.
Or call in to listen to the service.  (605-475-4000 x. 636128)
10:35-11:35am EST.

All love,
the JP Church clerk