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.

Note: Different location + EARLIER TIME tomorrow!

But first, here’s a little inspiration…

In preparing to hear tomorrow’s sermon—this week, it’s on the topic of “Adam and Fallen Man”— here are some thoughts from one of our readers, Sarah:

As I prepared for the service this Sunday, I gave a lot of thought to the concept of identity. Who are we really? What does it mean to be made in the image of God?

One idea that is very empowering for me is knowing that our spiritual identities as the children of God enable us to overcome all limitations. Anything that seems to hold us back is actually powerless to do so because God creates and sustains us. There is a story in Daniel of three Israelite men who were renamed (re-identified) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego by the Babylonians. Despite what the Babylonian culture did to try and force them to take on a limited sense of identity, they became successful rulers AND survived the fiery furnace. (Check out the book of Daniel—chapters one, two, and three.)

When we defend our sense of identity as the spiritual children of God, we can do anything! What a powerful and joy-filled thought. 🙂

PLEASE NOTE: we’re doing a little location bouncing-around this week!

First, and most importantly for all attendees (phone and in person): we’re moving our start time tomorrow morning to half an hour earlier, in order to accommodate the needs of the different location.  We’ll be getting started at 10:00am, EST.

Secondly, for the in-person folks, tomorrow’s service and this Wednesday’s service will be at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, JP (map).

Driving: Parking is free in this neighborhood, and shouldn’t be too tough to find within a block or two.
Pub. tran: The Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line is just one block away!  And the 39 bus is only about a 7-8 minute walk.

We’ll be back in the Eastern Bank space again soon!  Thanks in advance for being flexible with this little mobile church.

One more techy note:
We had some out-of-the-ordinary difficulties with the phone line on Wednesday, and we are deeply sorry that we missed connecting with some of you.  The phone line is fully functional now, and we’re not anticipating any further problems.  However, should anything come up, you can contact one of us directly or email csjpchurch at gmail dot com with your phone number. We’ll be monitoring that address and will make sure to get you patched in!  As always, your prayers for these services are appreciated and felt.

We love you!  But, more importantly, God loves you.

the C.S. Society of JP

Special joint service tonight! Dif. location + 10 minutes later than usual

If you’re looking to join us for church tonight, we’re not going to be in any of our usual spots.  Looking for us there will not result in you attending the service!  Don’t do it!

Instead — we’ll be gathering at Spontaneous Celebrations, on Danforth St. in JP, for a special joint testimony meeting with our neighbors at the 3rd Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston.  These guys are wonderful, and we’re glad to know them as friends & fellow Christians.  You can peruse their Facebook page here.

To find Spontaneous Celebrations, you can use this map.  The address is 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain — one block east of the Stony Brook Orange Line stop, and about 5 minutes’ drive from Eastern Bank (beware of one-way streets!).  Spontaneous is a beige 2-story building, with colorful steps leading up to the front entrance.

Also, this service will start at 7:45, not 7:35!  We’ll have a call-in option as usual, so feel free to call in at (605) 475-4000, x. 636128.

All love,
-JP Church

The JP Church retreat on Church Alive website

A few weeks ago, The Mother Church’s Church Alive team published a blog on their site from our very own Nate.  It’s all about the church retreat we had back in November — why we had a retreat, how it worked, and some of the awesome fruitage we’ve seen since then.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look!  It’s gotten some great feedback so far.

Circling around: A church retreat

Also, the Church Alive page has lots of great church-related food for thought (more like dessert, really).  You can visit their page here.

Lots of love!

The “retreaties” (most of us) during our November 2012 retreat. Photo by Nate Frederick.

Update: In case the links above don’t work for you, here’s the article:

…and Church Alive: http://christianscience.com/member-resources/for-churches/church-alive