Church: rock.

Hey there.

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve spent considerable time “building” on the foundation of the material world.  Building a worldview from the foundation that physical science describes everything.  Building a life towards the goals enshrined by materialism.  Building yourself to best fit the ideals of that life.

But the ideals are limited, necessarily so in a finite world.  The rewards of their pursuits are sometimes enjoyable, but rarely reliable (and sometimes come at others’ expense).  It can seem like a zero-sum game.  Not to mention that this worldview can’t fully explain the most essential components of life: consciousness and love.  Nor can it explain the “miracles” of prophets like Jesus, or thousands recorded in the Christian Science periodicals.  (Incidentally, this week’s Sentinel shares healings of grief, a growth, and shingles; muscle strain; and chronic back pain.)

So… what foundation do we build on?  Various luminaries throughout history have given helpful answers to this question, and we’re exploring some of the best this week.  The apostle Paul said,

“no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.”

And in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, we read on p.138,

“The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built.”

From this foundation, Jesus, Peter (“rock”), Paul, Mrs. Eddy, the writers of those testimonies linked above, I, other members of jpchurch, and countless others have demonstrated morals uplifted, love, physical health, walking on water, finding purpose, raising the dead, achieving joy, and other beautiful illustrations of the reliability of building on this firm rock.

This week, our pastor has a wonderful sermon on the subject of matter for us, discussing these questions of foundations (and whether they belong in matter).  We’d love for you to join us in hearing it, along with a bit of lovely singing and powerful prayer, this Sunday morning at 10:35 (EDT), @ 687 Centre St. in JP for locals or (605) 475-4000 x636128 for everybody.

Build on Love.

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Time: It’s a drag.  It makes creation stories confusing.  The young haven’t had enough to be wise; the old have had too much to stay sane, healthy, beautiful, acive.  It separates us from happy memories and lost love.  It separates us from Jesus Christ.  It kills us all eventually.  It stifles hope, even faith.  It always wins.

Despite one of those sentences being a Pink Floyd lyric, they’re all lies.  Each one.  Because time isn’t.

Eternity is.

Our pastor will refute each of those red lies directly in our weekly Bible sermon this Sunday at church; this week’s subject is Life.  To come hear the good word (and good singing!), drop by 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, MA, call (605) 475-4000 x636128, or Skype with christian.science.jp.church at 10:35 (EST) Sunday morning.

My life flows on in endless song…
How can I keep from singing?
-Robert Lowry, Christian Science Hymnal Supplement, #449

Called! to a testimony meeting Wednesday

Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sarah was impatient, Elijah was depressed, Moses stuttered, Zaccheus was short, Abraham was old, Lazarus was dead

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED!

-Anonymous

Have you done good, experienced good, or grown, despite something in your life saying there’s bad?  That’s how Love rolls, bud.  Come share it with us.  Our pastor and we will be sharing similarly.  7:35pm Wednesday, @ 687 Centre St. or 1.605.475.4000 x636128.  (Skypers, email one of us.)