He made us, and we are his

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
    He made us, and we are his.
    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Psalms 100:1, 3, 5, New Living Trans.

Walk & rest safely in this, Jamaica Plain.  With reports of recent violence in this area over the past few weeks, seems like a good time to embrace the ideas of peace, community, and gentle protection together.

We’ll be in the park Sunday morning for our weekly church service, to spend some time praying and, in particular, giving special focus to the topic of Truth – i.e. the truth about God’s goodness, and ours.

(details:  10:35am EST.  Call-in number is 605-475-4000, code 636128.)

All love,

jpchurch

Different location tonight!

Heads up!  Tonight’s Wednesday night testimony service will *not* be taking place at the Eastern Bank Community room.

Instead, we’ll be meeting at:
44 Robinwood Ave, Apt. 3L

If you’re already at the bank when you read this, never fear!  Just head back up Centre St, towards City Feed & JP Licks.  Robinwood Ave is about 1/2 mile beyond those places, on the right as you’re coming from that part of JP.

If you’re coming from downtown Boston on the 39 bus, your stop is Lochstead Ave.  Cross the street and walk one more block down, and Robinwood Ave will be on your left.

If you’re on the Orange Line, get off at the Green St. stop and walk up Green, past the park.  Turn right onto Rockview, then left onto Robinwood.  Follow it up and around, and 44 will eventually be on your right.

And if you’re nowhere near JP?  Our call-in number is (605) 475-4000, code: 636128.

(We’ll still start our meeting at the usual 7:35pm.)

Wherever you are today

in JP or elsewhere, with other people or by yourself…

rest assured: the Christ is there, too.

Love and peace to you today,

JP Church

Come to the feast of love

In addition to telling you that a soulful, love-filled testimony meeting will be happening tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Eastern Bank (map) or on the phone (605-475-4000 x 636128) at 7:35pm EST…

I’d also like to share a poem with you.  It’s a hymn, really – #40 from the Christian Science Hymnal – and it’s an adaptation of text by two men by the names of Thomas Moore and Thomas Hastings.

To me, these have been deeply comforting words.  I hope they’re similar for you, too.  And despite a mix of sad news and happy news coming from the world scene, these are words that point to deep, true peace.

Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Here health and peace are found, Life, Truth, and Love;
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow but Love can remove.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure;
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
Earth has no sorrow that Love cannot cure.

Here see the Bread of Life, see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above;
Come to the feast of love, come, ever knowing,
Earth has no sorrow but Love can remove.

Much love, and peace to you.

JP Church (and the clerk)

A call to love.

[revised]

As I think about this date and the challenge it represents to me, I feel compelled to challenge myself.  And why not pose the challenge to you, too?  The challenge: Love more.

Love is unconditional.

We all love the Boston Police Department when they’re restoring order amidst the confusion of violence.  We respect their commands, we party in the street with their victory.  What about when they pull us over?

Would you be able to love a popular, soft-spoken, religious, teenage lifeguard who’s a Best Buddy, a student, and a little brother?  What if he was involved in a bombing or a police murder?

What about Putin or Assad?  Someone in Boko Haram?  How about Obama or Cruz?  That kid from high school?  The beggar outside the coffee shop?  The driver that cut you off?  Your ex?

Yourself?

God loves you, just like She loves Sean Collier and the Tsarnaevs.  And Putin, your ex, everyone in Boston, everyone everywhere.  These are not mere platitudes.  They’re based on Principle (that God made you good and recognizes it) and understanding it can radically improve our situation.

When his reliance on God brought him (peaceful) victory over a whole army that had been sent to kill him, Elisha fed and freed them, thereby earning peace with their king.

Jesus forgave his murderers.

Love doesn’t mean enabling bad behavior — Jesus’ famous “turn the other cheek” is a triumph over violence, a command to demonstrate that violence is powerless against Love.  And he didn’t just talk the talk on that point, either.

Sure, but that’s Jesus Christ.  We can’t all be Jesus…  But we have one God; we’re emanations of one Mind.  We can therefore work to do as Paul asked: let that mind which was in Christ Jesus be in us.

I’m not saying I succeed in my effort at Christ-ian (we really should have a word for that… 😉 ) love all the time.  But I’m working on it, and I invite you to work with me.  I have to admit, I have trouble with people who walk inconsiderately.  And Bashar al-Assad.  But I’m taking it a day, a step, at a time, and I’m committed to loving in a more principled way.  To learning that we all have the same Father-Mother, Good.  To letting go of my claims against them.  To refusing the claims of fault in my siblings.  To demanding that I see the good in their individuality.  I still have more ease with some folks than with others, but I’m working at it.

For instance, I’ve lived in urban areas for awhile, and I’ve often been unsure of how to interact with folks asking me for money, aware that sometimes giving them what they ask for could be enabling destructive behavior, and sometimes honestly taking it personally when I detect attempts at deception.  Lately I’ve taken this question to God (Mind, Love), and have received more opportunities to interact with these brothers and sisters of ours.  I’ve begun learning who some of them are, how they express Good, and how I can effectively express love to them.  I’ve learned to listen, to share, to respect…  And, unsurprisingly, they’ve given me more than I’ve given them.  They’ve taught me about gratitude, grace, humility, strength, and more.  I’m really grateful for them.  (PS: if you want to better love this segment of your family, I recommend the Sermon on the Mount, being a pal, and learning what’s useful to them.)

I spent this time last year asking God to show me how to love the Tsarnaevs.  I think of myself, of those I love, and think of bad things I/they’ve done and people who don’t like me/them, and why I love them anyway.  Why the good in them inherently is more important than the bad, more identified with who they are, more lasting.  I don’t know the Tsarnaevs personally, but I know God loves them, and I know God’s not dumb.  Please join me in loving them and everyone who feels the same conflicts they do.


Some of us are getting together this Wednesday evening to talk about divine Love and how we put into practice our understanding of it, how it makes our lives better and lets us love more.  There’ll also be some readings, singing, and prayer.  We’d be thrilled if you;d join us at 687 Centre St. in JP (or via (605) 475-4000 x636128#) @7:35 (EDT).

I’m … still working on people who walk on the left side of the sidewalk.

<3,

Grant and 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.”

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.340

Testimony meeting time….

Wednesday’s here… you know what that means…

TESTIMONY MEETING DAY!  🙂  woot woot!

I love these meetings.  They’re one of the few times each week where people gather around the concept of healing through divine Love

For supporting others’ growth and successes.
For feeling Christ-like love firsthand — in “warmth of home”, in new ideas, in selflessness.
For mentally wrapping our arms around our communities in prayer.

It’s all so good.  🙂

We’ll be in the Eastern Bank community room, 687 Centre St. in JP.  Come join for some singing, readings from our Pastor, and testimonies of healing shared.

(Or listen to the service live through our call-in line…. see the number above, to the right.)

All love,
-the JP Church clerk

Come together

Come join with your brethren and sistren in praising Good.  It’s natural.  This week we’re joining hands with our neighbors at Third Church of Christ Scientist in Boston.  We’ll be meeting at their current home, Spontaneous Celebrations, on 45 Danforth St. in JP, starting at 9:45 Sunday morning.  (Call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.)  We’ll have readings regarding the question: “Are sin, disease, and death real?”, as well as music and prayer.  And so much love backing it all.

Peace.

By our fruits…

Come, hear inspiration from our pastor, music from our congregation, and the sharing of testimonies from our lives of how we apply the healing truths of Christianity in our lives.  It’ll be uplifting, and it will be an anchor of peace.  Tonight at 7:35pm at 687 Centre St., JP.  See you there!

(Or phone in at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.)

The Glory of the Church of Christ, Scientist

Welcome All!
Tonight’s gratitude service is going to be really important. It is going to actively ask every participant to really pray for the collective body of the Church of Christ, Scientist. It will also be followed by a reading of the cover article in this month’s Christian Science Journal called, “Numbering the People: Healing more than Counting” and a discussion about church membership followed by prayer time. If you have JSH-Online you can view the article here: Healing More Than Counting by Nate Talbot. If you’d like to join us and you’re not in Jamaica Plain, just sit tight and we’ll hook you up.

Find us at The Eastern Bank at 687 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 every Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

Here are the readings and hymns for tonight. They include links to youtube videos with the lyrics, as well as lyrics for all of the hymns below the schedule for tonight’s meeting. This is so you can experience the spirit of this service even if you can’t make it tonight. Ah, praise God for this great technology!

The Glory of the Church of Christ, Scientist

Hymn #1 People of God by Gungor
Holy Bible
2 Corinthians 2: 14-17
2 Corinthians 3: 1-18
2 Corinthians 4: 1-18
2 Corinthians 5: 1-10
Romans 8: 6-11
Job 28: 1-23, 28
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
16:1
116: 1-3
14:1-11
76:12
216: 28
85:2
95:32
127:4
587: 5-8 (Definition of God)
77:9
Holy Bible
Romans 8:1-2
Hymn #2 Speak Life by TobyMac
Announcements/Gratitude Time
Hymn 3# Our God is Greater by Chris Tomlin

Hymn #1 – People of God 

We could have tongues of angels

we could move mountains with our faith

we could give everything away

but if we don’t have love

we’re left with nothing

We could see blind eyes opened

know all the mysteries of our faith

we could sing all the highest praise

but if we don’t have love

we’re left with nothing

(Chorus)

People of God rise up

rise up and shine God’s love

we are the light of the world

of the world oh

we are the light of the world

of the world oh

Love is the what holds it all together

love never fails, it never dies

there is no deeper truth

we know that God is love, our God is love

(Chorus)

People of God rise up

rise up and shine God’s love

we are the light of the world

of the world oh

we are the light of the world

of the world oh

(Bridge)

tear down the walls that divide us

let love rebuild and unite us

all we need is

all we need is love

(Chorus)

People of God rise up

rise up and shine God’s love

we are the light of the world

of the world oh

we are the light of the world

of the world oh

Hymn #2 – Speak Life 

Somedays life feels perfect

Other days it just ain’t workin

The good, the bad, the right, the wrong

And everything in between

Though it’s crazy, amazing

We can turn our hearts with the words we say

Mountains crumble with every syllable

Hope can live or die.

(Chorus)

So speak Life, speak Life

Through the deadest darkest night

Speak Life, Speak Life

When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why

Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted

Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope

You speak Love, you speak…

(Refrain)

You speak Life,

(oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)

You speak Life

Someday the tongue gets twisted

Other days my thoughts just fall apart

I do, I don’t, I will, I won’t

It’s like I’m drowning in the deep

Well it crazy to imagine

Words from our lips as the arms of compassion

Mountains crumble with every syllable

Hope can live or die

(Chorus)

So speak Life, speak Life

Through the deadest darkest night

Speak Life, Speak Life

When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why

Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted

Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope

You speak Love, you speak…

(Refrain)

You speak Life, (oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)

You speak Life

(Bridge)

Lift your head a little higher

Spread the love like fire

Hope will fall like rain

When you speak life with the words you say

Raise your thoughts a little higher

Use your words to inspire

Trouble falls like rain

When you speak life with the things you say

Lift your head a little higher

Spread the love like fire

Hope will fall like rain

When you speak life with the words you say

(Chorus)

So speak Life, speak Life

Through the deadest darkest night

Speak Life, Speak Life

When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why

Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted

Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope

You speak love, you speak…

(Refrain)

You speak Life, (oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)

You speak Life

You speak Life, You speak Life

Somedays life feels perfect

Hymn #3 – Our God is Greater 

Water you turned into wine, opened the eyes of the blind there’s no one like you none like You!

Into the darkness you shine out of the ashes we rise there’s no one like you none like You!

(Chorus)

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.

Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

Into the darkness you shine out of the ashes we rise there’s no one like you none like You!

(Chorus)

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.

Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.

Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

 (Epic Bridge)

And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.

And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.

And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.

And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.

What could stand against.

 (Chorus)

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.

Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.

Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

(Epic Bridge)

And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.

And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.

And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.

And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.

Then what could stand against.

 (Chorus)

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.

Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.

Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!