Reality

One of the best quotes from Mary Baker Eddy, and perhaps most loved in the Christian Science community, is as follows:

“We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 129:22-24)

What a wonderful and yet challenging thought! What is real? What gives us true testimony versus false about God and creation? How do we find out what’s real? If you’re interested in learning more, please join us for our Sunday service tomorrow morning

@ 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#

“Every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters”

For our third hymn we will be singing Water hymn by Vaughan & Glass, the words can be found at the bottom of this post.

This week the lesson we have been studying, which we will read in our Sunday service is on the subject “Life” and has a focus on God’s sustaining power. One passage from our Leader Mary Baker Eddy included in the lesson reads:

Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences. … Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks. 

(Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with key to the Scriptures, pg 570)

How are you giving this cup of cold water to receptive hearts today?

Water Hymn [Vaughan & Glass]

Like trees who never plead for water,
here to stand with branches opened wide,
we receive the Father’s rain of blessings.
When we trust, He will provide. When we trust, He will provide.
Like the fish living under water,
who can’t trip or tumble or fall down,
we live in our elements of Spirit.
Our support is all around. Our support is all around.
Like the birds high above the water,
soaring miles upon miles straight ahead,
We are free to soar beyond distractions.
God is here. We will be led. God is here. We will be led.
God is Lord of land and sky and water
He made all and called his work well done.
We are His, Love’s innocent reflection.
And we shine just like the sun. And we shine just like the sun.

We hope you’ll join us by the waters Sunday July 19th at 10:35 am. We will be meeting in Johnson Square park (across from the Green St. stop on the orange line) near the fountain. Or on the phone at (605) 475-4000, code: 636128#

Gravitating Godward

A great quote from theologian and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, reads “Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual…” (Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures, 265:5-6). What a wonderful and worthy pursuit! I know that I hope to always be growing toward Spirit and spirituality. How does this happen? We do this by emulating the words and works of Christ Jesus, and by recognizing God as all powerful, all knowing, and always present. Our daily efforts to love God and love our neighbors bring us in accord with divine Spirit, Love, and Truth. Here’s to more love being expressed every day and to spiritual progress toward God!

This Sunday July 5th we’ll be meeting in Johnson Park across from Green St station on the orange line at 10:35AM.

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#

Food for thought

Two of my favorite passages from the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy are:

Ex 20:2-3, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, 129:22, “We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.”

What is the premise of thought today? What are we accepting, what might we even be worshiping without realizing it? No judgment in this, just some food for productive thought!

@ 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.
-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, and pure Love.

 

Sunday Service: is the universe run by atomic forces?

The Matrix… has … basic rules like gravity.  … Some of them can be bent; others can be broken.  Understand?

-Morpheus, “The Matrix”

A fun movie (if you’re into action, philosophy, special effects, or wearing leather), and a great thought-provoker.  Its insights are profound (though ultimately limited).  This character’s got a point: in an apparent reality largely determined by thought and beliefs, there may seem to be rules, but they’re ultimately prone to warp and waver.  Yet, if it even makes sense to talk about reality there must be some principle that’s actually consistent behind it.  The “beloved student” of the most scientific man that ever trod the globe said that it’s Love.

The idea that it is the Principle, Love, that runs our world, rather than, say, the forces between atoms, is pretty radical.  It would lead to radical conclusions about health, about where life comes from, about where supply and sustenance comes from, about safety amid storms, even, as Morpheus suggested, gravity.  Of course, radical ideas demand extraordinary proof.  Let’s hear what that extraordinary scientist mentioned above might have demonstrated about these radical claims, and how we can apply his results scientifically.  Let’s say… Sunday at 10:35am at 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain.  (Also available by phone (605) 475-4000 x636128, or Skype at christian.science.jp.church )

See you there!

Science! @ church (different location)

Merriam Webster’s Word of the Year is “science, because people looked it up a lot this year.  It has relevance to so many stories this year: what’s happening to our world, what are we learning about, what are we discovering?

The English word science comes from the Latin for “knowledge”, and the Koine Greek γνώσιν (“sci-” in Latin and “σι” in Greek share a Proto-Indo-European root) is sometimes translated as “science” and sometimes “knowledge” — it comes up 29x in the New Testament of the Bible, like the end of Luke 1 where it talks about preparing the way for the Lord’s “science of salvation.”

Humans have attempted science for a long time, and we’re getting really good at our version.  We’ve mastered the atom, crawled all over Mars, and occasionally get the weather right.  Scientific endeavor has translated many things into thoughts, thereby augmenting understanding and enabling technological prowess that seems like magic.  And this science can explain so very much about the wondrous heavens, from the forging of the elements in the big bang to the life cycles of stars, and what currently confuses astronomers about the heavens will likely be figured out in the future.  But this understanding will always be finite.

On the other hand, God, infinite Mind, is the One that set them there, and

His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless.

Psalm 147:5 (AMP)

proverb says it is by this understanding that He established the heavens.  (Sidebar: It’s not mainstream, but self-consistent Truth inducing actual creation has certain renowned proponents among philosophers and physicists.)

Can our human attempts at science explain the ultimate “why”‘s?  Sometimes we’ll try, and you hear mutterings about string theory and eternal inflation, but then “science” begins to exceed its boundary of testability.  And in other directions: Can we explain the forgiveness of misdeeds?  Can we reproduce the radical healing practiced routinely by Jesus and others?  There seems to be a science there – Jesus taught students, he encouraged empiricism, and he promised that anyone could reproduce his works:

believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things

John 14:11-12 (MSG)

Hmm.

The reason human science can’t compete with this divine Science (at least in these questions) is subtle (at least, to me).  In her book about scienceScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures (S & H), Mary Baker Eddy consistently echoes the theme of the Bible that God, divine Mind, Principle, is the only cause.  I was skeptical of this claim for a long time.  In particular, it denies validity to material causation.  That book says:

starting from a material sense … seeks cause in effect, Principle in its idea, and life and intelligence in matter.

In the infinitude of Mind, matter must be unknown.

S & H, p.279

Just beforehand, it says:

     That matter is substantial … exists only in a supposititious mortal consciousness.

Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic belief that there is mind in matter…  A logical and scientific conclusion is reached only though the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, — Mind.

Ibid, pp.278-279

That passage on its own might not convince you — it wouldn’t convince me on its own.  But beauty and order point to Mind.  And I know it’s written deep in your heart, as I’ve been slowly discovering it is in mine.  But if you don’t think you can read that right now, how about this: The folks who do acknowledge and adore one infinite Mind are capable of doing what we asked about in the beginning of this post: undoing sin, healing disease, and raising the dead.  Jesus did it (see the Gospels).  His apostles did it (see the book of Acts).  Mrs. Eddy did it (see, for instance, Christian Healer).  Her students did it and do it today: overcome lust and sickness and raise the (seemingly) dead.  I’ve experienced the first two, and have met some who have gone through the lattermost.  (Come by any Wednesday evening meeting to hear more stories!)  They do it by knowing the “basis of being” in the way Mrs. Eddy described above: “The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the” (apparent) sin, sickness, or death (S & H, p.423).  I’m learning that it’s actually a simple and sure process.

Scientifically acknowledging the omnipresence and limitless good of God, our Mind, and thereby healing, is true praise.  Science and Health says, “Christian Science does honor God … in the way of his appointing, by doing many wonderful works though the divine … nature,” (p.483).  God causes this righteous praise to spring forth.  He gives you the desire to do good and the power to succeed at it.  It is God’s light by which we see light.

This Sunday morning, our pastor will give a sermon on God the only cause and creator, touching on some of these topics and more, in churches all over the world.  We’d love for you to join us in hearing it, and in singing and praying a bit.  Our local service is at 10:35, and it’s not (!) at our regular location — it’s at 66 Williams St., Apt. #2, Jamaica Plain, MA.  You can also phone in at 1.605.475.4000 x636128#, or Skype-message  christian.science.jp.church (audio only so far).

Much much love!  And thanks for reading the longest post yet.  🙂

-Grant

PS: Unlike physical science, the Science of Mind does give satisfying understanding of love.  So we conclude with this poetic prose from a section labelled “Love imparts beauty” that touches on much of the above:

God fashions all things, after His own likeness.  Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.  Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.  The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”  The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven.  The great rock gives shadow and shelter.  The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth.  Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion over all the earth.  Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

S & H, p.516

Redemption

It can be easy to own our shortcomings.  To beat ourselves up for mistakes, to live in the drama of our plight, to identify with a flaw can be so seductive.  But it ain’t how it is!

We were made good by God, good.

Come hear our pastor’s sermon, where we’ll be learning about this goodness and how our knowledge of us can help us notice and remove all these false notions of mistakes, disease, and sinful thoughts, and thereby experience our already-present pure goodness.

As the psalmist wrote,

Everything God does is right—
    the trademark on all his works is love.

Ps. 145:17 (MSG)

Show starts at 10:35 EST Sunday mornin’.  Come by 687 Centre St. in JP, call (605) 475-4000 x636128 in telephony, or message christian.science.jp.church on Skype and we’ll add you to the call (new! this week only so far, but maybe more in the future…).  (Here’s a shortcut to the collection button.)

PS: NOTE! That’s EST – turn your clocks back tonight (if you’re in a place that does that; otherwise just figure out the right timezone math to tune in)!

Can we…

Can we share some healing with you?  It’s really good.  It works.  Come get some.

We’ll be sharing from 2 great books, and then many of us will share success stories of applying prayer in many situations: health, relationships, lost items found, and emotions are frequent circumstances mastered, but the list goes on.  Also, we like to sing.  And you might get hugged.

Show up at 7:35pm Wednesday at 687 Centre St. in JP for this uplift, or call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.

See you soon 🙂

Look deep

look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.

Mary Baker Eddy

or, as the Master put it,

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Jesus

Cold?  Lonely?  Struggling?  Come explore with us and our pastor how to look deeper and judge righteously.  Or, as Elihu put it, “let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.”  As we look deeper, we’ll find the warmth, the love, and the help we need.

Also, there will be a bit of singing.

Come join us Sunday morning at 10:35 in the park bank!  (Or call in: (605) 475-4000 x636128.)

Praying about reality together tomorrow – in the park

Tomorrow morning, we’ll come together to consider that reality may be… just maybe… different from the following:

a) the threats or danger that your eyes may show you.
b) how you “always have been” since you were little, or even since you were born.
c) an intertwined mixture of good and bad, sickness and health, unity and disconnect.
 
This week’s sermon addresses these common views (and more) of what we call reality, and considers a new view: that reality is spiritual, good, and deeply interconnected with God.
 
Meeting for church ~outdoors~ at our normal spot in Johnson Park, 10:35am.  (Heads-up: it may be cooler tomorrow morning – around 60º – so don’t forget your sweater!)  We’d love to share in this goodness with you.
 
-Christian Science Society of JP