Sermon on Life – you’re welcome to stop in!

Hi all… just a quick note to let you know that we’ll be back to our usual spot at the Eastern Bank (address and other details below) for today’s Sunday service.  If you’d like to listen in via the phone line, you still can for sure.  It’ll be wonderful to have you there, both those in person and those on the phone.  All you’ll need is your love and humility! 😉  The sermon will be focused on Life.

All love,

the good folks at the C.S. Society of JP


Details about today’s church service:
@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
(605) 475-4000 x.636128 – for remote attendees
10:35am-11:35am-ish, EST
-An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, and pure Love.

“You won’t experience evil any more.”

Zephaniah 3:15

Happy weekend.  We invite you to join us Sunday morning for a church service. Our sermon will address “unreality.”  One line from it that’s really speaking to me today is from Mary Baker Eddy‘s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 300), discussing Jesus’ parable of the tares and the wheat:

“The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. … The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent.”

Our first hymn will begin at 10:35 (EDT), and we’ll physically be in the community room at 687 Centre St. in JP, and you can join us there or at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

Much love,

jpchurch

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.

jpchurch

Church: about “what stays”

Mary Baker Eddy penned a powerful question in her work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

Which ought to be substance to us, — the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal?

pp.278-279

 

Well, I’d like to invite you to glance at a provocative little blog post of one of our jpchurch family: The kind of gratitude you should never practice.  My main takeaway from reading it was the lovely message that gratitude really ought to be inclusive.  But another point that comes to me after pondering the article is to be grateful for ideas bearing fruit in life/experience, rather than particular material things that seem more or less to pattern those ideas.  Elsewhere in Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy recommends resolving “things into thoughts,” which are better than material objects in that they are good and eternal.  Or as Jesus said, treasure not treasure of earth (subject to moth, rust, or thief), but treasure the treasure of heaven.  These substantial things — the things of Spirit, divine Mind, heaven — are so much more real than mere material shadows.  And, indeed,

It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his.

-Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.302

 

This Sunday morning, we’ll be having a church service, central to which will be a sermon on the subject “substance”, including these questions and ideas.  We’d love for you to join us physically (687 Centre St., JP), telephonically (605.475.4000 x636128), mentally, spiritually.  Party starts at 10:35 EDT.

Bless you,

jpchurch

 

 

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

This Sunday, as always, we’ll be providing a church service, with singing, prayer, and a sermon from our pastor.  It’ll be at 10:35am in the community room @ 687 Centre St. in JP.  The subject this week is Christ Jesus.  An excerpt:

“mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship.”

-Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.316

You can also call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.

<3,

jpchurch

 

PS: This Wednesday we’ll be meeting at a special location.  More info here in the next couple of days.

Time for church

 

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

Getting clean this Sunday

There’s power in purity.  You are pure.  If you don’t think so, don’t worry: the Christ will help you see it.

Our pastor will be delivering a sacrament sermon this Sunday about purification.  Come receive this beautiful blessing, along with some prayer, song, and love: 10:35am @ 687 Centre St in JP, or (605) 475-4000 x636128, or Skype christian.science.jp.church

You’re loved.