Preparation for Truth

Hi lovely people! Here is a Psalm to get us ready for church tomorrow morning:

Psalm 100, from the Tanakh (Jewish Publication Society):

Raise a shout to the Lord, all the earth;

worship the Lord in gladness;

come into His presence with shouts of joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God;

He made us and we are His,

His people, the flock He tends.

Enter His gates with praise,

His courts with acclamation.

Praise Him!

Bless His name!

For the Lord is good;

His steadfast love is eternal;

His faithfulness is for all generations.

 

Please join us tomorrow:

@ 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#

Following Christ with demonstrations of healing

The lesson for this week is on the Subject of Sacrament. What is this sacrament, how do we partake of it? Our leader and the founder of Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy makes clear that to partake of the sacrament we must follow Christ’s teachings and heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. She writes:

It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus “the resurrection and the life” to all who follow him in deed. Obeying his precious precepts, — following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, — we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death.

SH 31:14-22 (to .)
From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings

Following Christ’s example seems like a tall order. Where do we start? An article from the Christian Science Sentinel shares a healing which showed her what it is to be baptized, submerged in Spirit. You can read it at jsh.christianscience.com/baptism

This Sunday July 12th 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#

Wake up.

Recently, I had a dream that my best friend had died.  I woke up pretty upset.  This guy’s basically my brother, so I felt I should call his mom to express my condolences or maybe grieve with her.  As I contemplating dialing the number I’d dialed so many times as a kid to find out if Kyle could come over, I knew, theoretically, that since it had been a dream, he should still be alive, somewhere, and this call wasn’t logically necessary.  The response in my head was “Come on, are you going to not call a grieving mother because of some theory?”  Pretty soon, the absurdity sank in, and I began to feel better.  Turns out, Kyle was okay the whole time, unaffected by my dream, unaware of how vivid it was.  Huh.

Of course, the unreality of dreams is no mere theory or doctrine; it’s simple truth.  Believing it or not doesn’t change the truth.  But understanding reality sure can lift the shade of gloom imposed by a fleeting dream.

And if you’re familiar with this blog, you probably know where I’m going with this.  Jesus revealed that the kingdom of heaven is here and now.  And indeed,

Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief.  It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised.  His proof of Christianity was … Science…”

Mary Baker EddyScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 26

Christ’s teachings are demonstrated fact.  All the things overcome by Jesus (storms, sickness, sin, death) need affect us no more than my dream, for dreams they must be, contradicting the Principle that is Love.

And Kyle’s still smiling.


So, any day is a good day for retelling the story of Jesus’ ultimate triumph, his proof of the insubstantiality of even the most vivid dreams (abandonment, scourging, and crucifixion).  Including this Sunday.

So, on Sunday we’ll be hosting a church service, including singing, prayer, and a sermon given by our pastor on Jesus’ doctrine of atonement.  We’ll start at 10:35am (EDT) @687 Centre St. in JP.  Please come by or call in via (605) 475-4000 x636128#.  We’d love to share our Sunday mornin’ with ya.

 

Abrazos grandes,

Grant and jpchurch

PS: a little ditty about the end of (the dream of) death, by a band called Gungor, having entirely too much fun:

“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

Sunday service

Hey folks, you know the drill: God, love, fellowship, the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, you, us, 10:35 Sunday mornin’, 687 Centre St., JP, smiles, deep thoughts, singing.

Subject this week: Mind.

 

PS: Wednesday evening we’ll be at a different location; we’ll have that info up here in the next couple of days.

PROMISE: church this Sunday

God’s been giving and fulfilling promises for a long time.  Most important, She’s promised to be our God if we obey Her law.  We do (though it can seem a struggle), and She is.  It’s pretty great.  The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Well, we promise that jpchurch will be having Sunday service tomorrow morning at the usual time and place: 10:35 in the community room @ 687 Centre St. in JP, with a call-in option @ (605) 475-4000 x636128.  The sermon this week is about the promises of Soul (another name for God).

Peace on your home and love in your heart.

<3, jpchurch

What’s really important?

What can you count on?  What lasts?  We’re having a healing church service tomorrow morning addressing the subject of substance.  Come for the smiling faces; stay for the uplift and healing.  Party’s in Johnson Park (by Green St. T), at 10:35am.  You can also attend via phone: (605) 475-4000 x636128.

Peace.

“I will set up …

“I will set up shepherds over them and they will fear no more nor be dismayed, neither will any be missing or lost, says the Lord.” Jer 23:4, Amplified Bible

7/03 Wednesday healing church service – 7:35pm Eastern Bank community room @687 Centre St., JP.

Please contact us if you’d like to help out with ushering, our Sunday School, or anything else 🙂