Spiritual substance

Hello there! This week I’ve been thinking about spiritual substance. A few years ago, I found myself searching for a job. My student loan payments were about to start, and I was really concerned about what I was going to do. I mean really concerned! So I decided to sit down and pray. I gave some thought to why I was so worried, and realized that what I was so anxious about was having debt. I looked up the definition of “debt” in the dictionary, and the first definition listed was sin. As Genesis 1 tells us, God created all and saw that creation as good. I am a good part of God’s creation! I just knew that God was (is) loving me and caring for me, and nothing could stop that. A couple of weeks after my prayer, I got a job, and more than that, I got a raise for good performance just before another student loan kicked in. Also significantly, the job was with a great family, and I spent most of my days laughing and enjoying myself in between tasks. God’s love expressed itself through their love and joy.

What this experience taught me is that prayer is practical and spiritual qualities are substantial. In God’s economy, supply meets demand and divine Love meets every need. Sometimes things can seem really hopeless to human eyes, but all we have to do is turn our thought to God, who is always with us and guarding us. God blesses all equally and infinitely!

Please join our joyful community this Sunday!

@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
7:35-8:35 PM, EST.
-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, testimony sharing, and pure Love.

In case you were wondering…

In Christian Science, substance is understood to be Spirit, while the opponents of Christian Science believe substance to be matter.  They think of matter as something and almost the only thing, and of the things which pertain to Spirit as next to nothing, or as very far removed from daily experience.  Christian Science takes exactly the opposite view.

-Mary Baker Eddy, on pp. 349-350 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

…Just wanted to lay it out there for you. 🙂

The theme of tomorrow’s service is Spirit – and, as always, we’d love to have you join us for this prayerful, uplifting hour. We’ll be found tomorrow at our usual outdoor spot, Johnson Park, just across the street from the Green St. T stop (there’s a map on this page).

If you’re coming from the T, go past the playground and past the fountains.  We’ll be the ones on the blankets, under the mottled sunshine at the far end of the park.

(Service at 10:35am, EDT.  To listen over the phone, call in at (605) 475-4000 x 636128; you can also find this number on the homepage of this site.)

Love to you from JP Church

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

 

 

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.