Waking up right on Sunday mornin’

Hello!

Sunday morning’s coming, and that means we’ve got another dose of prayer, song, readings, and love for you. This week we’re meeting at 687 Centre St. in JP (@ 10:35), but keep watching this site (or our calendar) for when we start meeting outside in our community! And you can always call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

The topic this week is the Adam-dream, and wakening from it to realize present good.

It’ll be a lovely morning, which is why your presence would be so fitting 🙂

Unity,
jpchurch

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Prayer this Sunday

Lord, do not hold back your mercy from me;
    let your love and truth always protect me.
Troubles have surrounded me;
    there are too many to count.
My sins have caught me
    so that I cannot see a way to escape.

    Hurry, Lord, to help me.

let those who follow you
    be happy and glad.
They love you for saving them.
    May they always say, “Praise the Lord!”

David

This Sunday we’ll be praying, reading, and singing about God’s mercy, His love, sin, punishment, reformation, and healing.  We’ll meet at 10:35am (EDT) @ 687 Centre St.  Please, join us there or by phone (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

Loooooove,
jpchurch

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:

Freedom sermon this Sunday

“the truth shall make you free.”

Jesus, John 8:32

“Truth brings the elements of liberty.”

Mary Baker EddyScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures p.224

 


Freedom’s pretty important to us.

We’ve fought many wars in its name, written countless books about it, sung songs, and made movies (including the #1 movie right now).  We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got our work cut out for us – there’s a lot of bonds out there to be torn away: sensualism shackles its practitioner to a false master, as well as fueling the horrors of sex slavery; the idea that somebody is not my brother bars me from the natural expression of brotherly love to him, but is also what allows discriminatory (literal) imprisonment of way too many young men in my country and others; selfishness constricts anybody that harbors it, and can motivate leaders to take away the people’s rights.  We can see infringements of freedom in our own lives or in world events on the news.

When tyranny, literal or metaphorical, in our own lives or the world abroad, seems beyond us to rise above… where do we turn?  Well, liberty is also a constant theme in the Bible: from Egypt to Rome, from false idols to plagues, there was always some bondage to be overcome.  And the savior can always throw off that bondage.  In her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy explained that the Christ, this message of Truth come to destroy error, best exemplified by Jesus, is what enabled folks from Moses to Paul, as well as herself, her students, and anyone, to cast off their bonds, by understanding their transience, by understanding the allness of God good.  Indeed, she writes that the person trying to understand Christ

“has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good.”

Any and all apparent lack of freedom boils down to the simplest lie: that there is another power than God, divine Love.  Uncovering this truth is liberation.  This corrects sin, unshackling the sinner.  It heals disease, unbinding her whom Satan hath bound.  One big tyrannical lie is death, and the always-truth that Life is eternal overcomes that, too.  Truth overcomes these things so efficaciously because they’re not real — they have no claim in our story of harmony and growth.

I say that like it’s easy — I’m still working on it… sure seems like I’m bound with some of these irons right now, in fact.  But the scientific pursuit of this truth has liberated me from physiological and emotional manacles before, and I know that as I continue to grow in grace, more will drop away.  And all the while I can help my brothers and sisters see the truth, and see healing in their lives.  That experience is pretty great, and I highly recommend it.

So, this Sunday morning, we’ll be hearing a sermon from these two books — the Bible and Science and Health — about the unreality of sin, sickness, and death, and the freedom that is the corresponding reality of righteousness, health, life.  There’ll also be a bit of lovely prayer and song accompanying it.  We’ll be meeting at 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain @10:35am; won’t you join us?  (We can be joined by phone at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.)

Always love,

grant + jpchurch

 

PS: Here’s a cute little song that talks about how to see this freedom in your life:

“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: Reality. God is.

This week’s sermon is pretty unrelenting, definitive, and empowering.  Want to hear about what is?  God is.  And there is none else.  (See Isa. 45:6; 46:9.)

For more exploration of this theme, what it actually means, what it demands of us, and how understanding it enables us and rains Love upon us, come by and hear, sing, and pray with us.  Sunday mornin’, 10:35 (EDT) @ 687 Centre St. in JP and (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

 

I leave you with a promise from the same chapter…

“So turn … to Me.  I will save you, wherever you are, to the ends of the earth, For I am God.  There is none other.”

-Isa. 45:22 (VOICE)

 

<3,

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

 

 

Kidchurch (also, daylight savings)

Hiya folks!

Got the good message comin’ again this week.  Sunday mornin’ we’ll be hearing a lovely sermon on the subject “Man” (in the sense of mankind, not the gender), about how we’re all God’s children, and all that that means.  We’ll be in the community room at 687 Centre St. in JP, starting at 10:35am (EDT), with a call-in option available at (605) 475-4000 x636128.  We’d love to have you however you come.

Also, don’t forget daylight savings time – if you’re American, that means tonight “spring forward” an hour at 2am.  If you’re not, at least let that figure in to when you call in.

Lately, Sundays we’ve been consistently meeting at the community room on Centre, and new locations on Wednesday evenings, so keep checking back here to be sure to know where to meet us!

<3,

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.