* Expect love, love, and more love *

Quick technical note!  We will hold our meeting at the bank tomorrow.  (Address below.) Drivers: we understand there’ll be a parking ban in effect for major streets.  Here’s a map of which streets in JP those are.  We’re also not sure whether the nearby parking lots will have been plowed or not, as it may still be actively snowing before/during church time.

We’ll have our phone line, so if driving/walking in doesn’t feel right for you, you’re more than welcome to attend from wherever you are.

And now, a love note.

[[ This is the way God put it:

“They found grace out in the desert,
these people who survived the killing.
Israel, out looking for a place to rest,
met God out looking for them!”
God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will.
Expect love, love, and more love!…

…“I’ll bring my people back
from the north country
And gather them up from the ends of the earth,
gather those who’ve gone blind
And those who are lame and limping,
gather pregnant women,
Even the mothers whose birth pangs have started,
bring them all back, a huge crowd!
“Watch them come! They’ll come weeping for joy
as I take their hands and lead them,
Lead them to fresh flowing brooks,
lead them along smooth, uncluttered paths….

…“That’s right. The time is coming when I will make a brand-new covenant with Israel and Judah….

…“This is the brand-new covenant that I will make with Israel when the time comes. I will put my law within them—write it on their hearts!—and be their God. And they will be my people.” ]]

-excerpts from Jeremiah 31, The Message
(red highlighting added)

True for the Israelites then… and true for us now.

Happy day of Love,

-the C.S. Society of JP


Details about tomorrow’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.

from the love that is Spirit

…Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness.

(The Message, Galatians 5:16)

The “compulsions of selfishness”… the” desires of the flesh” (NIV)… Either way, in both translations, neither of those is desirable.  Worth it to dip our toes into spiritual life, to explore the possibility that reality is a wee bit (or a way bit!) deeper than we know.

Keep digging, friends!

And in the morning, a sermon on Spirit.  Come and dine. ❤ (metaphorically, that is!)

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Details about this morning’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.

Thought for the week

How was Monday?  Well, long before this week started,

Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.

-Paul (maybe?), Eph. 1:4 (MSG)

So don’t sweat anything but letting that love flow to, through, and out from you.

-Grant

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)!

Healing service Wednesday

Be there!  Healing will be shared.  It’ll be amazing.  As usual, it’s 7:35pm at 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain on Wednesday.

 

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go…” The Message, Prov. 3:5-6

PS: if you’d like to usher, we could use it! Contact us.