Love’s divine adventure — a talk by Nate Frederick, CS

Nate Frederick, CS — A Christian Science lecturer

Nate Frederick, CS — A member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship

NATE is a spiritual adventurer who’s travelled the globe, hiked in the Himalayas, and been a wilderness trip leader and camp counselor. A composer and performer of Christian music, he launched and produced Your Daily Lift and Time4thinkers Weekly Musician podcasts for his church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. What he loves most is praying with others and experiencing first-hand the healing power of God’s love.

 Sunday, October 6 12-1 pm
Come early for live music, art-making, and pizza, from 11-12 noon
Located in the Christian Science Sunday School

Download — Nate Frederick flyer

Reading Room News

 Come and see!

R Rm logo B&WOutreach this fall featured our booth at the festival on the Town Green, the final celebration of Weston’s 300th anniversary, as well as a float in the parade. Our table highlighted the life of Mary Baker Eddy, both as a historic character in this area and as author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. We also were proud to introduce a new biography of her life,  A World More Bright, co-written by a former beloved church member, Isabel Ferguson.

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The festival was opened by a long, glorious parade which passed beneath a huge American flag supported by the extended ladders of two cherry picker-equipped fire trucks.

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Our church participated with a car-float, displaying various aspects of our community offerings — especially our youth lecture, “Love’s Divine Adventure”, which was planned for the next day.

Decorating the float.

Decorating the float.

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After the parade, everyone swarmed across the green, enjoying al fresco lunch and visiting the many booths and activity centers.

Hoppy the Clown learns about our textbook from a church member staffing the booth.

Hoppy the Clown learns about our textbook from a church member staffing the Reading Room’s booth.

A Time to Give Thanks

Everyone is welcome to come to the Thanksgiving Day service at 10:00 a.m., November 28. Join in singing hymns of praise and thanksgiving for our many blessings. Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, will be followed by an opportunity for members of the congregation to express their gratitude. Child care will be available, or children are welcome to join their families for the service.

In support of the soap drive for MCI-Norfolk, we invite everyone to please bring extra bars of soap to the Reading Room for collection in November. With 1,500 men, MCI-Norfolk is the largest correctional institution in the area. All contributions must be received by Wednesday, November 28th, in order to reach the men in time for the holidays. Everyone’s participation in this effort will be much appreciated!

On Wednesday evening, join us for the testimony meeting at 7:30 to hear how spiritual laws continue to operate in our lives today. The meeting is open to everyone and begins at 7:30. Child care is available.

Also, the upcoming Sunday sermon, for November 25, will be based on verses from Psalms, “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust . . . Let the lying lips be put to silence.” The one-hour service will begin at 10:00. Sunday school for children and teens will be held during the same hour.

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One thing is for sure, blogging is hard work. Hats off to those who blog often! Past blogs are still listed in the archive if you wish to revisit them. 

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A perfect basis

Jesus often taught his disciples using parables. They were effective because analogies helped explain things that were difficult to put into words.

This week’s Bible Lesson for March 25th, Reality, delves into the topic of perfection and how it relates to Christian healing.

A helpful analogy for explaining perfection comes from the art of sculpture. If a sculptor wants to convey beauty through a sculpture, the sculptor must have a subject that also conveys beauty as the basis for his or her work.

The same goes in the practice of Christian healing. Christian Science explains that Jesus healed partly because he held a perfect and spiritual model of people in thought when he helped those in need. Jesus utilized a Spirit-based view of man in place of the sick and sinning concept that crossed his path.  He understood that people were/are not mortally bound, nor materially made, but they do have a spiritual and holy origin which underlies all health and harmony.

One aspect of this, as Christian Science explains, is that Jesus must have started with God as the source of all perfection — God, Spirit, is the only source of everything good, harmonious, holy, and real. And then as Genesis 1:26 and 27 say:

“God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; . . . ”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
— The New King James Version of the Bible

This fact, that men and women are created spiritually in the image and likeness of God, Spirit, is the basis that enabled Christ Jesus to heal. Jesus also knew that this healing power wasn’t his own personal ability, but that it came  from Spirit. Jesus then took it one step further and taught his disciples how to utilizes Spirit’s power through prayer and showed them how this prayer heals.

This is wonderful news — through prayer you and I can heal ourselves and others just as Jesus and the Apostles did! We, too, can heal when we base our understanding of perfection and reality on the same perfect and divine Principle: the fact that God is infinite and eternal good, and man reflects God’s goodness.

The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.302.

The members of our church warmly invite you to find out more about how prayer heals, and how you can practice Christian healing  anytime and in any place.

See you soon! :-)

Lasting good — the substance of Spirit

No matter where you are in life, it is likely you’ve asked yourself whether or not you feel satisfied. In today’s society satisfaction is often measured by individual success, and success is often measured by the material objects we own: cars, houses, clothes, jewelry, etc.

Yet,  is this how we obtain lasting happiness?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something that truly lasted? Something incapable of breaking down — that which is always with you, always brings good, and never changes?

There is! It is called spirituality — that which is derived from Spirit, God. This eternal and infinite  substance is incapable of discord or decay. This substance is yours, now! In fact it isn’t separate from you. It isn’t something that can be bought, but spiritual substance can be recognized and acknowledged.

This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson-Sermon Substance offers insights and instruction on just how you can see and acknowledge the true substance that is present in your life. The Golden text comes from Psalms:

. . . the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
— Psalms 116:7, New King James Version of the Bible

Come find out more about the eternal good that is present in your life. Find out why this substance is permanent and eternal. Discover how it brings a better sense of your own spiritual completeness through principles you can practice.

The members of this church welcome you with open arms and hope you’ll consider visiting our services and our Reading Room. Stop by any time!

Good, whole, and greatly beloved (YOU)!

How often do we hear, or get the sense, that we ourselves are bad, diseased, prone to bad habits, etc? No matter what you’ve heard, it is time you heard the truth! You are greatly beloved — made in God’s image and likeness and subject only to the laws of good, the law of God.

Does that sound crazy? We know how the world screams at us that we are sickly, sinful, and deathly. We hear it in the news, advertisements, on TV, and in just every day discussions.

However, (and thank goodness!) the Bible gives us a different model from which to build.

Photo: A sculpture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This model is God’s design. The model is the fact that we are spiritual, holy, good, and pure. This is what Christ Jesus set out to prove for all time — the fact that man is made only in God’s likeness (see Genesis 1:27). Jesus understood it best that men and women are made in God’s image and likeness. It is from this basis that Jesus healed people on the spot: a man who could not walk, a woman ‘bowed together,’ and a man with a withered hand .

The Bible Lesson for this week (4 March 2012) is titled Man. The Golden Text comes from Psalms:

. . . you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works for your hands I sing for joy.
— Psalm 92:4, English Standard Version of the Bible

You’re invited to learn more about your innate spiritual perfection — God’s perfect design. Come discover how you can learn to realize and prove every day in your own life. You can explore these practical ideas found in the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s life-work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Even if you can’t make it to a service, you are welcome to visit our Reading Room. Here you can explore at your own pace the Bible and other Christian Science publications (print and audio), that teach us about our innate goodness and purity — a permanent fact that cannot change.

Have a great rest of the week!

God’s daughters

Christ Jesus altered the course of humanity in ways that are still being calculated. His love for humanity and his understanding of God was exemplary and continues to be a true life-model for men and women.

Yet, there was an important presence of people around Jesus who were ignored in old theological views — women disciples. We often hear of the men around Jesus. But what about women? Didn’t they play an important role in Jesus’ life and apostleship?

You guessed right. Women played major roles in early Christianity.

This week’s Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon’s subject is Christ Jesus, and it takes a wonderfully deep look at the presence of women in the Bible and in early Christianity. The lesson also offers insights into how womanhood relates to the Christ, the tender power of God’s healing love. The keynote for this week’s Bible lesson comes from Isaiah:

. . . “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See your Savior comes!’”
— Isaiah 62:11 (the New International Version of the Bible)

The members of our church invite you this Sunday, 26 February, to learn more about the life of Christ Jesus, discover your unbiased discipleship, and find better health and sustained peace in the process.

Discover your true Mind-power

Let’s consider something big. No, let’s really think B I G!

To do so, let’s get out of the rut of thinking with small atom thoughts. Rather, let’s think with God’s thoughts — thoughts from the infinite, divine Mind. That’s it. Now we’re getting somewhere. Now were getting out of the limited into the unlimited. We’re moving from the finite to the infinite. Now you’re really cooking with gas.

This week’s Bible lesson helps us do just this and more — understand the might, the infinitude, and the mercy of divine Mind, God. We’re not talking about a rinky-dink, personal god who may or may not be around when you call. Christian Science is talking about the one, the only God who fills all space, is the infinite, all-good, all-loving, and all-knowing Mind. This is the God Jesus taught his disciples to adore.

What’s more, Mind is more is our God, and vice versa. This God is the only One, and this Mind is everywhere and is here for you 24/7/365.

The Golden text for this week’s Bible lesson comes from II Samuel and a powerful starting point for understanding God as Mind:

God is my strength and power:
— II Samuel 22:33 

The members of our church warmly invite you to come hear and learn more about this wonderful God who is here for you. God’s love is only full of goodness, joy, and healing. And the members of this church invite you to discover more about this inspiring Scripturally based message.

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.
— Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.180

Find your safety in Soul

The Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for this week (Sunday 12 February), Soul, asks some great questions: can soul be lost? can soul sin?

This Bible lesson reasons out from the stand point that God is Soul. It also reason from the fact that man is the reflection of Soul and cannot be lost since Soul is God, and God fills all space. The Golden text, or keynote, for this week’s Bible lesson comes from Isaiah:

. . . I am the Lord, and there is none else.
—Isaiah 45:6

Naturally the Bible lesson also digs into health, and how understanding Soul, as Christ Jesus did, gives us all a basis from which to practice Christian healing. Christ Jesus is the example for all Christians, and Christian Scientists lean on Jesus’ example and the power of God, Soul, to heal themselves and others.

Do you want to learn more about Christian healing? Do you want to find out more how Soul keeps you safe? We invite you to come learn about this wonderful topic with us. The students of this Science are learning just as much as you are! We’d love to have you there learning with us.

Have a great weekend!

Also, check out our weekly Bible study group on Tuesday mornings focused on the Book of Acts. For more info, click here.