We had a wonderful day yesterday in Boston attending our church’s Annual Meeting. We drove to Boston from Connecticut in the morning and had lunch at Flour Bakery behind the church (see my poached egg on avocado toast below) and then went to the meeting. It was so good to be together with people on this occasion, which recently has only been possible on zoom.
In this post you can see photos of the original church and its extension. Click here to hear the bells playing before our meeting. I should have videoed the majestic organ inside as well.
Renovations on the church buildings are almost complete. They’ve created all new bathrooms in the large Mother Church extension, so I was delighted to find my favorite art deco original bathroom in the Publishing Society remaining untouched– so much so that I took a couple photos!
The content of the meeting was very positive. Here were my highlights:
- “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8)
- Be as present as you can. Jesus was so present to Truth and Love he felt a need to respond to it.
- Show up like you would for a wedding: you are there to cheer with all your heart, to support and to love.
- Think of God in broader terms, for example as the “sustaining infinite,” which governs itself, is unrestricted, and is subject to no limitation.
- Be open to infinite possibilities.
- Infinite God is doing the doing and we are just the expression of it.
- “God will bless the work of your hearts and hands.” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 197:28)
- “Sooner or later the whole human race will learn that, in proportion as the spotless selfhood of God is understood, human nature will be renovated…” (Unity of Good, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 6:4)
- “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfills the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 340:23)
- Our purpose: redemption from sin, sickness, and death.
Afterwards we chatted a bunch. In the photos you can see the matron-of-honor in our wedding, who is also the one who introduced me to Christian Science; she came up for the occasion from Atlanta. Also, in another photo, you can see me with a friend from Florida.
Then, as has become tradition, we went out to dinner at Legal Seafood, where my Thai Calamari was so welcome I devoured it without thinking to photograph it. James had a crab cake and his annual Boston Creme Pie. Then we happily drove home.
It is satisfying to see so many great people praying effectively for our world!