W H Y G A R D E N C I T Y C H U R C H ?
Boston is a city defined by its neighborhoods. In the mid-19th Century Jamaica Plain (JP) was annexed to the city of Boston, and this street-car suburb quickly turned into a desired destination for Bostonians. JP is home to a significant portion of Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the Father of American urban landscape. Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood that is rich in urban agriculture while remaining deeply connected to the heart of the city. A kind of garden within the city.
When we open the Scriptures, within the first few pages following creation we find the story settled in the center of a garden called Eden. Our story begins in a garden. Likewise, when we fast forward and find ourselves at the very end of Scripture, in the very last pages, the story of God and his people begins all over again in a city, a city so beautiful we can hardly imagine it. The bookends of the Bible, this good to good narrative, reveal the garden and city we’ve wandered our entire lives looking for in some ways.
Woven throughout both Testaments are these themes of agriculture and architecture. Gardens and cities fill the pages of God’s Word and the patterns of our lives here in Boston. Between this story of garden and city is a world full of joys and burdens, pain and pleasure, darkness and light. We live in this tension of beauty and brokenness, and we are called to do so in community. We are invited to find ourselves fully alive in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to follow him as gardeners of the city, to be a faithful presence of love. We are called to make followers of Jesus for the flourishing of our city.
W E A R E G A R D E N C I T Y C H U R C H