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April 23, 2009

What advice do you give your congregants for God to take a greater role in their lives? Are there Bible studies, retreats, or service projects in your church that help your congregants turn their lives toward God?

The Church of Christ, Scientist, was founded in the late 19th century by Mary Baker Eddy and her students, who were known as Christian Scientists. Since her early years, Mrs. Eddy experienced a calling from God that led her progressively into the field of spiritual healing, an understanding of the spiritual relationship each of us has to God, which empowers us in relying on divine Love for every need. She documented her discoveries in a book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (usually abbreviated to Science and Health), and she ordained it, along with the Bible, as the dual, impersonal pastor of her church.

Individual Christian Scientists utilize the Bible along with “Science and Health” as their primary source for coming closer to God. Central to this is a weekly Bible Lesson consisting of Bible passages and correlated citations from “Science and Health,” which constitutes the sermon at Sunday services in our churches worldwide. Besides self-study, individuals can call on Christian Science practitioners, who devote their full time to the healing ministry. Those wishing to learn more can take a two-week class in Christian Science from an authorized teacher.

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Any seeker can benefit from talks about Christian Science, such as the public lecture at our church in La Cañada on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m., on the subject, “Does Christian Science Really Heal Sickness and Sin?” Similar talks appear on the Internet, along with other inspirational items, two excellent websites for this being www.spirituality.com and, for the young and young-at-heart, www.tmcyouth.com.

Our church also reaches those in need. For example: Trained Christian Science nurses give practical human help to those needing physical assistance; and there are rest and study facilities. People incarcerated in penal institutions are served by Christian Science chaplains, available in most parts of the U.S.

Turning one’s life towards God is an individual task for each of us, and our church provides a total system of spiritual care that greatly assists. “Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, … and he will teach us of his ways” (Isaiah 2:3).

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