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Each Church of Christ, Scientist, around the world holds a one-hour service every Sunday. They focus on our relationship to an all-loving God, who cares for each one of us.
The service involves singing hymns, giving prayer, and listening to readings from the Bible and from Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. A perfect way to relax and feel peaceful on a Sunday!
The readings are called the weekly ‘Lesson-Sermon’, and they’re also studied by people at home during the week before the service. The Lesson, as it’s informally known, is made up of alternating passages from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
There are 26 set topics for the Lesson-Sermon, and they were selected by Mary Baker Eddy herself. In the middle of each year, we start the list again at the beginning, so that every week in the year has a topic devoted to it.
|Sacrament||Are Sin, Disease and Death Real?|
|Life||Doctrine of Atonement|
|Truth||Probation After Death|
|Spirit||Adam and Fallen Man|
|Soul||Mortals and Immortals|
|Mind||Soul and Body|
|Christ Jesus||Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced|
|Man||God the Only Cause and Creator|
|Substance||God the Preserver of Man|
|Matter||Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?|
A daily resource for comfort, support and inspiration. The Lesson consists
of Bible verses, paired with related passages from
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
In addition to these 26 Lesson Sermons, once a year there is also a Thanksgiving Lesson Sermon, for Thanksgiving Day.
As there aren’t any clergy in the Church, branch Church Sunday services are given by two Readers: the First Reader, who reads passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and the Second Reader, who reads passages from the Bible. First Readers decide the beginning scriptural selection, as well as which hymns will be sung, and the benediction. The majority of the service is the reading of the weekly Bible lesson. The order of service is set out in our Church Manual.
On top of Sunday Services, Churches also hold a one-hour Wednesday evening Testimony Meeting, with similar readings and accounts of healing from prayer by those who come along. At these services, the First Reader reads passages from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures on a current topic.
For more activities, see Events.