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From its founding, Christian Science was described not simply as a Church but as a new religious movement. It remains new in heart and spirit. As someone once said, "A movement moves." Articles on the subject of Church and movement appear regularly in this section.

The congregation's role

From the July 1990 issue of The Christian Science Journal

As I sat in church prior to a service, I was really grateful for each one who had contributed time and effort to make this meeting possible. Sometimes attending a church service each week might seem routine, mundane, even a habit or ritual. But as I thought about it I decided churchgoers really are a very special group of people.

To Christian Scientists one of the key elements in the church service is healing. Healing to me is the proof that we are coming to live closer to the divine laws of God that Christ Jesus taught and applied. As we cherish even the smallest grain of Truth and Love gleaned from the message during the church service, this helps us to follow Christ Jesus and to rediscover and prove these laws of God in some degree even as he did.

A congregation that feels expectant, alert, joyful, receptive, and appreciative is a healing church. It is fulfilling Christ Jesus' statement "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32.

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