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Church Alive

A prayer for church

From the October 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

My church in Denver has been getting together for about a year for meetings on church renewal. During a preplanning discussion to decide on topics for these meetings, I volunteered to close our first one with a Christian Science “treatment” (specific prayer) for our church. We decided that this treatment should also apply directly to the topic we’d chosen for the meeting that night—the Christian Science Bible Lesson-Sermons and what they do—not just for our church but for the world. 

Speaking mostly from a few notes, I used Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of Church as the basis for my treatment (see Science and Health, p. 583). It began something like this:

Today, and every minute of every day, our church exists in unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind. Because Church is an idea in Mind, God, it must be—and is—affording “proof of its utility.” It is “elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas . . . .” Each one of us is demonstrating divine Science and following Christ Jesus’ example, “casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.”

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