Over the past year , Second Church of Christ, Scientist, in Fresno, California, has placed a greater focus on uniting to bless the community by demonstrating the power of prayer. This sense of commitment to blessing the community through prayer was grounded in Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of Church , which says in part, “The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures , p.
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