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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A prayerful approach to redemption and forgiveness

Mark McCurties, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will speak on this topic on March 28 and 29 in Richmond, Virginia.  MAKING MEANINGFUL CHANGE will be his focus at 3 p.m. both days, with the first event happening at 3431 West Cay Street, the Christian Science Reading Room.  The second day's talk will occur at 8791 River Road, Second Church of Christ, Scientist.

Check out www.ricchristianscience.com for more information about Mr. McCurties and his talk. Post any questions you might have here, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our Reading Room

A Christian Science Reading Room is totally unique in today's world. Where else can you sit and read the Christian Science Monitor, any of the Christian Science periodicals (the latest issues!), the weekly Lesson, or just sit and chill, all in the midst of a busy commercial area? That's where our church has located our Reading Room, at 3431 W. Cary Street, in Richmond, Virginia. We're open from 11-3 on weekdays (except Monday) and from 10-4 on Saturdays. Anyone working in the Reading Room is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Christian Science, recommend books, etc., and provide a friendly face.

Our Reading Room is our gift to the community. Visit us and check out what's happening!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Quarterly Business Meeting

Members are reminded that they will meet on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7 p.m. to conduct our quarterly business meeting. Three new AC members and a president will be elected.

Friday, February 07, 2014

No Fallen Women!

I was hurrying to get to my appointed post as a church usher, when I found myself face first on the church steps. I was aware of a crunching sound in my head and neck, then nothing. When I came around, I heard a church member stating loudly and clearly "there are no accidents in God's kingdom!" I could hear the Scientific Statement of Being being spoken aloud, which I joined in audibly as soon as I caught my breath, and that someone else had removed my purse and other objects I'd been carrying. Although the pain was intense, I felt it important to get to my feet right then, so with help, I did.

Proceeding into the church with help, I mentally refuted that I'd ever fallen. Nothing had happened to me, God's child, and I could claim my freedom from this imposition right there and then. Heading for the restroom, I cleaned off my face, where a very visible and large bump was swelling on my forehead. I pulled my hair over the bump so it wasn't visible and proceeded to church.

The Bible Lesson that week was filled with wonderfully healing messages and boy, were they effective! By the time church was over, the swelling was gone, and I went out to lunch with my family and then did some shopping. Every effort of mortal mind to try to claim that my body hurt and was painful, I flipped into the spiritually positive.I couldn't be hurt, because I never had fallen. Since nothing had happened, there could be no aftereffects. After all, God always had been in control, and that control wasn't going to slip or fall away.

I continued with these healing messages and was able to do everything I always did throughout the week. My face developed a black eye, which I thought was pretty funny, and even though it was quite colorful, it didn't bother me. Makeup covered it to the point most people didn't notice it. I figured it was mortal mind's last gasp, and if that was the best it could do, I wasn't impressed. It disappeared completely.

I am very grateful for the immediate, and effective, metaphysical support of those church members who rushed to my aid, to my husband for his quick and emphatic refutation of the material picture, and to God for her healing and loving presence which never leaves us for one millisecond.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Thinking for the Ages"

“Thinking for the Ages”
This article, which  appeared  in the Christian Science Sentinel in Oct. 21, was written by Aimee Hermanson.   It was very helpful to me in understanding  what Jesus meant when he told his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, “Ye are the salt of the earth:  but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and be trodden under foot of men”.
“It‘s important to make sure that there is nothing routine or stale about our prayers, “ the writer points out.  We must never let our prayers be formulas or routine repetitions, without inspiration and listening for what God is telling us when we pray. She also points out that, “…salt without flavor ceases to be salt. It becomes rock: cold, hard, ineffective.”
Jesus denounced the Pharisees because of their blind dedication to the letter of the law, even to the exclusion of demonstrating compassion. “ They were the guardians of the stale, hardened status quo.  The consequence of such thinking, Jesus warned, is that  it is cast out and trodden down into muddied world thinking.”
Even though salt seems to be a very small item in face of the world to be healed, think of its effect on your meal. What Jesus seems to be telling us is that each individual’s work has great value and purpose in changing the world.  And if you were missing, it would be greatly noticed!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The serpent can't win!

Recently, I had to get a replacement title for a car. Went to the department of motor vehicles, and was told there was a lien on the title, so they couldn't give me a new one. Knowing that there never had been, and was not now, a lien on the car, I called the dealership where I bought it, hoping they could tell me what was going on.

After waiting over an hour, I still hadn't heard back from my message left with the Toyota dealer (Priority), so I asked the clerk at DMV if she could tell me who held the alleged lien. It was Toyota Financing. After a frustrating, and long, game of automated phone "help," I decided I needed to tackle this situation with prayer. I reviewed, mentally, all the situations in the Bible where God came through no matter how dire or longstanding the problem. Remember the woman the infirmity of 38 years? The thought came to me to call the fraud division of Toyota Financing.

 At the fraud division number, a kind woman answered the line, not an automated service, and from that point on, progress was made in getting the title cleared up, and ultimately, a replacement title in my hands.

The dealer never did call me back, and I realized I only needed clearer thinking and the assertion of God's supremacy and control to fix this irksome situation.  I am so glad I was able to listen to God, and not the automated phone service that ran around in circles.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Readings for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Power of a Praying Church
Hymns: 76, 75, 36
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

1. I Thes 1:2
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
2. Is 54:17
¶No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
3. II Cor 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
4. Mat 16:13, 16-19
¶When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
5. Mat 18:19-20 I say
I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
6. Mat 21:12, 13 (to ;), 14
¶And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer;
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
7. Acts 1:1, 7 he (to 1st ,), 8 ye, 12-14
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
he said unto them,
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
8. Acts 2:1, 4 (to 1st ,), 46-47
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
9. Acts 12:1-3 (to 1st .), 5-12, 13 Peter (to 1st ,), 16-17 and when, 24
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
Peter knocked at the door of the gate,
and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
¶But the word of God grew and multiplied.
10. Rom 1:9 I make, 12 that I
I make mention of you always in my prayers;
that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
11. Rom 12:4-5, 10, 12
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
12. Phil 1:2-4, 7 it is (to ;), 9, 11
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart;
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
13. James 5:15 the prayer, 16 pray (to 1st .)
the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
14. II Cor 1:3-4
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Science & Health
1. 412:13
The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.
2. 35:19-25 Our church
Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, — casting out error and healing the sick.
3. 1:1
The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love. Regardless of what another may say or think on this subject, I speak from experience. Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind.
4. 583:12-19
Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
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.
5. 136:1-2
Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.
6. 494:11
It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.
7. 4:3
What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
8. 40:25-2 (to ;)
Our heavenly Father, divine Love, demands that all men should follow the example of our Master and his apostles and not merely worship his personality. It is sad that the phrase divine service has come so generally to mean public worship instead of daily deeds.
The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us;
9. 41:6, 14-4
Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.
The proofs of Truth, Life, and Love, which Jesus gave by casting out error and healing the sick, completed his earthly mission; but in the Christian Church this demonstration of healing was early lost, about three centuries after the crucifixion. No ancient school of philosophy, materia medica, or scholastic theology ever taught or demonstrated the divine healing of absolute Science.
Jesus foresaw the reception Christian Science would have before it was understood, but this foreknowledge hindered him not. He fulfilled his God-mission, and then sat down at the right hand of the Father. Persecuted from city to city, his apostles still went about doing good deeds, for which they were maligned and stoned. The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.
Jesus' life proved, divinely and scientifically, that God is Love, whereas priest and rabbi affirmed God to be a mighty potentate, who loves and hates. The Jewish theology gave no hint of the unchanging love of God.
10. 454:17-18
Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching.
11. 366:16-19
Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power.
12. 28:9-11, 24
While respecting all that is good in the Church or out of it, one's consecration to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession.
To suppose that persecution for righteousness' sake belongs to the past, and that Christianity to-day is at peace with the world because it is honored by sects and societies, is to mistake the very nature of religion. Error repeats itself. The trials encountered by prophet, disciple, and apostle, "of whom the world was not worthy," await, in some form, every pioneer of truth.
13. 29:1
Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing.
14. 496:5
You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
15. 469:30-5
With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
16. 12:1-2, 31-1
"The prayer of faith shall save the sick," says the Scripture.
In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble."
17. 15:16
In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We must "pray without ceasing." Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. The Master's injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity.
18. 16:2-5
The highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration. Such prayer heals sickness, and must destroy sin and death.
19. 17:10-11 God
God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.