Many people are sending their heartfelt prayers to those affected by typhoon Haiyan. Click on the link below to read a collected group of articles and discussions that will support your desire to pray for those in need in the Philippines. These are from the ChristianScience.com website.
In one of the cooking shows on TV this week a judge was thrilled with the winning contestants' results and said they had "cooked with a lot of soul". These chefs had found something deep within – a compassionate love and memory of good family experiences – that lifted their creations to transcend merely well-prepared food.
All inspired performances reveal the possibility of escaping a limited, confined sense of existence in matter. In Christian Science, Soul is defined as God, Spirit, never separated out in limited material bodies. We all reflect the infinite harmony, goodness, beauty and immortality of Soul. This is our real spiritual being.
As the chefs showed, when we forget ourselves, in expressing natural joy and goodness, great things result; the qualities of Soul appear. This is a glimpse of the wholeness of our being that we have as the expression of Soul.
We are whole, not faulty or fractured material minds and bodies! This Sunday, Nov. 24, our Bible Lesson Sermon is on the subject of Soul and Body. There are so many practical ideas in it for learning the wholeness of our being in Soul. Come and have a listen.
Putting the right model before young thought is one of the goals of our Christian Science Sunday School. Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, wrote on page 248 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.
To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.
The purity of heart and receptivity to goodness in little children was something Jesus pointed out as a good model of living for all of us. We invite you to bring your children to our Sunday School, at 10 am every Sunday, to help them form more "perfect models in thought" than what the world may be offering.
The French use the term "bain de soleil" for sunbathing. You can expect to be bathed in spiritual sunlight with this week's Bible Lesson Sermon, on the subject of Mortals and Immortals, from the Christian Science Quarterly.
Learn how to walk as a child of Light. Call our Reading Room Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, between 11:00 and 2:30 if you would like to get a copy of the Quarterly Bible Lessons.
Our Bible lesson this week is called Adam and Fallen Man. It delves into the Adam and Eve story, in Genesis 2, which points out a mythical and erroneous view of creation.
Jesus taught the Genesis 1 view of God's creation and he demonstrated it for us by healing sickness, wrong behavior and even death. He showed us how we can all rise above myths about ourselves and discover our real Christlike being – UN-fallen and perfect!
You're invited to come hear this lesson in our church on Sunday, Nov. 10.
Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour, late Saturday night. Otherwise you're going to be pretty early for church on Nov. 3!
It's that fun day when many among us will be parading around in a disguise. Mary Baker Eddy writes about evil, or error's disguise, in some interesting ways, like this:
Jesus strips all disguise from error, when his teachings are fully understood. By parable and argument he explains the impossibility of good producing evil; and he also scientifically demonstrates this great fact, proving by what are wrongly called miracles, that sin, sickness, and death are beliefs — illusive errors — which he could and did destroy. – Mary Baker Eddy –
Just think, you too can recognize disguised errors (beliefs about hurtful bad stuff) coming to the door of your thought and strip away their costumes, instead of letting them trick you!