Love is what we all reflect

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, conveys the spiritual sense of forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, with these words: And Love is reflected in love. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 16)

Our Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, includes the subject of Love twice a year, and reveals the nature of our divine Parent as infinitely caring Love.  As spiritual offspring, God's children have a loving nature, too.

We can begin to express more of this nature by loving those closest at hand – parents, brothers and sisters, spouse, co-workers, friends, neighbors and even enemies, as Jesus taught. It's all possible, not because we personally possess the ability to love, but because we reflect it from Love, our Father-Mother God.

Everyone is always invited to our services– with love!

Can prayer be helpful during the "cold and flu season"?

Walking in Snow

From a new post on Tim Mitchinson's Blog at Patch.

Winter can be a great time of year – skiing, skating, and of course, the NFL playoffs!  But does it also have to bring on the “cold and flu season?”

     ABC News gave a list of tested tips for fighting colds and flu, and ways to help everyone stay well all winter.  Topping the list was meditation...

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Fighting for Our Freedom to Be Healthy

From Tony Lobl's HuffPost Lifestyle Blog today...

"Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we are free at last".

This was Martin Luther King Jr's rallying cry as he concluded his historic "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The lyrics of the moving spiritual song are also words many long to sing for health reasons. Struggling with long-standing ailments such as chronic pain can feel like second class citizenship, which Martin Luther King Day today reminds us never to accept.

So what might be the basis for not accepting second class health...

Click to READ MORE on Tony Lobl's HuffPost Lifestyle Blog.

How We Think of Baptism and Communion

To Christian Scientists baptism and communion have deep spiritual significance. In our church they are not commemorated with the outward rites but through constant individual assessment of one's willingness to wash away self-will and obey God's direction; to be governed by divine Love in all our actions; and to become conscious that God is Spirit, infinite good, and that we are His purely spiritual expressions. This kind of baptism can happen every day.

We've found that "beatitudes", or blessings, come from maintaining the state of thought that Jesus described in Matthew 5 as having childlike receptivity, or being "poor in spirit";  being meek;  being hungry and thirsty for righteousness;  being merciful;  and being pure in heart.

If you are interested in learning more about the spiritual significance of baptism and communion please contact us.

26 Subjects – Infinite Possibilities

We never stop learning. In 1898, Mary Baker Eddy gave 26 subjects for our weekly Bible Lesson Sermon. These are read throughout the year in our churches on Sundays. Anyone can read and study them during the week before the lesson is read in church. Each subject is presented twice a year in The Christian Science Quarterly publication. The lesson is made up of unique selections from the two books we know as our "Pastor" – the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Eddy. These have proven to be an infinite well of insight and healing. Each lesson is new and different.

These lessons are timeless, fresh and inspiring. There is always a new idea that meets a present need. You won't want to miss the rewards that are always waiting in the next lesson!

You can purchase a full text copy of the Quarterly Bible Lesson from our Glen Ellyn Reading Room or subscribe here to receive them in your mail or online.

God's Name

A name signifies identity. In many cultures it shows the specific nature of a person or thing. God is named the great I AM, Lord of hosts, Almighty, Father and more.

Our Bible lesson sermon this week, on the subject of God, reveals His nature becoming clearer and clearer to human understanding through Bible narratives of the Patriarchs, the Israelites, Kings, prophets, followers of Jesus, inspired writers and visionaries.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, enriches our understanding of God with the names Father-Mother, infinite Mind and divine Love. She brings out the following seven Bible-based synonyms for God, to help us understand His nature better: Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth and Love.

At our church service this Sunday, January 5, learn more about God through your spiritual sense, described this way by Mary Baker Eddy, on page 209 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God."