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Join our global online congregation live every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. You'll hear hymns and readings specially compiled for the day, as well as testimonies submitted by listeners. Readings are from the Christian Science pastor—the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. There's an organ prelude and postlude, plus an online church lobby, open for 15 minutes after the meeting.

The meeting is conducted by the First Reader, who selects the readings and hymns. Some testimonies of healing and other comments about Christian Science submitted by listeners are read live by testimony readers. Bios are available.

Testimonies, music, and replays

Please feel free to submit testimonies (at the bottom of this page) before, during, or after the meeting, and all throughout the week. Read our testimony guidelines

Music and hymns for the meeting are posted Wednesday morning,

The audio replay and the written testimonies are available within thirty minutes after the meeting ends. They will remain posted until Friday at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Frequently asked questions 

  • A list of frequently asked questions is available here
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Church lobby

Say hello, meet new people, share short inspirational ideas, chat informally, and mingle for fifteen minutes after the meeting.

To sign in, highlight the word “Guest###,”  type your name over the text and numbers, and click “Sign in.” To send a message, type in the horizontal area and press "Return" or "Enter" on your keyboard. To make the lobby bigger, click on the diagonal up arrow located at the bottom right corner of the lobby.

Testimonies and comments

You can submit a comment or testimony at any time before, during, or after the meeting, and all throughout the week. We don’t publish all comments, nor do we publish them immediately. Submissions may be lightly edited for clarity. Please put "Name from [location]" in your submission, so we can embrace our global audience, and remember that we have listeners from many different backgrounds, with varying degrees of familiarity with Christian Science. For more information, please refer to our guidelines.

Comments do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The First Church of Christ, Scientist.  Please do not print or share copies of these testimonies.

  1. So grateful for your readings today Judy. The sharing of gratitude for ones Sunday School teachers touches our hearts don't they. So many, going before, Christ Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy, and many who have given the world of their experience, understanding and love, provide so many of us the support to trust and have faith in God's loving care and provision. I too, have been blessed by these loving and caring students of Christian Science that share their understanding and their dedicated prayerful support of church and the world. Each day the world is enriched and blessed by the teachings of Christian Science and I am so grateful for the Truth which enables us to actively acknowledge God's presence and power to heal all the ills of man. Thanks again for this wonderful Wednesday afternoon meeting honoring God.

  2. I just listened to part of this service again -- and scanned the testimonies and comments -- and had a healing right now of unloving thoughts about another, who seemed to be stalling on a forward action. My heart softened when I heard the love being expressed in this meeting by our First Reader -- and her two ushers -- and I realized that nothing could impede God's forward action because S/He is all-mighty, divine Love. Then the words that came, to respond to this person's email, naturally flowed as genuine love for her, free from any negativity. I feel this is God's grace, cleansing our thoughts of anything unlike good, because we accept the Christ teaching as above all others. And right now, I truly feel I am God's child, as my friend is too. I feel the beauty of holiness.

  3. For over three decades I struggled unsuccessfully to overcome addiction to alcoholic beverages. Healing finally came recently, and in a very unexpected way. When three major and expensive repairs on my property became necessary, I pondered the biblical account of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. Elijah first asked the widow for a draught of water, which she willingly went to fetch: she was receptive to his demand. Elijah then requested a cake of bread. In despair the widow protested she had only enough flour and oil to make one last meal for herself and her son before the present famine led to their starvation. Elijah reassured her that, if she brought him the cake, her supply would endure. Despite the material evidence of impending lack, the widow prepared the cake for Elijah: she was obedient and trusting. And true to Elijah’s prophecy, enough flour and oil remained to feed the widow, her son, and Elijah until the famine ended. Well, I decided the money I had been spending on alcoholic drink could serve as my cake. It was hardly enough to meet the entire cost of the necessary repairs, but it was a start. Nevertheless, just like the widow I was fearful. If I set aside even part of my drink money toward the repairs, could manage to reduce my consumption of alcohol let alone abandon it altogether? My numerous attempts to do so in the past had always miscarried. Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 253 of Science and Health, “If you believe in and practice wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless.” Although I had contemplated this statement repeatedly with regard to my drinking problem, the words now seemed especially meaningful. That same day my stash of beer ran out. The next afternoon I had to pass the local liquor store on my way home from work. As I approached, this thought came to me with incredible force: why should I care to pollute myself with such stuff? Bypassing the store I drove directly home, where I brewed and enjoyed a pot of decaffeinated tea. Since that evening there has been no desire to resume imbibing alcoholic drink, no residual cravings, and not a single symptom of withdrawal. The very next day I received a substantial check from the federal government, for an entitlement of which I had been totally unaware. The amount was more than sufficient to cover the cost of one repair. Several days later a close friend lent me interest free the funds needed for the second and most costly of the repairs. And finally the contractor I had engaged for the third repair proved amenable to an installment plan I can easily afford. My gratitude exceeds my ability to express in written words.

  4. In the past year I have had one unpleasant situation after another in my life culminating in a period of homelessness. I have been estranged from my older daughter and her three children for several years which added to my sense of hopelessness.

    To say I was unhappy is an understatement. I have had periods of depression but nothing as deep and dark as this was. I stopped listening to music, a long-standing love of mine. I stopped cooking, another joy-filled activity. I cried all the time. I wanted nothing to do with anyone. I longingly looked at the website of the cemetery where I will be buried. I pondered the method by which I would end my life and my sadness.

    Everything I had ever learned about Christian Science seemed to be behind a large barrier. I seemed to function on auto-pilot.

    In early October, my Christian Science Student’s Association was to have their annual meeting in another state. Having been class-taught, I should have been able to get a handle on this a pull myself out of the deep dark hole, but I could not.

    On the morning of the meeting, I did not want to go. I had the time and the money to get to the meeting but not the will. I just laid in bed in the dark.

    Then I felt I was literally rolled out of bed by a force not my own. I got ready and began the two hour drive.

    I started the day sitting in a far corner of the auditorium in which the meeting was being held, sobbing. After the morning break, the speaker asked the group to pray for those people who are suicidal. I was stunned. In the many years of attending, never had the speaker asked the group to stop and pray.

    We proceeded through the address and broke for lunch. Although a part of me wanted to race home, I went back to the afternoon sessions. Sometime during the day, I was healed of my suicidal thoughts. I don’t know when. I didn’t even know it for a few days.

    Some time has passed since that day. Although there are still issues to meet, I am feeling more like myself. The radio is back on. I am making dinner. I am baking.

    I am very grateful for Mrs. Eddy’s provision for class instruction. It has been an anchor for me many times. I am grateful to Christ Jesus for showing us the way.

  5. “With God all things are possible” a couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of traveling in Prague. Our first full day we were touring on foot the old city. As it is the custom of my husband to leave the group of tourist and find interesting places to photograph. We travel with walkie-talkies so that we can communicate telling our location. Our guide would ask me ever once in a while if I had heard from him. After 40 minutes into the tour we still had not heard from him. Our guide said to me you know I am responsible for him. I was at peace knowing that he would meet up with us soon. When we were on the Charles River Bridge I finally received a message from him saying he was also on the bridge half way across. Informing him to wait there we would be coming to him. Meeting him I was very grateful that he was there. Getting to him I reached out and said I did not feel good. He said would you like to sit down. And blanked out for a minute or 2. I don’t remember going down but what I do remember the next thing was I had my eyes shut and repeating over and over “Dear God help! Dear God help! Dear God help! Also I repeated the “scientific statement of being” I was hearing someone say she doesn’t have a pulse. She doesn’t have a pulse. Then she said I feel a pulse now. I felt so close to my heavenly Father than I have ever experienced before. I opened my eyes to find me sitting on the bridge with one of couples in our group at my side. She was a nurse and he a doctor. They asked me a few questions if I could shake hands which I did very vigorously. I knew that love was all around and I would be obedient to what happened next. They said that it would be wise to have an ambulance come and go to the hospital. Since I knew that God had watched out for me so far he would be there with me. I was checked at the hospital and found nothing wrong with me. I was glad the guide who knew the language went with me and she had the money so I could pay the bill. . I was able to continue `12 days on a river cruise in Germany walking all the cobbled stone walks and streets and even dancing the following night. No matter how we pray God hears the short prayers and the long ones. Psalms 138:3 “in the day when I cried thou answered me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.”

  6. At this special time of the year for giving thanks, I want to express my deep gratitude for abundant riches in blessings. This week's lesson on temptations finds me rejecting "false prophets" in thought that would try to distract me from following my Shepherd o'er the hillside steep. I am so grateful for Christian Science and for these weekly opportunities to share and grow. Happy Thanksgiving to all who make this service possible.

  7. Thank you for the reminder that it’s National Bible Week. I was raised loving the Bible, but I felt like I really started to appreciate it more when I began teaching Sunday School. So many times, just the right Bible story, or just the right verse will come to my aid. Yesterday I was thinking of all I needed to do to get ready for Thanksgiving, church services, and other things. Right away the thought came, “My times are in Thy hand.” It was a Bible verse I hadn’t thought about in a long time, but it was perfect. It’s Psalm 31:15. I’m so thankful for the Word of God, which is always present to heal, guide, and inspire. Thank you!

  8. I would like to express my appreciation for the dedication, love and the work of The Mother Church's First and Second Readers who make the church services possible: for the two services on Sunday; the prep by and participation of the First Reader for the 3 services on Wednesday; and the participation of the Second Reader during the Wednesday Internet service. Thanks also to everyone else involved in making the services available.

  9. Thanks so much, Judy, for your remarks about feeling God's help and grace through that Bible verse. I believe they are somewhere in print (perhaps in an article in The Christian Science Journal?). They were a great help after my husband passed on, and hearing your experience again this afternoon was also a great help.

  10. Thank you for the beautiful readings on our precious Holy Bible! I love my Christian Science teacher calls the Bible and Science and Health 'you can books ." I have found this so helpful when the thought whispers you can't do whatever challenge I seem to be facing . The bible stories have always been so precious to me and I am so grateful how Christian Science has brought out their inspiring meanings . Thank you all and a very blessed thanksgiving to everyone,

  11. Even the Organ & -ist is touched by the Bible - Glorious postlude to punctuate today's TMtg
    !!!

  12. Gordon at Toronto.
    A Happy and Gracious Thanksgiving Day to all of my American friends.
    God bless you all.

  13. Liwayway P. de Leon originally from Pateros, Philippines - 11/26/14

    In our day to day living, we always look for something either, we are longing for peace, security, better relationship or yearning for an active church, perhaps an honest supportive political government, a more stable job and career, a better health, finances and many more. People search these through material methods and systems that often times they find it still unfulfilled. The seeming problem that the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy spoke about is “the unsatisfied human craving”. It seems an ill that needs healing. Our dual impersonal pastor the Bible and Science and health with key to the Scriptures lead us on how to heal this ill.

    In Mathew 6:33 it said…Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you. In S.H.p.4:3 and 18 it said …The longing to be better and holier each day expressed in patience, meekness, love and good deeds, to keep the commandment of our Master Jesus and to follow his example is the only worthy evidence of our gratitude. To seek God daily and to demonstrate His Allness is our sincere and genuine gratitude, the real essence of Thanks Giving.

    Happy Thanks Giving to all. Judy and Norm I am so grateful for your team working, operating and performing God’s Online Services. Your commitment and devotion help the world.

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