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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.

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

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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. We have learned a tremendous lesson about the Christian Science proof of God's complete care for his beloved children - us. We have seen the views from very high financial mountain tops and the dismal scenes in the deepest The way forward was murky.

    Then, a Christian Association address several years ago, noted that success was not due to the "sweat of our brows", even if it looked that way. Successful business activities were God directed. In a subsequent Address, there was a section showing that supply is within our very being, as it is the Father-Mother's provision for each one of us.

    Until that Address, our life had been dominated by dark shadows of losing nearly all of our savings, a substantial retirement account and both of our inheritances. We tried to turn from these threats of the carnal mind, sometimes with great effort and many tears. There was some success in regaining a sense of well-being, but then something would make us think of the financial abyss.

    Then, buoyed up with those wonderful ideas in our Association, we strove mightily to 'stay' with the Truth, denying whatever the situation tried to present. We began expecting positive results. We employed wisdom in our expenses, finding that there was always something ‘left over’ to share with others.

    All this prayerful work has come to fruition. Now, we see how we are completely cared for by our Divine Parent. In unexpected ways, an expert in financial planning showed us a ‘new view’. It is providing the income we need and beginning to rebuild what the locust seemed to have taken away, but could never really touch.

    The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy characterized such a journey as ours this way: “Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment. What a glorious inheritance is given to us..." Miscellaneous Writings, 307:2.

  2. Thank you dear friends who make this service available. Years ago I was told a lovely definition of friend as someone who is always available. Of course God ,all seven synonyms, is our greatest friend. However, each individual expression of friendship is great fully welcomed. So grateful for all that I've learned and continue to learn through applying this precious science.

  3. Last week, there were some testimonies and comments about membership, and I would like to comment on that theme. In the early 1980's when I first learned of and began my study of Christian Science, I so wanted to join TMC but I had to quit a silly habit, that of smoking tobacco. I did quit (but mind you this was human will, not a healing per se) ... and a few months after joining the Mother Church, I went back to smoking. I figured I was "out" so I continued my study at home, but rarely attended services. I also never told anyone I was a Christian Scientist.

    Fast forward several years, including most of my work life in various offices, and most recently, having worked in a casino, no less, for a number of years, in which I serve coffee and beverages to the gamblers therein. During all this time, my prayerful life was very active, and quite a few years ago, I was actually healed of the habit of tobacco, permanently. At a time when I needed it, I found refuge in the now discontinued Open Conversations on the Christian Science website, and there I convened with other people who understood "where I was coming from". I decided that, since I was not smoking any more, i would inquire of the clerk, as to what the protocol would be to rejoin the Mother Church. I wrote and sent off the e-mail and waited. Very quickly, I received a response asking me what my former name and address was, which I sent. The next e-mail made me cry. The tears really were streaming right down my face, I remember vividly the entire e-mail ... ... ... it said "welcome back!" My joy was immense! I was so "whelmed" (not over or under!) with humble gratitude that we as Christian Scientists, ought to feel, and this was my answer to prayer. I felt like that prodigal son, who first had to get up the nerve to go home, and when he did come back, he somehow knew His father would accept him. He knew he was always in His Father's house. I am so grateful to be welcomed back! What a wonderful family! Thank you ever so much!

  4. Dear Judy and Norm,Thank you so much for this program,as well as your friends.You also are the perfect blend of the fathering and mothering of God, as reflected in the Mother church Sunday morning so look forward to them every Sunday morning.I,too,love hymn 154;In thee,o Spirit,true and tender....Many years ago,I purchased a tape from a reading room,called Familiar Hymns of Love and Healing.That hymn was in it sung by Ula Beale.Breathtaking,in it's comforting tone.I've listened to it many times,since.Thanks for sharing it. Love is All,C.J.

  5. I am very grateful for the on-line services of the Mother Church, including this Wednesday testimony meeting. Since moving to a rural area on the west coast of Canada and joining a Christian Science Society I have been able to stay connected with the Wednesday services when we do not hold one.
    My job as a technical director of a major broadcaster Canada ended abruptly last year after a corporate takeover, leaving me with some big decisions and big changes in my financial situation. With deep prayer, my wife and I chose to move out west, putting us closer to family, and would allow me to continue my search for work while my wife continued her work as a Christian Science Practitioner.
    Part of this working out involved purchasing a home that, although needed many things done to it to bring it up to a standard we could live in, we felt was a right decision. After all of the necessary inspections were done, all conditions were removed on the offer to purchase, the deal went through. Both my wife and I prayed constantly through this time to see the necessary ‘adjustments’ in our lives as listening to God’s voice as we had done many other times together. The work we were facing on the house was very large, and involved re-doing perimeter drains, putting in a heating system, septic and a new roof to name a few. Our son and I took on some fairly major projects which proved to be both rewarding and physically challenging. All the while my wife and I continued to pray to see that this direction we had been given was indeed God’s direction and not human will, and while we took each day with each new challenge as ‘proof of God’s care for man.’ We had many opportunities to see God’s hand in our next steps to do with health and supply, also our commitment to serve in an active branch society something we both knew was an essential part of our answer.
    Each day I worked with a sense of spiritual renewal, whether it was simply to not be overwhelmed by the sheer immensity of the projects I had to manage or the claims of aches and pain of doing very physically demanding work . As I dressed for the tasks at hand each day, I also worked with spiritual insights shared by a Christian Science Practitioner, addressing the claims that were confronting me. Many healings were seen and much dominion claimed over those months.
    With the long hours now behind and much gained in the ‘rebuilding process’ I am indeed grateful to have found that in the process of working through the house project’ I also found my long held desire to serve Christian Science coming more clearly into focus, and am working towards doing this full time, digging into the daily Bible lessons and our Pastor, as well find the chats and Sentinel Radio on JSH-online extremely helpful. I value immensely what I learned through taking class instruction many years ago with a Christian Science teacher, and continue to grow though attending our annual Association meetings.

  6. What happened to the money? Suddenly, I realized I did not have the money I had collected at the post office earlier in the week. My thoughts went along the line of beating myself up for not being more alert, and wondering where I might have put it. Then I prayed. My prayer affirmed that I cannot be made to forget or to be distracted. I also had to face the challenge I had with someone with whom I had not been very loving and had let myself become quite upset. I was grateful that the money was not that important to me and that perhaps someone had found the money and needed it more than I did. At this point it came to me to be more clear in my prayers. I had to see that all mankind are included in one affection as Mary Baker Eddy writes in No and Yes 39:15. As such there are no haves and some have nots. No we are all children of God and equally provided with all we need in abundance. I also prayed to see the person with whom I had let myself be upset as a lovable, normal, progressing child of God. Then I looked in the recycling basket - again! and 'what to my wondering eyes should appear? Yes the money. Thank you God! And thank all of you in Boston for all you do for us in the bush.

  7. I would like to share a testimony that relates to the Bible –Lesson we are reading this week on Probation After Death. Mrs. Eddy writes on Page 326 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way.”
    Many years ago, when I was a young mother, I felt a great desire for spiritual improvement. One day, while on vacation, I was taking a long walk on a path through a heavily wooded forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron in northern Michigan. I knew I needed a radical course change toward more unselfishness, charity and patient love towards others. I felt the peace and calm of nature surrounding me. I thought how this beautiful scene was not stagnant, but ever changing, growing and developing every day. The same idea applied to me. I knew then that there could be immense possibilities for spiritual growth in my experience.
    When I returned home from this inspiring vacation I turned to my Bible for guidance. I opened to the last verse in the Song of Solomon, “Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.” In other words the young deer cannot wait to run up the mountain to eat the delicious vegetation that is so desirable. In the same way our eager desire to learn more about God should drive us to a life closer to God. As I continued to pray with these ideas I came across Mrs. Eddy’s commentary on this verse in Norman Beasly’s Cross and Crown as she related it to Irving Tomlinson, “Material existence is a dream and unreal, while the spiritual fact of Life is eternal. The spiritual fact is not attained by death, but by conscious union with God, who is Life, Truth and Love. Now is the time to prove our faith by works. Now is the accepted time. Therefore now is the moment to improve every opportunity.”
    This was indeed a turning point of commitment for me. I signed up to teach Sunday School, took Christian Science class instruction, served as First Reader at our branch church, and ministered to several widows in need of company. Opportunities to do healing work for others became opportunities to see the Christ in action. Many blessings came into my experience and I am so grateful today to Mrs. Eddy for providing so many wonderful avenues for spiritual growth. The spiritual journey has been really joyous and fruitful. Thanks to everyone in the studio for the many blessings you bring to the world through these online testimony meetings.

  8. Last week I was getting ready for some company and was rearranging my freezer. A ½ gallon of ice cream fell out and hit me in the foot. It was so painful! But then I remembered the passage from Science and Health that says, “When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, ‘I am hurt!’ Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real. Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why…” p 397.

    This was good news because I didn’t have time to be hurt; I had other things to do before my houseguests came. I realized I could say no to the accident immediately. I reasoned that I couldn’t be hurt because I’m a spiritual idea. I was expressing love and hospitality in getting the house ready for company, and being about my Father’s business is the safest thing I could be doing. These truths were simple, but powerful. The pain left immediately. When I took my sock off later, I could see where one of my toes had bled, but there was no injury there. There was no bruising, no soreness, no trace of the incident at all.

    This reminds me to be instant in declaring what’s true about God and myself. Doing this brings immediate results.

  9. When my family and I go on vacation, we normally either go on an adventure, or we travel to spend time with relatives. But this year I saw that I had an opportunity to do something very different. My husband and daughters were all committed to various activities, and I had the option to do whatever I wanted for one whole week.

    I decided to take that time and devote it to focusing on God. I called it my metaphysical spa vacation.

    At the start, I let my extended family know that I wouldn’t be emailing or texting or tweeting or be on Facebook, so they should just give me a call if they wanted to be in touch. I put a similar away message on my email. I disconnected the television and cleared my calendar of all social commitments.

    I spent uninterrupted time in prayer, contemplation, and study of the Bible, without looking at the clock to see if I needed to head to a meeting or appointment. It was such a sweet time!

    Three days in, much to my surprise, I noticed that I had experienced a healing.

    For the past year I was almost completely deaf in one ear. I prayed off and on about it, but it did not improve. It wasn’t painful and I could function OK, but it was frustrating and inconvenient and definitely not normal.

    So the morning when my hearing was restored, I was extremely grateful! Even as I write this, I'm smiling and smiling as I remember the total joy of the moment when I was standing in the sunshine getting ready, and noticed that I clearly heard the birds singing. Beautiful.

    However, as the days went by and I thought about it, I was also puzzled. Why had the condition not been healed over the previous year as I treated it metaphysically, and yet it was healed a few days into my metaphysical spa vacation without any specific thought or prayer?

    To me, this line from Science and Health explains what happened. Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Spirituality lays open siege to materialism” (216:9). A definition of “materialism” is, “the doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.”

    That was it! I had turned my focus completely to God, Spirit, and that laid “open siege” on a belief that my hearing was material, and that something needed to be moved or modified materially. My thought was focused on Spirit, and there was no room for the doctrine of materialism.

    The experience also reminds me of this line by Mrs. Eddy, “Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness” (MY 210:2-7).

    I am so grateful that we are made in the image and likeness of Spirit, and that this truth heals.

  10. I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. The other day I tried out a new Indian dish and it smelled amazing. Perhaps I should have let it cool down even more because the first bite was pretty painful. Fear raced in as things started happening to my tongue, roof of my mouth, inside of my throat and stomach. Immediately I took a mental step back and reminded myself that since fear doesn’t come from God, Love then it cannot come from the other synonym for God — Truth. There was the temptation to think, “well, I’ve burned the inside of my mouth before and was healed so you can be healed again.” I recognized that thought as just another way of saying that an injury happened to an idea of God at some point in the past and that it is happening again now.” I brought my thought back to the present and listened to what God had to say. Matter/mortal mind doesn’t have a law or principle because there is already a Principle — God, and this Principle is only good. I was reminded of a letter Mary Baker Eddy wrote to Ann M. Otis, “There is no personality and this is more important to know then that there is no disease.” (Mary Baker Eddy Library L05468). I thought about several incidents that happened that day ranging from church members to people in the neighborhood being angry, upset, inconsiderate, or rude. I realized all of this conflict was from the belief of lots of personalities and all separate from God. As each person came to thought I separated the lie from God’s child. I saw each person a little clearer as how God sees them — upright, whole, and free. I also saw that just like each person couldn’t be touched by a lie of the so-called mortal mind, then I couldn’t be affected with sadness, disappointment, discouragement or anything else. One by one the mental burdens were lifted. I noted that as my thought was lifted up that the puffiness and swelling in my mouth and throat just vanished away. As I finished my meal I continued listening to these angel ideas.

  11. I just wanted to express gratitude for God’s protection last week! I was visiting my alumni college in St Louis, and was renting a car from a dear friend. The last day I was to be there I was driving on the highway in very wet conditions. I was very much keeping a thought that I needed to be driving carefully. However, when believing I was taking a bend slowly enough, I skidded off the road, and totalled the car. The gratitude I felt as I got out of the car was tremendous, as despite the fact I had totalled the car into a ravine with a stream at the bottom, I was totally unhurt. I did feel shocked, but otherwise I was fine! In the following conversations with police and the owners of the car I totalled, I again felt greatly protected, as they were all so understanding and forgiving of what I believed to be careless actions. After the supposed chaos of this episode finished from a material view, I did struggle with a sense of panic and concern about what had happened. A practitioner shared with me, that God simply doesnt know of any accidents, as Mrs Eddy says in S&H. This aided in my thought when faced with the temptation to reenact the incident in my mind, as happened many times. Also one of my favorite quotes from Mrs Eddy greatly aided me, where she states, “Science knows no lapse from, nor return to harmony.” This gave me a greater calmness about the panic I was feeling. I was just so grateful for God’s supply and protection of me in this situation as every need from the incident was met completely. Only harmony and unity resulted from what seemed to be a very unharmonious situation! Thank you so much for providing this service to the global community!

  12. What a timely message of great comfort and loving care of God today's reading conveys. I just want you to know that I have been deeply touched and comforted. Thank you.

  13. Wow!
    Wonderful readings and hymn selections!
    Thank you, Judy!
    God surely meets all our needs
    That lovely hymn #42 reminds me of a remarkable healing I had about 7 years ago when I was losing consciousness with thoughts that I was passing on, and how lovely was the experience. However, another thought kept coming to me that I needed to go speak to a neighbor about whom I was concerned. So even though there was a strong desire to give into the pull to unconsciousness, the desire to speak to the neighbor was stronger, and words "Day by day the manna fell" came to my thought just then. And even though I could only see white light at the time, I was lying on my bed and I knew the Christian Science Hymnal was beside the bed. I reached for it and was able to find the hymn and barely see and read the words. When I came to the second verse, "Day by day the promise reads, Daily strength for daily needs", another thought followed that if that is so, I can get up from this bed right now and go downstairs and visit my neighbor. I didn't immediately trust that I could, so I decided to walk around the room repeating those two lines from the hymn. I still could barely see anything but beautiful, soft, bright light, but in a matter of minutes, I found myself seeming to float down the stairs and over to my neighbor's to offer her the comfort and the support she very much needed. I wrote this testimony out later that day, intending to submit it for publication for the Christian Science Publishing, but I don't know what happened to it, and I was never able to write it out again until just now.
    I am very grateful for Christian Science and these testimony meetings where can share our gratitude to God and His ever-unfolding supplying of our needs.

  14. While singing the 2nd hymn the words "from the Gospel, from the Gospel, now supply Thy people's need" reminded me of a time over 15 years ago, when I was working in a big retail stockroom. I was sort of trudging into the stockroom one morning, a little down in spirits, when this little thought came that I might die. Then right away after that suggestion came this sweet idea, "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord." (Psalms?) This was such a cheering thought. I perked right up and felt strenghened . Thank you very much to The Mother Church for these services(: they"re so encouraging.

  15. Just want to let you know how much I appreciate these Wednesday meetings, and all the good that THE MOTHER CHURCH is doing for all mankind. Grateful for all the testimonies shared .Thank you so very much for all your devotion and Love.

  16. Last week I slipped in the rain and landed hard on my side, while helping a puppy. I decided to stand with God and not turn to the body to determine how I felt. I affirmed God's presence, got right up and finished my task.While running with a small puppy, I was tripped by this same puppy and fell forwards onto the pavement. Again I quickly sided myself with God and knew I could not be tricked and that God is the director of this household, my body and all consciousness. As I continued the run, I worked to know that God's household is unfallen and held in complete perfection. I turned my thought away from what mortal mind was complaining about and aligned my thought with God. The pain was completely gone. I worked to know that God governed my entire being and I could not be made to believe that man is material. This idea from the Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures supported me, "Into the real and ideal man the fleshly element cannot enter." Man is not a material structure. God is the creator of man and He made man spiritual.

  17. Summer of 1981. My sister, daughter, a friend and her daughter serendipitously decided to drive the Alaska Hwy from Southern California. We packed our camper van with plenty of peanut butter and jelly, Kraft mac and cheese, and tuna - sleeping bags, a small tent - we felt more than prepared. But half way into the Yukon we found that gasoline and extra groceries, even buying a shower, were so expensive that we began to worry. ... One night after a great visit to a hot springs we were so tempted to camp out in the parking lot with many others who decided to stay, in spite of large No Camping signs, we felt that we should follow the law rather than convenience. We embarked on a long drive, long into the night, over frost heaves and aiding roads. My sister and I stayed awake and sang hymns while the others slept in the back. We were tired but kept going, knowing that the right place to stop would be around the next corner. After a very long time we saw a moonlit bridge over a river with a lovely sandy area to pitch our tent and spend the night. ... Before going to sleep my sister and I shared our prayers with each other. She had been thinking about the disciples and Jesus saying, Follow thou me. I, as chief cook and bottle washer, was thinking about Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? What cannot God do? (from S&H)
    ....In the morning, my sister went out into the bushes and on the way back she picked up litter left by former visitors, something we had been taught to do from childhood. She came back exclaiming, Manna from heaven! She had in her hand a weathered roll of money, all good, and plenty of it. God's supply, she called it. It got us through the next several days of the most expensive days of travel.
    Still thanking God for that experience.

  18. Thanks Judy, Norm and Suzy for your dedicated service to God and his creation. God's revelation to Mary Baker Eddy which she named and gave the world as Christian Science, the Truth of our being, certainly is proven as the many testimonies of healing and protection are offered at the Wednesday testimony meetings. I am ever so grateful for these testimonies as they lend support to my healing prayerful work not just for myself but my prayer for the world leaders who are working to achieve peace for all. Christian Science provides each of us who study it along with the Bible, how we can pray and support God's goodness constantly going on. How comforting to know "there is no spot where God is not", the divine Mind which is One in all. Love to all.

  19. Readings and testimonies — what a healing service!

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