Among the Churches

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Asbury Park, N. J. (First Church) (Excerpt from Dedication Service address). —In the year 1906 the instantaneous healing through Christian Science of a disease which had been treated by doctors for years led two earnest students of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, to commence reading the Lesson-Sermon in their own home, prayerfully desiring that God would send them help to carry out their endeavors. Their prayer was answered by one appearing in their midst, then another and another, until the number reached eleven. . . . In 1911, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Asbury Park, was formed and incorported.

We are grateful for our church, knowing there is no reality in matter; since "all is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation" (Science and Health, p. 468). Every step of the way has meant the trampling down of personal sense and the exaltation of spiritual sense. The truth revealed by God to Mrs. Eddy and discerned to some extent by the members, through strict adherence to the teachings of Christian Science, has brought us where we are to-day. The sick have been healed, weary ones living in the belief that matter governed them, instead of Spirit, have been saved and comforted. We are knowing to-day that the Christ is here; and we have perfect assurance as we follow more closely in the sacred footsteps of the Master, the Way-shower, who said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel," and, "Heal the sick." We shall be led on still further, to do the greater things that he did, as promised by Jesus, the Way-shower, namely, the overcoming and destruction of all belief in sin, sickness, and death, not only in ourselves, but in all who desire to see the new heaven and the new earth, where God is revealed,—the temple "not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

The Lectures
November 1, 1922

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