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The following was written in support of Church Alive, a focus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, that explores the meaning and possibilities of awakening to the spiritual basis and impact of Church.
I have had healings during church services that made me realize that Christian Science church services are healing services. Here is one example:
One Wednesday evening I was not feeling well, but felt impelled to attend church. The Bible and Science and Health readings were on “innocence.” To be exact, childlike purity. A friend from work, a year or so earlier, had spoken to me about a problem she was working on and how a Christian Science practitioner reminded her that she was innocent, pure, and strong. That is a fact—innocence is a power. Innocence is a quality of God and we all possess this quality!
I was totally immersed in the readings—hearing about my purity, my innate innocence, and my freedom from any burdens of sin or disease.
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About the author
Patti Thorson Paul is a Christian Science practitioner in Snohomish, Washington.
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My prayer in Pakistan
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Safe in combat
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Expectancy and comfort
A spiritual model to guide government
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Spiritual alertness on a trip abroad
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Three great challenges in the next decade
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To master the challenge
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An angel message heals
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