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.

Church-related healings

A few years ago when I was serving as First Reader, I began to feel very ill during a Wednesday testimony meeting and had to lean on the lectern for support. I listened earnestly to what I was reading and managed to keep going, but when it was time to announce silent prayer and the Lord’s Prayer, I thought I would have to stand down and let someone else take over. Then, I remembered something I’d read in the Church Manual: “The prayers in Christian Science churches shall be offered for the congregations collectively and exclusively” (Article VIII, Sect. 5, p. 42). I thought about how the prayers are for everyone here, including me. During silent prayer, I acknowledged that the whole church was full of prayers that were for me and the congregation. By the time we had finished saying the Lord’s Prayer together, I was completely well.

Sarah Gall — Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom

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