Welcome to First Church of Christ, Scientist
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Welcome, and thank you for visiting First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chattanooga online. We love the fact that you are taking a genuine interest in finding out more about Christian Science. We are here to help you make your journey a pleasant and joyful one!
We offer Sunday Services and Sunday School, Wednesday evening testimony meetings, a service on Thanksgiving Day morning, childcare at all in-person services, a Christian Science Reading Room, and an annual talk on Christian Science.
The weekly Bible Lessons in the Christian Science Quarterly offer ideas and inspiration that comfort, heal, and lead to a deeper understanding of God’s goodness. Each year the Quarterly includes a special Thanksgiving Lesson, which is studied by individuals and shared at Thanksgiving church services around the world. The Chattanooga Thanksgiving Service is on Thursday, November 26, 2020, at 10am ET. Join by phone or online here.
In the Thanksgiving Lesson, we discover God as the source of all good and see how natural it is to experience and rejoice in His daily gifts of mercy, grace, and abundance. You're invited to dive in, explore, study, and share this special message of love with family, friends, and neighbors.
Download the Thanksgiving Bible Lesson or read it online in English, German, Spanish, or French here.
Read an article by the Research Staff of The Mary Baker Eddy Library, giving the historical background of the creation of this special service called "The Thanksgiving Day Service and 'the good already received' " here.
A grateful heart a garden is
By Susan Mack
CD - His tender Love and Watchful Care
A grateful heart a garden is,
Where there is always room
For every lovely, Godlike grace
To come to perfect bloom.
A grateful heart a fortress is,
A staunch and rugged tower,
Where God's omnipotence, revealed,
Girds man with mighty power.
A grateful heart a temple is,
A shrine so pure and white,
Where angels of His presence keep
Calm watch by day or night.
Grant then, dear Father-Mother, God,
Whatever else befall,
This largess of a grateful heart
That loves and blesses all.
(The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 3)
ORDER OF SERVICES
2. Reading the Thanksgiving Proclamation of the President of the United States, or the Governor of the state, or both.
3. Reading a Scriptural Selection.
4. Silent Prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation.
6. Reading the Explanation Note on the first leaf of the Quarterly.
7. Announcing the subject of the Lesson-Sermon, and reading the Golden Text.
8. Responsive Reading by the First Reader and the congregation.
9. Reading the Lesson-Sermon prepared by the Bible Lesson Committee.
11. Testimonies by Christian Scientists, appropriate for the occasion.
13. Reading the Scientific Statement of Being, and the correlative Scripture according to I John 3:1-3.
14. Pronouncing Benediction.
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing,
To sing of God's goodness as year turns to year.
We gather professing Your grace and Your blessing,
With thanks for the gospel that gathers us here.
Your Spirit consoles us. We're safe in Your keeping.
When roads are uncharted, Your love shows the way.
Where new hope is springing You fill us with singing;
Your presence delights us with each dawning day.
What, then, can we give You in praise for our journey,
When all the earth's treasures were Yours from the start?
We offer our labor, our love for our neighbors,
Our gifts and the worship of each hand and heart.
(The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 593)
Let all things now living
A song of thanksgiving
To God our creator triumphantly raise;
Who fashioned and made us,
Protected and stayed us,
By guiding us forward throughout all our days.
God's angels are o'er us,
Pure light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night:
Till shadows have vanished,
All fearfulness banished,
As forward we travel from light into Light.
By law God enforces,
The stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains,
The rivers and fountains,
The depths of the ocean proclaim God divine.
We, too, should be voicing
Our love and rejoicing
With glad adoration, a song let us raise:
Let all things now living
Unite in thanksgiving,
To God in the highest, hosanna and praise.
(The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 520)
This is the day, this is the day,
This is the day that God has made!
Open, now open the doorways of justice,
Let us be glad as we pass through those gates.
There is the place where the righteous may enter,
Singing to God with thanksgiving and praise.
I will sing praises because You have heard me,
Offering salvation with grace upon grace.
Turning the stone that the builders rejected,
Into the cornerstone, rock of our faith.
It is the Lord who has done all these wonders;
I have seen marvelous, marvelous things.
This is the day that the Lord has created;
Join the rejoicing as every heart sings.
(The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 586)
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Church services and Sunday School are being held online and our Reading Room is physically closed but active on our socials (FB/Insta) until further notice. We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the Tennessee Governor’s Office, and reviewing them at least monthly. These recommendations "strongly encourage" faith communities to “conduct as many activities as possible remotely.”
"Genuine Christian Scientists are, or should be, the most systematic and law-abiding people on earth, because their religion demands implicit adherence to fixed rules, in the orderly demonstration thereof."
Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 87