Wednesday Testimony Meeting

7p ET

(We will be live by 6:50p)

ORDER OF SERVICES



  1. Hymn.

  2. Reading from the BIBLE, and correlative passages from SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.

  3. Silent Prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer, its spiritual interpretation being omitted.

  4. Hymn.

  5. Announcing necessary notices.

  6. Experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science.

  7. Closing Hymn.

The subject for this week's Wednesday testimony meeting is: "I Turn to Thee God"

 

The word "turn" means "to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end or to change one's course or direction" (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary).

 

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy states, "Every step towards goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency towards God, Spirit." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (S&H) p. 213).  God is Spirit, and to turn to Him is to turn toward Spirit and away from a material sense of life with all that it includes.  Yet a turning from material thinking to the consistent contemplation of spiritual ideas brings "our gaze in the right direction..."(S&H p.248).

 

A turning to God requires a preparation of the heart. One must be willing to trust God's infinite ability to bless.  He must become humble enough to desire to be cleansed of all impure thought and childlike enough to be obedient to all the demands of Truth, God. Mary Baker Eddy states, "Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea." (S&H 323) Praying for a deeper understanding of God will most assuredly turn us toward God, "...like tired children to the arms of divine Love." (S&H p. 322).  

 

Jonah learned that obediently turning to God allowed him to turn--change course--and saved him (and his shipmates) from sinking out to sea, kept him safe in the belly of a whale, and gave him the courage to "walk in the light and turn away from a false material sense" (S&H p. 510); and ultimately turned the people of Nineveh to be believers in God.  Christian Science has revealed and charted for all time to come the spiritual path all must eventually take. "When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels,--towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man." (S&H p. 276).

 

Quote:

 

"Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light."  (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 458)

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HYMNS

Hymn 510

In Love divine all earth-born fear and sorrow
Fade as the dark when dawn pours forth her light;
And understanding prayer is fully answered,
When trustingly we turn to God aright.

And as on wings of faith we soar and worship,
Held by God's love above the shadows dim,
Hushed in the grandeur of a heart's awakening,
Unfolds a joy unknown till found in Him.

Then in this radiant light of adoration,
We know that man beloved is in God's care,
Not wrapped in fear nor bowed with tired labor,
But satisfied, complete, divinely fair.
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 510)


Hymn 56

Father, Thou joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,
From all the best that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again.

Ever our longings turn to Thee,
O Thou on whom our care we cast;
Rejoicing when Thy smile we see,
And blest when faith can hold Thee fast.

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee Thou art good;
To them that find Thee, All in all.
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 56)

Hymn 115

Holy Father, Thou hast taught us
We should live to Thee alone;
Year by year, Thy hand hath brought us
On through dangers oft unknown.
When we wandered, Thou hast found us;
When we doubted, sent us light;
Still Thine arm has been around us,
All our paths were in Thy sight.

We would trust in Thy protecting,
Wholly rest upon Thine arm,
Follow wholly Thy directing,
Thou our only guard from harm.
Keep us from our own undoing,
Help us turn to Thee when tried,
Still our strength in Thee renewing,
Keep us ever at Thy side.
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 115)