First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
- Ps. 100:1-5
1Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
- Ps. 107:1-9, 14, 19-22, 42 (to :), 43
1O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
... 14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
... 19Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
... 42The righteous shall see it, and rejoice:
... 43Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.
Testimonies by Christian Scientists appropriate for the occasion
Hymn 520: “Let all things now living A song of thanksgiving”
The Scientific Statement of Being: From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, (p. 468, line 8): There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth, matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal, matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and Man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual. Correlative Scripture (I John 3:1-3): Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
II Cor. 4:15Amen
15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.