EASTON — Nearly 30 members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, congregation gathered for a morning service Thursday, Nov. 28, to celebrate Thanksgiving by reflecting on scripture and community.

Readers Christopher Shays and Tom Hill, along with soloist Maureen Curtin, led the service with readings from the Bible and responsorial psalms for those in attendance. The congregation also reflected on lessons from “Science and Health,” from Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science religion.

“Come into his presence for thanksgiving, and in his hand is all power of nations. See to him and be joyous, congregations, with psalms of gratitude and praise unto God the father,” Shays said.

Shays read the official 2019 Thanksgiving proclamation by the White House, which noted the role of pilgrims, Native Americans and patriots.

The congregation concluded the service by the faithful testifying as to what they were thankful for this holiday.

“On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our creator,” Shays said as he read the proclamation. “Nearly four centuries ago, determined individuals with a hopeful vision of a more prosperous life made a pilgrimage to a distant land. Those who survived remained unwavering in their faith of a future rich with liberty and freedom.”

First Church of Christ, Scientist, at 501 S. Washington St., holds regular Sunday services from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a weekly Bible lesson sermon. A lunchtime focused reading session on timely topics is held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

“The canonical writings, together with the word of our textbook, corroborate and explain the Bible text in their spiritual import and application to all ages,” Shays said. “It constitutes a sermon not divorced from truth. It is uncontaminated and unfettered by human hypotheses.”

Those interested in further reading on the roots and tenets of the Christian Science religion also are invited to make use of the reading room for study from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information, visit www.cseaston.org.

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