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October 2, 2023

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Based on the teachings of Christ Jesus & the power of the Christ to inspire and heal.

This week's Sentinel Watch podcast 

Prayer - What's it all about?

October 2 to 8

Guest: Bob Cochran

When this week’s guest last joined us on Sentinel Watch, he made a startling statement: He’d been praying two to three hours at a stretch each day. “Really?” asked listeners. “How does he do that?” Bob joins us again this week to share his insights about prayer - what it means to pray and how to stick with it.

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Most loved Psalm

Sheep following their shepherd

The 23rd Psalm is the best known and most loved of all the Psalms.

Visitors come to our website

The cherished 23rd Psalm brings more people to our SoCal website than anything else we share. Bible verses, and especially this Psalm, are loved by people of faith globally.

A talk that walks you through the 23rd Psalm

From Third Church, New York City, view an inspiring talk by Lona Ingwerson on the 23rd Psalm. Watch video.

From Science and Health*

Mary Baker Eddy says, "In the following Psalm one word shows, though faintly, the light which Christian Science throws on the Scriptures by substituting for the corporeal sense, the incorporeal or spiritual sense of Deity: —


[DIVINE LOVE] is my shepherd; I shall not want.

[LOVE] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [LOVE] leadeth me beside the still waters.

[LOVE] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [LOVE] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [LOVE] is with me; [LOVE’S] rod and [LOVE’S] staff they comfort me.

[LOVE] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: [LOVE] anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [LOVE] for ever.

*Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 577:32-18.


Check out our one-stop "Events" page on for local and online events and podcasts!

You will find inspiring events and online audio and video programs from the Christian Science Monitor, the Mary Baker Eddy Library, and The Mother Church (The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA).

Los Angeles, CA - In-person Lecture - HOW SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION BRINGS HEALING - October 6, 2023 at 7:00 PM - Alexandre Fischer, Speaker

San Diego, CA - In-person Lecture - HOW SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION BRINGS HEALING - October 12, 2023 at 7:00 PM - Alexandre Fischer, Speaker

Palos Verde-Hermosa Beach. CA - In-person Lecture - MEANINGFUL CHANGE FOR OURSELVES AND THE WORLD - October 15, 2023 at 2:00 PM - Mark McCurties, Speaker

Los Angeles, CA (Brentwood) - In-person Lecture - BE SET FREE - October 19, 2023 at 7:30 PM - Nicole Virgil, Speaker

Escondido, CA - In-person Lecture - NEVER TOO LATE TO EXPERIENCE FREEDOM - October 22, 2023 at 2:00 PM - Patricia Woodard, Speaker

More talks

Special events

Thanksgiving Day - November 23, 2023 - A national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. Join in a special Thanksgiving service held in Christian Science Churches in the US.

Master calendar

View a recap of all events you will find throughout our website, including SoCal talks, special events, church services, youth activities, regional committee meetings, care facility events and more! 

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Church Services

  • Our SoCal churches offer services in person, online and via phone on Sundays and Wednesdays. Check with individual churches for times of services.

  • If you are new to Christian Science, you will find our church services a quiet atmosphere for healing prayer and spiritual growth.

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Enjoy inspiring ideas from this week's Bible Lesson

Are Sin, Disease

and Death Real?

October 2 to 8

You can hear this lesson read at any Christian Science Church on Sunday.

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I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Psalms 17:15

"Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God. Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of Life." Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 243:27–30

Refection of a mountain in a lake


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Lesson at Sunday service

This Bible Lesson will be the focus of Sunday church services at all Christian Science churches this Sunday.

Weekly Bible Lens

Find out more about this Bible Lesson in the "Bible Lens" section of this week's issue of the Christian Science Sentinel at any Christian Science Reading Room or go to JSH Online if you subscribe to the periodicals online.

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