The Church of Christ, Scientist in Montrose recently announced the election of two new readers. Dr. Raymond Burkhart of Tujunga will serve for three years as first reader, and Christy Mason, also of Tujunga, will serve as second reader.
“Instead of personal preaching, the pastor of our church is two books – the Bible and ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures’ by Mary Baker Eddy, which is the textbook of Christian Science,” said Burkhart. “Like other Christian denominations, Christian Science services include singing and other music, and the Lord’s Prayer, but our sermons are comprised of readings from these two books that bring out the spiritual realities of life and how God’s law results in healing, as Christ Jesus demonstrated it. Our church deeply loves all the people who walk by the church and Christian Science Reading Room. We always welcome visitors.”
The main job of the readers is to read the weekly Bible lesson sermon on Sundays. The first reader also prepares and gives brief readings at Wednesday evening meetings, which include testimonies of healing and sharing useful insights for daily practice among those attending.
The church at 2406 Honolulu Ave. is a branch of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, which was founded in 1879 by Eddy, a leading public speaker, healer, teacher and best-selling author. Sunday Services and Sunday school are at 11a.m.; Wednesday evening meetings are at 7:30 p.m.