First Church of Christ, Scientist

Sharing Christian Science in Laguna Beach, CA

Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love -- be it song, sermon, or Science -- blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Finding inspiration in music

The Christian Science church in Laguna Beach appreciates fine music. According to church history, music — especially hymns — was an everyday occurrence in the home of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.  In establishing her concept of church, music had to play a part.  The hymns, accompanied by either organ or piano, were intended to spiritualize the thought of the congregation rather than to create a diversion from the sermon or to entertain.

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Let us make a joyful noise

The church uses a pipe organ (M.P. Moller Opus 9509, 1961ca.), and a Baldwin parlor grand piano (Model L, 1975). The latter is particularly useful accompaniment for solos because many of them were written for piano and voice. Musicians need not be members of the Christian Science church, but they should be excellent musicians with an open respectful thought.


Further reading

Articles about music sometimes appear in one of the Christian Science magazines published by The Christian Science Publishing Society, including The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel. The links shown below are just a few examples:


(Article contributed by Betty Everett, Music Chairperson, 2022)