Christian Science in Oklahoma

Sunday morning, July 23, amid sunshine, music, and sweet harmony the Scientists of El Reno, in Oklahoma Territory, held their initial services in their little home on Capitol Hill. The pure white reading-desk was bedecked with flowers and lovely plants, as was the organ. The white walls and white wood-work, the former ornamented with appropriate mottoes, were all in harmony with the pure teachings of Science. About forty persons were in attendance, and the services were impressive. The congregational singing was hearty and sincere. Mrs. H. J. Williamson of Kansas, sang, the Communion Hymn, and "Nearer, my God, to Thee," was rendered by Mrs. Williamson. Mrs. R. S. Turlock, and Mr. E. J. Simpson.

Before reading the lesson of the day, the First Reader, Miss Lena Weischedel, delivered the following address:—

Let us observe this saying and learn a lesson in being obedient, "As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." This saying is not confined alone to Jesus, but includes all who accept his teachings. Disobedience applies not only to Adam, but to all who obey the law of sin; and Paul said, in Romans, 6:16, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness." Jesus is the way; we must become like him. How much we owe to Mrs. Eddy for revealing to this age again the Gospel that Jesus lived, and taught others to live! I know whereof I speak, for I was raised from helplessness to strength by the understanding received from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" that God is the only power; therefore, no other power could rule over me.

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In The Mother Church
October 26, 1899

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