The Wednesday Evening Service

To the Editor:—Apropos of your wise and timely editorial, in a late number of the Sentinel, regarding the testimonies given at the weekly meetings, permit me to add a word of suggestion respecting the conduct of the service.

In the beginning of Christian Science, when there were but a very few active participants in this service, it was natural and proper that a considerable part of the hour should be given to the reading from the Bible and Science and Health. Unfortunately, some of the Readers have continued the custom long after the conditions were so changed as to render it incongruous.

The writer recently attended a service where, though there were at least a dozen active Scientists present, including himself and one or two other visitors, more than half the hour was consumed in the reading of an entire chapter from the Bible, a yet longer selection, which included many distinct topics, from Science and Health, and all the hymns in full. As a result the time for the testimonies was altogether inadequate, and the service was much less effective—less significant to inquirers—than it would have been had the readings been topical and more brief.

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"My Ships."
November 29, 1900

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