The services in all Christian Science churches have a specific purpose, in the fulfilment of which all members are equally interested and all have an opportunity to share. The discouraged, the sick, and the sinful come to these services, and notwithstanding their seeming condition or their creeds, they are healed, some by a single attendance. There are constant proofs that these services heal, and yet the demonstration is but just begun. The church usher is usually on the alert for "the stranger that is within thy gates," and it is frequently to him that strangers express their gratitude for the bright, cleanly church, the helpful service, and for the love which the congregation reflects.

An usher, in the performance of his duties, is like the vanguard of an army. He should be possessed of great Christian courtesy, so as not to give offense, but rather to predispose the stranger favorably to the service. Usually he is a member of the church, and should be a progressive Christian Scientist, capable of keeping himself in spiritual poise, ready to meet any manifestation of error if it should seek to make its appearance. Even a partial appreciation of the benefits to be derived from the church service may be accepted as a sufficient reason for his invariable punctuality, while the responsiveness of the congregation makes his work of seating them a pleasure, and the loving thought which they reflect assists him in his spiritual work and in his demonstration of the truth. The writer has found the belief untrue that punctuality is a difficult demonstration; on the contrary, it is a pleasure and a benefit. In one of her letters to The Mother Church (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 149) Mrs. Eddy asks that all be invited to "bring what they possess of love and light to help leaven your loaf;" and to see a congregation thus assembling is an inspiration to all who avail themselves of this opportunity.

October 31, 1908

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