One may believe in the efficacy of Christian Science as a remedial agent; he may prefer to trust himself in the hands of a practitioner of this faith rather than to employ a physician; he may enjoy attending the church services, and yet not be a Christian Scientist. Some one has tersely said, "When I first came into Christian Science, I thought only of how much I could get out of it; now I am trying to see how much error I can get rid of. I now see that the individual who is trying to rise spiritually while clinging to the errors of mortal mind, is like a ballon with too much ballast."

A true Christian Scientist is one who is daily striving to destroy error in his own thought, and who through self-immolation is rising each day into a holier and more spiritual consciousness. The desire to show his gratitude for the benefits received through Christian Science is best expressed by his constant endeavor to help his fellow-men and to be of service in his immediate environment. One method of accomplishing this is to accept a responsibility which certainly rests upon every Christian Scientist, namely, the responsibility of helping to make the services at his church a success. He should go to the meetings with the idea of giving as much help as possible, rather than with the thought of receiving only.

The real success of our meetings is not dependent upon good reading, good music, or good speaking. All these are contributory factors, but their influence for good may be greatly enhanced by harmony of thought among the members of the congregation. Few can be readers or musicians ; not all feel themselves fitted to speak in public ; but every one can keep his or her thought so filled with love that much impersonal healing will be done. In this way every member of the congregation may take a most important part in the services, for the Christian Science meetings are successful in proportion to the help which is given and to the healing which is accomplished.

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January 28, 1911

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