WEDNESDAY EVENING MEETINGS

Many helpful points of view concerning the testimony or Wednesday evening meetings have been given Christian Scientists from time to time in our periodicals, and the writer feels greatly indebted to the editors and contributors who have thus offered the field the benefit of their experience in this most important branch of the work; but he would like to call attention to one aspect of this occasion which has impressed itself upon him with special force.

Turning to the Manual of The Mother Church, we find that the Wednesday evening meeting is specifically denoted a meeting, whereas the Sunday gatherings are denoted services. We may therefore justly conclude that in making this distinction, Mrs. Eddy had some special purpose in view. Although the writer will not venture to interpret the Manual, nevertheless he feels justified in pointing out that a meeting is not so formal or set in its character as a service. A service is necessarily prearranged and carried through exclusively by persons appointed for the purpose; in the case of a Christian Science service, by two persons denominated the readers. A meeting, on the other hand, while it generally follows a regular order of procedure, also makes provision for that which is not intended to be prearranged, but is left to the inspiration of the moment. In other words, a meeting always opens the way for the element of spontaneity. In Christian Science the Wednesday evening meeting makes room for this element during the time set apart for testimonies.

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