Sometimes , in attending Christian Science services, a vague desire has formulated itself in the writer's mind that the same rule which prevails in Quaker meetings as to silence preceding service might be established here. The need has been felt so often that perhaps this thought has occurred to others also, hence the hint; for each follower of the faith which sets free, craves above all things else the most effective and helpful results from every service. To many, the quiet hour so necessary to those who have learned the way in Christian Science, is not always easy to find at home, especially on Sunday morning. Perhaps they go to church early, in order that they may be still, thus getting into that receptive mental attitude to which alone the greatest good can come. That the quiet they seek should be disturbed in any way, brings a sense of disappointment, especially as the scraps of conversation are about all sorts of things, and they do not usually come from the stranger who may be within our gates.

The comradeship existing among Scientists, the joy with which they love to chat with one another, bubbles forth on all occasions, and it is something to rejoice over. Having a value, helpfulness, and delight all its own, it also has a place in the time and opportunity after church service, when friend gladly meets friend. Each individual who seeks help from a Christian Science service, desiring it in all its fulness, generously wishes it quite as much for every one attending that service, particularly for those who may be present for the first time. Knowing himself the value of the good received, he is eager to have every one else "taste and see."

August 23, 1913

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