Among the Churches

Marquette, Mich.—First Church of Christ, Scientist, began on Easter Sunday to hold regular monthly services at the Upper Peninsula Branch Prison. This is the institution to which come the long-term and life prisoners, there bring no capital punishment in this state. At present there are three hundred and thirty-one inmates, fifty of them being in for life. Attendance at divine service is not compulsory, but at our first meeting about one hundred and sixty were present, and at the second, one hundred and eighty. The regular order of service, with the omission of one hymn and the notices, is used, the hymns being sung by the church soloist.

The lessons have been so wonderfully appropriate to the occasion, the first one being "Probation after Death," and the second, "Adam and Fallen Man," that the first reader announced emphatically that these Lesson-Sermons were read by all Christian Science churches all over the world on these particular Sundays. The men listen with the closest attention, and nearly all of them avail themselves of the literature brought for distribution and left by the door when they go down to their cells. The prison wardens tell us that we draw a larger proportion of the men than other denominations do. The readers and musicians consider this work a great privilege, and they are very grateful for the opportunity to spread the gospel of good works in such a place.


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The Lectures
June 20, 1914

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