"Experiences, testimonies, and remarks"

Mrs. Eddy expressed wonderful care for the Wednesday evening meetings when she prescribed their order of service in the Church Manual (p. 122). Here she has presented the perfect plan for their conduct; and all Christian Scientists should rejoice that such simple, definite rules have been given for the protection and advancement of these meetings. As in all that Mrs. Eddy did in establishing the movement of Christian Science, every necessary point has been covered, and nothing unnecessary included. Under God's direct guidance she has thus prepared that which has already brought forth rich fruitage, and will continue to result in blessing for the whole world.

While the members of all Christian Science churches and societies are deeply interested in this entire order of service, and while each one has his own responsibility in bringing to these meetings a loving, reverent interest, as well as a willingness to participate in every portion of them, there is, perhaps, no part which concerns each member more deeply than that which is presented when the Reader—in accordance with the order given in the Manual—announces, "This meeting is now open for experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science." This provides a very bulwark of protection for the meetings, since herein God has provided the law for every member of His church. "Experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science"! These alone may be considered during the time allotted to them. None may wander outside of them; none may be kept from expressing themselves in conformity with them. Here is liberty, but no room for license.

Among the Churches
May 12, 1923

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