Cooperative Ushering

To be "a doorkeeper in the house of my God" implies the activity of vigilance in individual consciousness, securing orderly entrance for constructive thoughts. And when one finds that the definition of "usher" includes "doorkeeper," it becomes incumbent upon an appointee to ushership in a Christian Science church to begin work in his own mental house, as well as to be prepared for the outward service involved in the particular station wherein he may be called to assist.

Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, realized how great is the privilege of serving our Cause in the capacity of usher, and in response to a letter from the ushers of The Mother Church, extended to them her thanks "for ushering into our church the hearers and the doers of God's Word" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 352). Veritable joy of service is experienced when one is enabled to unite in any way with the spiritual motivation leading heavenward—harmony-ward—in the Christian Science movement.

In the work of an usher many qualities are called for that make for consistent living, such as promptness, alertness, obedience, and compassion; also, there is a good example to be presented, and the supremacy of the eternal law of God's government to be demonstrated. The competency of ushership attained through the attentive application of such virtues, tends toward the spiritual progress so desirable to every one who has awakened to its inevitable necessity.

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Man, the Reflection of Spirit
December 27, 1924

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