Church Work

The building of Christian Science churches is one form of outward expression of the gratitude of Christian Science students for the demonstrable knowledge of God's unfailing goodness which they have gained through the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy. In their beautiful simplicity these churches and their services represent the thanksgiving of those whose hearts overflow with gratitude for the healing, protecting, regenerating touch of divine Love which they have experienced. Naturally, one who has received much desires to share that which has been given to him; and Christian Science students, by maintaining a constantly increasing number of churches, are enabling others to learn more about the living God, and to be blessed as they themselves have been.

One who gives expression to gratitude has opened his thought to perceive and acquire still greater blessings. Therefore the student who participates in church work finds that he receives in return more than he gives, growing himself as he helps the church to grow, and learning valuable lessons for himself in character building, the coordinating of activity, the adjusting of relationships, and in dedicating thought to God.

Readiness for church membership is something to be carefully, prayerfully sought. The separation from the old and the acceptance of the new, implied in affiliation with The Mother Church or one of its branches, are joyous steps forward in progress. No one, however, needs to defer, until he is a member, the giving of his cheerful obedience to all that makes for the order and harmony of the service and his support by thought, word, and deed to all of the church activities. Nor is anyone, either as an attendant or a member of a church, barred by location, circumstance, or condition from helping in some measure. If he cannot give the work which he wishes, he can give of his right thinking, knowing that the power of good is illimitable in its beneficence. If he cannot give all the money that he desires to give, he can give gladly of what he has, knowing that God will multiply; and he can add to it a generous amount of smiles and words of loving-kindness to those whom he meets.

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Avoiding Faultfinding
December 3, 1927

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