Ushers of Our Church

In his letter to the Romans, Paul declares that we are "one body in Christ;" and he also states that we are "every one members one of another." In his first letter to the Corinthians he brings this home very clearly, showing that all the members, even "those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary," and have their important functions. The specific work assigned to each member is requisite; and it is also highly important in order that the whole body may remain sound and healthy, that no one of the members should suffer. Some of the members of the body may seem to be of more importance than others, but they are all necessary in order to form a complete body.

Paul gives us another lesson when he points out that no one of the members has any right to say of another, "I have no need of you." As it is among the bodily members, even so it is in our church membership. A certain committee or office may appear to be more important than another, just as the head has, apparently, a more prominent position than the arm among the members of the body; but a consecrated, unselfish, and loving cooperation of all the members is needed if our church is to keep sound, prosperous, and fruitful.

To be an usher in a Christian Science church may seem to be of small importance; and so it will be if it is looked upon merely as an opportunity to hand a Hymnal or a Christian Science Quarterly in a friendly way to some visitor at our services, or to help someone merely to occupy a comfortable seat. Whether one has been active as an usher for many years, or has been newly appointed to the post, there is always opportunity to improve one's understanding of this work through spiritual thinking. Christian Science points out that we must think rightly, since the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, declares in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 335) that "nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal."

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April 5, 1930

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