Church Work

In the "Historical Sketch," which appears on page 17 of the Church Manual, the following occurs: "At a meeting of the Christian Scientist Association, April 12, 1879, on motion of Mrs. Eddy, it was voted,—To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." No plainer statement than that could be made as to the raison d'etre of the Church of Christ, Scientist. And the members of this church may always test their work by the extent to which it approximates the standard set by Christ Jesus.

The aim of the Church of Christ, Scientist, as stated above, should ever be before the Christian Scientist. To carry it out organization is necessary; hence, The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, and its branch churches and societies throughout the world. The Mother Church has its Manual for direction and guidance; the branches also have the Manual as well as their own by-laws, setting forth, among other things, the manner of election of each church's board of directors or trustees, its Readers, clerk, and treasurer; its committees. To ensure successful work, the membership should strive loyally to abide by the Manual and the by-laws of their branch church.

While the Church Manual and the by-laws of branch churches afford guidance to members and regulate procedure, spiritually mental work is needed—is indeed indispensable—in connection with every department of church work. Consider, for example, the Sunday and Wednesday services, which are of the utmost value to mankind as well as to the members themselves. The whole church membership has a responsibility for them. All should therefore give liberally of their time definitely to realize for these services that God, Truth, being infinite, Truth alone has reality and power; also, that since God is infinite good and evil consequently unreal, no obstructive or destructive thought in reality exists to interfere with the services, keep the sincere seeker for Truth from them, prevent the truth from being apprehended and understandingly declared, hold back the testimonies of healing at testimony meetings, or stifle the harmony and gladness which should animate every student of Christian Science.

December 7, 1935

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