Ushering

The work of ushering in Christian Science churches is not confined to the directing of persons to seats. While such work is necessary, the motive and desire expressed in the ushering are of paramount importance. The mental attitude of an usher will be expressed in all his work; and when his consciousness is filled with love for God and man, this will be manifested in poise, patience, serenity, and kindness. Any usher who maintains these qualities in his consciousness will be fortified against the disturbing and confusing suggestions of mortal mind that would try to prevent him from performing his duties in an orderly and harmonious manner. Paul was aware of the necessity of keeping one's consciousness filled with love, when he admonished the Ephesians, "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

One of the essential qualities needed by an usher in order to maintain a high standard in his work, is obedience. In "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 117), "Obedience is the offspring of Love; and Love is the Principle of unity, the basis of all right thinking and acting; it fulfils the law." Obedience necessitates punctuality and regularity in attendance at the services. Constant alertness opens added opportunities to be of loving service. There should be continuous endeavor to demonstrate the truth that man is always in his right place, always under the control of the unerring divine Principle. Faithful obedience to the few simple rules needed to guide the ushers in their work will assure the co-operation so necessary for harmony and unity of action. Obedience to the law of Love should be the desire of every usher who is striving for perfection in his ushering.

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