Our Attitude before Services

The book of Ecclesiastes is rich in counsel for the ordering of our daily lives. The first seven verses of the fifth chapter may be applied to our attitude in attendance at church. In these verses, the respect and reverence that should characterize the actions and motives of those who approach the house of God are indicated: "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give. ... Let thy words be few. ... For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God." The reverent attitude is that of quiet and earnest thought. Irreverence, a state deplored by the writer of Ecclesiastes, points to a lack of such thought.

When attending the Sunday services, Wednesday evening testimony meetings, or lectures, in The Mother Church or one of its branches, we may well follow the above advice and keep watch over our thoughts. No sense of crowding human activities or cares should be allowed to enter the church with us to rob us, and perhaps others, of rightful attention and its fruitage. Creation belongs to God, and divine Principle is to be relied upon for the harmony of our homes, children, friends, business. Confidence in God enables us to empty our thought of all that is unlike God. Then, freed through reverence, we draw near to hear the spoken word of Truth. Those who approach church prepared to listen attentively are active partakers in the service, benefiting and being benefited by it.

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