The Privilege of Church Membership

It has frequently been remarked that Christian Scientists are recognizable by their uniformly happy attitude toward life, and their more than ordinary appreciation of whatever of good may enter their experience. This blessed condition is readily acknowledged by them to be the result of their putting into practice the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy and participating in the activities of her church organization.

The privileges of church membership are increasingly valued as an understanding of the purpose of the Christian Science church is developed. As recorded in the "Historical Sketch" on page 17 of the Manual of The Mother Church, it was our Leader's purpose "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." This purpose is to be embraced as his own by each member of the church. Realizing the need for applied Christianity, Scientists are mindful to provide increasing individual proof of the healing power of Truth.

The new member, in gratefully and meekly accepting some service in his church, for which he is qualified, should bring to his work freshness and enthusiasm which encourage and strengthen the older workers who have labored long through the pioneer years, or the earlier growth of the church, and are ready to relinquish some of their primary duties for still higher usefulness necessary to the Cause. The new member, on the other hand, benefits by their experience and example in preserving, through obedience, the precious trust committed to their keeping.

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"The law of good"
January 16, 1937

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