The Mother Church

Perhaps many times students of Christian Science who are members of a branch church become so interested in working out the problems that present themselves for solution in each individual branch church, that they neglect to devote time to prayerful work for The Mother Church. Metaphysical work is necessary and highly important to sustain and protect the activities of our branch churches, but the work that needs to be done for a branch church must not loom so large in our thought that our view becomes narrowed and we forget to protect our thinking in regard to the activities of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts.

In her Message to The Mother Church for 1900, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has written (p. 2), "The song of Christian Science is, 'Work—work—work—watch and pray.'" This admonition should keep us ever alert and working. The Mother Church was established in Boston by our Leader, and we should take as great an interest in its many activities as we do in those which seem nearer home, namely, those of our individual branch church. The Mother Church is the main vine. If we were expecting to see fruit on the branch, would it not be necessary to do more than just care for the branch alone? We would give of our time and work to see that the main vine was watered and properly tended, for then we would be sure of a good harvest from each branch that proceeded from the well-cared-for vine.

A student of Christian Science was very quickly healed of a painful physical condition one morning by thinking more universally in regard to the Cause of Christian Science, putting out of thought the belief of an imperfect physical body that needed to be healed. He proved that one will receive a blessing when one puts self out of the way and works with an unselfed love for all mankind. As Jesus has said: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

The Necessity of Renouncing Evil
June 1, 1940

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.