The Readership

There are no personal pastors in the Christian Science church. The Bible and the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," are its pastor, ordained as such by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and the author of its textbook. The Sunday Lesson-Sermons consist of Scriptural texts with their correlative passages from Science and Health, read by First and Second Readers. There is no ritual about these Lesson-Sermons, no display in the reading of them. To read understandingly should be the humble, earnest prayer of every Reader in every Christian Science church throughout the world. In speaking of Readers (Church Manual, Art. III, Sect. 6), Mrs. Eddy says. "They shall read understandingly and be well educated."

To be a Reader, to read God's Word—the Bible and Science and Health—to the congregation, is a great and sacred privilege. But much more than the actual reading of the Word is demanded. A humble desire is necessary on the Reader's part to know and to do God's will. This signifies daily consecration and prayer; it means to "hunger and thirst after righteousness," daily to seek the kingdom of God and dwell therein. It is to be alert and watchful, to express love and gratitude and joy.

Science, Law, and Punishment
December 11, 1943

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