The Christian Science Usher

Every activity in support of the Cause of Christian Science, as established by its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, is intended primarily to heal; for healing, through bringing to mankind the right understanding of God, is the natural effect of Christian Science. Each activity of the Christian Science church, therefore, may be thought of as having its purpose and plan in this healing, and to the extent that healing is accomplished, does each activity fulfill the intention of our Leader.

To serve as usher in a Christian Science church is a very great privilege, and one that, rightly used, will bring healing to the usher, to his church, and to those attending it. This service means far more than merely showing members and visitors to their seats and taking the collection. That is necessary, and should be done quietly and efficiently; but the mere physical activity is the smallest part of the work. The real meaning of the work in its higher sense may well be condensed into one word from the dictionary definition of usher, and that word is "harbinger."

A harbinger, as we know, is a forerunner, a messenger, and Isaiah said (Isa. 52:7): "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" Christian Science is publishing, offering, salvation and peace to all mankind, and we as ushers are doing our part in sharing with those who come to our churches the good tidings of good, of health and harmony, of the allness and omnipresence of our loving God, and the consequent nothingness of evil.

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Our Divine Assignment
February 9, 1946

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