Our Relation to the Wednesday Meeting

A Small group of earnest students of Christian Science living in a suburban town had progressed in church organization from the holding of one testimony meeting a month to the holding of weekly Wednesday evening meetings. A young member of the group, consulting an experienced worker in another part of the Field regarding this important forward step, was told that her part should be to help make the meetings as interesting as possible.

Pondering this counsel, the young worker began to perceive something of the joyful responsibility of the individual Christian Scientist in relation to the Wednesday meeting. It became clear that the vitality and effectiveness of the testimony meeting are dependent in large measure on the spontaneity and sincerity with which the testimonies are given by those who have been healed through Christian Science.

Further thought revealed the fact that the Sunday service, imparting the theology of Christian Science, needs as its complement the Wednesday meeting, which offers practical proof of the efficacy of its healing doctrine. The worker realized that Mary Baker Eddy's expressed wish, as stated by her in the Church Manual (Art. XXX, Sect. 7), "I recommend that each member of this Church shall strive to demonstrate by his or her practice, that Christian Science heals the sick quickly and wholly, thus proving this Science to be all that we claim for it," might be interpreted to mean that the student should make use of the opportunity afforded by the Wednesday meeting to make known to his fellow men the proofs he had had that Christian Science heals. He must be, in the words of St. Paul (I Tim. 6:18), "willing to communicate."

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June 7, 1947

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