A green isle of refreshment

One of the unique and refreshing functions of a Church of Christ, Scientist, is the holding of testimony meetings on Wednesday evenings. These meetings are open to visitors as well as members. They are an oasis of peace, a time to acknowledge the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, and a place to give gratitude for His saving, healing power.

The meetings begin with a hymn sung by the congregation. Then the Reader reads selections he or she has chosen from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mrs. Eddy. After the readings, the congregation is invited to pray silently and then to join in praying aloud the Lord's Prayer. After another hymn and some current notices, the meeting is opened to the congregation. Now is the time for the sharing of testimonies of Christian Science healing and for appropriate remarks. This gives members of the congregation the opportunity to hear about, as well as tell, some of the ways what they are learning of God has been made practical.

Attending Wednesday evening meetings has been a habit and a joy for me since I was a small child. Recently, however, one winter Wednesday evening when the cold frosted the windowpanes and knifed into the ankles, my heart sank as I entered our branch church. There were very few people on hand. "Oh, well," I thought resignedly, "there won't be many testimonies tonight." But what a meeting it turned out to be! And how glad I was to have been there that night.

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