The following was written in support of Church Alive, a focus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, that explores the meaning and possibilities of awakening to the spiritual basis and impact of Church.

Open the door!

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As I placed the “Open” sign in the window and unlocked the front door of the Christian Science Reading Room, I recalled these words from the Bible: “I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it” (Revelation 3:8). I smiled to myself because I had been thinking a lot lately about how to find that spirit of Christianity that was present in the first century of the Christian era, when the early Christians were palpably imbued with the Holy Ghost and when that spirit impelled and directed their daily discipleship.

I wanted to know how to pray more effectively about church, how to gain a more vibrant expression of all of our branch church activities—our services, our lectures, our Sunday School, our Reading Room. So, when a fragment of that Bible verse popped into my thought just as I was opening the front door, it was natural to leave that door wide open as a welcoming gesture to the public.

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