Church—Universal and triumphant

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Living in Boston, I have the opportunity to be both a local member of The Mother Church and a branch church member. I love that The Mother Church holds two services both on Wednesdays and Sundays. This usually enables me to support both The Mother Church and my branch, every week. One day, however, as I was walking to the noontime testimony service at The Mother Church, something told me to go back home and continue working on my readings for my branch church service that evening, as I was to be the First Reader that evening. It took me a few minutes to realize that this was a right idea, and not just a suggestion to keep me away from church. It wasn’t easy, but I was determined to be obedient. I was a little disappointed that I was not able to be at both services that day, but realized that listening to God always brings blessings.

I went home and dug into my readings for the evening service. It proved to be a right idea, as I really took the time to pray for both services and felt prepared for the service that night. Many people expressed gratitude for the ideas they were able to digest. As I came home on the bus that night, the idea came to skip my stop so that I could walk back home through The Mother Church plaza. I love seeing that church lit up at night. I often take walks there and enjoy the stained glass windows with Biblical significance. Sometimes, I even give the building a hug in gratitude for the healing that has been established and the statement it makes by its presence here on earth.

As I was rounding the front pillars of the extension building, the thought came to me again of disappointment that I was not able to attend the service there that day. Then, like a bolt of lightning, an angel message came to me. I understood that a tree cannot be complete without its branches, leaves, trunk and roots all working together; so I, as a branch church member, could not be separated from The Mother Church. I was supporting all of the foundational aspects of it and its growth, too! I now see that everyone who is supporting the Christian Science Movement, whether attending church in another part of the world, or in Boston, is a member of an organization that in some way, reflects “the Church Universal and triumphant” (Church Manual, p. 19). Maybe that was what God was trying to tell me all along.

  1. Thanks Summer. I think that is what God is trying to tell us all (last paragraph), and thank goodness for your church that you were not only listening but obedient.

  2. Thanks! I loved being reminded that each church if a supporting part of the "tree" that is The Mother Church.

  3. This is another instance of where the online testimony meetings from The Mother Church can be such a blessing. You could have had that one after your own! I recall a testifier saying how much the "double-dip" of her own church and the online one helped her. You are indeed fortunate to be able, as a rule, to be able to attend The Mother Church in person as well as your own branch, but thank you for sharing how we are all part of the
    organization. Very comforting.

  4. I am so grateful for Church Alive and the many
    ideas that we can use at my church.

    Thank You !

  5. I am more than grateful for the technical breakthroughs that enables me to attend Church, on-line, since because of physical disabilities, can't attend in person. I can hear Wenesday evening meetings as well as Sunday on my I-PAD. This is such a wonderful blessing.

  6. THANK YOU.REMINDS ME YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS FIRST READER AT OUR CHURCH, LIVING ON WHIDBEY ISLAND IN WASHINGTON STATE. IT WAS WINTER WITH TONS OF NEW SNOW THAT HAD FALLEN THE NIGHT BEFORE. IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET MY CAR GOING, SO MY LITTLE EIGHT YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND I HIKED THROUGH THE SNOW FOR EIGHT MILES TO THE CHURCH. WHEN WE ARRIVED, THE SECOND READER WAS NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT, SO MY LITTLE DAUGHTER, SEEING THE NEED, AND REALLY LOVING BOOKS, CLIMBED UP ON A CHAIR AT THE PULPIT AND BOTH OF US WERE ABLE TO READ THE LESSON FOR THAT SUNDAY SERVICE TOGETHER. THE ORGANIST WAS THERE AND ALL THE HYMNS INCLUDING MRS. EDDY'S PAGE 304 WERE FITTING AND MADE THE SERVICE SPECIAL FOR ALL AND MEANINGFUL. A WARM MEMORY CHERISHED. YES, WE WERE ABLE TO GET A RIDE HOME.

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