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.