This quote is from The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany (p. 149)
For my April editorial in The Christian Science Journal on “The ever-living Christ and God’s ever-flourishing church”, click here.
“So we can refuse to be mesmerized by either dullness or turbulence that might seem to associate itself with a material sense of church as variable and vulnerable. Instead we look higher to perceive the forever flourishing idea of Church, as defined in Science and Health, in part, as “the structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle” (p. 583)…”
Wishing every one a happy and holy Easter weekend!
Thank you for this article. Perhaps we can share ideas on this subject and learn from them.
I don’t think it’s “dullness or turbulence that might seem to associate itself with a material sense of church as variable and vulnerable.”
I think the answer lies in the following from the clerk of TMC who gave reasons of why people are not returning to our Church at the last annual meeting in Boston.
And our Leader, MBE, provides some more insights into successful church attendance.
Further, when I attended the 2014 Midwest Church alive meeting the number one thing people in my breakout group said they were looking for in church was “fellowship”. Another woman stated: “Our CS branch recently closed because we focused on us and not our community”.
If the love is lacking in the material sense of church from their usher and branch board of directors then could that effect church attendance or the lack thereof? I wonder if Mrs. Eddy were alive to the human sense today what she would have to say. And if the youth make up attendance in the future then what happened that they stopped attending?
Perhaps the following quotes can shed a light on this issue.
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
CORINTHIANS 3: 6
“The letter of Science plentifully reaches humanity to-day, but its spirit comes only in small degrees. The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, — pulseless, cold, inanimate.”
Mary Baker Eddy
“Is my branch church welcoming the Prodigal Home?”
“People are looking for a community that will support them in their journey.”
“Some people are leaving and going to other denominations because they not finding support when facing a personal challenge.”
From Suzanne Riedel – Clerk of The Mother Church at 2016 CS Annual Meeting
Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind,