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The Editors Talk: on the Lesson-Sermon

From the July 1971 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Mr. Welz: When I was a Chaplain in the Air Force, the Chaplains of the base often all met together. On one occasion we were discussing the denominations, and a question came up as to which were majority and which were minority denominations. One Chaplain in particular remarked that Christian Science was a minority denomination. I asked him when he counted the members of his denomination, and he said, "Well, I guess I would count them on Sunday morning when they go to church." I said, "Well, I count mine on Monday morning when they're reading their Bibles." He said, "Well, realizing the Lesson-Sermon that you people study, I would say on that basis you have a majority denomination. I think there are more of yours studying the Bible than there are of mine."

Mr. Aylwin: I think it's heartening to consider that perhaps during every minute of the day and night, six days of every week, someone somewhere is prayerfully studying the Lesson-Sermon published in the Christian Science Quarterly. And around the clock on Sundays, people are hearing it from the desk in a Church of Christ, Scientist. In a very real sense this is praying without ceasing—scientific prayer that is leavening and uplifting the thought of mankind.

Mrs. Price: Once in Paris, when I was vacationing there, I woke up one morning feeling—well, I was just so ill that I couldn't get out of bed, and everything turned round in circles. I couldn't read, because the print was just a blur. I was wondering how I was going to help myself, when it came to me that there were probably hundreds of thousands of people all over the world studying the Lesson-Sermon at that moment, and the truth that everybody else was knowing at that time was available for me right where I was. Within a very few minutes I was completely well, dressed, and went down to breakfast. My friend, who was also a Christian Scientist, wasn't there. So I went up to her room and found she was having just the same trouble that I had. We had evidently been eating something that didn't agree with us. I told her of my experience, and both of us began to think of all the tremendous spiritual power that was being released into human thought through the reading of the Lesson-Sermon, and within a few minutes she was well.

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