Thank you for the last issues of the Journal, covering the synonyms for God. With much gratitude I read the article "Church: More Than the Sum of Its Parts" in the May issue by Curt Wahlberg [p. 50]. It expresses so much love for the universal idea of Church, the unifying impact of prayer on humanity, and the author's uplifting experience of embracing and feeling embraced by the prayerful support of the congregation, that I'd like to share an experience I had last autumn at The Mother Church.
After a Wednesday testimony meeting I thought about the story in Mark 2:4, 5: "And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where [the sick man] was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the [man] sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee."
I prayed that the "roof" of The Mother Church, of every Christian Science church, even the "roof" of every member, may be "broken up" for the benefit of all humanity. During the following services I felt such wonderful warmth and love in the congregation that I was especially grateful for Christian Science and all the selfless workers and contributors of our worldwide movement.