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Being in a ‘ready position’ at church

From the October 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I ask myself the following questions from time to time: What are my expectations for church? How am I viewing the activity of my local branch Church of Christ, Scientist? Am I in my “ready position” at church? 

What is a “ready position,” exactly? In volleyball, it is a stance where the players are attentively focused on the player serving the ball and ready to jump or lunge as soon as the ball is in motion. In this fast-paced sport, it’s necessary to be ready to act in a split second. 

Since we probably won’t be playing volleyball at our church services, we can approach such readiness from a mental standpoint. Being in a ready position would mean being mentally alert to the needs of the congregation and the community. It means taking any personal sense of ourselves out of the equation and being receptive to the communication of God, divine Mind. 

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