This oft-quoted phrase is from Mary Baker Eddy’s Dedicatory Sermon delivered in the Original Mother Church, January 6, 1895.
She was referring to the generous and unselfish financial support that had brought the church’s construction to a successful conclusion. She noted: "There was no urging, begging, or borrowing, only the need made known and forth came the money or diamonds which served to erect this 'miracle in stone.' " (Ibid
As many of you are aware, the High Ridge House Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to stay in our present location and take the appropriate steps to bring our facility up to date. This project is just in its early conception and planning stages. While we have not yet established a building fund, we do want to make a need known.
The primary need is for your prayers. We see prayer as the first step in witnessing the revelation of God’s plan for High Ridge House. We ask that you pray with us for a deeper understanding and demonstration of the healing mission of Christian Science. We see this prayer as part of our individual and collective growth in grace. This work is not separate from you — the field we serve.
The Board has been working prayerfully for several years. We feel that our individual spiritual growth is central to the forward steps of High Ridge House’s healing mission.
As we worked together, we were led to ponder Jesus’ instructions to his disciples as he washed their feet. (John 13:3-17
). It is a deep lesson in humility and love. It was Jesus’ last instruction to his disciples before the crucifixion. This led the Board to amplify that study with seeking to express “…a more expansive love…” (S&H 265:10
) — the theme of this year’s High Ridge House Annual Meeting. Additionally, we have been studying Mrs. Eddy’s article “The Way.” (Mis 355-359
This is our need made known. We invite you to join us in seeking to better understand and demonstrate the message from the Master Christian and his devoted follower Mary Baker Eddy. She has revealed to us the Comforter — which underlies the healing mission of Christian Science and Christian Science nursing facilities such as High Ridge House. And the heart of this message is to understand and demonstrate spiritual love — the expression of divine Love which heals the sick and raises the dead. Will you join us in this prayerful effort which we see as the true foundation for any building project we undertake? Let us continue to express “…a more expansive love…” — not only for ourselves, but also for one another and for Christian Science nursing.
The High Ridge House Board of Trustees
Fran Hall, President Candace Cuniberti
Victoria Brademan John Ingersoll
Marilyn Bradshaw Beth Sydness