Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, love, and truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth, all the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.

— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171

We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to convert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279: 27-2

Discussion points

Golden Text — “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” — Psalm 23 : 1

457 — WATCH that you be like Gideon with his band, who blew the trumpet before he had his struggle with error — before the manifestation of his victory appeared. When he directed his band to blow the trumpet, that was the indication from the metaphysical standpoint that the battle was already won, which is the position one must always take in demonstration.

If the Bible statement is true, “Before they call I will answer,” then the solution for each problem must be at hand before the problem comes, and we must realize this fact.

Once our Leader declared, “I have always known that victory is as certain now as it will be a century hence.” In all we do we must start with the realization of a completed demonstration. Miscellany, 242, shows this point.

— Watching Point 457 from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

The practitioner said that my statement was wrong, because I still lived in my flesh. I replied that I did not live in my flesh, that my flesh lived or died according to the beliefs I entertained about it; but that, after coming to the light of Truth, I had found that I lived and moved and had my being in God, and to obey Christ was not to know as real the beliefs of an earthly mortal. Please give the truth in the Sentinel, so that all may know it.”

Mrs. Eddy’s Reply

You are scientifically correct in your statement about yourself. You can never demonstrate spirituality until you declare yourself to be immortal and understand that you are so. Christian Science is absolute; it is neither behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom. Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration. By this I do not mean that mortals are the children of God, — far from it. In practising Christian Science you must state its Principle correctly, or you forfeit your ability to demonstrate it.

— “Communion June 4th, 1899” in Miscellany, By Mary Baker Eddy, page 242

Jeremiah 29:11 — “I know the thoughts I think toward you ….to give you an expected end”

Forum post — Harmony Is Perpetual by Florence Roberts

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 390-393

The Word Made Flesh, from Addresses, by Martha Wilcox

Responsive Reading Psalm 23: 2-6
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

VALLEY. Depression; meekness; darkness.

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” (Psalm xxiii. 4.)

Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error. Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose.

— from the Glossary in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

All Love Does by Mary Baker Eddy

In atmosphere of Love divine,
We live, and move, and breathe;
Though mortal eyes may see it not,
’Tis sense that would deceive.

The mortal sense we must destroy,
If we would bring to light
The wonders of eternal Mind,
Where sense is lost in sight.

For God, immortal Principle,
Is with us everywhere;
He holds us perfect in His love,
And we His image bear.

— Hymn 144 from the Christian Science Hymnal

Forum post — His spiritual ideas…give you daily supplies by Jeremy from NJ

Forum post — Ho,….come Ye To the Waters by Chardelle from PA

Forum post — “A Table in the Wilderness” and More by Parthens

“Love Operates Unspent” — Mary Baker Eddy

Forum post — Our Own God by Elizabeth from GA

Forum post — The repairer of the breach by Lynda from PA

Forum post — Repairer of the breach by Joanne from FL

….to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.

— Citation 4 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 460: 18-23

Final Readings

I reluctantly foresee great danger threatening our nation, — imperialism, monopoly, and a lax system of religion. But the spirit of humanity, ethics, and Christianity sown broadcast — all concomitants of Christian Science — is taking strong hold of the public thought throughout our beloved country and in foreign lands, and is tending to counteract the trend of mad ambition.

There is no night but in God’s frown; there is no day but in His smile. The oracular skies, the verdant earth — bird, brook, blossom, breeze, and balm — are richly fraught with divine reflection. They come at Love’s call. The nod of Spirit is nature’s natal.

And how is man, seen through the lens of Spirit, enlarged, and how counterpoised his origin from dust, and how he presses to his original, never severed from Spirit! O ye who leap disdainfully from this rock of ages, return and plant thy steps in Christ, Truth, “the stone which the builders rejected”! Then will angels administer grace, do thy errands, and be thy dearest allies. The divine law gives to man health and life everlasting — gives a soul to Soul, a present harmony wherein the good man’s heart takes hold on heaven, and whose feet can never be moved. These are His green pastures beside still waters, where faith mounts upward, expatiates, strengthens, and exults.

— “Communion June 4th, 1899” in Miscellany, By Mary Baker Eddy, page 129

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