Sunday, June 16th, 2019 Roundtable | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, June 16th, 2019 Roundtable

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: God the Preserver of Man

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Morning Prayers

May the allness of God, Love, and the nothingness of aught else serve to cover the question of your protection, and the allness of good, and the powerlessness and non-existence of evil be the reality of your thought.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 79




Discussion points

Golden Text — “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.” — Psalm 16: 1




Preserve: To keep or save from injury or destruction; to defend from evil. To uphold; to sustain. To save from decay; to keep in a sound state; to keep or defend from corruption; as, to preserve youth from vice.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary




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The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.

— Citation 6 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 387




God will direct you in all your ways, if you trust Him; faith must take hold before sight or fruition, and this faith will, when instructed in divine Science, become understanding and you will have no doubts, but every proof of His promise, ‘Lo! I am with you alway’.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 61




Another interesting letter which Mr. Knapp wrote to Mrs. Eddy, describing an experience which came to him when he first accepted Chris­ tian Science, she had published in the 1ottrnal of April, 1888. During this experience, as he thought on the mission of Christian Science, he exclaimed, “It brings a message of Love,” and then, to quote the exact words of his letter:

To my surprise a voice – nothing like a human voice – answered and said: “Where shall I abide? Your house is occupied. Turn out your old tenants, and put on one measure of humility, and another measure, and yet another measure; and then I will abide with you, and Charity will abide with you.”

— from Memoirs of Ira O. Knapp by Bliss Knapp




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Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

— Isaiah 40: 28 from citation 1 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson




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Who dares to say that actual Mind can be overworked? When we reach our limits of mental endurance, we conclude that intellectual labor has been carried sufficiently far; but when we realize that immortal Mind is ever active, and that spiritual energies can neither wear out nor can so-called material law trespass upon God-given powers and resources, we are able to rest in Truth, refreshed by the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

— Citation 6 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 387




Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 454




Matter surely does not possess Mind. God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 550




Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.

— from psalm 36:6 in the King James Bible




Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

— II Timothy 4: 2 from citation 5 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson




When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 452




Final Readings

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Article — “Age” by Mary Baker Eddy




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