Sunday, May 19th, 2019 Roundtable
The Greatest Danger Today
This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Mortals and Immortals
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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
237 — WATCH lest you accept the suggestion that it wearies you to think scientifically, and after you have done it for a while, you must find rest in relapsing into negative human thinking. We must reverse this absurd claim, and establish the fact that mental weariness comes from absorbing mortal mind’s false thinking, and that we find complete rest in the reflection of divine Mind.
On page 60 of our Church Manual by Mrs. Eddy we find the following: “A Christian Scientist is not fatigued by prayer, by reading the Scriptures or the Christian Science textbook. Amusement or idleness is weariness. Truth and Love rest the weary and heavy laden.”
— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
Golden Text — “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” — I Corinthians 15 : 50
Forum — Human opinion does not inherit the kingdom of God by Lynda from PA
Other works, which have borrowed from this book without giving it credit, have adulterated the Science.
— from Science and Health, 1875, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 456
RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 4 : 1-6
1. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
2. O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?
3. But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call into him.
4. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
5. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
6. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Forum post — sacrifices of righteousness by Joanne from FL
Forum post — “And Such Were Some of You” by Parthens
“A Lesson in Rhyme.”
“FORBID them not,” said the Master
“But let them come unto Me.”
And so they clustered around him,
Meek peasant of Galilee.
They missed not the pomp or glory
To older hearts so dear ;
For they heard the cadence of Heaven
In his tones so strong and clear.
They saw the wonderful city,
Whose streets were of glistening gold;
For they caught the beautiful vision
Of one Shepherd, one flock, one fold.
He gathered them all in his bosom,
Free, henceforth, from sorrow and sin,—
Into that heavenly kingdom
Where discords enter not in.
Again Christ’s spirit is brooding
Over a weary world;
The banners of peace are flying,
Never on earth to be furled.
And again the clear little children,
With innocent hearts and young,
Join in the grand old anthem
The ” stars of the morning” sung.
On such as these descendeth
With blessing the healing dove;
Open are they to receive it,
Knowing its author is Love.
Ye who would bar Christian Science
With prejudice, passion or pride,
Watch how it touches the children
Before ye dare to deride!
See how through their meekness the Spirit
Instant witness of God-healing bears
Before in thoughts’ gardens, your sowing
Shall choke the ripe wheat with the tares.
Through suffering, learn ye God’s lesson,
That intellect holds not the key
Which opens the gate of heaven,
But childlike humility.
From The Christian Science Journal, February 1887