Sunday, November 10th, 2019 Roundtable

God Is My Strength and Power: and He Maketh My Way Perfect

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Adam and Fallen Man

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Morning Prayers

(A handwritten letter from Mary Baker Eddy to James Neal, January 28, 1897, regarding the duties of a Christian Science practitioner):

“My beloved Student,

“… Pray daily, never miss praying, no matter how often: “Lead me not into temptation,” — scientifically rendered, — Lead me not to lose sight of strict purity, clean pure thoughts; let all my thoughts and aims be high, unselfish, charitable, meek, — spiritually minded. With this altitude of thought, your mind is losing materiality and gaining spirituality, and this is the state of mind that heals the sick. …

“Your loving Teacher, Mary Baker Eddy”

— From Mary Baker Eddy: A Life Size Portrait by Lyman P. Powell, page 316

Discussion points

435 — WATCH that you do not forget, in your joy over Christian Science healing, that the most significant thing about it is, that it proves that the Christ has come to earth again — although, of course, as Mrs. Eddy says on page 180 of Miscellaneous Writings, “Christ never left. Christ is Truth, and Truth is always here, — the impersonal Saviour.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.” — Deuteronomy 18 : 13

Joy and gratitude are two essential ingrediants in healing.

— Plainfield Roundtable

CHRIST. The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.

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

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me, Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding,
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

— “The Deer`s Cry” by Saint Patrick in the year 433 AD

Forum post — Perfect In God by Chardelle from PA

Forum post — “He taught as one that had authority…” by Joanne from FL

If we identify with the human we are identifying with somehting on its way out.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father and I, Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart;
O King of glory, my treasure Thou art.

O King of glory, my victory won;
Rule and reign in me ’til Thy will be done;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall;
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all. Attributed

— Attributed to St Dallán Forgaill

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

— Psalm 37:4 from the Responsive Reading portion of this week’s Lesson

Delight: A high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy. To affect with great pleasure; to please highly; to give or afford high satisfaction or joy.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

— Luke 15:31 from the King James Bible

Commit: To give in trust; to put into the hands or power of another; to entrust; with to.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

27 — WATCH lest you believe that you are trying to perfect yourself, rather than to make a channel of yourself through which the perfect idea of man may be expressed. There is a distinction between trying to make a perfect man of yourself, and trying to express the perfect man through yourself. There is a difference between washing a window because you like to see the glass clean, or because you desire to have the light shine through perfectly.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

— Psalm 37:23 from the Responsive Reading portion of this week’s Lesson

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

— King James Bible, Psalm 18:32

Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.

— Citation 11 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 476

Behold: To fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

— from John 17

Sanctify: To cleanse, purify or make holy. To separate, set apart or appoint to a holy, sacred use for divine service.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Forum post — “… be present in your thoughts.” by Lynda from PA

Forum post — Perfection-Consciousness by Parthens

Final Readings

The Christ is the ideal of God, and discovers to human sight man in the divine image. The Christ view transfigures our human concept of man, so that we behold man to be a transparency for Truth, just as Jesus served as a window for God. He that hath seen me (man) rightly, hath seen the Father. (See John 14 : 8-10.) We look out with Christ-coloured glasses.

But this Christ light is not abstract and static: it is dynamic and practical, for Truth inevitably has an effect upon our misconceptions. Therefore the Christ view is not only my eyes: it is also my physician and healer, remaking, restoring, and renewing.

This Christ view translates the infinite to the infinitesimal, so that I see divinity manifested in the smallest details of life. Everything is illuminated and transformed by the spirit of Truth.

— from Some Notes on True Vision, by John L. Morgan

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