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Sunday, October 6th, 2019 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Oh, keep me ever seeing Thee and seeing as Thou seest, my Life, my joy, my All.
Oh, that an influx of divine light and glory may enter each and every one of our hearts, and that you be endued anew with power from on high.
God, forgive me for having any doubt, fear or lack of faith that all things are not possible with Thee.

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

Discussion points

493 — WATCH that you realize that everything you declare about error, what its claims are, how to meet it, and the fact that it is an illusion, is itself unreal. Our handling of error is like removing paint with paint remover. When the job is done, you discard both the paint and the remover, leaving the bare wood. Mrs. Eddy once said, &ldquoWe cannot talk aloud Christian Science nor spiritually, for talk is material.&rdquo In like manner everything we say and think in regard to error is material, not spiritual. It is a temporary necessity, but only the facts of good are eternal realities.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




Golden Text — “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” — Ephesians 5 : 14




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Jesus said of Lazarus: “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” Jesus restored Lazarus by the understanding that Lazarus had never died, not by an admission that his body had died and then lived again. Had Jesus believed that Lazarus had lived or died in his body, the Master would have stood on the same plane of belief as those who buried the body, and he could not have resuscitated it

— Citation 6 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 75 : 12-20




To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened. Disease should not appear real to the physician, since it is demonstrable that the way to cure the patient is to make disease unreal to him. To do this, the physician must understand the unreality of disease in Science.

— Citation 9 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 417 : 20-26




Awake: To bestir, revive or rouse from a state of inaction; to be invigorated with new life; as, the mind awakes from its stupidity. To rouse from spiritual sleep.

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Dead: Deprived or destitute of life; empty, useless, spiritless, inanimate; dullness; gloomy; not enlivened;

— from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary




The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

— Isaiah 60: 19 from the Responsive Reading portion of this week’s Lesson




9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp;

— Proverbs 6 : 9, 20, 22, 23 from citation 3 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson




For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

— I Corinthians 15; 22 from citation 7 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson




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God fashions all things, after His own likeness.

— Citation 1 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 516




Hold thy gaze to the light, and the iris of faith, more beautiful than the rainbow seen from my window at the close of a balmy autumnal day will span thy heavens of thought.

— from “The Way”Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 355




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Stand porter at the door of thought.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 392




Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 260




Puzzling the Doctors

A Strange Story of how a Christian Scientist Cured a Wounded Man.

Boston Sunday Globe

Hartford, Conn., Nov. 20. — R. C. Hannon, a Boston Christian Scientist, has secured many converts in the neighboring town of Broad Brook, where a remarkable case of faith-cure [Boston Globe misnomer for CS treatment] is reported. A week ago, Joseph Mann was accidentally shot by his brother-in-law, the bullet entering the left breast, and coming out at the back directly opposite.

He was attended by three doctors, who, after examination, pronounced the case fatal. The patient was unconscious, and bleeding profusely. Hannon, being in the town, asked permission to try “the Christian Science.”

On his entering the room, the wounded man immediately returned to consciousness, and sat up in bed. In an hour he appeared as well as ever. The wounds healed rapidly, and today the healer and his patient were in this city. The latter says he feels no pain. He is a little pale from excessive loss of blood, otherwise he is perfectly well.

Hannon says, the Bible is authority for the faith-cure, and nobody need to die. The doctors are puzzled, and claim that the ball hit a rib, and followed the bone to the back. The excessive flow of blood, however, would indicate that the bullet passed through the lung and other organs.—Boston Sunday Globe, Nov. 21st.

Mr. R. C. Hannon was for several years a sufferer from cancer in the stomach, which physicians failed to cure. Mrs. F. J. Stetson healed him in two treatments in Christian Science, and gave him a course of instruction, and bade him, “Go into the world, preach the gospel, heal the sick.”

— from Christian Science Journal, by January 1887

Also, according to Calvin C. Hill, Mrs. Eddy told Joseph Mann, “Joseph, you have had a wonderful experience; you were thrown violently out of the house [that is, the realm of unreality] and picked yourself up on the outside [that is, the realm of Reality]; go not back into it.”

— from We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Expanded Edition, Volume I , pages 343–349

Book — Class of 1923 Notes by Joseph Mann




Question. — What is man?

Answer. — Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 475




Final Readings

Midst the falling leaves of old-time faiths, above the frozen crust of creed and dogma, the divine Mind-force, filling all space and having all power, upheaves the earth. In sacred solitude divine Science evolved nature as thought, and thought as things. This supreme potential Principle reigns in the realm of the real, and is “God with us,” the I AM. As mortals awake from their dream of material sensation, this adorable, all-inclusive God, and all earth’s hieroglyphics of Love, are understood; and infinite Mind is seen kindling the stars, rolling the worlds, reflecting all space and Life, — but not life in matter. Wisely governing, informing the universe, this Mind is Truth, — not laws of matter. Infinitely just, merciful, and wise, this Mind is Love, — but not fallible love.

— from “Voices of Spring”Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 331

As our ideas of Deity become more spiritual, we express them by objects more beautiful. To-day we clothe our thoughts of death with flowers laid upon the bier, and in our cemeteries with amaranth blossoms, evergreen leaves, fragrant recesses, cool grottos, smiling fountains, and white monuments. The dismal gray stones of church-yards have crumbled into decay, as our ideas of Life have grown more spiritual; and in place of “bat and owl on the bending stones, are wreaths of immortelles, and white fingers pointing upward.” Thus it is that our ideas of divinity form our models of humanity. O Christian Scientist, thou of the church of the new-born; awake to a higher and holier love for God and man; put on the whole armor of Truth; rejoice in hope; be patient in tribulation,—that ye may go to the bed of anguish, and look upon this dream of life in matter, girt with a higher sense of omnipotence; and behold once again the power of divine Life and Love to heal and reinstate man in God’s own image and likeness, having “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

— from The People’s Idea of God by Mary Baker Eddy, page 14







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