Sunday, April 17th, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

March 31, 1907. Easter – Resurrection. We must be resurrected; must put off the old man and put on the new. If you dress for Easter, your clothes are all in keeping – are clean. You do not put on some clean ones and some soiled ones. Neither can you put on part of the new man and part of the old; you must put on the whole of the new man – the spiritual idea.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 27

Beloved Brethren: — May this glad Easter morn find the members of this dear church having a pure peace, a fresh joy, a clear vision of heaven here, — heaven within us, — and an awakened sense of the risen Christ. May long lines of light span the horizon of their hope and brighten their faith with a dawn that knows no twilight and no night. May those who discourse music to-day, sing as the angels heaven’s symphonies that come to earth. May the dear Sunday School children always be gathering Easter lilies of love with happy hearts and ripening goodness. Today may they find some sweet scents and beautiful blossoms in their Leader’s love, which she sends to them this glad morn in the flowers and the cross from Pleasant View, smiling upon them.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 155

Discussion points

388 — WATCH that you do not lose sight of the need for continuous progress. Mrs. Eddy once said, “A belief of personal sense that is governed by the Truth is a harmonious belief. A harmonious belief governed by Truth is spiritual sense — understanding.” This statement gives us the authority for a demonstration to bring out harmony in belief, providing we do not stop there. We must hold in mind the acme of Science, namely, the attainment of spiritual sense, or understanding, through the elimination of the belief in matter, even though this belief has been made harmonious through the action of Truth.

Mrs. Eddy once described Jesus’ progress as follows: “Jesus, in the silent tomb, spiritualized his personal corporeal body to the extent of presenting it sound; then he ascended, laid off his corporeality. All his mechanism was preserved and restored until the ascension. He ate with his disciples, showing that he could digest his food with his natural functions. I always preserve the above harmonious being in my thought, just as Jesus did.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: John 10 : 30

“I and my Father are one.” — Christ Jesus

Forum posts — Doctrine of Atonement — April 17th, 2022

Article “Our Daily Bread” by Bicknell Young

Article “Taking Offense” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page

Article “Oneness” Collected Writings by Bicknell Young

“Purification” from, The Christian Science Sentinel, July 26, 1913, by Louise Knight Wheatley

Article — Three Essential Statements by Mary Beth Singleterry

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”(Ex. 20: 3.) “For all the gods of the peoples are things of nought.”(Ps. 96: 1, E.R.V.) We never fear a person or thing until after we have ascribed power to it, which is to make of it “a god.” When you find yourself in fear turn with deep gratitude to the truth that all power comes from the one true God (Rom. 13: 1). Firmly deny that this thing which frightens you has any power whatsoever, and you will be free from fear and from danger

from Runner’s Bible ,1913, By Nora Holm

Article — “Love Your Enemies” by Mary Baker Eddy

“The Sermon on the Mount”, The Book of Matthew in the King James Bible, chapters 5 through 7

Animal magnetism, I acknowledge your claims, but I denounce your power. When error speaks, nothing is said. Stop justifying yourself in error.

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

Article — “Given Thee From Above” by Mary Beth Singleterry

Final Readings

What is it that seems a stone between us and the resurrection morning?

It is the belief of mind in matter. We can only come into the spiritual resurrection by quitting the old consciousness of Soul in sense. These flowers are floral apostles. God does all this through His followers; and He made every flower in Mind before it sprang from the earth: yet we look into matter and the earth to give us these smiles of God!

We must lay aside material consciousness, and then we can perceive Truth, and say with Mary, “Rabboni!” — Master! In 1866, when God revealed to me this risen Christ, this Life that knows no death, that saith, “Because he lives, I live,” I awoke from the dream of Spirit in the flesh so far as to take the side of Spirit, and strive to cease my warfare.

When, through this consciousness, I was delivered from the dark shadow and portal of death, my friends were frightened at beholding me restored to health. A dear old lady asked me, “How is it that you are restored to us? Has Christ come again on earth?”

“Christ never left,” I replied; “Christ is Truth, and Truth is always here, — the impersonal Saviour.” Then another person, more material, met me, and I said, in the words of my Master, “Touch me not.” I shuddered at her material approach; then my heart went out to God, and I found the open door from this sepulchre of matter. I love the Easter service: it speaks to me of Life, and not of death. Let us do our work; then we shall have part in his resurrection.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 179-180

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