Sunday, August 14th, 2022 Roundtable

Live to Express the Beauty and Joy of Soul

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Soul

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Morning Prayers

How blessed it is to think of you as “beneath the shadow of a great rock in a weary land,” safe in His strength, building on His foundation, and covered from the devourer by divine protection and affection. Always bear in mind that His presence, power, and peace meet all human needs and reflect all bliss.

— from Miscellaneous Writing, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 263

Discussion Points

407 — WATCH that you not only recognize the spiritual fact, but claim your ability to retain a demonstrable knowledge of the fact. The fact cannot be changed, since it is the eternal truth of being. Error can only claim to rob us of a realization of the fact. The 139th Psalm asserts that if we ascend into heaven, God is there. This is the eternal fact. But the same Psalm assures us that if we descend into hell, God is also there. Thus the fact is still true, even though the claim is present that man has lost his knowledge of the fact. Hell ceases to be hell when we can realize that God is ever-present, guarding and guiding us.

Once one of Mrs. Eddy’s horses bolted. A student called out, “There is no fear,” to no avail. Mrs. Eddy declared, “Princess, you are not afraid,” and at once the horse was quieted. From God’s standpoint the fact is that there is no fear; but from man’s standpoint he must know that he is not afraid, in order to claim a knowledge of the fact. If the fact is the string, then knowing the fact, is using the string to wrap up your bundle. Many students go around with plenty of string, which they do not use in a practical way.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Psalm 23 : 3

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Forum posts — Soul — August 14th, 2022

Booklet: Notes from Association Addresses, 1943 to 1946 by Una Willard

Book: 1937 College by Bicknell Young

Article — Possession by Mary Baker Eddy

Psalm 103: 15 (As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field.”): — Let us listen to the preaching of the flowers today. What do they say to us? One thing they all say is — “trust God.” God takes care of the flowers, and sends them dew, and rain, and sunshine, and fresh air, and they tell us that the same God who cares for them cares also for us. And next, I think, all the flowers say to us, “thank God.” See how the daisies in the meadow seem to look up thankfully to God. Someone says that God smiles on the earth, and that the earth smiles back again with its flowers. Next, the flowers say to us, “be contented.” They are quite satisfied to grow, and smell sweet, and look pretty, in the place where God puts them. Now, just as God plants the flowers in a certain place, some up high on the hills, others down low in the valley; some in the Queen’s greenhouse, others in the cottager’s garden, so He puts you children in your right place. … What else do the flowers say to us? I think they say, “keep in the sunshine, be happy.” You always find that flowers are on the sunny side of things. So ought we to be. There is another thing which the flowers say to us — “Be sweet.” There is nothing so delicious as to go into a flower garden after a warm shower, and to smell the sweet scents. Well, God has sent you into the garden of this world to be sweet like the flowers…

“What the Flowers Say” from Bible Hub – Sermons,(excerpt), by H.J. Wilmot-Buxton, M.A. – Psalm 103: 15

Article — “God’s Plentiful Supply” from” The Christian Science Journal, March 1922, by Ethel Munro Goss

Final Readings

Matthew 10:20. An incident which occurred while visiting some friends a short time ago, has proved helpful to me in overcoming a sense of timidity and a want of confidence which was apt to assert itself when occasion demanded that I should apply what understanding I had gained of Christian Science toward helping others. We had been listening to a young violinist, whose fine touch and technical skill, as well as the sense of harmony with which she played, had greatly pleased us all. The pleasure we had in listening was increased by the fact that she played entirely from memory. I could not refrain from mentioning this to her, and asking how she had been able to commit so much music to memory, so that she could play with absolute confidence. She replied: “Of course one has to learn thoroughly and practise perseveringly; and then—one has to trust.”

How often since then I have thought of her reply, from which I learned a lesson. Our Leader says, “You should practise well what you know, and you will then advance in proportion to your honesty and fidelity” (Science and Health, p. 449). This was just what the young violinist had done in her musical studies, so that, having studied thoroughly and practised perseveringly, for the rest she could trust. And so, when the occasion offers itself in which we may speak a helpful word to one in need, let us not hesitate, doubting whether our understanding is sufficient, wondering if we shall voice the right thought. Did not the Master say: “It shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”

So spake Jesus the Christ when sending forth his disciples to bind up the broken-hearted, to heal those that were sick. We may be altogether sure that if we have confidence, and trust in the ever-presence of divine Love to guide our words and actions, we shall be enabled to offer the help we are so eager to give to those in need. But the preparation must have been made beforehand; there must have been the thorough application of the rules, with earnest practise. We must have learned to apply our understanding of the Principle of Christian Science, otherwise when the time of need comes, trust alone will not make up for work poorly done, or perhaps left undone, in times past. But if we have made good use of our opportunities and have learned by past experiences, then we can speak and act with absolute confidence, relying upon divine Love, which will never fail us, and which casts out all fear. Our Leader says, “Step by step will those who trust Him find that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble'” (Science and Health, p. 444).

“Trust in God” from Christian Science Sentinel, January 24, 1914 , by F. Mildred Rickman

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