Sunday, January 9th, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

You must feel and know that God alone governs man; that His government is harmonious; that He is too pure to behold iniquity, and divides His power with nothing evil or material; that material laws are only human beliefs, which govern mortals wrongfully.

from Rudimental Divine Science, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 10

Set your affections on things above; love one another; commune at the table of our Lord in one spirit; worship in spirit and in truth; and if daily adoring, imploring, and living the divine Life, Truth, Love, thou shalt partake of the bread that cometh down from heaven, drink of the cup of salvation, and be baptized in Spirit.

from Christian Science versus Pantheism, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 14

Discussion points

193 — WATCH lest you believe that at present it is possible for a student to gain such a firm grasp on the reflection of God, that he can become careless with it, and humanly confident that he can never lose it, or be robbed of it. In reality he cannot lose it, for it is part of his real selfhood — nay, it is his real selfhood. But in this mortal experience, inspiration seems to be like beautiful birds which come and lodge in the branches of your trees as long as you are kind to them and do not frighten them. If at any time you withdraw this gentleness and affection, they will fly away.

In our present state of consciousness it is foolish for one to believe that his consciousness of reflection is so firmly established, that he can let go of his persistent scientific effort, and still reflect divine Mind. It did not matter to Mrs. Eddy how long a student had been a Christian Scientist. She respected his spiritual thought and leaned on it, only when and as he respected and leaned upon God. If one became careless with the birds of inspiration so that they flew away, she counted him as lost to Christian Science, until he regained his lost sense of reflection.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Psalm 40 : 8

“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”

Forum posts — Sacrament — January 9th, 2022

Mrs. Eddy has approached [the Subject of Sacrament] with utmost reverence, and in her wonderful exposition of what such communion should be, tells us in The Christian Science Journal of August, 1889: ‘The sacrament shall be observed … by a short interval of solemn and silent self-examination by each member, as to his or her fitness to be called a follower of Christ, Truth; as to his real state of love toward man, and fellowship and communion with Christ; as to whether he is gaining in the understanding and demonstration of Truth and Love, coming out from the world and being separated from error; growing less selfish, more charitable and spiritual, yea, walking worthy his high calling.’ …

“This communion service is a precious occasion, since it thus provides the opportunity of reaching out for a closer walk with God, for a larger, fuller recognition of what is meant by the Christ-life, for an opening of the heart to receive into its innermost recesses the uplifting hope of the Christ, Truth, as revealed in the inspired teaching of Christian Science. Such occasions, if properly improved, will result in greater ability to heal the sick and thus prove to the world beyond the possibility of a doubt that the Church of Christ, Scientist, is, as we read in the Manual (p. 19), ‘designed to be built on the Rock, Christ; even the understanding and demonstration of divine Truth, Life, and Love, healing and saving the world from sin and death; thus to reflect in some degree the Church Universal and Triumphant.’”

— from Christian Science Sentinel, July 5th, 1919 by Ella W. Hoag

“Traditionalism”, from Christian Science Journal, November 1897 by Editor

Article — The Covenant by Nathaniel Dickey

The words “Christian Science” were not original with Mary Baker Eddy, but she was the first to give them wide circulation. In 1840, Abraham Coles used the words in verse, as also did Sara Josepha Hale, in 1848. In 1850 William Adams published a series of addresses on Moral Philosophy and called his work Christian Science. Doubtless, before 1840, there were others who used the words. However, Mrs. Eddy’s use of them was not poetical, but in their widest meaning – the widest meaning she could span – and in their widest application.

from The Cross and The Crown, 1952, by Norman Beasley, page 13

Final Readings

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