Sunday, June 19th, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh. He said: “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in hea ven.” Again he asked: “Who is my mother, and who are my brethren,” implying that it is they who do the will of his Father. We have no record of his calling any man by the name of father. He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore as the Father of all.

God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 31, 295

Discussion points

146 — WATCH lest you limit your conception of healing, and thus give your patients that which might be called a pool of Bethesda healing (See John 5:1-5). The fact that the angel came down and troubled the pool at certain times sounds as if the healing was brought about by a change of belief only. The angel was limited to coming at certain times for a specific purpose, which was the healing of disease.

A limited conception of healing in Christian Science gives a patient only one strand of the rope of divine Mind, thus narrowing the action of divine Mind to restoring a sick body to health. This does little more than trouble or stir the human mind for a brief season, after which it returns to its former level.

A more unlimited and continuous conception strives to give the patient the whole of divine Mind, that not only brings about the desired physical transformation, but brings a mental regeneration and spiritualization that is worth far more than a change in the physical condition, and that remains long after the healing has been forgotten.

Jesus’ rebuke to Bethesdaism was his statement to a patient, “Rise, take up thy bed and walk.” Bethesdaism fosters expectant stagnation — inactivity — waiting for the troubling of the pool, or for the healing to come. A higher demand is to encourage the patient to take up or challenge the error of stagnation and fear, which has held his thought dormant, and to help him to establish right activity. Then he will be encouraged to seek not only physical relief, but spiritual regeneration as well.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Malachi 2 : 10

“Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?”

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;” … does not mean mere pacification, lulling, the creation of a species of moral and spiritual atrophy: the comfort of God is the encouragement of God, the stimulus of the Most High applied to the human mind and the human heart. When God vivifies us He comforts us; instead of putting His fingers upon our eyelids and drawing them down over tired eyes and saying, “Now sleep a long sleep,” He sometimes gives us such an access of life that we cannot lie one moment longer; we spring forth as men who have a battle to fight and a victory to bring home. That access of life is the comfort of God, as well as that added sleep, that extra hour of slumber which is a tender benediction. Why was the apostle comforted, vivified, or encouraged? That he should be able to comfort them which are in trouble. Why does God give us money? To make use of it for the good of others. Why does God make a man very strong? That He may save a man who is very weak, by carrying his burden for him an hour or two now and then, so as to give the man some sense of holiday. Why does the Lord make one man very penetrating in mind, very complete in judgment, very serene and profound in counsel? Not that he may say, “Behold me!” but that he may sit in the gate and dispense the bounty of his soul to those who need all manner of aid, all ministries of love.

“Comfort” from Bible Hub Sermon, 1880’s, by J. Parker, D.D. (II Corinthians 1:3-4)

The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.

― Ralph Emerson

Article “Slow Healing” by Kate Buck

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The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:

— Psalm 138:8 from the King James Bible

Final Readings

Jenny Lind, when asked the secret of her marvelous power as a singer, said, “I sing to God.” She forgot the people and looked into God’s face and sang. Every singer should sing to God. Every Christian should certainly sing to God. That is what this psalm teaches: “O come, let us sing unto the Lord.” Our lives should be full of worship. It is not enough to be joyous—we must put our joy into praise to God. Even if we are in sorrow, we should praise. In the ancient worship, incense was the emblem of prayer. Prayer is fragrance. An old rabbinical legend represents an angel standing at the gate of heaven to receive earth’s prayers and praisings, as they arose, and as he caught them they turned to roses in his hands. Earth’s worship is fragrance in heaven. We should never cease to worship God. “The Lord is a great God, and a great King. … O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God.”

— [From the Canadian Baptist, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 22, 1925] in, The Christian Science Sentinel, May 9, 1925, contributions from Theodore P. Stephens, Felix R. Hill, Jr

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