Sunday, June 26th, 2022 Roundtable

Heal by Teaching, and Teach by Healing

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Christian Science

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Morning Prayers

Hungering and thirsting after a better life, we shall have it, and become Christian Scientists; learn God aright, and know something of the ideal man, the real man, harmonious and eternal. This movement of thought must push on the ages: it must start the wheels of reason aright, educate the affections to higher resources, and leave Christianity unbiased by the superstitions of a senior period.

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 235

Each day I pray for the pacification of all national difficulties, for the brotherhood of man, for the end of idolatry and infidelity, and for the growth and establishment of Christian religion — Christ’s Christianity. I also have faith that my prayer availeth, and that He who is overturning will overturn until He whose right it is shall reign. Each day I pray: “God bless my enemies; make them Thy friends; give them to know the joy and the peace of love.”

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 220

Discussion points

86 — WATCH lest you interpret the spiritual blessings of Christian Science in terms of material blessings alone, and continue year after year to apply your understanding with them in mind. The Children of Israel in Egypt are an illustration of an effort to appropriate the spiritual idea humanly year after year. The Egyptians enslaved them and made them work for them, refusing to let them go. In like manner it would appear as if mortal man captures the spiritual idea, or knowledge of Truth, and makes it work for him as a slave, to bring to human sense health, peace and prosperity.

While this is the beginner’s conception of Christian Science, the call soon comes to release the spiritual idea from this slavery to material sense, in order that it may become his spiritual guide out of the materiality of Egypt into the Promised Land.

It is possible that if one refuses to take this forward step when the right time comes, he will experience suffering and chastening, until he releases his concept of Christian Science from the narrow limits of being just a better means of keeping him happy and harmonious in hell. The Master’s final experience on the cross illustrates this higher concept of the spiritual idea, since he refused to use it to protect himself humanly and physically, and employed it wholly to lead his thought up to God and to keep it there. In that way he gained his resurrection and final freedom from all materiality.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Jeremiah 17 : 14

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.”

We must resign with good grace what we are denied, and press on with what we are, for we cannot do more than we are nor understand what is not ripening in us. To do good to all because we love all, and to use in God’s service the one talent that we all have, is our only means of adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep discontent with our shortcomings.

Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 195

Article — “The Way” from Miscellaneous Writingsby Mary Baker Eddy, page 355

Book — Christian Science Its “Clear, Correct Teaching” by Herbert W. Eustace, C. S. B.

Forum posts — Christian Science — June 26th, 2022

Article — “Divine Metaphysics” Addresses by Martha Wilcox

The seer should be also a sage. Small streams are noisy, and rush precipitately in small torrents. Babbling brooks run to the river, and the river rises with storms to demolish bridges and flood cities; but the voice of Truth comes to our recognition slowly and silently, changing our natures by its power, and leading not only to prayer, but to most practical benedictions.

“The Seer Should Be Also a Sage” from Christian Science Journal, March 1886 by Mary Baker Eddy

Article — Rudimental Divine Science, by Mary Baker Eddy

Final Readings

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