Sunday, March 27th, 2022 Roundtable

The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Reality

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Morning Prayers

May the allness of God, Love, and the nothingness of aught else serve to cover the question of your protection, and the allness of good, and the powerlessness and non-existence of evil be the reality of your thought. The unseen silent forces of God are standing sentinel over me and mine and all, silencing, destroying, and annihilating the unseen, silent arguments of the serpent, material sense.

My health, strength, life, intelligence, action, etc., are subject to the governing and controlling power of the divine Mind, and to nothing else, for there is no other power.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 79, 77

Discussion points

258 — WATCH lest you lose sight of the fact that you are now in the kingdom of heaven, and that the only reason you do not perceive it, is because your spiritual senses, which alone can testify to this fact, have become atrophied, or been covered up by falsity. The only way to develop or resurrect these senses is through use. We rarely seek to use spiritual sense, unless we are confronted with a problem or question that defies solution by the human mind, or human methods. Hence, we should seek such problems and rejoice when we are confronted by them. They are to be found in the Bible, in Mrs. Eddy’s writings, in her life, as well as in our own lives.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Matthew 4 : 17

“Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. – Christ Jesus”

Chapter 7: “Pond and Purpose”, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

“Scientific Translations” from Addresses by Martha Wilcox

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“Age”, from From Lessons of the Seventh by Mary Baker Eddy, page 134-136

I will not quarrel with you about opinions. Only see that your heart is right towards God, that you know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, that you love your neighbor and walk as your Master walked, and I desire no more. I am sick of opinions, I am weary to hear them. Give me solid and substantial religion; give me a humble, gentle lover of God and man, a man full of mercy and good fruits, a man laying out himself in the work of faith, the patience of hope, the labor of love. Let my soul be with these Christians, wheresoever they are and whatsoever opinion they are of. Whosoever thus doeth the will of my Father in Heaven, the same is my brother and sister.

— “Make Sure Your Heart is Right” from Christian Science Sentinel, December 21, 1899 by John Wesley
(John Wesley was an English cleric, theologian, and evangelist, who was a leader of a revival movement within the Church of England known as Methodism. – 1703-1791)

Final Readings

The story of Noah and the ark of refuge always stands out in memory as a symbol of the tender, protecting love of God in that mental habitation which ever floats above the waters of mortal sense. The description given in Genesis of the building of the ark, emphasizes one point that upon close study gives us the key to successful resistance and victory over the pressing claims of evil. Jesus, in preparing his students for their work against the seeming powers of darkness, said: “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Following the same divine guidance of the Christ, Noah builded but one window in his ark, and it was “above,” opening not upon the earth, but upon the heavens. Noah was wide-awake to the claims of evil, and was prepared to meet them and keep above them until the allness of good should be manifest. He knew the awful manner of its self-destruction, but he also knew that his own safety, and the safety of those with him, lay in contemplating only reality,—the works of God, good.

The storm was fearful beyond words, but Noah saw it not; the destruction on every side was appalling, yet Noah saw only Life. The suffering and dangers which might have overwhelmed and destroyed him, had he dwelt upon them or seen them as real, were not within the range of his upturned vision. He did not see the deluge, he saw only the fathomless heavens of peace and harmony, because his window was open only to “those things which are above;” therefore Noah and all who were with him in the ark were saved. …

Christian Science affords an ark of refuge because its one window opens toward God, heaven, harmony,—toward Love. Those who abide in this ark can never be overwhelmed, no matter how terrible the deluge, because they never see it. They are awake to the false claims of evil, and watchful unto the end,—but they refuse to turn away even for one moment from their steadfast contemplation of God and His glorious truth. They also know that the loud thunders of evil are a subtle subterfuge of the devil to tempt our gaze away from God. The light of ever-present Love, the sunshine of the risen, living Christ, pours through our open window, floods all within, without, with peace and joy and calm unspeakable; the waters begin to abate, and the ark rests on Ararat. The supremacy of good does prevail, and evil, hate, envy, revenge, and destruction fade away before this steadfast vision of a new heaven and a new earth — a world regenerated.

— “Singleness of Vision” from Christian Science Sentinel, June 1, 1907, by Elizabeth Earl Jones

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