Sunday, March 6th, 2022 Roundtable

O Man, Greatly Beloved, Fear Not

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Man

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Morning Prayers

A few immortal sentences, breathing the omnipotence of divine justice, have been potent to break despotic fetters and abolish the whipping-post and slave market; but oppression neither went down in blood, nor did the breath of freedom come from the cannon’s mouth. Love is the liberator.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 225

God is Love, and Love is infinite; realize this and you are safe from harm; nothing can touch you.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 20

Discussion points

231 — WATCH lest you conclude that Jesus’ demonstration in feeding the multitude was primarily intended to prove that a son of God has miraculous powers. Was he not proving that all food comes from God, in spite of the testimony of matter to the contrary, that it is a gift of God, and that the fields and streams from which it seems to come, are no more its source, than the ventriloquist’s dummy is the source of the voice that seems to come from it? Our Leader withheld many important facts from those who were not ready for them. She was merely waiting for their spiritual growth, so that they might be ready for her to reveal these deep things to them. Among these was this fact concerning food.

No miracle could ever make food come from God in one instance, unless in reality all of it does. Demonstration does not make food come from God; it opens man’s eyes to see this fact. We can say to the fields and streams, “You may appear to the senses to be the source of my food, but Jesus’ feeding the multitude proved for all time that food comes from Mind.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “All things work together for good to them that love God.” — Romans 8 : 28

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Timorous: Fearful of danger; timid; destitute of courage; as a timorous doubts; timorous beliefs.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Some mountain climbers who were bent on reaching one of the high peaks of the Alps, came to a point where the narrow path on a ledge overhanging a deep precipice was almost completely blocked by a great rock that had been loosened from its moorings by recent rains. The first thought of some on discovering the barrier was that the ascent would have to be abandoned, but the leading guide soon proved himself master of the situation. Placing himself securely in position, he extended his hand to aid the timorous to encircle the rock. One after another thus reached the other side in safety; but one woman became appalled as she gained a near view of the almost obliterated trail, and giving a look into the vale below, drew back in terror. The guide promptly met the need. With a kindly smile and a voice pulsating with cheery confidence he declared: “Come, don’t be afraid. That hand has never lost a man.”

The realizing sense that God is All and in all and that there is naught else, opens unlimited possibilities. As we attain to a knowledge of the saving truth, we can but recognize our indebtedness and voice our gratitude to Mrs. Eddy, whose teachings have made the Bible a new and attractive book by its spiritual interpretation and practical application, showing the unreality of sin, disease, and death, and consequently the powerlessness of evil; thus bringing to view a perfect God and His spiritual law, which works good and only good.

Excerpts of “Love’s Never-failing Hand” from Christian Science Sentinel, October 30, 1915, by W. W. Totheroh, LL.D.

When the psalmist sings. “He shall hide me in his pavilion,” or of “the secret place of the most High,” he alludes to the sanctuary of true consciousness, which error cannot enter. Jeremiah says of the same consciousness, “A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.”

The psalmist sang, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” That is, having the high goal always before one’s thoughts, which are thus kept occupied, precludes any possibility of error being harbored in them. We become like the object of our contemplation, whatever that may be. By constantly engrossing our thoughts in good we become like God, we draw nearer to Him, and good is brought into our experience and harmony into our circumstances.

What worlds apart are the rebuke of mortal mind and that rebuke which reflects divine Love! The rebuke of mortal mind uncovers error as a reality, and error merely finds one more sanctuary: the rebuke of divine Love is the judgment by which we are divested of error. The rebuke of Love is absolutely impersonal and sees error absolutely as an unreality. Error is common to all and belongs to none. The day of judgment is therefore, the day of Christ, taking all sanctuary away from error.

“No Sanctuary for Error” from Christian Science Journal, December 1921, by Igerna B. J. Sollas

“Hezekiah” from The Christian Science Journal, June 1915, by Isabel Hillier

Daily Duties: from Christian Science Manual, 88th and Final Church Manual of The Mother Church, 1910 by Mary Baker Eddy

Book: The Christian Science Manual, 88th and Final Church Manual of The Mother Church, 1910 by Mary Baker Eddy

BELOVED Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.

The self-seeking pride of the evil thinker injures him when he would harm others. Goodness involuntarily resists evil. The evil thinker is the proud talker and doer. The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness.

“What Our Leader Says” from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210

Final Readings

He stands, a lonely figure, on the plain
Across which winds the Galilean road;
His eager gaze upon the throng which comes,
With eyes for none save him who leads.

The multitude draws near, the weary watcher stirs,
The coarse robe drops away, his face reveals.
“A leper!” mutter some; all stop in dread
Save one, who, heeding not the cry, “Unclean!”
And falt’ring not, comes to the watcher’s side.
No trace of fear, no shrinking air, is there
To mar the loving look on his calm face.
Compassion shines in his clear eye, and stirs
The outcast’s heart to hope for freedom and for health.
“Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean”!
Forth from his heart the pleading cry wells up,
And low upon his knees the suppliant falls
Before the one whom he so long has sought.
A murmur, as of fear, comes from the throng.
Unheeding still, the Master stands and sees
No leper—by the laws of men outcast—
But God’s own image, ever perfect, whole,
As when His likeness first to Him appeared;
No loathsome wretch, barred out from home and friends,
But man, unfallen, perfect as his source.
His hand outstretched, the Master’s gentle touch
Falls on the one who kneels; and then he says,
“I will; be thou clean.” Then straightway springs
From out the dust, his face transfigured, clear,
By joy that healing brings to those who hear
Love’s voice and heed the truth its message holds,
The man—outcast no longer—leaps upright.
Bathed and made clean in Love’s all-healing stream,
Stripped of the tattered rag of error’s garb,
Clad in the seamless robe of Truth’s own child,
In humble gratitude his praise he speaks.
With loving words, the Master moves away
As healing truth unto the world he bears.
The crowd, awe-struck and eager, follows on,
More wisdom thus to gain, his works to see.

He stands, no longer lonely, on the plain
Across which winds the Galilean road;
No longer outcast,—healed and held by Love,
Beholding man in God’s own likeness—free.

“The Leper Cleansed” from Christian Science Sentinel, August 19, 1922, by Earl Mc Cloud

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