Sunday, May 1st, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Study the Bible constantly, daily, and, dear one, pray. Ask the divine Love every day to give you all that the Lord’s Prayer inculcates. Go alone by yourself one half hour every morning and ask God, good, ‘Thy kingdom come’ – ask to establish the reign of honesty, peace and purity in your consciousness and to overthrow and cast out all that is unlike the Christ, Love. Ask to forgive those that wrong you even as God forgives you, and see how this must be for you to reflect God. Ask for deliverance from temptation, ask for patience, meekness, peace, and so may the grace of God be with you. May the divine light of Christian Science which lighteth every enlightened thought, illumine my faith and understanding, exclude all darkness and doubt, signal the perfect faith wherein to walk, the perfect Principle whereby to demonstrate the perfect man and perfect law of God.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 62

Discussion points

430 — WATCH lest you yield to the temptation to look at yourself humanly as such a hopeless specimen of a sinner, that you seem no good to yourself or anyone else. Once Mrs. Eddy wrote, “Do not look to matter to tell you your success, but look up, for your harvest is right at hand. You know the Father’s love; trust it. Then when you hear a whisper, ‘Now you are a sinner and so and so is your punishment, this suffering is the consequence,’ put it out; put it out. Animal magnetism says you are a sinner when you know you are not. Then empty your thought of fear and say, ‘I look to God, my Father, to see what I am. He alone can tell me of myself.’”

The man who has done wrong must acknowledge that wrong in order to be healed. He must say, “The animal magnetism which I have allowed to use me is the sinner, and I have a duty to perform in destroying the hold I have permitted it to have on me. I have permitted a lie to represent me and I must pay the price; but the lie is the sinner and not me. I will watch more carefully in the future, to be sure that I do not let animal magnetism represent me — the image and likeness of God.”

In Science we should let animal magnetism take the punishment for sin, and we should escape that punishment by escaping from animal magnetism; but man as the perfect child of God should never admit that he is a sinner.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Psalm 19 : 14

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer,”

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True “virtue” is not a tame and passive thing. It requires great energy and boldness, for its very essence is firmness, manliness, and independence.

— Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 412

What has this hillside priest, this seaside teacher, done for the human race? Ask, rather, what has he not done. His holy humility, unworldliness, and self-abandonment wrought infinite results. The method of his religion was not too simple to be sublime, nor was his power so exalted as to be unavailable for the needs of suffering mortals, whose wounds he healed by Truth and Love.

— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 91-92

“Every true and noble thought helps raise humanity and lets the light in. … The normal condition of man is that he should know his relation to God. … Spirituality is the normal condition of man. Christianity is not a state for man to get into. Materiality is the state for man to get out of and then he is in his normal condition, the condition in which we were really created, in the image and likeness of God.”

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 214

In the lesson this week we witness the wonderful transformation of Saul to Paul. God spoke to him directly and he became blinded until he was brought to his knees and saw the error of his ways. This transformed the man. He became a true servant of God. Let us know this transforming power is operating now. No one can be blinded to hate his fellow man, to ignorantly hate Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy, to persecute anyone following the true teachings of Christ. God will awaken such a one to the Truth of being. This awakening process is going on continually and cannot be stopped or interfered with for it is the very presence and power of God in operation!

“God is working His purpose out,
As year succeeds to year,
God is working His purpose out
And the time is drawing near;
Nearer and nearer draws the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.”

from Hymn 82 in the Christian Science Hymnal

— Unity Watch for Thursday, April 28th, 2022

“Paul’s Demonstration” from, The Christian Science Journal, April 1912, by Sophie F. Stolz

“Self-Denial” from, The Christian Science Journal, March 1893 by, by William P. McKenzie

“True Satisfaction” from, The Christian Science Journal, February 1923 by, Ella W. Hoag

Article — “The Ninety-First Psalm” by Bliss Knapp

For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

— Isaiah 50 from the King James Bible

The river of His pleasures is a tributary of divine Love, whose living waters have their source in God, and flow into everlasting Life. We drink of this river when all human desires are quenched, satisfied with what is pleasing to the divine Mind.

— from Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy, page 3

Final Readings

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