Sunday, May 8th, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 165

Discussion points

165 — WATCH lest you hold your concept of God and your concept of man as two separate parts of your scientific thought, as though you could have a right idea of God, and a wrong idea of man at the same time. There is authority for the statement that the phrase, “Hallowed be Thy name,” means man. If this be correct, then with the acknowledgment of God as Father comes the command to hallow man.

If the windshield of your automobile was so dirty that it made everyone you looked at appear to be blurred, the rays of the sun shining through it on you would also become distorted. “Love is reflected in love.”

Your concept of your brother man determines how divine Mind shines to you and through you. Striving to see humanity as God sees them, pure and perfect, opens the way for the love and power of God to flow to you and through you in ever increasing purity and potency. If, on the other hand, you persist in holding even one individual in a wrong sense without striving to correct it, do not be surprised if divine Love is distorted and reversed in your experience.

The Bible tells us that Job found the way out of his discord, lack and suffering, when he prayed for his friends (Job 42:10). His endeavor to see the Christ in others opened the way for the Christ to come to him.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Genesis 1 : 27, 28

“God created man in his own image, and God blessed them.”

Forum posts — Adam and Fallen Man — May 8th, 2022

“Mahmout, the Persian: an Allegory” from, The Christian Science Sentinel, August 8, 1901 by, by John S. Crellin

God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 587

Right now you are as much in the kingdom of heaven as you will ever be. Nothing can be added to you, and nothing can be taken away from you. Then it would seem that all that is necessary toward the realization of this, is a willingness to relax and acknowledge, “Father, all that Thou art, I am.” Nothing to accomplish, nothing to get, nothing to be. “All that Thou art, I am.” And rest in this Truth. Rest in this spiritual awareness of I am-ness. This is not too difficult. It is not difficult at all. It only seems so at the beginning. But gradually as we take this attitude toward life, as we assume this identity, it becomes the only reality of our being.

— “God Is Individual Consciousness” by Bicknell Young

“Benediction” from, The Christian Science Sentinel, February 14, 1920, by Mary H. Cummins

Luke 15: 11-32 — The prodigal son.

Man taking his gift of intelligence, wisdom, etc., from God and using them for his own pleasure, dipping into the senses, etc., until they are dry. We must turn from our conception of man, so that Truth may form and fashion us anew.

from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints(the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 141

God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven.

from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 151

Final Readings

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