Sunday, April 30th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

God is Father, infinite, and this great truth, when understood in its divine metaphysics, will establish the brotherhood of man, end wars, and demonstrate “on earth peace, good will toward men.”

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 279, 165

Discussion points

280 — WATCH lest you believe that you can live along in a peaceful sense of the reality of good, maintain a high sense of God, and establish this consciousness so that it is permanent, by mild methods. Mrs. Eddy once said, “Jesus spake as one having authority. The mild and pleasant words to a patient will do when it is to quiet fear, but when there is a real clinch with error, to destroy it you must command as one having authority.”

In Miscellaneous Writings Mrs. Eddy tells us that we must doff our lavender kid zeal and become real and consecrated warriors. Students who dodge all conflict with the lie, until such conflict is forced upon them, may sometimes trace this reluctance to a fear that in such warfare they may lose God, or their metaphysical thought. Yet one must prove his understanding to be stronger than the lying effort of evil to maintain its claims, before he can claim to be a real Christian Scientist. Students must take what they have learned and demonstrate it with dominion. They must come in contact with the claims of error and come off victorious by proving their ability to maintain their scientific thought in spite of all contrary evidence. Then they can rightly claim that the truth has been nailed home through the hammer of tribulation, so that that which seemed wrathful to human sense, has become an angel entertained unawares.

Mrs. Eddy said, “It is not enough to smile and look pleasant when talking to the devil; speak with authority; stamp your foot if necessary and command it to come out of him, as Jesus did. The smile and pleasantness will be all right when you are out of the flesh, but in the flesh you must strive.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Psalm 32 : 2

“Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”

OIL. Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heav-
enly inspiration.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 592

Never absent from your post, never off guard, never ill-humored, never unready to work for God, — is obedience; being “faithful over a few things.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 116

Instructive testimony — “Let love come into his bones like oil” by Mary Beth Singleterry

When Jesus stilled the waves, his only words were: “…Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:39) Isn’t this a wonderful treatment? “Peace, be still.” It becomes necessary for us to realize a “Peace, be still” to every disturbance, to every disturbed thought, and therefore, to all discordant and inharmonious outer conditions. When Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” he was not directing his thought to the troubled waves or to the storm. He was not addressing disturbed thought, the disturbed mind of the disciples, of those on board the ship. Nor was he addressing them as person, but rather to the universal belief of a disturbed thought, to the universal belief of a mind apart from God. To the universal belief of inharmonious inner and outer conditions, he was declaring: “PEACE, BE STILL”!

“God Is Individual Consciousness” from Articles , by Bicknell Young

Article — “Don’t Forget to Anoint the Shield!” by Author Unknown

One day, visiting a cinema display, I was impressed by an interesting picture, which must have taken weeks of patient watching to complete. It portrayed the habits of a cuckoo, the bird that, in some countries, shirks the duty of parentage by laying its egg in another bird’s nest. This particular cuckoo laid its egg in the nest of a little wren. When the egg was hatched, the uninvited guest began by taking the food from the rest of the family. The greedy interloper grew until he found the little wren’s nest too small for him; and in order to accommodate himself, he one day pushed out one of the wee birdlings; and as he continued to thrive, he continued this selfish procedure, until he had pushed out, one by one, the whole legitimate family. He continued still to grow, spreading himself over the entire nest, being much larger than the bereft parents, who, seemingly quite unconscious of their loss, fed untiringly the intruder who had disposed of their offspring. This voracious creature’s whole time was spent swallowing the food so industriously provided by his adopted parents, ever opening his mouth for more.

In thinking of this picture, we find it illustrates, among several lessons, the necessity of observing the rule given for our protection on page 392 of “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy: “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.” When we are un-watchful, is not the intruder permitted to enter our mental home, bringing thoughts of malice, jealousy, envy, hate, hurt pride, wounded feelings, self-pity? Is not this interloper nourished by listening to its pleadings, which insist that resentment is natural and justifiable? And when the suggestion is admitted, the legitimate family—right thoughts—is deprived of its rightful nutriment, that “hidden manna” which is the knowledge of divine Love’s omnipresence and man’s unchangeable at-one-ment with divine Principle, God,—the true consciousness, which feeds and rightly nourishes the hungry heart.

Fidelity to Truth brings the “peaceable fruit of righteousness”—the real inhabitants of the home, which are true satisfaction, contentment, peace, trust, confidence, joy, harmony, faith, strength, spiritual understanding. When these qualities of Mind are expressed, we have on our whole armor, which is our sure defense against the deceitful encroachments of the beliefs of evil. Then will God’s government be manifested; Love will reign in our dwelling,—”the secret place of the most High;” for God is indeed near to them who love and sincerely obey Him.

“He True Course” from Christian Science Journal, October 1923 by Mary Alexia Cusack(excerpt)

Thoughts shared during the Roundtable on the Bible Lesson from participants:

We must stand without wavering. There need not be much mental work done, “Be still and know that I am God” is all this is really necessary. The harder you “work” mentally – sometimes – the more real the claim appears – so do as Jesus did – expect the “WORD” – to heal instantly. Now the next step is to hold fast to this – let this Christ rise in you. How? First practice Peace. Jesus said, “My peace I give unto you” We do not recognize the importance of these words, nor of what Paul said, “None of these things move me.” Speak peace to the turmoil within – hundreds of times a day. Learn what the word means. Speak it to all the things and persons, either verbally or mentally and especially to yourself. When you acquire quietness of heart, when knowing that you are one with – ALL THE POWER THERE IS, when you consciously feel peace because there is nothing else but that peace for God’s likeness, then you take the next step – possession. A sense of possession is as much a law of your being as the distinct eternal sense of health or the distinct sense of activity. Practice having this sense of all things and mean having dominion over all things. Doesn’t Mrs. Eddy say, “God giving all, man having all that God gives?” Doesn’t that mean anything to you? I believe that this possession of what God gives – and He gives all – is the step leading to the understanding of dominion – or that which gives us what seems to be lacking. 

“Stand”, by Author Unknown 

Final Readings

Periods and peoples are characterized by their highest or their lowest ideals, by their God and their devil. We are all sculptors, working out our own ideals, and leaving the impress of mind on the body as well as on history and marble, chiseling to higher excellence, or leaving to rot and ruin the mind’s ideals. Recognizing this as we ought, we shall turn often from marble to model, from matter to Mind, to beautify and exalt our lives.

“Chisel in hand stood a sculptor-boy,
With his marble block before him;
And his face lit up with a smile of joy
As an angel dream passed o’er him.
He carved the dream on that shapeless stone
With many a sharp incision.
With heaven’s own light the sculptor shone, —
He had caught the angel-vision.

“Sculptors of life are we as we stand
With our lives uncarved before us,
Waiting the hour when at God’s command
Our life dream passes o’er us.
If we carve it then on the yielding stone
With many a sharp incision,
Its heavenly beauty shall be our own, —
Our lives that angel-vision.”

— from People’s Idea Of God by Mary Baker Eddy, page 6-7

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