Sunday, December 3rd, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Prayer [signed “CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST”]:

O my God! I offer, as a consecrated gift upon thy altar, a heart dedicated to thy service; lips speaking only words of charity and love and truth; thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth. All the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or of pen that is mine, I offer in thy service. Heaven help, and bless, and consecrate, and accept.

— from Sixth Day of Revelation , (the “Green Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 171

Discussion points

149 — WATCH lest you permit demonstration to become work, in the sense of its seeming a burden. The human conception of work, if permitted to obtrude into Science, takes away the joy and efficacy of scientific effort.

When demonstration becomes laborious, it is usually because the effort to realize that which is already true and established, descends to the human level of working to establish that which may be recognized. It is the difference between calling on a patient to awaken, from the standpoint that he is asleep, and awakening him by realizing that in reality he is already awake. It is the difference between trying to produce health, and realizing its presence as something already established.

The scientific effort is not to establish good, but to realize that good is already established as a present reality. True work is not to make good everpresent, but to awaken to recognize it. Demonstration is hard work only when it is the effort to do something. It becomes a buoyant and triumphant joy, when it is the effort to recognize and realize that which God has already done. Only such a right endeavor will establish God’s will on earth, as it is in heaven, and will be unlabored.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Amos 4 : 13

“For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name.”

This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world,
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world,
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

“This is My Father’s World” was written by Maltbie Davenport Babcock and was published after his death in 1901. It was originally written as a poem containing sixteen verses of four lines each. Franklin L. Sheppard set the poem to music in 1915 and selected three verses for the final hymn.

Babcock, who was a minister from Lockport, New York, would often take walks overlooking a cliff, where he would enjoy the view of beautiful Lake Ontario and the upstate New York scenery. As he prepared to leave for his walks he would often tell his wife that he was “going out to see my Father’s world.”

If mortal mind and body are myths, what is the connection between them and real identity, and why are there as many identities as mortal bodies?

Evil in the beginning claimed the power, wisdom, and utility of good; and every creation or idea of Spirit has its counterfeit in some matter belief. Every material belief hints the existence of spiritual reality; and if mortals are instructed in spiritual things, it will be seen that material belief, in all its manifestations, reversed, will be found the type and representative of verities priceless, eternal, and just at hand.

The education of the future will be instruction, in spiritual Science, against the material symbolic counterfeit 6 sciences. All the knowledge and vain strivings of mortal mind, that lead to death, — even when aping the wisdom and magnitude of immortal Mind, — will be swallowed up by the reality and omnipotence of Truth over error, and of Life over death.

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 60-61

In the book of Psalms we read: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.”

One morning when the sun seemed to shine more brightly than usual, I was watering the garden and drinking in the sparkling beauty of it all, when a rainbow with all its gorgeous coloring presented itself before me. Immediately my thought turned to the signification or symbolism of the rainbow as spoken of in the Scriptures—the bow which typifies an unending covenant between God and man. While pondering over this promise, there came to my receptive thought another promise given to God’s children, the passage from the psalm already referred to. I then and there realized that if one of God’s promises is true all of them are, and that in due time His promise would be fulfilled to my struggling, waiting sense.

Every morning I had the same beautiful lesson before me,—my bow of promise, telling me of “the everlasting covenant,” and the roses, geraniums, and poppies nodding their heads in thankfulness for their refreshing shower.

“Promises Fulfilled” (excerpt) from Christian Science Sentinel, August 18th, 1917 by Calista A. Holbeck

Article — No Big Power Veto — 1948 Association Address by Herbert Reike

We had a daffodil bulb which bloomed freely during the winter, giving us all much pleasure. When, however, all signs of blossoming were over, we relegated it to the cellar, thinking it of no further use. Some weeks later we chanced to look at it, and were surprised to discover a beautiful flower. This brave blossom had come to perfection in a dark place, deprived of fresh air, light, and water. About that time I had come to a place in life’s pathway where failure and disappointment, among other troubles, loomed very large and seemed very real, overshadowing the truths taught in Christian Science, and seeming to render them vague and unreal. It seemed as if my blossoming for the time being had been cruelly checked, when this little flower aroused me to the truth. It seemed silently to say, “If I, shut off from what are considered three great essentials of flower life, can grow to such a sweet result, need you falter?”

The lesson was learned. Discouragement vanished, and I felt a fresh sense of gratitude for Christian Science. This lesson brought a new blessing, proving true our Leader’s words (Science and Health, p. 60), “Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind.”

“Consider the lilies” (excerpt) from Christian Science Sentinel, May 1, 1915 by Isabel A. Madge

Book — Memoirs of Mary Baker Eddy by Nathaniel Dickey

Final Readings

…”The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Whoever has traced the stars in their courses, noted the phases of the moon, studied the rising and setting of the sun, or trusted the seasons to come and go in their regular order, finds with proper study that each and all of this points to that invisible intelligence, the creator of the one creation. As we expand in thought and become more and more receptive, we discover new beauties and interests, thus receiving all we are ready to receive or have prepared ourselves to be capable of receiving, the world unfolding to us a grandeur and glory out of what was to us formerly emptiness or chaos.

In “Miscellaneous Writings” (p. 331) Mrs. Eddy very beautifully expresses her thought in these words: “As mortals awake from their dream of material sensation, this adorable, all-inclusive God, and all earth’s hieroglyphics of Love, are understood; and infinite Mind is seen kindling the stars, rolling the worlds, reflecting all space and Life,—but not life in matter.”

The poesy as well as the religion of the Bible shows forth grand lessons, teaching us that God’s love, might, and majesty are made manifest, visible, in inexpressible loveliness of form and color; that the rainbow of promise outvies the painter’s palette; that the lily of the field outrivals Solomon’s glory and grandeur; that God the divine artist forms and colors His own ideas in all the beauty of His holiness, giving to man His glory as a model, His righteousness as the light, His truth as the teacher.

“Visible And Invisible” (excerpt) from Christian Science Sentinel, June 10, 1911 by Helen R. Platt

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