Sunday, January 8th, 2023 Roundtable

What Doth the Lord Require of Thee?

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Sacrament

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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 Misellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 165

Once more I write, Set your affections on things above; love one another; commune at the table of our Lord in one spirit; worship in spirit and in truth; and if daily adoring, imploring, and living the divine Life, Truth, Love, thou shalt partake of the bread that cometh down from heaven, drink of the cup of salvation, and be baptized in Spirit.

— from Christian Science verses Pantheism, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 14

Discussion points

132 — WATCH lest you conceive of the power of God as acting in your behalf to care for you and protect you only when you are consciously thinking right. Your demonstration is to establish the fact that your light is shining away the darkness of fear, whether your conscious thought seems scientific, or, for the moment, depressed. You must know that demonstration still goes on, and that the phase of mortal mind that is trying to call itself you has no power to interfere with the eternal operation and tender care of infinite Love.

God never withdraws Himself; mortals merely lose sight of Him. Christian Science explains God as infinite Love forever caring for man whether he knows it or not; but when through false belief man loses sight of this fact, it requires importunity with his own demonstrating sense, in order to regain his consciousness of it, so that to him it is active and operating.

Mrs. Eddy said to Calvin Frye, “Make supplication to God daily that you may be delivered from all beliefs of sin or sickness, and after doing this then turn to and demand of yourself to realize their unreality, and recognize your power over the temptation to yield to any such an illusion.”

It is the preponderance of good or evil in man’s thinking that determines what his manifestation will be. His consciousness of his relation to God must be renewed daily. Why? Because he is dealing with a leaky vessel. The claim is that whatever one puts into this so-called human mind, leaks out, whether it be truth or error. So one must seek to think right each day, in order to keep the spiritual level of his thought at the high point that will enable infinite Love to flow into him and through him.

Mrs. Eddy sought to keep her students on their toes spiritually, by instilling them with the fear of the Lord, and the seriousness of the situation, if they permitted what they knew of truth, to leak away.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: John 14 : 21

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father.”

“Faith-cure”, from Retrospectio nand Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

“Things to handle daily”, complied from Divinity Course and General Collectanea by Mary Baker Eddy

“Question on Post: What exactly does Mrs Eddy mean by a ‘mortal?

Jesus, calling his disciples together, offered them bread on the one hand and wine on the other. Of the wine he said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Of the wine he said, “Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood.” The bread he offered as the symbol of his body,—the manifestation of Truth, Principle. The wine he offered as a symbol of his blood, — the vitality of realization, or inspiration.

Through the intellect we search for the bread or structure of Truth. Through aspiration we grope for the blood or wine of inspiration, until receiving both in communion we find the sacrament.

Jesus said, “I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom,”—when I drink it in your newly awakened perception of Christ. He will drink it new with us. He will come in to us, and sup with us, and be our guest; but where shall this be? In the Father’s Kingdom, he said, the same kingdom that he taught is within us, a mental state. Jesus Christ drinking anew with us in the Father’s Kingdom! With each glimpse of the inner heaven, we find that day at hand in which he drinks it new with us. This is that wine of inspiration which Jesus offered saying: “Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood,” this is the inspirational life, this is the life which is the reflection of the one Love, that deepest and purest emotion which throbs throughout the universe.

Excerpts – “Union And Communion” from Christian Science Journal, July 1903 by Kate Swope

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