Sunday, July 16th, 2023 Roundtable

Each Succeeding Year Unfolds Wisdom, Beauty, and Holiness

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Life

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Morning Prayers

All is Mind, Spirit, God, and this divine Mind gives me life, for God is Life. Life is action and this action is harmonious; it is mental Life. It is Life in Mind outside of body.

S. & H. is changing the belief that heart is matter and sustains life, to the understanding that ‘God is our Life’, that, ‘In Him we live, move, and have our being’. This change of heart would deliver man from heart disease and advance Christianity a hundredfold.

No one can hurt me nor take from me anything that is good. I know no such thing as sin, suffering, want or disease, for I am a reflection of Life, Truth, and Love. I am never disappointed. The harmony of my being cannot be disturbed, because I live in the Infinite.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 93, 223

Discussion points

421 — WATCH that you realize that the connection that exists between pleasure and pain can be said to exist between birth and death, in the sense that one cannot entertain a belief in the former, and be successful in overcoming the latter.

Death is the logical sequence to the belief that one is born into matter. The answer to the question: “O grave, where is thy victory?” lies in the acceptance of the belief in birth. When one uses his knowledge of Science to endeavor to perpetuate harmonious matter, how can he overcome the last enemy, since he is clinging to error, rather than destroying it. He is like a man who repeats the scientific statement of being to get rid of discomfort from eating, so that he can go back to the pleasure of eating.

St. Paul took pleasure in infirmities because they called his attention to the true nature of the belief of life and reality in matter, which one does not recognize under human harmony.

To work in Science merely to eliminate imperfections in the body or matter, exposes the fact that one values the unreal. Such an effort clings to pleasure, and tries to fight pain, rejoices in birth, and seeks to destroy death. “If ye live after the flesh ye shall die,” shows that the belief of life in matter leads to death, since birth asserts that man is separated from God; just as a belief in pleasure leads to pain.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Proverbs 12 : 28

“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”

Treatment for Pain:

When mesmerized by pain, turn and say: “I know what you are. This is not pain or a belief of pain. It is a belief of mind in matter; a lie of belief without a believer, nothingness claiming to be something. I am not afraid. I am spiritual, and so immune.”

— from Teaching and Addresses by Edward kimball, pagw 132

“Immortality”, from 1949 Association Address, by Herbert E. Rieke

Article — “How Mrs. Eddy used “Christmas Morn” to Heal a Patient” From The Healer by David Keyston, pages 145 to 146

Click here to play Hymn: — Hymn 162 The words to this hymn were written by Mary Baker Eddy

Forum post — “Time Is Not Toxic” by Mary Beth Singleterry

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

It is a fact that a majority of the human family are striving to better their circumstances or condition in life, believing that in so doing they will become happier.

What will man not do in search of gain? He explores the depths of earth and sea for their hidden treasures. He may find them, or he may not find them; but is he made happy thereby? There may be some degree of satisfaction, but no real happiness in either case.

…There is no true happiness which is not the outgrowth of righteousness. Whoever performs a kind act, not only contributes to his own real possessions, but he will have a present consciousness of right-doing, and receive the reward thereof. The more we do for others, the greater will be our reward, which is real joy, the offspring of righteousness. Therefore, only the righteous are truly happy.

Oh Happiness, what is life without thee, but a cold, dreary existence, devoid of love, faith, and hope? The sunshine of thy presence is not only the nursery of these three, but also a supplanter of those phantoms or dreams called Sin and Death.

…”Happy is the man whose God is the Lord.” Therefore it is in vain to seek for happiness, unless we first seek righteousness; and what we seek we shall find.

“Origin Of Happiness” from Christian Science Journal, December 1887 by A. Lang.

Article — Three Essential Statements by Mary Beth Singleterry

Democracy and the modern church require that all men shall be great. The modern social, industrial, economic problem requires thinking masses, as well as leaders. Here is our danger. There is only one remedy. That is to get back to great thoughts and great books and great sermons and great interests again. The ancient poet was right when he said, “I will meditate in thy precepts.” It made him great. Meditation on great truths makes corresponding minds and hearts. The Bible is full of this. The great man is he whose delight is in, not newspapers and cheap magazines and sporting news, but in the law of the Lord, “and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” “My meditation of him shall be sweet.” Now, the men who move across the pages of the Bible are great and commanding figures. These old sentences are the secret of their greatness. They realized they were children of the eternal Father, copartners with the great God in building the new world. So they thought His thoughts, sought His company, found their chief interest in hearing His Word, and their great enthusiasm and delight in the doing of His will.

“From Our Exchanges” from Christian Science Sentinel, July 2, 1910 [Christian Work and Evangelist.]

Final Readings

Clouds parsimonious of rain, that swing in the sky with dumb thunderbolts, are seen and forgotten in the same hour; while those with a mighty rush, which waken the stagnant waters and solicit every root and every leaf with the treasures of rain, ask no praising. Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.

Pliny gives the following description of the character of true greatness: “Doing what deserves to be written, and writing what deserves to be read; and rendering the world happier and better for having lived in it.” Strive thou for the joy and crown of such a pilgrimage — the service of such a mission. A heart touched and hallowed by one chord of Christian Science, can accomplish the full scale; but this heart must be honest and in earnest and never weary of struggling to be perfect — to reflect the divine Life, Truth, and Love. Stand by the limpid lake, sleeping amid willowy banks dyed with emerald. See therein the mirrored sky and the moon ablaze with her mild glory. This will stir your heart. Then, in speechless prayer, ask God to enable you to reflect God, to become His own image and likeness, even the calm, clear, radiant reflection of Christ’s glory, healing the sick, bringing the sinner to repentance, and raising the spiritually dead in trespasses and sins to life in God. Jesus said: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

“Address To The Concord Church” From Miscellany, February 1899, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 149

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