Sunday, March 12th, 2023 Roundtable

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Substance

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Morning Prayers

I see myself as God’s own child,
As perfect in His sight.
I see my brother-man as well,
A perfect child of light.
Then to complete my prayer,
I see him seeing me aright —
I see him seeing me seeing him
As perfect in Love’s sight.

From 500 Watching Points by , page 21

Ask God to give thee skill
In comfort’s art:
That thou may’st consecrated be
And set apart
Unto a life of sympathy.
For heavy is the weight of ill
In every heart;
And comforters are needed much
Of Christlike touch.
— A. E. Hamilton

— from Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 95

Discussion points

203 — WATCH lest you be like the dog in Aesop’s Fables, which, looking into the water, thought he saw another dog with a bone. In trying to get the second bone, he lost the one he had. Animal magnetism tricks us into letting go our hold on substance, in the attempt to seize the shadow. Lust is really the belief in effect as substance, and the consequent desire for it, which causes one to lose substance in its shadow.

The animal magnetism that befools mortal man into seeking effect rather than cause, is described in Psalm 106, where the Children of Israel “lusted exceedingly” in the wilderness. The baneful effect on their spiritual thought of yielding to this error, namely, of believing that effect could satisfy man’s spiritual yearnings, and that the hunger man feels is for effect, is graphically set forth in these words, And God “sent leanness into their soul.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Matthew 6 : 33

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet;
Lest we forget — lest we forget!

— Kipling’s Recessional

From Miscellany,
by Mary Baker Eddy, page Page v

Click here to play the Hymn: — Hymn 260 from The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition

Click here to read: — Meaning of number 40 in the Bible, from

Answering to the call of sunshine, countless daisy stalks thrill with floral energy till each upholds a wondrous golden crown; the constellations of bluets never vie with the stateliness of the laurel whose roots twist about the granite rocks, but with every springtide comes the renewal of their innocence in their humble realm in the meadow grass; the bold and black-eyed Susans frame the wheat-fields with gold and complete the incomparable canvass of harvest-time; the windflower, the wake-robin, the roadside rose, and yarrow, though they be classical flower or blossoming herb, are to themselves counted as nothing, though to the summer they are sweet.

Beyond the remote fastnesses of timber-line, the high frontier of all the forests of earth, or in the dooryard firmament at our feet, wherever systems and worlds of symbolic life abound, the flowers’ beautiful work of service to the summer goes silently on; nor does a blossom fail because its glory came and in obscurity passed from the bosom of nature, for it rests with other servitors of summer, the far-listing cordial winds, to carry the tale of perfume, the attar or the incense of floral gratitude; so natural, so seemly, and so unobtrusive is such a reflected life, that at the close of its service no mortal ear trained for clamor has ever heard the echo of a petal in its fall.

Nothing that rears its hope and its desire upon the law of nurturing divine Love blooms without purpose, and it Must therefore bear to those who faint in their want of refreshing, sweet and patent evidences of this all-pervading and life-imparting Love.

“The Sophistry Of Comparison” from Christian Science Journal, May 1912, by Katharine J. Smith, (excerpt)

Thoughts and Items From Our Readers Inspired by the Lesson:

Article — “The Ninety-First Psalm” by Bliss Knapp

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