Sunday, October 8th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Life understood spiritually is heaven here. MEMORANDA – 1. Pray God to help you awake to the claims of error, and awake to the truth that destroys them. 2. Whenever error would try to make sin, sickness, disease or death seem real, Good overrules it, and it makes them more unreal to us. 3. Good reverses every evil argument and effort and brings out the opposite good.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 99

Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 390

Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 475

Discussion points

121 — WATCH lest you go from fear to the fear of fear — to the point of being afraid of fear itself. This warning covers a strange phenomenon that has arisen in Christian Science due to a misapprehension of the right way to handle fear. The scientific way is to expose the fact that you have nothing to fear, and nothing to fear with, rather than to try to dispose of the fear, believing that if you do not, the fear may result in some unpleasant manifestation.

All fear is based on the belief that man has an existence apart from God.

Fear is not the result of something; but something is the result of fear. If one does not understand the deception connected with this mesmerism, he may become afraid of being afraid, even after he has sought to establish the fact that evil has no power, and is nothing to fear.

We must handle fear on the basis of God’s ever-present care, as Elisha did in II Kings 6:16 when he declared, “… they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” This realization opens the way for the next step, namely, to know as a scientific fact that you have nothing against you, since God is All.

As you take the footsteps leading to the destruction of fear, it is necessary to watch lest you give fear power of itself, believing that, if you once let it in, it can rob you of the infinite care of God. Sometimes it is helpful to declare, “Go ahead, mortal mind, and be just as afraid as you want to be, but you cannot touch me, or rob me of God’s protection and care; nor can you make me believe that I have been so robbed. I am not afraid; I do not believe God has made me capable of being frightened. I am man, and man cannot fear, any more than God can.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter


“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Theoretically and practically man’s salvation comes through “the riches of His grace” in Christ Jesus. Divine Love spans the dark passage of sin, disease, and death with Christ’s righteousness, – the atonement of Christ, whereby good destroys evil, – and the victory over self, sin, disease, and death, is won after the pattern of the mount. This working out our own salvation, for God worketh with us, until there shall be nothing left to perish or to be punished, and we emerge gently into Life everlasting. This is what the Scriptures demand – faith according to works.

— from Message for 1901 Message to The Mother Church, Boston, Massachusetts,, June, 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 10

from “War” Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page

“A Plea For Joy”, from Christian Science Journal, October 1922 by Ella W. Hoag

Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, 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 pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.

— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171

Paul’s designation of the heavenly messenger as ‘an angel of the God whose I am, whom also I serve,’ recalls Jonah’s confession of faith, but far surpasses it, in the sense of belonging to God, and in the ardor of submission and of active obedience, expressed in it. What Paul said to the Corinthians {1 Corinthians 6:19} he realized for himself: ‘Ye are not your own; for ye were bought with a price.’ To recognize that we are God’s, joyfully to yield ourselves to Him, and with all the forces of our natures to serve Him, is to bring His angel to our sides in every hour of tempest and peril, and to receive assurance that nothing shall by any means harm us. To yield ourselves to be God’s is to make God ours. It was because Paul owned that he belonged to God, and served Him, that the angel came to him, and he explains the vision to his hearers by his relation to God. Anything was possible rather than that his God should leave him unhelped at such an hour of need.

—”Tempest Trust” by MacLaren’s Expositions

Unity Watch for Saturday, October 7th, 2023

“God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect. Not more to one than to all, is God demonstrable as divine Life, Truth, and Love; and His people are they that reflect Him — that reflect Love.”

from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 150 : 25-29

People everywhere are awakening to the need to seek and cling to this universal “Life, Truth, and Love,“ and to release the doctrine, dogma, and creed that is human opinion gone awry and tends to divide us. May this light of Truth, emanating from our church tomorrow morning, reach the hungering heart searching for the Rock of ages.

“The night is far spent, and day is not distant in the horizon of Truth — even the day when all people shall know and acknowledge one God and one Christianity.”

from Christian Science versus Pantheism, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 1 : 17-19

Psalm 91 — “The Ninety-First Psalm” by Bliss Knapp

“A Treatment for Every Day”, from by Mary Baker Eddy

Final Readings

The Scriptures admonish us over and over again, to “rejoice always,” and as Scientists we have found the practical value of a joyful spirit. We have found that as we overcome our own errors of doubt and anxiety, we are able to rejoice; not simply to rejoice over the destruction of one particular error, but to have a joyful heart, a spirit of thankfulness. David says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise.” These are the gates of heaven and the courts of the Holy City, the abiding-place of God, and it is only as we have the spirit of praise and thanksgiving that we are able to enter. In proportion as we rejoice and give thanks are the gates opened, the heavenly kingdom revealed to us. The courts become our home and we are at rest in infinite Love.

Isaiah says, “With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” How blind and perverse have we been, our eyes closed to the beauties that were ours for the taking. What joy! what a beautiful thought! No more anxious days; no more weary nights, but beautiful joyful days; restful, peaceful nights, and why? Because we are beginning to understand God aright, to know that we are His children; that He careth for us; that the unsearchable riches of God are ours; beginning to know that we cannot be separated from Him; beginning to realize the fulness of joy in His presence. With joy are we drawing water from the wells of salvation, with thanksgiving entering His gates, and with praise His courts.

“Rejoice Always.” from Christian Science Sentinel, June 26, 1902, BY Lillian K. Butterfield

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