Sunday, September 10th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

PRAYER FOR ONESELF – I thank Thee, Father-Mother God, that neither ignorant, fraudulent, nor malicious mortal mind can reach me, or affect me mentally, physically, financially, or otherwise; and I know it, for God is the only power; that I am not the victim of aggressive mental suggestion, nor the target of M.A.M. claiming to operate through any channel whatever, but I am the blessed legal child of God, spiritual, immortal. all-harmonious, perfect, happy, healthy, pure, sinless, free, and fearlcss and diseaseless, and deathless, expressing the substance of all good.

Hold yourself constantly and consciously under God’s eternal law of blessing, of happiness, harmony, health, peace, joy, power, progress, protection, abundance; there is no other law, only a contrary mortal mind lie which you are awake and alert to, and not under.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

Discussion points

244 — WATCH lest you fail to differentiate between statements for instruction, growth and demonstration. Statements of Science that are for instruction, involve the analysis of the operation of the lie, as it claims to hold man in bondage in Egypt. Statements for growth are based on man as approaching perfection, having come to himself, remembering his Father’s house, so that he is ready to return.

Statements for demonstration are based on absolute present perfection, declaring man to be in the Father’s house now, to have been there always, and never to have departed for any suppositional sojourn in Egypt, from which he must return.

Demonstration which starts and ends with the realization and declaration of eternal present perfection is needed to silence the lie, or pack of lies of mortal belief. One cannot utilize the healing power of God unless he takes the stand that everything is spiritual and perfect now, that man has never departed from perfection, since God created him perfect; hence there is, in reality, nothing to heal.

The prodigal in Egypt needed instruction and explanation as to the lie that claimed to entice him and hold him in illusion, by making the illusion seem real and desirable. On his way home he needed statements of growth to encourage him; but that which really sustained him and made his experience a scientific one, was the realization from the standpoint of absolute Science that he had always been in the Father’s house, and had never left it; that the sojourn in Egypt was a bad dream — and not even that, since to consider it even as a dream, gives it more reality than one should give it, for in reality the child of God has no capacity to dream. Hence the necessity for naming error nothing.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Luke 15 : 31

“Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.”

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; Afterthose days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people

— Jeremiah 31:33

My child, give me thy heart;
while it is ours to answer:

Search me, oh God, and know my heart;

Try me and know my thoughts;

And see if there be any wicked way in me.

We are called to lay ourselves daily, hourly,

upon the altar of selfsacrifice, of utter dependence upon God.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 143

All Christian churches have one bond of unity, one nucleus or point of convergence, one prayer, — the Lord’s Prayer. It is matter for rejoicing that we unite in love, and in this sacred petition with every praying assembly on earth, — “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

— from Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy, page 22:3-5

I heard her address God as “Precious Mother Love, dar­ling Mother, show me Thy way, oh, show me Thy way.” There seemed to be such a perfect communion with divine Love as a child has with its mother. When refer­ring to God, she nearly always called God Love, and would say, “Love will show me.”

— ( Miss) Clara M. S. Shannon, C. S. D.

Final Readings

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