Sunday December 27th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Let the Bible and the Christian Science textbook preach the gospel which heals the sick and enlightens the people’s sense of Christian Science. This ministry, reaching the physical, moral, and spiritual needs of humanity, will, in the name of Almighty God, speak the truth that to-day, as in olden time, is found able to heal both sin and disease.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 147

O! May you feel the touch of the spiritual idea that is the light in your path!

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 204

Discussion points

435 — WATCH that you do not forget, in your joy over Christian Science healing, that the most significant thing about it is, that it proves that the Christ has come to earth again — although, of course, as Mrs. Eddy says on page 180 of Miscellaneous Writings, “Christ never left. Christ is Truth, and Truth is always here, — the impersonal Saviour.”

GOLDEN TEXT: Luke 18 : 27

“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” — Christ Jesus

Forum post — “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” by Joanne from FL

The increasing necessity for relying on God to defend us against the subtler forms of evil, turns us more unreservedly to Him for help, and thus becomes a means of grace

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 115

Audio link — “The Sermon on the Mount” from the King James Bible

To The Watchers

from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments, as given by Mary Baker Eddy, page 49

“Hear, O Israel, for the Lord, our God, is one God.”
You are not to come in your own name to pray.
You are not to control any mind.
You are to come only in the divine strength, and know that God will rule and does, and that hypnotism and evil minds cannot, and do not, control men or governments.
All power is God, good.
This is my only formula to Christian Scientists for prayer, and God will give you faith that will remove mountains.

Forum post — “Ask in my name.” by Louise

Article — The Power of Unity by Herbert W. Eustace

Forum post — “The Messiah by Handel” by Parthens

There are three things to keep before you continually: “to have one God” – one Mind; “to love our neighbor as ourselves” and “do unto others as we would have others do unto us.” To have one Mind means for all to work alike; – not you work in your work and I in my work, but work together. It is time for us today to be Christian Scientists and keep these points before us, by asking ourselves these questions every time before doing anything.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 31

I would like to read an excerpt given to me in the very early days by Mr. James Neal, the beloved student and friend of our Leader. I have given this before, but I find it so valuable that I cannot resist sharing with you our Leader’s own interpretation of “Christmas Morn” in healing a patient.

Thou gentle beam of living Love,
And deathless Life!
Truth infinite is you, as God sees you,
As you see yourself.

Still I quote our Leader:

“I have taken this hymn and raised a patient who was at the point of passing on in [the] hospital. I held her as a ‘gentle beam.’ Of what? ‘Living Love’ — as far above all the strife, all the striving, as far above the conditions that brought her there. ‘Or cruel creed’ — the doctor’s verdict. So far above all cruel edicts, creeds of mortal belief. ‘Or earth-born taint’—so far above any taint of inheritance. ‘Fill us,’ fill her, today, right now, ‘with all Thou art.’ With what? With ‘living Love, and deathless Life, Truth infinite.’ Thou all of her. Thou all of me. Fill us, be Thou our all of Life always.”

— from The Healer by David Keyston, page 246

To believe is to be firm. In adopting all this vast idea of Christ Jesus, the eunuch was to know in whom he believed. To believe thus was to enter the spiritual sanctuary of Truth, and there learn, in divine Science, somewhat of the All-Father-Mother God. It was to understand God and man: it was sternly to rebuke the mortal belief that man has fallen away from his first estate; that man, made in God’s own likeness, and reflecting Truth, could fall into mortal error; or, that man is the father of man. It was to enter unshod the Holy of Holies, where the miracle of grace appears, and where the miracles of Jesus had their birth, — healing the sick, casting out evils, and resurrecting the human sense to the belief that Life, God, is not buried in matter. This is the spiritual dawn of the Messiah, and the overture of the angels.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 77-78

BELIEVING. Firmness and constancy; not a faltering nor a blind faith, but the perception of spiritual Truth. Mortal thoughts, illusion.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 582

Links to: The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition

Trust in Truth, and have no other trusts.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 170

Perchance some one of you may say, “The evidence of spiritual verity in me is so small that I am afraid. I feel so far from victory over the flesh that to reach out for a present realization of my hope savors of temerity. Because of my own unfitness for such a spiritual animus my strength is naught and my faith fails.” O thou “weak and infirm of purpose.” Jesus said, “Be not afraid”!

“What if the little rain should say,
‘So small a drop as I
Can ne’er refresh a drooping earth,
I’ll tarry in the sky.’ “

Is not a man metaphysically and mathematically number one, a unit, and therefore whole number, governed and protected by his divine Principle, God? You have simply to preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with your divine source, and daily demonstrate this. Then you will find that one is as important a factor as duodecillions in being and doing right, and thus demonstrating deific Principle. A dewdrop reflects the sun. Each of Christ’s little ones reflects the infinite One, and therefore is the seer’s declaration true, that “one on God’s side is a majority.” A single drop of water may help to hide the stars, or crown the tree with blossoms.

— from “Dedicatory Sermon” Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy, page 3-4

Final Readings

Forum post — “Vainglory” in, Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy

Love is the liberator.

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