Sunday September 20th, 2020 Roundtable

Two Essential Ingredients for Healing

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Matter

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Morning Prayers

I believe in obeying the laws of the land. I practise and teach this obedience, since justice is the moral signification of law. Injustice denotes the absence of law. Each day I pray for the pacification of all national difficulties, for the brotherhood of man, for the end of idolatry and infidelity, and for the growth and establishment of Christian religion — Christ’s Christianity. I also have faith that my prayer availeth, and that He who is overturning will overturn until He whose right it is shall reign. Each day I pray: “God bless my enemies; make them Thy friends; give them to know the joy and the peace of love.”

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 220

Discussion points

32 — WATCH lest, in your denial of the existence of matter, you accept the impression that you are denying something that exists externally to you. The term matter covers not what you see, but the way you see it. In denying matter you are really denying the way mortal mind sees the true heaven and earth, that already exist here and now in all their perfection. You will surely see this perfection the moment your dull eyes are opened — the moment you rise out of the mesmerism of mortal belief. A picture of great beauty may appear a daub to an unenlightened novice. Once the veil of ignorance is lifted, however, by study and practice, the beauty of the picture is appreciated.

God, as the great master Painter, created the universe in all its perfection. Mortals fail to see it only because of their standpoint of ignorance and materiality. All things appear to be blue to the one wearing blue glasses.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” — Acts 20 : 35

We must resign with good grace what we are denied, and press on with what we are, for we cannot do more than we are nor understand what is not ripening in us. To do good to all because we love all, and to use in God’s service the one talent that we all have, is our only means of adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep discontent with our shortcomings.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 195

Keep the Sabbath. When we learn to receive the Sabbath as a gift, we will rejoice in its bountiful blessings. … God’s grace and generosity infuses the Sabbath with hope and Sabbath rest brings heavenly direction into our earthly duties.

— Sarah Koontz

Forum post — “Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” by Lynda from NJ

Joy and gratitude are two essential ingrediants in healing.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Article — Gratitude by Herbert Eustace

I liked Barnes commentary this week for citation 97:1 in the Responsive Reading, “The Lord reigneth: let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.”

The Lord reigneth – This is the general fact to be dwelt upon; this is the foundation of joy and praise. The universe is not without a sovereign. It is not the abode of anarchy. It is not the production of chance. It is not subject to mere physical laws. It is not under the control of evil. It is under the government of a God: a wise, holy, intelligent, just, benevolent Being, who rules it well, and who presides over all its affairs. If there is anything for which we should rejoice, it is that there is One Mind, everlasting and most glorious, who presides over the universe, and conducts all things according to his own wise and eternal plan.

Let the earth rejoice – The earth itself; all parts of it; all that dwell upon it. As the earth everywhere derives whatever it has of fertility, beauty, grandeur, or stability, from God – as order, beauty, productiveness are diffused everywhere over it – as it has received so many proofs of the divine beneficence toward it, it has occasion for universal joy.

Let the multitude of isles be glad thereof – The eye of the psalmist is evidently on the many islands which are scattered over the sea. Not merely the continents – the extended countries where nations dwell – have occasion for joy, but the beautiful islands – the spots of earth which have risen from the deep, and which are covered with fruits and flowers – these, too, have occasion to rejoice: to rejoice that God has raised them from the waters; that he keeps them from being overflowed or washed away; that he clothes them with beauty; that he makes them the abode of happy life; that he places them in the wastes of the ocean as he does the stars in the wastes of the sky, to beautify the universe. The idea in the verse is, that all the earth has cause to rejoice that Yahweh reigns

— Forum Post by Karen

Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Ps.97:12

This week’s Watching Point 32 states: “In denying matter you are really denying the way mortal mind sees the true heaven and earth, that already exist here and now in all their perfection. You will surely see this perfection the moment your dull eyes are opened.” It is God that opens my eyes to the remembrance of His holiness; therefore I give thanks to God.

Henry Grove, an English minister (1683-1738) wrote about this verse: “God…feeds our hearts with a thousand little rivulets of joy and satisfaction from created objects.” What an abundance of good to be thankful for! — and to know that it comes from God and is not in matter. And Andreas Musculus (1514–1581), a German Lutheran theologian writes about the same verse: “Two things are to be observed — One, that the Psalmist unites joy in the Lord and praise of God. Another, that he connects the praise of God with the remembrance of his holiness. Thus this verse contains the root and fruit of divine praise. The root is joy in God; the fruit is the remembrance of God and his goodness.”

— Forum Post by Joanne

Article — Gratitude by Herbert Eustace

Discontent is a sin that is its own punishment and makes men torment themselves; it makes the spirit sad, the body sick, and all the enjoyments sour; it is the heaviness of the heart and the rottenness of the bones. It is a sin that is its own parent. It arises not from the condition, but from the mind. As we find Paul contented in a prison, so Ahab discontent in a palace. He had all the delights of Canaan, that pleasant land, at command the wealth of a kingdom, the pleasures of a court, and the honours and powers of a throne; and yet all this avails him nothing without Naboth’s vineyard. Inordinate desires expose men to continual vexations, and those that are disposed to fret, be they ever so happy, will always find something or other to fret at.

— Matthew Henry Commentary for 1 Kings 21:4

If there is anything you want, stop and think; that’s the reason you haven’t got it.

— Bicknell Young

Article — “Be Thou My Vision” Sung by Faith,Jared, Bruce, and Craig,

Teaching Testimony — “Praise Our God” by Florence Roberts

Click here to play the Hymn: — Hymn 280 by Henry Francis Lyte

Article — Scientific Translations by Martha Wilcox

You cannot fail unless you quit.

— Abraham Lincoln

It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 272

The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science. Without this process of weaning, “Canst thou by searching find out God?” It is easier to desire Truth than to rid one’s self of error. Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 322

Strive: Devote serious effort or energy : endeavor

Glean: Extract, collect gradually and bit by bit.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

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.”

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 149

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