Sunday, August 16th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

I pray that all my students shall have their lamps trimmed and burning at the noon of night, that not one of them be found borrowing oil, and seeking light from matter instead of Spirit, or at work erroneously, thus shutting out spiritual light. Such an error and loss will be quickly learned when the door is shut. Error giveth no light, and it closes the door on itself. In the dark hours, wise Christian Scientists stand firmer than ever in their allegiance to God. Wisdom is wedded to their love, and their hearts are not troubled.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 276-277

Discussion points

168 — WATCH lest you attempt to put spiritual power into operation, without at the same time purifying your motive for using it — working to purge it of mortal limitation and finite desire. Six days shalt thou labor with the mesmerism of mortal belief to destroy it; but then must come the Sabbath, where one opens his thought to God for that refreshment that restores him for the warfare. It is not enough for us to declare that God is our strength; we must go to Him to be wound up regularly, as a mechanical toy must be, when it is run down.

The Sabbath day is a symbol of turning to God for strength and life and resting in Him. It is the sharpening of one’s spiritual tools, so that one may go forth and use them for six days. It is also symbolic of retreating into Soul, in order that one may purify his motives and purge them of finiteness and materiality.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He restoreth my soul.” — Psalm 23 : 1, 3

We come to church to have soul restored, to get away from mesmerism of the world, and focus on God. The Wednesday evening service as a oasis in the middle of the week, to remember what God has done for us and keep us encouraged.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Reverence for God heals.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Song — “How Great Thou Art” Preformed by Laura, Craig, Jared, and Bruce

Never blame God for any problem. God is not the cause of the problem, it is a lack of God.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Around A.D. 70, the church at Corinth was once again in disharmony as in previous days when Paul composed his two epistles to restore them. Now it was Clement’s turn, one of the earliest church fathers, to write. His first letter contains a magnificent exhortation urging the congregation to reflect the harmony omnipresent in God’s creation. This excerpt is a relevant “treatment” for any discordant condition on earth today, especially any group or nation in conflict with itself:

Let us consider and behold with the eyes of our understanding his long-suffering will; and think how gentle and patient he is towards his whole creation.
The heavens moving by his appointment, are subject to him in peace.
Day and night accomplish the courses that he has allotted unto them, not disturbing one another.
The sun and moon, and all the several companies and constellations of the stars, run the courses that he has appointed to them in concord, without departing in the least from them.
The fruitful earth yields its food plentifully in due season both to man and beast, and to all animals that are upon it, according to his will; not disputing, nor altering any thing of what was ordered by him.
So also the unfathomable and unsearchable floods of the deep, are kept in by his command;
And the conflux of the vast sea, being brought together by his order into its several collections, passes not the bounds that he has set to it;
But as he appointed it, so it remains. For he said, Hitherto shalt thou come, and thy floods shall be broken within thee.
The ocean, unpassable to mankind, and the worlds that are beyond it, are governed by the same commands of their great master.
Spring and summer, autumn and winter, give place peaceably to each other.
The several quarters of the winds fulfil their work in their seasons, without offending one another.
The ever-flowing fountains, made both for pleasure and health, never fail to reach out their breasts to support the life of men.
Even the smallest creatures live together in peace and concord with each other.
All these has the Great Creator and Lord of all, commanded to observe peace and concord; being good to all.
But especially to us who flee to his mercy through our Lord Jesus Christ; to whom be glory and majesty for ever and ever. Amen.

— Forum Post by Parthens for this week’s Lesson

Listen to Teaching Testimony — “Give of Your Light” by Mary Beth SIngleterry

Grace: The spirit or influence of God operating in man to strengthen and regenerate (to plant holy affections in the heart a virtue of divine origin.)

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

WATCH — When you lie down to sleep, know that you have self-control, and that the everlasting arms are about you, and nothing can intrude into your quiet sanctuary — your peace and rest. You say you cannot sleep — why not rather say, you rest in God who does not sleep? You need no sleep. Realize this, and the fear that you will not sleep will disappear, and you will sleep. It is the assurance of knowing that makes us master of the situation.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,”
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 42

This fear is formed unconsciously in the silent thought, as when you awaken from sleep and feel ill, experiencing the effect of a fear whose existence you do not realize; but if you fall asleep, actually conscious of the truth of Christian Science, — namely, that man’s harmony is no more to be invaded than the rhythm of the universe, — you cannot awake in fear or suffering of any sort.

— from Retrospectio nand Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 61-62

Soul: Joy, grace, ageless, spiritual sense, radiant, beauty, deep satisfaction, substance that shines forth, wholeness.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Whoever would be fairer, illumination must begin in the Soul. The face catches the glow only from that side.

— William Gannett

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

— Psalms 42: 11

Countenance: The outline and extent which constitutes the whole figure or external appearance; the whole form of the face.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

We are citizens of God’s government, and if we acknowledge that and refuse to accept the suggestion of any other power, we will be forever safe under the protection of divine law, the law that governs the universe and knows no opposing force. A Christian Scientist is delivered from all attacks of error in proportion to his acceptance of his true relationship to God and of his citizenship in the realm of divine Love.

— from Christian Science in Germany by Frances Thurber Seal, page 50

Final Readings

(Sept. 1, 1893) Be like a little child. Tum your thoughts to Love and say, 0 Love ~ take me in; give me one Mind, one consciousness and make me to love my neighbor as myself. Let your heart cry out to divine Love. A chi1d cries out to its mother for more light, more truth, more love. Ask Love for what you need and for what Love has to give; then take it and demand of yourself to rise up and live. Trust Him, dear, read daily your Bible and Science and Health, and pray the Prayer of our Lord’s in your own words. Ask for His kingdom to come, for Life, Truth and Love to govern all your desires, aims and motives; to feed you with faith and a clear knowledge of good; to make you patient, forgiving, long-suffering, merciful, and compassionate, even as the dear God is thus to you and you desire Him to be. And then reflect this God in all His qualities. My desire is that this year shall be crowned with mercies for you and all. Dear God, I ask for divine Love to leave me not to be tempted, nor to yield to temptation in any direction. I ask for wisdom and grace to know and to do just what God would have me do.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 125

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