Sunday, August 30th, 2020 Roundtable | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, August 30th, 2020 Roundtable

The People That Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Christ Jesus

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Morning Prayers

Thirty-four years ago, in Boston, I took on myself the cross. I said –

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow thee.
Naked, poor, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shalt be.


Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought or hoped or known,
Yet how rich is my condition,
God and heaven are still my own.


Let the world despise and leave me,
They have left my Saviour too;
Human hearts and looks deceive me –
Thou art not like them, untrue.


Oh, while Thou dost smile upon me,
God of wisdom, Love, and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me,
Show Thy face and all is bright.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 274

Discussion points

216 — WATCH lest you believe that the process of spiritual healing is something you learn, as a child learns to play the piano, rather than being something you develop as you learn, namely, spiritual sense. The boy may learn technique mechanically, but his musical sense is developed only by experience.

True healing results from the Mind that was in Christ Jesus being reflected through spiritual sense, rather than from the effect of what one has learned of Christian Science being declared, and in this way reaching the patient. Once Mrs. Eddy said to Lady Victoria Murray in an interview, “The argument used in healing is simply tuningup. If your violin is in tune, it is unnecessary to tune it up. Keep your violin in tune. There is no disease. If I dream there is a table in place of that chair, that is only a belief. The patient believes it, he does not feel it. God is All and God is infinite, precludes all else. Keep your violin in tune.” There are some corrections that need to be made in this watch. The word ‘interview’ and ‘tuning up’. There are also some words in the original that are italized but not here.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




Golden Text — “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” — I John 4 : 14




Come we daily then, dear Father,
  Open hearts and willing hands,
Eager ears, expectant, joyful,
  Ready for Thy right commands.
We would hear no other voices,
  We would heed no other call;
Thou alone art good and gracious,
  Thou our Mind and Thou our All.

— Hymn 58 from the Christian Science Hymnal




While she was giving us some instruction of work to be done, there came a very heavy thunder storm. Mrs. Eddy stepped to the window. It made me so still, for I felt the divine presence as she spoke with God, and immedi­ately the storm ceased and a double rainbow was over the home at Pleasant View.

Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer Amplified Edition, by Yvonne Cache von Fettweis, pages 194


The Star in the East, which at first is only a glimmer, will increase in brightness and power, as we unload ourselves of the beliefs of mortal mind, until we find ourselves standing in the radiance of perpetual harmony.

— From The Christian Science Journal, Vol. 5, No. 9, December 1887 by Frank Mason




Forum post — A Great Light by Jeremy from NJ


November 22, 1892

When a discord is present, remember that when Love is pushing upon the sense, evil is aggravated and is forced from unconsciousness to conscious thought. Then be not afraid at such times. Darkness should be seen as the forerunner of great light. Then we may rejoice at such times, instead of being filled with fear. Zech. 14:6, 7.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 22


1. A great light Matthew 4:16
2. Repentance Matthew 4: 17
3. Obedience Matthew 5: 17
4. Purity Matthew 5: 28
5. Less Talk Matthew 5: 37
6. Perfection; resist not evil; love your enemies; return good for evil; etc., etc., etc, Matthew 5: 48, 39-44

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 14


The citations are numbered below to coorespond to each step.

1. The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

— Matthew 4: 16 from the King James Bible


2. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

— Matthew 4: 17 from the King James Bible


3. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

— Matthew 5: 17 from the King James Bible


4. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

— Matthew 5: 28 from the King James Bible


5. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

— Matthew 5: 37 from the King James Bible


6. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy
right cheek, turn to him the other also.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

— Matthew 5: 48, 39-44 from the King James Bible




Fast circling on, from zone to zone Bright, blest, afar, –
O’er the grim night of chaos shone
One lone, brave star.
O’er the grim night of chaos shone One lone, brave star.
In tender mercy, Spirit sped A loyal ray
To rouse the living, wake the dead, And point the Way –
The Christ-idea, God anoints – Of Truth and Life;
The Way in Science He appoints, That stills all strife.

— from 1906 Christ and Christmas, by Mary Baker Eddy




Forum post — Hymn 36 from the Christian Science Hymnal




Intellectualism is the bane of Christian Science.

— Plainfield Roundtable




To my sense the Sermon on the Mount, read each Sunday without comment and obeyed throughout the week, would be enough for Christian practice. The Word of God is a powerful preacher, and it is not too spiritual to be practical, nor too transcendental to be heard and understood.

— from Message for 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 11


Audio — The Sermon on the Mount From the King James Bible read by Gary Singleterry




And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. (Mark 3: 5)

What an example Christ Jesus is to all who are seeking to know God-His was a Life against all wrong, with an individual and collective mission, one that expressed Universal Love and an enduring compassion for all who suffered wrong.He healed the withered hand on Sabbath day. When He saw the woman of Nain, whose only son had died He stopped, paid attention and comforted by raising him etc…

This Love made Him rebuke the hardened hearts of men and would today rebuke indifference to others’ suffering or any action motivated by hate. He wants us to own NO qualities underived from God. In these times when error is screaming incessantly, it can be easy to become numb to others’ pain. I am glad to feel awakened to Jesus’ example! It’s making me keenly aware in watching and praying for the fires, hurricanes etc. to also include Love’s mighty comfort for those who have “lost” loved ones in these times; whether due to the fear of pandemic or from other violent acts.

The Christ is present everywhere, and is speaking to all from this: John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.. We can all pray that we are not tempted to disobey that divine command.

— Forum post by Florence Roberts




You can bind all impediments,…as you bind that strong man of deception whom Scriptures warn against. And you bind him by knowing that the Almighty is in the midst of you, alert to every emergency…..He knows just how to put His hand on each trespasser, tie him hand and foot, and eject him from the house—and He just delights in doing so. Fortunate are you to have such a defender.

— from Leaves of Healing by Peter V. Ross, page 94




Finally, brethren, let us continue to denounce evil as the illusive claim that God is not supreme, and continue to fight it until it disappears, — but not as one that beateth the mist, but lifteth his head above it and putteth his foot upon a lie.

— from Christian Science versus Pantheisim by Mary Baker Eddy, page 6




Eradicate the image of disease from the perturbed thought before it has taken tangible shape in conscious thought, alias the body, and you prevent the development of disease. This task becomes easy, if you understand that every disease is an error, and has no character nor type, except what mortal mind assigns to it. By lifting thought above error, or disease, and contending persistently for truth, you destroy error.

— Citation 6 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 390




Final Readings

No purer and more exalted teachings ever fell upon human ears than those contained in what is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount, — though this name has been given it by compilers and translators of the Bible, and not by the Master himself or by the Scripture authors. Indeed, this title really indicates more the Master’s mood, than the material locality.

Where did Jesus deliver this great lesson — or, rather, this series of great lessons — on humanity and divinity? On a hillside, near the sloping shores of the Lake of Galilee, where he spake primarily to his immediate disciples.

In this simplicity, and with such fidelity, we see Jesus ministering to the spiritual needs of all who placed themselves under his care, always leading them into the divine order, under the sway of his own perfect understanding. His power over others was spiritual, not corporeal. To the students whom he had chosen, his immortal teaching was the bread of Life. When he was with them, a fishing-boat became a sanctuary, and the solitude was peopled with holy messages from the All-Father. The grove became his class-room, and nature’s haunts were the Messiah’s university.

What has this hillside priest, this seaside teacher, done for the human race? Ask, rather, what has he not done. His holy humility, unworldliness, and self-abandonment wrought infinite results. The method of his religion was not too simple to be sublime, nor was his power so exalted as to be unavailable for the needs of suffering mortals, whose wounds he healed by Truth and Love. His order of ministration was “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” May we unloose the latchets of his Christliness, inherit his legacy of love, and reach the fruition of his promise: “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 Retrospectio nand Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 91-92







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