Sunday, August 9th, 2020 Roundtable

Remain in Me, and You Will Bear Abundant Fruit

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Spirit

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Morning Prayers

May meekness, mercy, and love dwell forever in the hearts of those who worship in this tabernacle: then will they receive the heritage that God has prepared for His people, — made ready for the pure in affection, the meek in spirit, the worshipper in truth, the follower of good. Thus founded upon the rock of Christ, when storm and tempest beat against this sure foundation, you, safely sheltered in the strong tower of hope, faith, and Love, are God’s nestlings; and He will hide you in His feathers till the storm has passed. Into His haven of Soul there enters no element of earth to cast out angels, to silence the right intuition which guides you safely home. Exercise more faith in God and His spiritual means 153 and methods, than in man and his material ways and means, of establishing the Cause of Christian Science. If right yourself, God will confirm His inheritance. “Be not weary in well doing.” Truth is restful, and Love is triumphant.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 152

Discussion points

220 — WATCH lest you forget that you expose error for no other purpose than that you may cease to believe in it. If this were remembered by more students, there would be less so-called exposing of error. Never forget that when error is exposed with an unscientific motive, it serves to make it more real. Pointing out errors in other students is not exposing error; it is really exposing yourself, since it indicates the degree to which you are believing in error.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “All things work together for good to them that love God.

— I Romans 8 : 28

Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God’s care.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 66

There is a highway to hell and and only a stairway to heaven, that says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Hymn — 182 from the Christian Science Hymnal

Song — I Am the Vine performed by Faith, Jared, and Bruce

HOLY GHOST. Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 588

Poem — If We Live in the Spirit performed by Jared and Bruce

Too soon we cannot turn from disease in the body to find disease in the mortal mind, and its cure, in working for God.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 343

Scientific Statement of Being

Question. — What is the scientific statement of being? Answer. — There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.

— the chapter “Recapitulation”, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 468

Article — Thy New Birth by Mary Baker Eddy

Forum post — “the microscope of Spirit” by Joanne from FL

Healing is the lessening of the material sense of body.

— by Laura Sargent

Forum post — “That which is taking place is a further revelation of what I already am.” by Susan

One day Mrs. Eddy touched Adam Dickey’s hand with her finger and asked him, “What is this?” He replied, “Matter.” She said, “It is not; it is Spirit.” Then another time she looked at him and said, “You are Spirit.” And he said, “No, Mother, I am spiritual.” She said in a very emphatic way, “You are Spirit.” And he said, “Mother, I do not see that.” She said, “You are Spirit,” the third time, but he said he could not see it. When he was going to his room he met Mrs. Sargent and told her of the conversation with Mrs. Eddy and she said, “Oh, Mr. Dickey, why did you say that! Mother was trying to give you her highest teaching.”

— from Collectanea by Mary Baker Eddy

Forum post — by Karen from CA

…supporting my statement of perfection… I know it. I understand it. I accept it. I am grateful for it. I am thrilled with it. I am demonstrating it. I am satisfied with it. And everyone sees the perfect demonstration. Exclamation mark, period, full stop. …This kind of testimony doesn’t leave any opportunity for the negative “buts” or “ifs” to introduce any compromising statements.

— from Immortality Brought to Light by Dorothy Rieke

If Christian Scientists are discerning daily the powerlessness of so-called evil mind-power to determine an outward phenomena the chemicalization will be less severe and it will shorten the days of error and this is our great necessity.

— from Electricity by Bicknell Yound

Forum post — God is always everywhere. by Lynda from NJ

Forum post — Spiritual Living by Chardelle from NJ

Final Readings

To First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Scranton

Beloved Brethren: — Space is no separator of hearts. Spiritually, I am with all who are with Truth, and whose hearts to-day are repeating their joy that God dwelleth in the congregation of the faithful, and loveth the gates of Zion.

The outlook is cheering. We have already seen the salvation of many people by means of Christian Science. Chapels and churches are dotting the entire land. Convenient houses and halls can now be obtained wherein, as whereout, Christian Scientists may worship the Father “in spirit and in truth,” as taught by our great Master.

“If God be for us, who can be against us?” If He be with us, the wayside is a sanctuary, and the desert a resting-place peopled with living witnesses of the fact that “God is Love.”

God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect. Not more to one than to all, is God demonstrable as divine Life, Truth, and Love; and His people are they that reflect Him — that reflect Love. Again, this infinite Principle, with its universal manifestation, is all that really is or can be; hence God is our Shepherd. He guards, guides, feeds, and folds the sheep of His pasture; and their ears are attuned to His call. In the words of the loving disciple, “My sheep hear my voice, . . . and they follow me; . . . neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

God is a consuming fire. He separates the dross from the gold, purifies the human character, through the furnace of affliction. Those who bear fruit He purgeth, that they may bear more fruit. Through the sacred law, He speaketh to the unfruitful in tones of Sinai: and, in the gospel, He saith of the barren fig-tree, “Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?”

God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven. David sang, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.”

Brother, sister, beloved in the Lord, knowest thou thyself, and art thou acquainted with God? If not, I pray thee as a Christian Scientist, delay not to make Him thy first acquaintance.

Glorious things are spoken of you in His Word. Ye are a chosen people, whose God is — what? Even All. May mercy and truth go before you: may the lamp of your life continually be full of oil, and you be wedded to the spiritual idea, Christ; then will you heal, and teach, and preach, on the ascending scale of everlasting Life and Love.

Affectionately yours in Christ, Mary Baker Eddy

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 150-151

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