Sunday, July 12th, 2020 Roundtable

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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 “Christian Science Healing” in Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 220

Read complete article “Chirstian Science Healing” by Mary Baker Eddy

Discussion points

346 — WATCH lest you believe that your blood, or thought, is impure and needs to be purified (when you have some discordant manifestation). There is no Science involved in an effort to purify impure blood, or even impure thought. The correct modus is to realize that your thought and your blood are both pure because God made them so; hence you must watch that no suggestion causes you to believe that thought, or blood, has become impure. In Science we do not strive to purify thought, or blood; we defend ourselves from the erroneous suggestion that it is impure, that it has become impure, or that it ever could become impure.

Once Mrs. Eddy said, “Blood is thought and your blood is pure thought, a health-giving, life-giving thought, and nothing impure can enter into that thought; it is perfectly pure. You are not in body. You are not governed by matter; there is no matter; but you are governed by and govern with divine Mind.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

The spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 25

Golden Text — ““I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” — Hosea 6 : 6

The true Christian life is the way of sacrifice, but God only requires the sacrifice of false, limited, ungodlike thinking and actions. Then after this sacrifice, we find greater freedom and blessings. This joy is known only to the heart which obeys, and brings a peace which the world cannot give or take away. What the world gives, it does take away; but because this joy is not given by the world, the world cannot take it away.

— “Christian Science and Christian Character” by Blanche Hersey Hogue.

Article — “Christian Science and Christian Character” by Blanche Hersey Hogue.

The Lost Chord

Seated one day at the organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys;
I know not what I was playing,
Or what I was dreaming then,
But I struck one chord of music,
Like the sound of a great Amen,
Like the sound of a great Amen.

It flooded the crimson twilight,
Like the close of an angel’s psalm,
And it lay on my fevered spirit,
With a touch of infinite calm,
It quieted pain and sorrow,
Like love overcoming strife,
It seemed the harmonious echo
From our discordant life,

It linked all the perplexed meanings
Into one perfect peace,
And trembled away into silence,
As if it were loth to cease;
I have sought but I seek it vainly,
That one lost chord divine,
Which came from the soul of the organ,
And entered into mine.

It may be that death’s bright angel
Will speak in that chord again;
It may be that only in Heav’n
I shall hear that great Amen.
It may be that death’s bright angel
Will speak in that chord again;
It may be that only in Heav’n
I shall hear that great Amen.
Possible here now heaven on earth

— Adelaide A. Pollard

Song — The Lost Chord performed by Sammie, Jared, and Bruce

Give us, dear God, again on earth the lost chord of Christ; solace us with the song of angels rejoicing with them that rejoice; that sweet charity which seeketh not her own but another’s good, yea, which knoweth no evil.

— from Message for 1901, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 34

Article — Faith Cure by Mary Baker Eddy in Retrospection and Introspection, page 54-55

Consistent prayer is the desire to do right. Prayer means that we desire to walk and will walk in the light so far as we receive it, even though with bleeding footsteps, and that waiting patiently on the Lord, we will leave our real desires to be rewarded by Him.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 9

Remember that mankind must sooner or later, either by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that is to be overcome.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 240

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)

Whenever I get too intense, or strive too hard, to willfully try to “demonstrate” Christian Science, I get on my knees and remember this verse from Micah. Dummelow describes it as the “tender simplicities of God’s requirements.” God’s first requirement is conformity to His law, to think and do according to Truth, to be honest with oneself and others, and to live with integrity. This is the definition of “do justly.” God’s second requirement is benevolence, kindness, tenderness of heart, compassion, and charity. This defines “love mercy.” And God’s last requirement is to do all without pride or arrogance, to submit completely to divine will — to “suffer it to be so now…to fulfill all righteousness.”

This is the definition of “walk humbly.” Nothing could be clearer nor simpler as to what I need to do to demonstrate Christian Science. “What doth the Lord require of thee”

Forum post from this week’s Lesson — “The Feast of Freedom” by Joanne in FL.

Article — Chemicalization and Tribulation by Paul Smillie

The hour is imminent. Upon it lie burdens that time will remove. Just now divine Love and wisdom saith, “Be still and know that I am God.” Do all Christian Scientists see or understand the importance of that demand at the moment, when human wisdom is inadequate to meet the exigencies of the hour and when they should wait on the logic of events? … This is a crucial hour, in which the coward and the hypocrite come to the surface to pass off, while the loyal at heart and the worker in the spirit of Truth are rising to the zenith of success, — the “Well done, good and faithful,” spoken by our Master.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 223: 27-4; 225: 1-5

The millennium is a state and stage of mental advancement, going on since ever time was. Its impetus, accelerated by the advent of Christian Science, is marked, and will increase till all men shall know Him (divine Love) from the least to the greatest, and one God and the brotherhood of man shall be known and acknowledged throughout the earth.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 239-240

Article — “Historical Sketch of the Church”, The Christian Science Journal, August 1889

The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-stone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal. Though empires fall, “the Lord shall reign forever.”

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

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

— John Adams

If all who ever partook of the sacrament had really commemorated the sufferings of Jesus and drunk of his cup, they would have revolutionized the world. If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor, — the receptive thought, — they will bring in the millennium.

— Citation 7 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 34

Forum post — Patience, Perseverance, Centered In God Alone by Parthens

Final Readings

To say that right must win is begging the question. Christian Science makes it possible for right to prevail, but this means that there must be Christian Scientists. It is not something which prevails merely because it is right. It prevails because it is scientific and therefore requires demonstration, and this means that there must be somebody to demonstrate it. This is why we are the light of the world in the degree that we are that light. We cannot outline, but we can know the Truth. It will change many things for all nations, whether they be on one side or the other. The world will never again be as it has been in belief. The very heavens of belief are being shaken. Our treatment, then, taking cognizance of hypnotism, must destroy it and its effects, and relieve both those who practice it and those upon whom it is practiced. We must always remember that the hypnotist is the person who is the most thoroughly hypnotized, for he is the one who most believes in hypnotism.

— from Association Address 1915, by Bicknell Young

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