Sunday, July 8th, 2018 Roundtable

Kindle the Watch-fires of Unselfed Love

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Sacrament

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Morning Prayers

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 Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 220: 14-23

We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to convert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279: 27-2

Discussion points

Talked about the Paul R. Smillie books, and Mrs. Eddy feeling the cover of the Sentinel should not change.

1980s decline of the Christian Science movement. The “Paul Revere” letters. Reg Kerry letters. Andrew Hartsook’s writings in the Banner and his book Christian Science after 1910.

Rocco Drummond said “The state of the world depends upon the state of the CS movement…”

SINCE my attention has been called to the article in the May JOURNAL, I think it would have been wiser not to have organized the GENERAL ASSOCIATION FOR DISPENSING CHRISTIAN SCIENCE LITERATURE.

1. Because I disbelieve in the utility of so wide spread an organization. It tends to promote monopolies, class legislation and unchristian motives for Christian work.

2. I consider my students as capable, individually, of selecting their own reading matter and circulating it, as a committee would be which is chosen for this purpose.

I shall have nothing further to say on this subject, but hope my students’ conclusion will be wisely drawn, and tend to promote the welfare of those outside, as well as inside this organization.

— from the July 1891 Christian Science Journal by Mary B. G. Eddy

The Communist Party targeted the Boston headquarters for infiltration, ridicule, and defamation. It should be no surprise that this is a direct attack on the Christ.

Andrew Hartsook said Any attempt to discredit Mrs. Eddy puts a heavy veil over the discovery…

Forum post — your righteousness by Lynda from PA

Power of unselfed love, and doing away with selfhood.

…to be unselfed means to start with cause, God, and find Him as the basis and substance of all being.

Mrs. Eddy once said, “There is only one way through, and only one, and that is to become unselfed.” Impersonality and unselfedness go hand in hand because both start with God, as causation, and never with effect. Effect, – in other words, what is seen, – to the spiritually minded is like the image in the mirror. Its one and only purpose is to testify to the substance of the image, the object before the mirror, the cause, and never to itself, the effect.

To do this is to become unselfed, and is the only way to be impersonally and spiritually minded.

— from Christian Science, Its Clear, Correct Teaching, by Herbert Eustace, page 526

Forum post — The Great Price by Parthens

— Luke 14:28

Never absent from your post, never off guard, never ill-humored, never unready to work for God, — is obedience; being “faithful over a few things.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 116

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

— Luke 14:28

Kindle the watch- fires of unselfed love

— from Message for 1902 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 16

Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 453

In every problem handle, as Bicknell Young and Edward Kimball say, Law, cause, substance. Be a law unto yourself, defy human law as Jesus did.

Final Readings

I ask for you to keep a time for meditation every day. Ponder in thought your infinite harmonious Christ-expressing selfhood, and claim it as you. Drink in its unspeakable safety. All the truth and beauty of God’s creation is yours and you.

Enjoy it in sincere prayer and thanksgiving. Preserve your human sense of yourself rightly by dwelling in definite treatment every day, within the sanctity and integrity of your real selfhood.

In that hour of prayer, discard all your false sense of selfhood, all that is involved in the beliefs of birth, heredity, association, time, decay, death. By the grace and authority of God, close your thoughts firmly against the interference of mortal beliefs. Hold yourself open to the plans of God and closed to the plots of satan. Rise into the spiritual forces of your own destiny. Each day will begin and unfold under the authority of divine Mind, and will be well-ordered, rightly balanced, filled with spiritual good.

This magnificent spiritual exercise of treating yourself in devoted prayer, and praying for yourself, will keep you in the secret place which is unknown to the senses and open to all that heaven holds for you.

— from Age by Mary Baker Eddy

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