Sunday, October 28th, 2018 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Ask God to give thee skill
        In comfort’s art:
That thou may’st consecrated be
        And set apart
      Unto a life of sympathy.
For heavy is the weight of ill
        In every heart;
And comforters are needed much
        Of Christlike touch.
        — A. E. HAMILTON

— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 95

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

Our God shall reign where’er the sun
Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

All people shall with joyful tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song,
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

For blessings flow where’er He reigns;
The prisoner leaps to loose his chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.

Let every creature rise, and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Let angel songs be heard again
And earth repeat the long Amen.

— Hymn 271 from the Christian Science Hymnal

454 — WATCH lest you regard yourself as caught in a web of material circumstances from which you cannot hope to extricate yourself. When such a suggestion confronts you, you may know that it is a trick of animal magnetism to deceive you into fighting effect, instead of purifying cause. There are no effects of error that will not disappear when error is destroyed; and error is always met through mental purification.

— Watching Point 454 from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God; and there shall be no more death.” — Revelation 21: 3, 4

Forum post — the reward of the inheritance by Jeremy from NJ

Forum post — risen with Christ by Bruce from NJ

Forum post — “New Age” Manifestation of Material Hopes vs. Christian Science by Parthens

1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3. Your life is hid with Christ in God.
4. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13. Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
24. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Forum post — The “bond of perfectness” by Susanne from VT

Forum post — The Eternal Road of Life by Mrs. Singleterry

Forum post — No Shortcuts ……. by Mrs. Roberts

No final judgement awaits mortals, for the judgement -day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgement by which mortal man is divested of all material error.

— Citation 9 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 291: 30 -31

Progress is born of experience. It is the ripening of mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for the immortal. Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self. The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.

The so-called pleasures and pains of matter perish, and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in order to part with them.

Whether mortals will learn this sooner or later, and how long they will suffer the pangs of destruction, depends upon the tenacity of error.

— Citation 8 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 296 : 4 (Progress)-21

Final Readings

Taking Offense

There is immense wisdom in the old proverb, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty.” HannahMore said, “If I wished to punish my enemy, I should make him hate somebody.”

To punish ourselves for others’ faults, is superlativefolly. The mental arrow shot from another’s bow is practically harmless, unless our own thought barbs it. It is our pride that makes another’s criticism rankle, our self-will that makes another’s deed offensive, our egotism that feels hurt by another’s self-assertion. Well may we feel wounded by our own faults; but we can hardly afford to be miserable for the faults of others.

A courtier told Constantine that a mob had broken the head of his statue with stones. The emperor lifted his hands to his head, saying: “It is very surprising, but I don’t feel hurt in the least.”

We should remember that the world is wide; that thereare a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a differ- ent history, constitution, culture, character, from all therest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallestexpectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the frictionof the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it; with acharity broad enough to cover the whole world’s evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, — determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, noreven when it is, unless the offense be against God.

Nothing short of our own errors should offend us. He who can wilfully attempt to injure another, is an objectof pity rather than of resentment; while it is a question in my mind, whether there is enough of a flatterer, a fool, or a liar, to offend a whole-souled woman.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 223-224

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