Sunday, January 28th, 2024 Roundtable

Thou Hast Redeemed Me, O Lord God of Truth

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Truth

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Morning Prayers

The real Christian Science compact is love for one another. This bond is wholly spiritual and inviolate. It should never be violated in thought or action even for the sake of maintaining the purity of the letter of Christian Science. For the spirit, the reflection of divine Love, is always more important than the letter.

My body is not a toxine factory; it is the substance of Love, the reflex of Soul. This omnipresent Truth is an antidote, antitoxin to all poison, both internal and external.

Oh, may the light that is never dim so encompass you, that no night is there. May His angels hold thee in their power, and Songs of Science be heard in the intuitions of thought, till your life is in tune with the rhythm of God.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 224

Discussion points

475 — WATCH lest you try to do Truth’s work. Mrs. Eddy once stated, “You stand still and voice the truth. Truth does the work.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Psalm 31 : 5

“Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”

Article — “A Treatment for Every Day” by Mary Baker Eddy

When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts. Oh, may you feel this touch,—it is not the clasping of hands, nor a loved person present; it is more than this: it is a spiritual idea that lights your path! The Psalmist saith: “He shall give His angels charge over thee.” God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment. What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love! More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have. This sweet assurance is the “Peace, be still” to all human fears, to suffering of every sort.

— “Angels” from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page

I thank Thee, dear Father, that there is nothing between Thee and this little child.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 268

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

Abiding in Christ, John 15:4

“To abide in Christ is a cleaving to Him, in love. It is a holding fast to Him in trusting obedience. … As our hearts cleave closely to Him and our minds are flooded with His beauty, so His Spirit abides within each one of us, teaching and training, leading and guiding, helping and comforting with an ever-increasing intimacy, as we grow in His grace and in a knowledge of our precious Saviour.

Let us seek to rest in His love and abide in Him, moment by moment and day by day, for He will take each burden and all the pain of life and provide for each of us, the wisdom and strength we need to face the future, until abiding in Him and He in us becomes as natural as breathing.”

— Daily Verse from Knowing

497 — WATCH that you measure your growth by God rather than man, by the distance your brethren in Christ have traveled with you, and not by the distance you have traveled away from them. Jesus told us that as we are lifted up, we will draw all men unto us. As we rise into the consciousness of eternal harmony, we must feel that we are taking all mankind with us, since divine sonship belongs to all.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Link — Bible Study, Saturday, January 27th, 2024, David and Goliath

Final Readings

Sunday Services On July Fourth — Extempore Remarks

The great theme so deeply and solemnly expounded by the preacher, has been exemplified in all ages, but chiefly in the great crises of nations or of the human race. It is then that supreme devotion to Principle has especially been called for and manifested. It is then that we learn a little more of the nothingness of evil, and more of the divine energies of good, and strive valiantly for the liberty of the sons of God.

The day we celebrate reminds us of the heroes and heroines who counted not their own lives dear to them, when they sought the New England shores, not as the flying nor as conquerors, but, steadfast in faith and love, to build upon the rock of Christ, the true idea of God — the supremacy of Spirit and the nothingness of matter. When first the Pilgrims planted their feet on Plymouth Rock, frozen ritual and creed should forever have melted away in the fire of love which came down from heaven. The Pilgrims came to establish a nation in true freedom, in the rights of conscience.

But what of ourselves, and our times and obligations? Are we duly aware of our own great opportunities and responsibilities? Are we prepared to meet and improve them, to act up to the acme of divine energy wherewith we are armored?

Never was there a more solemn and imperious call than God makes to us all, right here, for fervent devotion and an absolute consecration to the greatest and holiest of all causes. The hour is come. The great battle of Armageddon is upon us. The powers of evil are leagued together in secret conspiracy against the Lord and against His Christ, as expressed and operative in Christian Science. Large numbers, in desperate malice, are engaged day and night in organizing action against us. Their feeling and purpose are deadly, and they have sworn enmity against the lives of our standardbearers.

What will you do about it? Will you be equally in earnest for the truth? Will you doff your lavender-kid zeal, and become real and consecrated warriors? Will you give yourselves wholly and irrevocably to the great work of establishing the truth, the gospel, and the Science which are necessary to the salvation of the world from error, sin, disease, and death? Answer at once and practically, and answer aright!

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 176-177

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