Sunday October 10th, 2021 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

May 5, 1907. Mr. G.H.K. repeated from Mrs. E.: The way I would teach a child to learn the Bible would be to teach her to love it, and then she would go to the Bible to read it for her own entertainment. I would also tell her the Bible in story fashion; it will stick to the memory in that way, and she will become interested to look it up for herself. I would preferably confine myself to the New Testament for a child; but the Old is good, too.

(1897) Our Cause is immortal; it rests on nothing temporal; it is the cause and effect of all that really exists. What more is left us to desire than its acknowledgement and the unfolding of God, infinite Life, Love! I rejoice that the young folks, yea, the children, are its supporters, embrace it, love it, and will learn to live it.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 30, 126

Discussion points

339 — WATCH when you manifest a physical claim and cannot seem to uncover its origin, that you do not forget that it may be animal magnetism’s subtle argument intended to disable you, so that you will cease to do the larger work for the world, by giving you an unimportant problem to obsess you — that of maintaining your own bodily comfort. A student may be tempted to be overconcerned with his own material harmony, so that he forgets or neglects to do the larger work for God. This includes many responsibilities, such as the peace and prosperity of nations, the extension of the Cause of Christian Science, as well as the claims of food, sleep, and the like. An alert student will do daily work for the Bible and Science and Health, to know that these books carry the healing power of Mind.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Proverbs 22 : 6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Article: “The Power of Prayer” by Gilbert Carpenter

To Mrs. W.

(Sent on receipt of copies of Science and Health and Unity of Good bound with the Bible) What sweeter unity can there be for our model than Christianity and Science. I regard the type sacredly and trust that our acquaintance will be built upon this Rock. Hearts unite on some basis, and if the foundation of friendship is spiritual, it cannot cease; it must be perpetual.

May the light that breaks upon the dawn of eternal day illumine your path, cheer, comfort, support you. This divine ray is never obscure in Science; only the shadow of sense can cause temporary eclipse, as we stand in our own light.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 127

Click here to play the audio as you read: — Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, Pages 390-393

Forum post — “Become as little children” by Louise

Forum post — “Treating children” by Louise

Beloved children, the world has need of you, — and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives. You need also to watch, and pray that you preserve these virtues unstained, and lose them not through contact with the world. What grander ambition is there than to maintain in yourselves what Jesus loved, and to know that your example, more than words, makes morals for mankind!

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 110

Article: “How I Was Healed” from Christian Science Journal June 1893, by John C. Schooley

“The Sermon on the Mount”, The Book of Matthew in the King James Bible, chapters 5 through 7

Many years ago, at the end of a Christian Science lecture on the topic of the church’s prison and institutional work, a church member asked the lecturer: “So, how should we think about …. Capital punishment?” I will never forget the lecturer’s quick response. He took exception to the question that WE must think alike and cautioned us to pray as one Mind. If each of us did that, he said, we would find unity. But if we continue to look to each other’s human opinion for unification, we will never find it.

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Final Readings

Love is the liberator.

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