January 7, 2016
Readings were from the Bible and Science and Health on unity, oneness
People shared ideas from page 340 of SH, last paragraph:
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfills the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,--whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”
· This thought begins with the first commandment.
· We discussed the phrase, “One infinite, God, good. . . annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,—whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, or religious codes. . .” in detail. Do we have rituals in our church? We need to be sure to get meaning from each part of our services.
· The goal helps us to see the beauty of diversity instead on fearing it. It blesses all mankind. It embraces all those included in “Our Father”—the first line of the Lord’s Prayer.
· Some tips for reading the lesson
—mark books weekly in order to read the citations in context.
--Pay careful attention to the punctuation since it helps us understand the meaning of the words.
--Be sure to find inspiration when we read the lesson—even if one citation or one section. Do not make reading the lesson a ritual.
· One of the alive parts of Christian Science is the Wednesday Evening Service where we come together to pray and share. Thanks to our first reader for tying her readings to our spiritual goal the last Wednesday of each month.
· A good way to start the day is to sing Hymn 329
The heavens declare the glory
Of Him who made all things;
Each day repeats the story, (not in a monotonous way)
Each night its tribute brings.
To earth's remotest border
His mighty power is known;
In beauty, grandeur, order,
His handiwork is shown.