Storms and a still small voice

August 27, 2014

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August 29th is the nine-year-anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and so our readings this Wednesday are on the subject of storms and that still small voice guiding us through the apparent turbulence of weather, grief, and anger, and of current political, religious, and racial strife.

Nathan has been providing violin accompaniment for us this summer, and tonight is his last Wednesday night before he returns to college.  You’ll have to visit us in person If you want to experience singing hymns to his violin music!

Sodom

August 13, 2014

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Unlike the four rivers, today’s subject did not come with its own definition from the “Glossary” in Science and Health!  Sodom is described in the Book of Genesis as a “wicked” city that was destroyed before the patriarch Abraham could have the fulfillment of his promised child. To many of us, the word “Sodom” represents sensuality, but to Mary Baker Eddy, it symbolized a much broader attraction of error.  Of this state of thought, Mrs. Eddy wrote in No and Yes:
     “Sooner or later the eyes of sinful mortals must be opened to see every error they possess, and the way out of it; and they will “flee as a bird to your mountain,” away from the enemy of sinning sense, stubborn will, and every imperfection in the land of Sodom, and find rescue and refuge in Truth and Love.
     Every loving sacrifice for the good of others is known to God, and the wrath of man cannot hide it from Him. God has appointed for Christian Scientists high tasks, and will not release them from the strict performance of each one of them. The students must now fight their own battles. I recommend that Scientists draw no lines whatever between one person and another, but think, speak, teach, and write the truth of Christian Science without reference to right or wrong personality in this field of labor.  Leave the distinctions of individual character and the discriminations and guidance thereof to the Father, whose wisdom is unerring and whose love is universal.” (No. 7:10-2)
Mrs. Eddy was also asked about the meaning of Abraham’s bargaining with God for the number of righteous men in Sodom, so that message is included in the jsh-online link on the Readings page.
Have you ever wondered what sermons were like in Christian Science churches before the Bible Lessons were instituted in 1895? I have included a link to a VERY scholarly sermon on Abraham from 1887 which discusses much of the symbolism about Abraham’s journey, the Hebrew meanings of the places and people, and so on.  It is only a portion of the sermon, but it really shows what Bible scholars the people were in those days. I’ve been curious what these early sermons were like, and jsh-online makes it easy to read more of them!

Euphrates

August 6, 2014

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We are now concluding our study of the four rivers defined in the Glossary of Science and Health. This Wednesday’s readings are on the fourth river, the River Euphrates.
There is also a link to an article by L. Ivimy Gwalter who wrote many articles for our periodicals, some of which are republished in the Classic Anthology series. Ms. Gwalter gives a spiritual summary of all the rivers with a longer discussion of the second half of the glossary definition of Euphrates. (If you would like to receive this article, and don’t have a jsh-online subscription, you will have to send me an email so that I can send it to you separately.)
Thanks again for joining us at we explored these four great rivers of the Middle East. Our guiding principle was peace, “peace as a river,” as it is described in the book of Isaiah (Is. 48:18).