February 15th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2015


SUBJECT — SOUL


GOLDEN TEXT: PSALM 34 : 22


“The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”



RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 143 : 1, 3-6, 8, 10

1.     Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

3.     For the enemy hath persecuted my soul.

4.     Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

5.     I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

6.     I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.

8.     Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

10.     Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Isaiah 61 : 10

10     I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.


2.     Isaiah 25 : 1

1     O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.


3.     Isaiah 26 : 3-5, 8, 9

3     Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

4     Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

5     For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.

8     Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

9     With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.


4.     I Samuel 1 : 1 (to 3rd ,), 2, 3 (to 1st .), 4-12, 17, 18, 19 (and Elkanah), 20, 24 (to 2nd ,), 25-28 (to 1st .)

1     Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah,

2     And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

3     And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh.

4     And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:

5     But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.

6     And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.

7     And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

8     Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

9     So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.

10     And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

11     And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

12     And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.

17     Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

18     And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

19     …and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.

20     Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.

24     And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her,

25     And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.

26     And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

27     For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

28     Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD.


5.     I Samuel 2 : 20, 21

20     And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.

21     And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.


6.     Psalm 116 : 1, 2, 5-9

1     I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

2     Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

5     Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

6     The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

7     Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

8     For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

9     I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.


7.     Philippians 4 : 1, 4-7

1     Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

4     Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

5     Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6     Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7     And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


Science and Health


1.     273 : 18 only

Man is harmonious when governed by Soul.


2.     482 : 9-11 (to ;)

As used in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God.


3.     302 : 19-24

The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.


4.     60 : 29-11

Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul. Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man. We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense. The senses confer no real enjoyment.

The good in human affections must have ascendency over the evil and the spiritual over the animal, or happiness will never be won. The attainment of this celestial condition would improve our progeny, diminish crime, and give higher aims to ambition. Every valley of sin must be exalted, and every mountain of selfishness be brought low, that the highway of our God may be prepared in Science.


5.     467 : 1-23

Question. — What are the demands of the Science of Soul?

Answer. — The first demand of this Science is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.

Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter.


6.     261 : 32-7

Good demands of man every hour, in which to work out the problem of being. Consecration to good does not lessen man's dependence on God, but heightens it. Neither does consecration diminish man's obligations to God, but shows the paramount necessity of meeting them.

Christian Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory.


7.     9 : 17-24

Dost thou "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind"? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.


8.     490 : 4-8

Human will is an animal propensity, not a faculty of Soul. Hence it cannot govern man aright. Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man.


9.     390 : 4-11

We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.


10.     66 : 1-14

Thou art right, immortal Shakespeare, great poet of humanity: Sweet are the uses of adversity;

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God's care. Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth.


11.     272 : 19-25

It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science.


12.     476 : 6-10

Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life and intelligence are in matter, and that this matter is man. God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God.


13.     125 : 12-16 (to ,)

As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, — from fear to hope and from faith to understanding, — the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul.



Love is the liberator.