Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 Testimony Meeting | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 Testimony Meeting


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Theme: Listening to God

Read by Elizabeth and Florence

Bible

Psalms 95: 1, 7-8 (to first ,)

1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your heart, …

1 Samuel 3: 1-10

1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
4 That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
6 And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.
8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child.
9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

Proverbs 8: 32 (to :), 34 (to first ,), 35

32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: …
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, …
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.

John 9: 37 (Jesus said)

37 … Jesus said…

John 10: 1-5, 27-29

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Psalms 29: 3 (to :), 4-5 (to:), 7-8 (to ;), 9, 11

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: …
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; …
7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; …
9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

89: 20-21

Spirit God, is heard when the senses are silent.

298: 25-28-30

Angels are pure thoughts from God winged with Truth and Love no matter what their individualism might be.

308: 14-15

The Soul inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth, and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man.

232: 26-27

In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of solemn import, but we heed them not.

323: 28-6

The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the “still small voice” of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher. Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, — this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Miscellany

152:12-15, 20-24

The restoration of pure Christianity rests solely on spiritual understanding, spiritual worship, spiritual power. Ask thyself, Do I enter by the door and worship only Spirit and spiritually, or do I climb up some other way? To-day, if ye would hear His voice, listen to His Word and serve no other gods. Then the divine Principle of good, that we call God, will be found an ever-present help in all things, and Christian Science will be understood.

Retrospection and Introspection

8:1-17

MANY peculiar circumstances and events connected with my childhood throng the chambers of memory. For some twelve months, when I was about eight years old, I repeatedly heard a voice, calling me distinctly by name, three times, in an ascending scale. I thought this was my mother’s voice, and sometimes went to her, beseeching her to tell me what she wanted. Her answer was always, “Nothing, child! What do you mean?” Then I would say, “Mother, who did call me? I heard somebody call Mary, three times!” This continued until I grew discouraged, and my mother was perplexed and anxious.
One day, when my cousin, Mehitable Huntoon, was visiting us, and I sat in a little chair by her side, in the same room with grandmother, — the call again came, so loud that Mehitable heard it, though I had ceased to notice it. Greatly surprised, my cousin turned to me and said, “Your mother is calling you!” but I answered not, till again the same call was thrice repeated. Mehitable then said sharply, “Why don’t you go? your mother is calling you!” I then left the room, went to my mother, and once more asked her if she had summoned me? She answered as always before. Then I earnestly declared my cousin had heard the voice, and said that mother wanted me. Accordingly she returned with me to grandmother’s room, and led my cousin into an adjoining apartment. The door was ajar, and I listened with bated breath. Mother told Mehitable all about this mysterious voice, and asked if she really did hear Mary’s name pronounced in audible tones. My cousin answered quickly, and emphasized her affirmation.
That night, before going to rest, my mother read to me the Scriptural narrative of little Samuel, and bade me, when the voice called again, to reply as he did, “Speak, Lord; for Thy servant heareth.” The voice came; but I was afraid, and did not answer. Afterward I wept, and prayed that God would forgive me, resolving to do, next time, as my mother had bidden me. When the call came again I did answer, in the words of Samuel, but never again to the material senses was that mysterious call repeated.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

559:8-20

The still small voice of Scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, as when a lion roareth.”
It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the seven thunders of evil and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diaspason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated,-made manifest in the destruction of error. Then will a voice from harmony cry: “Go and take the little book…Take it, eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.” Mortals obey the heavenly evangel. Take divine Science.

Retrospection and Introspection

69:25-30

“Above error’s awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice of Truth still calls: ‘Adam, where art thou? Consciousness, where art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter, and that evil is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there is and can be but one God, and keeping His commandment?'”

No and Yes

14:18-19

Hear the words of our Master: “Go ye into all the world”! “Heal the sick, cast out devils”! Christian Scientists, perhaps more than any other religious sect, are obeying these commands; and the injunctions are not confined to Jesus’ students in that age, but they extend to this age, — to as many as shall believe on him.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

367: 24-29

The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this age through a “still small voice,” through silent utterance and divine anointing which quicken increase the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the consummation of my hope, namely, the students’ higher attainments in this line of light.