SACRAMENT

July 9, 2017

 

Golden Text

John 4:24

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 95:1,2,6

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

 

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

 

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

 

Micah 6:6, 7 (to 1st ?), 8

Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

 

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

 

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

Ps 51:1 (to :), 6 (to :), 10-12, 15-17

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:

 

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

 

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

 

O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

 

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 29:2

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

 

( 2) Deut 8:3 man

man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

 

( 3) John 6:4,5,7-15,25-27,32-35 my, 51 (to 2nd :)

And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

 

Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

 

And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

 

my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever:

 

 

( 1) 20:8-10

Jesus' history made a new calendar, which we call the Christian era; but he established no ritualistic worship.

 

( 2) 26:30-32

His proof of Christianity was no form or system of religion and worship, but Christian Science, working out the harmony of Life and Love.

 

( 3) 410:4

"This is life eternal," says Jesus, is, not shall be; and then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge of his Father and of himself, the knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." The Scriptures say, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," showing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this teaching practical.

 

( 4) 234:4

Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love be it song, sermon, or Science blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.

 

 

Section II

( 4) Matt 20:17-19

And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

 

( 5) Matt 26:17-20,26,27

Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.

 

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

 

 

( 5) 32:8,20-25,28-8

But the Eucharist does not commemorate a Roman soldier's oath, nor was the wine, used on convivial occasions and in Jewish rites, the cup of our Lord. The cup shows forth his bitter experience, the cup which he prayed might pass from him, though he bowed in holy submission to the divine decree.

 

The true sense is spiritually lost, if the sacrament is confined to the use of bread and wine. The disciples had eaten, yet Jesus prayed and gave them bread. This would have been foolish in a literal sense; but in its spiritual signification, it was natural and beautiful.

 

The Passover, which Jesus ate with his disciples in the month Nisan on the night before his crucifixion, was a mournful occasion, a sad supper taken at the close of day, in the twilight of a glorious career with shadows fast falling around; and this supper closed forever Jesus' ritualism or concessions to matter.

His followers, sorrowful and silent, anticipating the hour of their Master's betrayal, partook of the heavenly manna, which of old had fed in the wilderness the persecuted followers of Truth. Their bread indeed came down from heaven. It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error.

 

( 6) 33:13

For this truth of spiritual being, their Master was about to suffer violence and drain to the dregs his cup of sorrow. He must leave them. With the great glory of an everlasting victory overshadowing him, he gave thanks and said, "Drink ye all of it."

 

( 7) 35:25

Our Eucharist is spiritual communion with the one God. Our bread, "which cometh down from heaven," is Truth. Our cup is the cross. Our wine the inspiration of Love, the draught our Master drank and commended to his followers.

 

( 8) 54:8-10

Who is ready to follow his teaching and example? All must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God.

 

 

Section III

( 6) John 13:3-5, 12,15 I have, 34

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

 

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

 

I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

 

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

 

( 7) Eph 4:1 walk, 2

walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

 

 

( 9) 192:27

We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true healing. Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

 

(10) 113:5

The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, pulseless, cold, inanimate.

 

(11) 490:6-8 Christian

Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man.

 

(12) 272:3-5

The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek.

 

(13) 30:30-32

We cannot choose for ourselves, but must work out our salvation in the way Jesus taught.

 

(14) 270:23-24

Meekness and charity have divine authority.

 

 

Section IV

( 8) Act 10:38-41 God

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

 

( 9) I Cor 10:16

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

 

(10) I Cor 11:28 let

let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

 

(11) I Cor 10:31

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

 

 

(15) 140:16-18,20

We worship spiritually, only as we cease to worship materially. Spiritual devoutness is the soul of Christianity.

 

"The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth."

 

(16) 3:10

ourselves of God's rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.

 

(17) 31:12-22 (to .)

First in the list of Christian duties, he taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love. He attached no importance to dead ceremonies. It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus "the resurrection and the life" to all who follow him in deed. Obeying his precious precepts, following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death.

 

(18) 26:1

While we adore Jesus, and the heart overflows with gratitude for what he did for mortals, treading alone his loving pathway up to the throne of glory, in speechless agony exploring the way for us, yet Jesus spares us not one individual experience, if we follow his commands faithfully; and all have the cup of sorrowful effort to drink in proportion to their demonstration of his love, till all are redeemed through divine Love.

 

 

Section V

(12) Mark 16:9, 14

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

 

Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

 

(13) John 21:1-6,9,12-14

After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a-fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

 

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

 

Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

 

 

(19) 591:23

MORNING. Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress.

 

(20) 34:29-14

What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea! His gloom had passed into glory, and his disciples' grief into repentance, hearts chastened and pride rebuked. Convinced of the fruitlessness of their toil in the dark and wakened by their Master's voice, they changed their methods, turned away from material things, and cast their net on the right side. Discerning Christ, Truth, anew on the shore of time, they were enabled to rise somewhat from mortal sensuousness, or the burial of mind in matter, into newness of life as Spirit.

This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love.

 

(21) 72:6

A condition precedent to communion with Spirit is the gain of spiritual life.

 

(22) 40:31

The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and this advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.

 

(23) 302:19

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.

 

 

Section VI

(14) John 21:15 (to 1st .), 12 Lord

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.

 

Lord.

 

(15) Act 5:12 (to ;), 42

And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;

 

And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

 

(16) I Pet 4:10

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

(17) II Cor 13:14 (to 1st .)

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.

 

 

(24) 4:3-9

What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done.

 

(25) 37:20-25

May the Christians of to-day take up the more practical import of that career! It is possible, yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness.

 

(26) 55:22

The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ's cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.