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Exercise Your Freedom! Worship…in the “way of holiness.”

Rick Stewart, C.S., Dresden, Germany
Posted Monday, July 4th, 2016

[Exercise Your Freedom! Worship…in the “way of holiness.”]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Sacrament”
for Sunday, July 10, 2016
by Rick Stewart, C.S., Dresden, Germany
+49 351 312 4736 rickstewartcs@aol.com

The following explanation is found on Cedars Camps website about our metaphysical theme for this year,

“CedarS metaphysical theme for 2016 is a simple directive with huge, health-care benefits:

Find wholeness in "the way of holiness”! (Isaiah 35:8)

We invite you to join our campers, staff, and prayer-based community in exploring the deeper meanings and daily applications of this radical mission statement.

Mary Baker Eddy states our theme in a paragraph that outlines her universal health care system of wholeness-from-the-inside-out. Here’s how she connects health (or wholeness) directly to purity (or “the way of holiness”): “One’s aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.” (Science & Health, 241:23)

Mrs. Eddy’s naming of purity as “the way of holiness” and the naming of early Christianity as the Way for followers of Christ Jesus, The Wayshower, are fulfillments of Isaiah’s prophesy that “an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness;” (Isaiah 35:8)

http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/theme/

In recent days I have come across some very thought-provoking elements of what it means to walk a path that is “holy or consecrated to God.” (meaning of the word Sacrament)

Last Monday, my son, Johann, and I were walking near the main train station in Dresden, Germany. Johann suddenly stopped and pointed out something completely new to me, “Papa, do you see those little plaques in the sidewalk? They are all over town and they tell you where Jewish people used to live before they were deported and killed in the concentration camps of the Nazis.”

I looked at two small, brass plaques in the pavement commemorating Simon and Gertrud Silberman. The plaques stated that the Silberman’s were residents here on Bayerische Strasse before their deportation and murder in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. These plaques are part of a commemoration project in 18 countries in Europe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolperstein

It moved me deeply to be reminded in this way of those who simply because of their choice of worship and religious lifestyle were persecuted and killed. But the lessons did not end there. After an inspiring Sunday church service and Sunday School session at The Mother Church in Boston, my family and I along with some friends took a tour of Boston. At one point our tour guide, Boston Bob, pointed out the bronze statue of Mary Dyer outside of the Massachusetts State House. He began, “Here is one you won’t find in your school history books.” He explained that Mary Dyer had converted from Puritanism to Quakerism and was eventually executed because of her beliefs.

To come across this before the celebration of American Independence Day, the 4th of July, was profoundly moving. I asked myself, “What does it mean to worship God according to one’s own conscience and what price has been paid for that right?”

I suddenly found myself so grateful for this week’s lesson on the subject, “Sacrament.” And I could not wait to dig in and see what I could learn about the true meaning of “worship” and “sacrifice” and its significance in my life.

The Golden Text and Responsive Reading begin the theme of worship, bowing down, and giving reverence to God. Psalms 69 brings out the message that it is better to sing praise to God and give thanks than it is to sacrifice animals. The Psalmist declares, “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call upon the name of the Lord.” And the Responsive Reading concludes with Paul’s hope that “Christ may dwell in your hearts”….and “that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”

So, we know that Christ is going to be our “Wayshower” in this lesson leading us to a clearer understanding of Sacrament and what it means to worship God.

Section 1: Christ the Wayshower.

Citation B1 from Micah is a classic statement of what God requires of us; [it’s included in our 6th Tenet as “to be merciful, just and pure”. (See citation S29, 497 and the online Download of the evolution of this tenet as documented by the MBE Library)] I love the paraphrasing in the Message of God’s simple requirements, “But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.” (B1, Micah 6:6, 8)

Citation B2 chronicles how John the Baptist perceived the fulfilling of his role preparing the way for the Christ and seeing the Christ as the “Lamb of God” and as the “Son of God.” Mrs. Eddy says about that in citation S1, “John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the immaculate Jesus, and John saw in those days the spiritual idea as the Messiah, who would baptize with the Holy Ghost, — divine Science.” (561:32–3)

Citation S4 states, “We know that a desire for holiness is requisite in order to gain holiness; but if we desire holiness above all else, we shall sacrifice everything for it. We must be willing to do this that we may walk securely in the only practical road to holiness.” (11:22–27)

This preparation work on the “road to holiness” is vital. As I explained recently to someone the high-speed highway system in Germany, the Autobahn, is usually totally free of debris and trash on the road. But that does not happen by itself; there is a very effective system for keeping the road clear. And it makes driving so much safer.

Couldn’t we see our morning Bible study, prayer, and spiritual thinking (or like at CedarS, our Mets before an activity) as similar to John the Baptist’s prep work—preparing the road for the Wayshower, “the way of holiness.”? “Make straight the way of the Lord…” (B2)

As we walked by the Old South Church in Boston I spotted this small banner message the church had hung up, “Love thy (Muslim) neighbor as thyself.” It fit right in with a delightful taxi ride from the airport a few days ago. Our driver was a Syrian American who came to the States in the 1970s. He had served in the American army and returns to visit Syria two times a year. His comments were simply, “You know people do not realize that Syria is ten percent Christian and that some of the oldest Christian communities are and always have been in Syria. It is not as simple a picture as some of the media would have you believe.” This man was Muslim, but his manner and his explanations made it very easy to fulfill that slogan on the old South Church.

Section 2: Jesus’ way includes no lack.

The feeding of the multitude in citation B6 (Matthew 15:30, 32-38) has inspired for hundreds and hundreds of years, but if it remains a “miracle” by a “miracle worker,” it becomes almost like a fairy tale. But as an example of the laws of Science at work it becomes revelation and stands as a proof of law. Mrs. Eddy writes in citation S6, “Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to material laws. His acts were the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false claims of material sense or law.” (273:24)

Demonstration of divine Principle in action is very different from miracle. The concept of God’s grace supplying human need can be demonstrated in many ways. A very fragrant example I just experienced was at the Christian Science nursing facility, Charton Manor in Kent, England. I was there for an annual Open Day celebration. I had watched one of the staff fill the entire building with bouquet after bouquet of beautiful flowers. I thought the floral budget must be huge for the facility. As I commented on the flowers she told me that all of the flowers are donated by the local Sainsbury grocery store. She explained that at one point an employee at Charton Manor asked what they did with their slightly old flowers that had not sold. She was told they were disposed of and that if she would just write a letter to Sainsbury’s offices, perhaps they could work out a deal. Well, after the letter Charton Manor has received weekly donations of flowers—sometimes more, sometimes less. This was a real proof of the statement in Science and Health, “The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe; and the florist will find his flower before its seed.” (SH 125:28)

Section 3: Jesus and the true sacrament.

In Bible citations B7 and B8 Jesus prepares for what is to come and feeds the disciples in what has become known as the “Last Supper.” Mrs. Eddy asks in citation S16, “Who is ready to follow his teaching and example?” All must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God.” As I read this section the thought occurred, “This was not the Last Supper; this was indeed the “First Supper.” As Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health, the disciples had already eaten, this was not about hunger or sadness, but this was Love’s embrace of a teacher for his students—a Master feeding his followers.

As citation S14 puts it, “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.”

Have you remembered that this was Jesus’ keeping of a Jewish religious tradition, The Passover? The Passover is the feast of unleavened bread that celebrates Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt. Jesus shared at another time the symbolic sense of leaven with his disciples in Matthew 16:6-12. And he knew there were events coming that would test the faith of his followers. He invited, “Drink ye all of it.” That is truly a significant request that we actually share in our Master’s challenges and in his triumphs. Not someone doing it for us, but our own participation. When was the last time that you were invited for dinner with the idea that you just sit and watch the others eat?

One of our beloved church community members in Dresden is Aiona Ashley. She is the daughter of our church Schriftfuhrer, or clerk. Late one Saturday night it appeared there was no one to substitute and fill the post of Second Reader. As her mom searched to fill the post Aiona said she would do it! So the next morning Aiona was ready to serve. I asked if our Sunday School would like to go down to church and support the service. All agreed and there we were. I am grateful they agreed to do that because it was the holiest and most special church service I have ever attended. It struck me as a service that fulfilled every wish of our Master to let the children come. It reminded me of this beloved article from an old Christian Science periodical.

“Dear Journal:—On the first day of January, 1899, I witnessed at Schofield, Wisconsin, the dedication of a Christian Science church built by children, and as the history of the enterprise very profoundly interested me, I beg to tell the story of their demonstration to the readers of the Journal.

In March, 1896, Miss Mary E. Graves, a primary student of Mrs. Eddy, residing at Schofield, organized in her own home a Sunday School composed of eighteen children ranging in age from eight to fourteen years. You will understand better the whole situation when I tell you that although Schofield is nearly half a century old, it is what is known in lumbering districts as a milling town, and is composed entirely of the saw-mills of the Brooks and Ross Lumber Company, the homes of their employees, a post office and, now, a Christian Science church. The services of the Sunday School have included, from the beginning, the reading of the regular lesson prescribed for each Sunday, and then such usual Sunday School exercises as are customary in our Church. The officers of the organization are, and from the beginning have been, a First and Second Reader, a treasurer, and a clerk. It is thoroughly a democratic institution; the children elect their officers and manage, in all its details, the business of the organization. Miss Graves is the First Reader; Miss Florence Harney, a bright little miss of fourteen years, is the Second Reader, and an exceedingly good one; Miss Edith Harney, a young girl of sixteen, is the clerk, and has a complete record of all the transactions of the organization; while Alfred Glarson, a young gentleman of fourteen, is the methodical and exact keeper of the treasures of the organization. It would be interesting, I know, for any one, to see the books kept by the little man treasurer. The weekly collections of the Sunday School average each Sunday from one cent to ten cents from each member of the class, and yet each individual scholar is given credit for his contribution. When any moneys were paid out the Treasurer had the voucher of the First and Second Readers and the Clerk for such disbursement, and on the thirtieth of each month he presents a complete balance-sheet, showing all the money received up to that time, all the disbursements, and the exact balance of cash on hand.

On the first day of October, 1898, it was discovered that the organization had a surplus of nine dollars, whereupon the children held a meeting and resolved, in the most formal, yet confident manner, to appoint a building committee and build a church to be used by the Sunday School for its purposes until they could "demonstrate" three adult members, and then, under the laws of the State of Wisconsin, complete a church organization and turn their house over to such body, to be known as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Schofield, Wisconsin. The officers of the Sunday School composed the building committee, and immediately the work began. In a day or two a lot was donated; from some good lady they had a donation of ten dollars to the building fund, and immediately following this a patient of Miss Graves, who had been the recipient of great good from her treatment, insisted that she had not paid in proportion to the benefit she had received, and gave twenty-five dollars to the building fund.

The building committee then went to Mr. Brooks and negotiated for lumber at wholesale prices, stating that they did not expect to do more than put in the foundation this winter, and would not need the lumber before spring. Mr. Brooks, however, encouraged them to go on and complete their church at once, and advised a larger building than they were expecting to construct. Within a day or two plans for the church were agreed upon, the work commenced, and in exactly sixty days from the first action taken by the children the church was completed and dedicated—a beautiful little structure, twenty by forty feet, with a pure Greek front, inside finish in hard wood, with a fine hard wood floor, a handsome reading desk, beautiful hard wood pews, a fine organ, and the structure nicely lighted and warmed. All the dedicatory services were conducted by the regular officers of the organization. The seating capacity of the church is one hundred; on the day of the dedication it was filled to its utmost limit, and a more beautiful and impressive service I have not witnessed anywhere. These services were attended by Mr. E. W. Brooks, one of the proprietors of the mill, and Mr. A. T. Ewing of Chicago; Mr. Hugh McDonald of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Mr. E. P. Arpin of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and by many of the officers and members of the Christian Science Church at Wausau, Wisconsin.

It is proper (and gratifying to me) to state here that, prior to the dedicatory service, every obligation of the building committee was paid, and the manly little treasurer reported, with an air of dignified satisfaction, that he had $2.27 in the treasury.”

From the February 1899 issue of The Christian Science Journal http://journal.christianscience.com/issues/1899/2/16-11/the-only-church-in-the-united-states-built-by-children

Section 4: Jesus shows how we can obey and walk in the way.

The humble willingness and courageous faith of our Master to allow the crucifixion to take place always stirs my heart. We know he had the power to stop this experience. And yet he allowed them to attempt to do what they wanted, that is wipe out his ministry and take away his life.

Mrs. Eddy writes “When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: “Not my will, but Thine, be done!” — that is, Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, or Truth. It blesses its enemies, heals the sick, casts out error, raises the dead from trespasses and sins, and preaches the gospel to the poor, the meek in heart.” (S17, 33:18–2)

Every time I read about Gethsemane, I think of Mrs. Eddy’s definition in the Glossary of Science and Health, “Gethsemane. Patient woe; the human yielding to the divine; love meeting no response, but still remaining love.” (SH 586:23)

This definition reminds me of a story a dear friend shared with me when I was a teenager. His name was Albert Critchlow. While Albert was on lecture tour for The Mother Church he visited a church in the Deep South. They still had ropes on the church pews separating the races. When Albert sat down front to give a testimony he ended up forcing the white members to move into the pews reserved for black visitors. As he began his testimony he could feel the mental resistance and anger. But with great love, humor, and Christian Science Albert soon melted the heart and eased the heat of those members. After the church service he was embraced in Christian love. The church members immediately tore up the signs that had separated the pews. And they also let him know of a dear, patient and loving African American woman that had applied many times for membership and never been accepted. The members immediately accepted her membership this time and told Albert, “She is our example of Gethsemane, “love meeting no response, but still remaining love.”

Section 5: Jesus reveals in practice the way eternal Life.

“weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. “ (B11, Ps. 30:5)

What joy I have felt when I have sung Hymn 425 that is based on this Psalm. And what victory shone through our Master’s life as he appeared to Mary and also to the disciples on the shores of the sea. [See CC attachment on citation B13, John 21] Once again he asked his disciples to come and eat the fish and bread cooked on the coals of a fire. (Food always tastes better outside!) Food always tastes better outside of sorrow, doubt, fear, defeat, loss… The food our Master served was cooked in victory, in joy, in celebration, in humble and powerful recognition that hate had not won.

Mrs. Eddy writes, 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 The last breakfast 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.” (S23, 34:29–14)

If this is your first Sacrament Sunday church service you might be surprised when you are asked to kneel in silent prayer. But it is nothing to fear and is a beautiful time to feel the love of your Father-Mother and your Wayshower. And to remember what Mrs. Eddy writes above about that commemoration.

Section 6: The “way of holiness” is without end.

What a joy it is to know that the disciples continued breaking the bread of spiritual truth from house to house, praising God, and reaching hungry hearts. They had risen with the Master in their understanding and show us all that we can also rise in this resurrection of life and glory. We can rejoice in worshipping the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

This statement in Science and Health opens the door to your walk “in holiness.” (S27, 37:22–25) “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.”

Just think! We have an invitation to join our Master “in the way of holiness!” We can join those children in Schofield, Wisconsin. We can join Aiona. We can join Albert and his friends as they changed from the sadness of Gethsemane to the joy of unity and love. We can remember in love Simon and Gertrud Silberman, Mary Dyer and all who have fallen at the hands of hatred and prejudice and whisper a prayer “you are not forgotten.” We can celebrate a true Independence Day that walks in the “way of holiness.” We can rejoice that Mary Dyer’s statue sits right in front of the Massachusetts State House, silently declaring to all, never again. “I have won.”

At the end of our tour with Boston Bob we came to the Christian Science Plaza and The Mother Church. The tears filled my eyes as I listened to Boston Bob share a fair, loving, and appreciative description of Mary Baker Eddy’s work in Boston and of the Christian Science Church.

[This week's Bible Lesson was nicely summarized this morning in a CedarS Practitioner Talk given by Christie Hanzlikl, CS, (Boulder, CO). (Micah 6:8 and Download of 6th Tenet evolution with 6th Tenet, ) Let’s get going “Finding Wholeness in the way of holiness.”


[Warren's BONUS P.S.: 1. Hear a skit summary of 6 Bible-Lesson stories! 2. DO what God requires!

1. Click www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/audio/ and again on Prac Talk: Christie Hanzlik's skit summary of 6 stories in the Sacrament Bible Lesson. After waiting about 30 seconds for it to download, you can listen to a relatively-short skit that summarizes the six stories in this week’s Bible-Lesson! (Sorry we don’t have a video version with costumed disciples and all on stage. So, imagination is needed!)

2. Simply DO what God requires! Check out the connection between the 1st & last citations:

Section 1: Christ the Wayshower. [Brackets added by Warren Huff to Rick Stewart’s Met]

Citation B1 from Micah is a classic statement of what God requires of us; [it’s included in our 6th Tenet as “to be merciful, just and pure”. (See citation S29, 497 and the online Download of the evolution of this tenet as documented by the MBE Library)] I love the paraphrasing in The Message of God’s simple requirements, “But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.” [B1, Micah 6:6, 8; “solemnly promise” S29, 497—underlining added]


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