November 24th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, November 24th, 2016

Subject — Thanksgiving

Golden Text: Zephaniah 3: 17

“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”

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Responsive Reading: Psalm 113 : 1-9

1.     Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

2.     Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

3.     From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.

4.     The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

5.     Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,

6.     Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

7.     He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;

8.     That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

9.     He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

Lesson Sermon

The Bible

1.     Psalm 95 : 1, 2 (to ,)

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

2     Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,

2.     Psalm 107 : 1, 2, 8, 9, 22

1     O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2     Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

8     Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

9     For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

22     And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

3.     Deuteronomy 26 : 11

11     And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.

4.     II Chronicles 20 : 2 (to ;), 3, 4 (to :), 13, 14 (to Jahaziel), 14 (came), 15 (to 1st ,), 15 (Thus), 17, 18 (to Jehoshaphat), 18 (and all), 20 (to 1st ,), 20 (and as)-22, 27 (to 1st ,), 27 (to Jerusalem)

2     Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria;

3     And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

4     And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD:

13     And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14     Then upon Jahaziel …came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;

15     And he said, …Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

17     Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to-morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

18     And Jehoshaphat …and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

20     And they rose early in the morning, …and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

21     And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

22       And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

27     Then they returned, …to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

5.     I Chronicles 16 : 8, 9, 31

8     Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

9     Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

31     Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

6.     Isaiah 65 : 24

24     And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

7.     Psalm 33 : 12, 18, 21, 22

12     Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

18     Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

21     For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

22     Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

8.     Psalm 119 : 2

2     Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

1.     vii : 1-2

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.

2.     13 : 15 (God)-16

…God knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-beings about it.

3.     7 : 23 (God)-26

God is not influenced by man. The "divine ear" is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.

4.     15 : 25-32

Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God. Self- forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers. Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings. Trustworthiness is the foundation of enlightened faith. Without a fitness for holiness, we cannot receive holiness.

5.     494 : 15-24

The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.

6.     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.

7.     3 : 22-2

Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more. Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.

If we are ungrateful for Life, Truth, and Love, and yet return thanks to God for all blessings, we are insincere and incur the sharp censure our Master pronounces on hypocrites. In such a case, the only acceptable prayer is to put the finger on the lips and remember our blessings. While the heart is far from divine Truth and Love, we cannot conceal the ingratitude of barren lives.

8.     239 : 16-22

To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and obey as God. If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning.

9.     227 : 21-26

Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and cries: "Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and death!" Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the "glorious liberty of the children of God," and be free! This is your divine right.

10.     78 : 28-32

Spirit blesses man, but man cannot "tell whence it cometh." By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.

11.     323 : 28-4

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.

12.     264 : 13-19

As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.

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