2020 ANNUAL MEETING
Peace Haven’s 2020 Annual Theme is “Built on the Rock!” This Rock of God’s Truth is the foundation of Christian Science nursing. Mary Baker Eddy included this Rock in the purpose of her Church in 1892 when she reorganized it as The Mother Church, The First Church of, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts.
We invite you to contribute your own “Metaphysical Building Stones” and inspirations, in the form of passages from the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings, hymns, and content found in authorized materials from the Christian Science Publishing Society. Please email them to Jodie.Maurer@PeaceHavenAssociation.org.
The following is a list of passages and articles that we are enjoying:
Luke 6:47, 48
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
S&H 593:18 (only)
ROCK. Spiritual foundation; Truth.
Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 19:1
THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, IN BOSTON, MASS., is designed to be built on the Rock, Christ; even the understanding and demonstration of divine Truth, Life, and Love, healing and saving the world from sin and death; thus to reflect in some degree the Church Universal and Triumphant.
Built on the rock, our church will stand the storms of ages: though the material superstructure should crumble into dust, the fittest would survive, — the spiritual idea would live, a perpetual type of the divine Principle it reflects.
Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.
It was now evident to Peter that divine Life, Truth, and Love, and not a human personality, was the healer of the sick and a rock, a firm foundation in the realm of harmony. On this spiritually scientific basis Jesus explained his cures, which appeared miraculous to outsiders. He showed that diseases were cast out neither by corporeality, by materia medica, nor by hygiene, but by the divine Spirit, casting out the errors of mortal mind. The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built. His sublime summary points to the religion of Love.
Jesus established in the Christian era the precedent for all Christianity, theology, and healing. Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as the sinning. It is easier for Christianity to cast out sickness than sin, for the sick are more willing to part with pain than are sinners to give up the sinful, so-called pleasure of the senses. The Christian can prove this to-day as readily as it was proved centuries ago.
Christian Science Hymnal, Hymn 141
If the Lord build not the house
They that labor build in vain;
Father, may our corner stone
Stand foursquare, without a stain.
Make our planting timely, true,
Governed by a power benign;
Nourish by a heavenly dew
All the branches and the vine.
Fruitful shall our tillage be,
Known the work of perfect Mind,
Leaves be gathered from the tree
For the healing of mankind.
Cleansing men of fear and hate,
Lifting hope above the sod,
Truth will summon, soon or late,
All the earth to worship God.
From the pamphlet Devotion to Church:
"Devotion to Church" by Ella May Klingbeil
February 1957 issue of The Christian Science Journal
"Individual Growth and the Church Member" by Robert Dolling Wells
February 1958 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel