First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

What do we let into thought?
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The Bible (read from the New Living Translation)
  1. I Sam 1:1 (to 3rd ,), 2, 3 (to .), 6-10 her adversary, 12-20

    1Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim–zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah,

    ... 2And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

    3And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh.

    6her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.

    7And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

    8Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

    9So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.

    10And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.

    12And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.

    13Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.

    14And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

    15And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

    16Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

    17Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

    18And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

    19And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.

    20Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.

  2. I Sam 2:1 (to :), 2

    1And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord:

    ... 2There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

  3. II Kings 5:1-14

    1Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

    2And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.

    3And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

    4And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

    5And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

    6And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

    7And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

    8And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

    9So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

    10And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

    11But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

    12Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

    13And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

    14Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

  4. Ps 17:3 (to 2nd ;), 4 I have, 5-7

    3Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night;

    4 ... I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

    ... 5Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

    6I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

    7Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

  5. Ps 18:1, 2, 6, 24-28

    1I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

    2The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

    ... 6In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

    ... 24Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

    25With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

    26With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

    27For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

    28For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

  6. Rom 1:1, 2, 6

    1Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

    2(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

    ... 6Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

  7. Rom 8:1, 5-9 (to .), 11-14, 26-31, 38, 39

    1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    ... 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

    7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

    8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

    9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

    ... 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

    12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

    13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

    14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

    ... 26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

    28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

    30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

    31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

    ... 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. 259:6 (only)

    6    In divine Science, man is the true image of God.

  2. 264:20-21, 28

        Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. 21Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit.

        When we learn the way in Christian Science and rec-ognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and under-30stand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

  3. 265:10

        This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity 12 and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man en-larged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent 15peace.

  4. 283:13-31

        But what say prevalent theories? They insist that Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-15called. They speak of both Truth and error as mind, and of good and evil as spirit. They claim that to be life which is but the objective state of material sense, — 18such as the structural life of the tree and of material man, — and deem this the manifestation of the one Life, God.

    21    This false belief as to what really constitutes life so detracts from God’s character and nature, that the true Spiritual structuresense of His power is lost to all who cling to 24this falsity. The divine Principle, or Life, can-not be practically demonstrated in length of days, as it was by the patriarchs, unless its Science be accurately 27stated. We must receive the divine Principle in the under-standing, and live it in daily life; and unless we so do, we can no more demonstrate Science, than we can teach and 30illustrate geometry by calling a curve a straight line or a straight line a sphere.

  5. 394:5-14 (np)

        By conceding power to discord, a large majority of 6doctors depress mental energy, which is the only real Recuperation mentalrecuperative power. Knowledge that we can accomplish the good we hope for, stimu-9lates the system to act in the direction which Mind points out. The admission that any bodily condition is beyond the control of Mind disarms man, prevents him from 12helping himself, and enthrones matter through error. To those struggling with sickness, such admissions are dis-couraging, — as much so as would be the advice to a man 15who is down in the world, that he should not try to rise above his difficulties.

        Experience has proved to the author the fallacy of 18material systems in general, — that their theories are sometimes pernicious, and that their denials are better than their affirmations. Will you bid a man let evils 21overcome him, assuring him that all misfortunes are from God, against whom mortals should not contend? Will you tell the sick that their condition is hopeless, unless it 24can be aided by a drug or climate? Are material means the only refuge from fatal chances? Is there no divine permission to conquer discord of every kind with harmony, 27with Truth and Love?

        We should remember that Life is God, and that God Arguing wronglyis omnipotent. Not understanding Christian 30Science, the sick usually have little faith in it till they feel its beneficent influence. This shows that faith is not the healer in such cases. The sick 395 395:1unconsciously argue for suffering, instead of against it. They admit its reality, whereas they should deny it. 3They should plead in opposition to the testimony of the deceitful senses, and maintain man’s immortality and eternal likeness to God.

    6    Like the great Exemplar, the healer should speak to disease as one having authority over it, leaving Soul to Divine authoritymaster the false evidences of the corporeal 9senses and to assert its claims over mortal-ity and disease. The same Principle cures both sin and sickness. When divine Science overcomes faith in a car-12nal mind, and faith in God destroys all faith in sin and in material methods of healing, then sin, disease, and death will disappear.

  6. 393:10-21 Take

    Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. 12Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on 15man.

        Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s govern-18No pain in matterment. Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have 21no pain nor inflammation.

  7. 392:24 Stand

    24Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in Guarding the doorbodily results, you will control yourself har-27moniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office 30as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or 393 393:1pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forget-3ting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

  8. 258:31-1

        Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the 259 259:1generic term man.

  9. 259:32-12

        Deducing one’s conclusions as to man from imperfec-260260:1tion instead of perfection, one can no more arrive at the true conception or understanding of man, and make him-3self like it, than the sculptor can perfect his outlines from an imperfect model, or the painter can depict the form and face of Jesus, while holding in thought the character 6of Judas.

        The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through 9Spiritual discoverymany generations human beliefs will be attain-ing diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God’s creation will finally be seen as 12the only true conception of being.

  10. 260:19-22, 24-28, 31

        Mortals must change their ideals in order to improve Requisite change of our idealstheir models. A sick body is evolved from 21sick thoughts. Sickness, disease, and death proceed from fear.

    24    Selfishness and sensualism are educated in mortal mind by the thoughts ever recurring to one’s self, by conversation about the body, and by the expectation of 27perpetual pleasure or pain from it; and this education is at the expense of spiritual growth.

        If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain; for Life, we find death; for Truth, we find error; for Spirit, 261 261:1we find its opposite, matter. Now reverse this action. Thoughts are thingsLook away from the body into Truth and Love, 3the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the endur -ing, the good, and the true, and you will bring these 6into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

  11. 261:31-32

        We should forget our bodies in remembering good and the human race.

  12. 262:17-23

        Job said: “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the 18ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee.” Mortals will echo The true senseJob’s thought, when the supposed pain and pleasure of matter cease to predominate. They 21will then drop the false estimate of life and happiness, of joy and sorrow, and attain the bliss of loving unselfishly, working patiently, and conquering all that is unlike God.

  13. 263:32-1

        The fading forms of matter, the mortal body and ma-264264:1terial earth, are the fleeting concepts of the human mind.

  14. 261:8, 24

        The effect of mortal mind on health and happiness is 9seen in this: If one turns away from the body with such Unreality of painabsorbed interest as to forget it, the body experiences no pain. Under the strong im -12pulse of a desire to perform his part, a noted actor was accustomed night after night to go upon the stage and sustain his appointed task, walking about as actively 15as the youngest member of the company. This old man was so lame that he hobbled every day to the theatre, and sat aching in his chair till his cue was spoken, — a signal 18which made him as oblivious of physical infirmity as if he had inhaled chloroform, though he was in the full pos-session of his so-called senses.

    Breaking away from the mutations of time and sense, you will neither lose the solid objects and ends of life nor your own iden-27tity. Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a 30skyward flight.

  15. 487:30

    30    This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the 488 488:1enduring and harmonious phases of things. The result of our teachings is their sufficient confirmation. When, 3Confirmation by healingon the strength of these instructions, you are able to banish a severe malady, the cure shows that you understand this teaching, and therefore you re-6ceive the blessing of Truth.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 503: “I walk with Love along the way”
Hymn 556: “Our Father knows my need today”
Hymn 502: “I place them in Your hands, dear God”