First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Earth and climate
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The Bible
  1. Ps. 104:24

    24O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

  2. Ps. 24:1, 2

    1The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

    2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

  3. Nahum 1:3, 5

    3The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

    ... 5The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

  4. I Kings 19:9-12 1st he

    9he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

    10And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

    11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

    12And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

  5. Ps. 46:1-3 (to 1st .), 7 (to 1st .), 10 (to :)

    1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

    3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

    ... 7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

    ... 10Be still, and know that I am God:

  6. Ps. 107:1, 8, 23-25, 28, 29, 33-35, 43

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

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

    ... 23They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

    24These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

    25For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

    ... 28Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

    29He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

    ... 33He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;

    34A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

    35He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.

    ... 43Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

  7. Mark 4:35-41

    35And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

    36And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

    37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

    38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

    39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

    40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

    41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

  8. Neh. 9:6

    6Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

  9. I Chron. 29:11

    11Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

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

  1. SH 337:22

    The visible uni-verse and material man are the poor counter-24feits of the invisible universe and spiritual man. Eternal things (verities) are God’s thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real. Temporal things are the 27thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being the oppo-site of the real or the spiritual and eternal.

  2. SH 121:17-32

        The earth’s diurnal rotation is invisible to the physical 18eye, and the sun seems to move from east to west, instead Astronomic unfoldingsof the earth from west to east. Until rebuked by clearer views of the everlasting facts, this 21false testimony of the eye deluded the judgment and in-duced false conclusions. Science shows appearances often to be erroneous, and corrects these errors by the simple 24rule that the greater controls the lesser. The sun is the central stillness, so far as our solar system is concerned, and the earth revolves about the sun once a year, besides 27turning daily on its own axis.

        As thus indicated, astronomical order imitates the action of divine Principle; and the universe, the reflec-30tion of God, is thus brought nearer the spiritual fact, and is allied to divine Science as displayed in the everlasting government of the universe.

  3. SH 510:16-20, 27

        The sun is a metaphorical representation of Soul out-side the body, giving existence and intelligence to the 18Geology a failureuniverse. Love alone can impart the limit-less idea of infinite Mind. Geology has never explained the earth’s formations; it cannot explain them.

    27    Light is a symbol of Mind, of Life, Truth, and Love, Spiritual subdivisionand not a vitalizing property of matter. Sci-ence reveals only one Mind, and this one shin-30ing by its own light and governing the universe, including 511 511:1man, in perfect harmony. This Mind forms ideas, its own images, subdivides and radiates their borrowed light, 3intelligence, and so explains the Scripture phrase, “whose seed is in itself.” Thus God’s ideas “multiply and re -plenish the earth.” The divine Mind supports the sub -6limity, magnitude, and infinitude of spiritual creation.

  4. SH 124:14-31

        The universe, like man, is to be interpreted by Science 15from its divine Principle, God, and then it can be under-Right interpretationstood; but when explained on the basis of physical sense and represented as subject to 18growth, maturity, and decay, the universe, like man, is, and must continue to be, an enigma.

        Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of 21Mind. They belong to divine Principle, and support All force mentalthe equipoise of that thought-force, which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the 24proud wave, “Thus far and no farther.”

        Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and 27creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this 30Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification.

  5. SH 240:1-17

    240:1    Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love, but human belief misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, 3Some lessons from naturesunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens, — all point to Mind, the spiritual 6intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hiero-glyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns nat -9urally towards the light.

        In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord. Change this 12Perpetual motionstatement, suppose Mind to be governed by matter or Soul in body, and you lose the key-note of being, and there is continual discord. Mind is 15perpetual motion. Its symbol is the sphere. The rota-tions and revolutions of the universe of Mind go on eternally.

  6. SH 209:5-8, 10-14, 16-30

        Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing 6them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, Allness of Truththe life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind.

        The world would collapse without Mind, without the in-telligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither 12philosophy nor skepticism can hinder the march of the Science which reveals the supremacy of Mind. The im-manent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind. 15

        The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent 18Spiritual translationmasses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember 21that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be 24found harmonious and eternal.

        Material substances or mundane formations, astro-nomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of specu-27lative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ulti-mately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of 30Spirit.

  7. SH 509:9-28

    9 Genesis i. 14. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, 12and years.

        Spirit creates no other than heavenly or celestial bodies, but the stellar universe is no more celestial than our earth. 15Rarefaction of thoughtThis text gives the idea of the rarefaction of thought as it ascends higher. God forms and peoples the universe. The light of spiritual understand-18ing gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulæ indi-cate the immensity of space.

        So-called mineral, vegetable, and animal substances 21are no more contingent now on time or material struc-Divine nature appearingture than they were when “the morning stars sang together.” Mind made the “plant of 24the field before it was in the earth.” The periods of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind’s creation, in which beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness 27 — yea, the divine nature — appear in man and the uni-verse never to disappear.

  8. SH 293:21

    21    There is no vapid fury of mortal mind — expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity The counterfeit forces— and this so-called mind is self-destroyed. 24The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, “The anger of the Lord.” In reality, they show the self-destruction 27of error or matter and point to matter’s opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit. Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal har-30mony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.

  9. SH 118:26-24

        The definitions of material law, as given by natural 27science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against Certain contradictionsitself, because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore they con -30tradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.


    119:1    When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, — that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we 3Unescapable dilemmacannot really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, — we disown the Al-mighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They 6either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product of Spirit. To seize the first horn of this dilemma and con-9sider matter as a power in and of itself, is to leave the cre-ator out of His own universe; while to grasp the other horn of the dilemma and regard God as the creator of 12matter, is not only to make Him responsible for all disas-ters, physical and moral, but to announce Him as their source, thereby making Him guilty of maintaining perpet-15ual misrule in the form and under the name of natural law.

        In one sense God is identical with nature, but this na-18ture is spiritual and is not expressed in matter. The law-God and naturegiver, whose lightning palsies or prostrates in death the child at prayer, is not the divine ideal 21of omnipresent Love. God is natural good, and is repre-sented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature 24of Spirit, God.

  10. SH 125:21-2 (to 1st .)

    21    The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agri-The time and tideculturist will find that these changes cannot 24affect his crops. “As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed.” The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great 27deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe; and the 30florist will find his flower before its seed.

        Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man 126 126:1through its supposed organic action or supposed exist-ence.

  11. SH 96:4-4 (np)

        Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spir-itualization will follow, for Love is Spirit. Before error 6The darkest hours of allis wholly destroyed, there will be interrup-tions of the general material routine. Earth will become dreary and desolate, but summer and winter, 9seedtime and harvest (though in changed forms), will continue unto the end, — until the final spiritualization of all things. “The darkest hour precedes the dawn.”

    12    This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord Arena of contestand dismay; on the other side there will be 15Science and peace. The breaking up of mate-rial beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new 18phases until their nothingness appears. These disturb-ances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.

    21    Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding. Belief is 24changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless.

        As this consummation draws nearer, he who has shaped his course in accordance with divine Science 27Millennial glorywill endure to the end. As material knowl-edge diminishes and spiritual understanding increases, real objects will be apprehended mentally 30instead of materially.

        During this final conflict, wicked minds will endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but 97 97:1those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They 3will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection.

  12. SH 468:9-11 There

    9There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor sub-stance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 144: “In atmosphere of Love divine, We live, and move, and breathe”
Hymn 82: “God is working His purpose out As year succeeds to year”
Hymn 148: “In heavenly Love abiding, No change my heart shall fear”