First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Bible
  1. Ps 37:1-7, 9-11, 18, 20, 29-34 (to :)

    1Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

    2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

    3Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

    4Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

    5Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

    6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

    7Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

    ... 9For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

    10For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

    11But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

    ... 18The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

    ... 20But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

    ... 29The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

    30The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

    31The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

    32The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

    33The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

    34Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:

  2. Gen 37:3, 4, 12-35

    3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

    4And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

    12And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.

    13And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

    14And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

    15And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

    16And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

    17And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

    18And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

    19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

    20Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

    21And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

    22And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

    23And it came to pass when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;

    24And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

    25And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.

    26And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

    27Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.

    28Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

    29And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

    30And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

    31And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

    32And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

    33And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

    34And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

    35And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

  3. Jer 19:14, 15

    14Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the Lord’s house; and said to all the people,

    15Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.

  4. Jer 20:1-4 (to 2nd :), 11 (to 2nd :), 13

    1Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the Lord, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things.

    2Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the Lord.

    3And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The Lord hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magor–missabib.

    4For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it:

    11But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail:

    ... 13Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

  5. Ps 94:3-10, 14, 15, 20-22

    3Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

    4How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

    5They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage.

    6They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

    7Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

    8Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

    9He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

    10He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

    ... 14For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

    15But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

    ... 20Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

    21They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

    22But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

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

  1. 410:14, 29-30

        Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. 15The more difficult seems the material condition to be Love casteth out fearovercome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love. The Apostle 18John says: “There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made per-fect in Love.” Here is a definite and inspired proclama-21tion of Christian Science.

    Christian scientific practice be-30gins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, “Be not afraid!”

  2. 265:23-28

        Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained 24stronger desires for spiritual joy? The aspiration after Blessings from painheavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss 27of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart.

  3. 386:16-2

        A blundering despatch, mistakenly announcing the death of a friend, occasions the same grief that the friend’s 18Erroneous despatchreal death would bring. You think that your anguish is occasioned by your loss. Another despatch, correcting the mistake, heals your grief, and 21you learn that your suffering was merely the result of your belief. Thus it is with all sorrow, sickness, and death. You will learn at length that there is no cause 24for grief, and divine wisdom will then be understood. Error, not Truth, produces all the suffering on earth.

        If a Christian Scientist had said, while you were labor-27ing under the influence of the belief of grief, “Your sor-Mourning causelessrow is without cause,” you would not have understood him, although the correctness of 30the assertion might afterwards be proved to you. So, when our friends pass from our sight and we lament, that lamentation is needless and causeless. We shall 387 387:1perceive this to be true when we grow into the under-standing of Life, and know that there is no death.

  4. 387:24

    It is a law of so-called mortal mind, misnamed matter, which causes all things discordant.

  5. 543:8-18

        In divine Science, the material man is shut out from 9the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot Dwelling in dreamlandtake cognizance of Spirit. They cannot come into His presence, and must dwell in dream-12land, until mortals arrive at the understanding that ma -terial life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illu-sion, against which divine Science is engaged in a warfare 15of extermination. The great verities of existence are never excluded by falsity.

        All error proceeds from the evidence before the mate-18rial senses.

  6. 104:30-15

    Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act? Is not mortal mind the mur -105105:1derer? The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder.

    3    Courts and juries judge and sentence mortals in order to restrain crime, to prevent deeds of violence or to punish Mental crimesthem. To say that these tribunals have no 6jurisdiction over the carnal or mortal mind, would be to contradict precedent and to admit that the power of human law is restricted to matter, while mortal 9mind, evil, which is the real outlaw, defies justice and is recommended to mercy. Can matter commit a crime? Can matter be punished? Can you separate the men-12tality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction? Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts rea-15sonably pass sentence, according to the motive.

  7. 105:22

        Whoever uses his developed mental powers like an es-caped felon to commit fresh atrocities as opportunity oc-24Evil let loosecurs is never safe. God will arrest him. Di-vine justice will manacle him. His sins will be millstones about his neck, weighing him down to the 27depths of ignominy and death. The aggravation of er-ror foretells its doom, and confirms the ancient axiom: “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

  8. 266:2

    Such is the sword of 3Science, with which Truth decapitates error, materiality giving place to man’s higher individuality and destiny.

  9. 474:4-4 (np)

        The reception accorded to Truth in the early Chris-tian era is repeated to-day. Whoever introduces the 6Miracles rejectedScience of Christianity will be scoffed at and scourged with worse cords than those which cut the flesh. To the ignorant age in which it first 9appears, Science seems to be a mistake, — hence the misinterpretation and consequent maltreatment which it receives. Christian marvels (and marvel is the sim-12ple meaning of the Greek word rendered miracle in the New Testament) will be misunderstood and misused by many, until the glorious Principle of these marvels is 15gained.

        If sin, sickness, and death are as real as Life, Truth, and Love, then they must all be from the same source; 18Divine fulfilmentGod must be their author. Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death; yet the Scriptures aver, “I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” 21Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real or the offspring of the divine will?

    24    Despite the hallowing influence of Truth in the de-struction of error, must error still be immortal? Truth Truth destroys falsity spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth 27 must make it so; but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that 30the mission of Christ is to “destroy the works of the devil.” Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes the 475 475:1darkness, and the Scripture declares that there is “no night there.” To Truth there is no error, — all is Truth. 3To infinite Spirit there is no matter, — all is Spirit, divine Principle and its idea.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 343
Hymn 190
Hymn 444