First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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Freedom
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The Bible
  1. John 1:1-3

    1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    2The same was in the beginning with God.

    3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

  2. Gen. 1:26, 27

    26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

  3. Gen. 1:31 (to 1st .)

    31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

  4. Ps. 8:3-6

    3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

    4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

    5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

    6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

  5. Ex. 6:1

    1Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

  6. Ex. 12:35-37, 40, 41

    35And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:

    36And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

    37And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.

    40Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

    41And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.

  7. II Cor. 3:17 where

    17where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

  8. Luke 13:10-16

    10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

    11And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

    12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

    13And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

    14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

    15The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

    16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

  9. John 8:1-11

    1Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

    2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

    3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

    4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

    5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

    6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

    7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

    9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

    10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

    11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

  10. I John 3:20, 21

    20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

    21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

  11. John 11:1, 5, 11 and, 12, 14, 17, 20-23, 34, 39-44

    1Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

    ... 5Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

    11 ... and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

    12Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

    ... 14Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

    ... 17Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

    ... 20Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

    21Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

    22But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

    23Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

    ... 34And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

    ... 39Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

    40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

    41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

    42And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

    43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

    44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

  12. Rom. 7:6 now

    6now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

  13. Rom. 7:14-17

    14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

    15For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

    16If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

    17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

  14. Rom. 7:24, 25 (to ;)

    24O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

    25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God;

  15. Rom. 8:1, 2

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

    2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

  16. John 8:32 ye

    32ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


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

  1. SH 501:1-7

    501:1Scientific interpretation of the Scriptures prop-erly starts with the beginning of the Old Testa-3Spiritual interpretationment, chiefly because the spiritual import of the Word, in its earliest articulations, often seems so smothered by the immediate context as to 6require explication; whereas the New Testament narra-tives are clearer and come nearer the heart.

  2. SH 502:22-5

    Genesis i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

    24    The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only, — that is, the eternal ver-Ideas and identitiesity and unity of God and man, including 27the universe. The creative Principle — Life, Truth, and Love — is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This crea-503503:1tion consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and 3forever reflected. These ideas range from the infini-tesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

  3. SH 140:28-31

    In the begin-ning God created man in His, God’s, image; but mor-30tals would procreate man, and make God in their own human image.

  4. SH 191:16-17

        The human thought must free itself from self-imposed Spiritual freedommateriality and bondage.

  5. SH 566:1-9

    566:1    As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides 3Spiritual guidanceof human fear, — as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised 6joy, — so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for 9them who love God.

  6. SH 226:14-15

        God has built a higher platform of human rights, and 15He has built it on diviner claims.

  7. SH 475:13-31

    Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of 15God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is 18the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which 21possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

        And God said: “Let us make man in our image, after 24our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that 27creepeth upon the earth.”

        Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The Man unfallenreal man cannot depart from holiness, nor 30can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin.

  8. SH 545:10-11

    Man, created by God, was given dominion over the whole earth.

  9. SH 381:27-4

    27Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, — God’s law. It is man’s moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never 30inflicted by divine authority.

        Christ Jesus overruled the error which would impose penalties for transgressions of the physical laws of 382 382:1health; he annulled supposed laws of matter, opposed Begin rightlyto the harmonies of Spirit, lacking divine au-3thority and having only human approval for their sanction.

  10. SH 30:19-21

        As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, — 21Rebukes helpfulto point out the way of Truth and Life.

  11. SH 329:22 Science

    21Science is a Error destroyed, not pardoneddivine demand, not a human. Always right, 24its divine Principle never repents, but main-tains the claim of Truth by quenching error. The pardon of divine mercy is the destruction of error. If 27men understood their real spiritual source to be all bless-edness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace; but the deeper the error into which mor-30tal mind is plunged, the more intense the opposition to spirituality, till error yields to Truth.

  12. SH 228:11-19

        The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will 12cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominionGod-given dominion over the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom in 15the name of Almighty God. Then they will control their own bodies through the understanding of divine Science. Dropping their present beliefs, they will recognize har -18mony as the spiritual reality and discord as the material unreality.

  13. SH 263:1-20

    263:1    Mortals are egotists. They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privi-3Human egotismleged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create. The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man 6alone represents the truth of creation.

        When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, 9Mortal man a mis-creatorhe will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven. Carnal beliefs defraud us. They make man an involun-12tary hypocrite, — producing evil when he would create good, forming deformity when he would outline grace and beauty, injuring those whom he would bless. He 15becomes a general mis-creator, who believes he is a semi-god. His “touch turns hope to dust, the dust we all have trod.” He might say in Bible language: “The 18good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”

        There can be but one creator, who has created all.

  14. SH 224:28

        Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its banner is the Soul-inspired motto, “Slavery is abolished.” The 30Mental emancipationpower of God brings deliverance to the cap-tive. No power can withstand divine Love. What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? 225 225:1Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves 3man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.

  15. SH 227:24-26

    Citizens of the world, accept the “glori-ous liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right.


From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 432: “Above all earthly gain”
Hymn 382: “What is thy birthright, man”
Hymn 501: “I love Thy way of freedom, Lord”