First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
The Bible
  1. Isa. 42:1 (to :), 3, 4 (to :), 6, 7, 16 I, 18, 21

    1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:

    ... 3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

    4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth:

    6I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

    7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

    16 ... I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

    18Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

    ... 21The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

  2. Jer. 29:8 thus, 9, 11-13

    8thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.

    9For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.

    11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

    12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

    13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

  3. Isa. 35:3-8 (to ;), 10

    3Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

    4Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

    5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

    6Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

    7And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

    8And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness;

    ... 10And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

  4. Luke 13:11-17

    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?

    17And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

  5. Ps. 103:1, 2 and, 3 2nd who, 4, 5 so, 6

    1Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

    2 ... and forget not all his benefits:

    3 ... who healeth all thy diseases;

    4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

    5 ... so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

    6The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

  6. John 5:2-9 (to :)

    2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

    3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

    4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

    5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

    6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

    7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

    8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

    9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:

  7. Rev. 21:3-5

    3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

    4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

    5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

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

  1. SH 369:16

    Jesus never asked if disease were acute or chronic, and he never recommended atten-18tion to laws of health, never gave drugs, never prayed to know if God were willing that a man should live. He understood man, whose Life is God, to be immortal, and 21knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and the other to be made indestructible.

  2. SH 249:1, 6-9, 18-19

    249:1    Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive 3ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

    6Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into Renewed selfhoodnewness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us re -9joice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.”

    18    Life is, like Christ, “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.”

  3. SH 162:16

    Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has re-18stored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been 21elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions. I have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and 24healthy organizations have been established where disease was organic. Christian Science heals organic disease as surely as it heals what is called functional, for it requires 27only a fuller understanding of the divine Principle of Christian Science to demonstrate the higher rule.

  4. SH 246:10-16, 17-18 Chronological, 27-7

        The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth 12coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, un-dimmed by a declining sun. As the physical and mate-rial, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of 15Spirit should dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright and imperishable glories.

    Chronological data are no part 18of the vast forever.

    27    Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. True life eternalLet us then shape our views of existence into 30loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.

        Acute and chronic beliefs reproduce their own types. 247 247:1The acute belief of physical life comes on at a remote period, and is not so disastrous as the chronic belief.

    3    I have seen age regain two of the elements it had lost, sight and teeth. A woman of eighty-five, whom I knew, Eyes and teeth renewedhad a return of sight. Another woman at 6ninety had new teeth, incisors, cuspids, bi-cuspids, and one molar.

  5. SH 176:24-25, 27

    One disease is no more real than another. ... The human mind, not matter, is supposed to feel, suffer, en-joy. Hence decided types of acute disease are quite as 30ready to yield to Truth as the less distinct type and chronic form of disease. Truth handles the most malignant con-tagion with perfect assurance.

  6. SH 389:28-11

        A case of convulsions, produced by indigestion, came under my observation. In her belief the woman had 30chronic liver-complaint, and was then suffering from a complication of symptoms connected with this belief. I cured her in a few minutes. One instant she spoke de-390390:1spairingly of herself. The next minute she said, “My food is all digested, and I should like something more 3to eat.”

        We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, sim-6Ultimate harmonyply because, to the mortal senses, there is seem-ing discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and 9the right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.

  7. SH 373:27

    27    When the blood rushes madly through the veins or languidly creeps along its frozen channels, we call these Mind circulates bloodconditions disease. This is a misconception. 30Mortal mind is producing the propulsion or the languor, and we prove this to be so when by mental means the circulation is changed, and returns to that standard 374 374:1which mortal mind has decided upon as essential for health. Anodynes, counter-irritants, and depletion never 3reduce inflammation scientifically, but the truth of being, whispered into the ear of mortal mind, will bring relief.

  8. SH 418:28

    Speak the truth to every form of error. Tumors, ulcers, 30tubercles, inflammation, pain, deformed joints, are wak-ing dream-shadows, dark images of mortal thought, which flee before the light of Truth.

  9. SH 419:4-10, 16, 22-25

    Your true course is to destroy the foe, and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, 6and Love, remembering that God and His ideas alone are real and harmonious.

        If your patient from any cause suffers a relapse, meet 9the cause mentally and courageously, knowing that Relapse unnecessarythere can be no reaction in Truth. Meet every adverse circumstance as its master. Ob-serve mind instead of body, lest aught unfit for develop-18ment enter thought. Think less of material conditions and more of spiritual.

    A relapse cannot in reality occur in mortals or 24so-called mortal minds, for there is but one Mind, one God.

  10. SH 420:2-4, 17, 24

    There is no metastasis, no stoppage of harmonious 3True government of manaction, no paralysis. Truth not error, Love not hate, Spirit not matter, governs man.

    The fact that Truth overcomes both disease 18and sin reassures depressed hope. It imparts a healthy stimulus to the body, and regulates the system. It in-creases or diminishes the action, as the case may require, 21better than any drug, alterative, or tonic.

    Tell the sick that they can meet disease fearlessly, if they only realize that divine Love gives them all power over every physical 27action and condition.

  11. SH 247:13

    Im-mortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its 15own, — the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness 18which transcend all material sense.

  12. SH 136:1-6

    136:1    Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing. He taught 3The Christ-missionhis followers that his religion had a divine Principle, which would cast out error and heal both the sick and the sinning. He claimed no intelli -6gence, action, nor life separate from God.

  13. SH 336:25-26 God

    God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 392: “With Love and peace and joy supreme We hail the hew appearing”
Hymn 510: “In Love divine all earth-born fear and sorrow Fade as the dark when dawn pours forth her light”
Hymn 175: “Lo, He sent His Word and healed them”