First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
Wednesday Meeting Readings
- I Tim. 4:4 every, 5
4every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
- Ps. 19:7, 8, 14
7The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
... 14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
- Gen. 27:41 Esau, 42 Rebekah, 43
41Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
42 ... Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;
- Gen. 28:10, 11 (to ;), 12, 13, 15, 16
10¶ And Jacob went out from Beer–sheba, and went toward Haran.
11And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set;
... 12And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
... 15And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16¶ And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.
- I Kings 19:1-3, 9-12 3rd and
1And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to-morrow about this time.
3And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer–sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
9and, 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.
- Acts 16:19 they, 23, 25 (to :), 26-28, 33, 35, 40 (to 1st ,)
19they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
... 23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely:
25¶ And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:
... 26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
27And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
... 33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
... 35And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go.
... 40And they went out of the prison,
- Eph. 6:11, 13, 18
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
... 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
... 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
- Rom. 12:10-12, 14, 17 (to .), 18, 21
10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
... 14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
... 17Recompense to no man evil for evil.
... 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
... 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
- Matt. 7:24 whosoever, 25, 28, 29
24whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
... 28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
by Mary Baker Eddy
- SH 465:9 God
- SH 476:9-14
- SH 12:31-3
- SH 14:31-6
3 So spake Jesus. The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but Spiritual sanctuarylets in Truth, Life, and Love. Closed to 6error, it is open to Truth, and vice versa.
- SH 15:9-18
To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, 12that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.
In order to pray aright, we must enter into the 15closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and Effectual invocationsilence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must 18deny sin and plead God’s allness.
- SH 276:9-16, 19-28
12 The realization that all inharmony is unreal brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents them as beautiful and immortal. Harmony 15in man is as real and immortal as in music. Discord is unreal and mortal.
When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, 21thought is turned into new and healthy channels, — towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, includ-24ing harmonious man.
- SH 470:13-24 If
If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can 15only seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but one Mind. How can good lapse into evil, when God, the Mind of man, 18never sins? The standard of perfection was originally God and man. Has God taken down His own standard, and has man fallen?
21 God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, Indestructible relationshipman, remains perfect. Man is the expression 24of God’s being.
- SH 231:12
12 If God makes sin, if good produces evil, if truth results in error, then Science and Christianity are helpless; but there are no antagonistic powers nor laws, spiritual or 15material, creating and governing man through perpetual warfare. God is not the author of mortal discords. Therefore we accept the conclusion that discords have 18only a fabulous existence, are mortal beliefs which divine Truth and Love destroy.
- SH 28:32-10
There is too much animal courage in society and not 29 29:1sufficient moral courage. Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple 3Christian warfarewith sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the 6crown of rejoicing.
- SH 287:32-8 The
3 The suppositional warfare between truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spir-The great conflictitual senses and the testimony of the material 6senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh will settle all questions through faith in and the un-derstanding of divine Love.
- SH 489:24-30
24 The corporeal senses are the only source of evil or error. Christian Science shows them to be false, be-Organic construction valuelesscause matter has no sensation, and no organic 27construction can give it hearing and sight nor make it the medium of Mind. Outside the material sense of things, all is harmony. A wrong sense 30of God, man, and creation is non-sense, want of sense.
- SH 490:3-18
3 Will-power is but a product of belief, and this belief commits depredations on harmony. Human will is an Will-power an animal propensityanimal propensity, not a faculty of Soul. 6Hence it cannot govern man aright. Chris-tian Science reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man. Will — blind, stubborn, and head-9long — cooperates with appetite and passion. From this cooperation arises its evil. From this also comes its pow-erlessness, since all power belongs to God, good.
12 The Science of Mind needs to be understood. Until it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of Theories helplessTruth. Human theories are helpless to make 15man harmonious or immortal, since he is so already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice the real man’s di-18vine Principle, Love.
- SH 469:30-5
- SH 216:9-14, 18
The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that 12there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to Servants and mastersdestroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. The great mistake of mortals is to suppose that man, God’s image and likeness, is both matter and Spirit, both good 21and evil.
- SH 470:32
The relations of God and man, divine Principle and 471 471:1idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine 3order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He cre-ates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.
- SH 14:25
Hymn 537: “… We hear the Word, in song and sermon spoken, In Silent prayer, we turn to God today”
Hymn 587: “There is a presence walks with us On every pathless way”
Hymn72: “… Let Thy light, Thy truth, Thy peace Bid all strife and tumult cease”