First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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Spiritual law constitutes and controls climate
The Bible
  1. Ps. 36:7, 9

    7How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

    ... 9For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

  2. Eccl. 3:14 (to 2nd :)

    14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it:

  3. Ezek. 36:22 Thus (to ;), 30 I will, 35 (to ;), 38 so (to :)

    22Thus saith the Lord God;

    30I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

    ... 35And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden;

    38 ... so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men:

  4. Isa. 43:2, 3 (to :), 19, 21

    2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

    3For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:

    19Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

    ... 21This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

  5. I Kings 17:1

    1And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

  6. I Kings 18:1, 2, 41, 42-45 2nd And (to .), 46 (to ;)

    1And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

    2And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

    41And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

    42 ... And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

    43And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

    44And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

    45And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.

    ... 46And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah;

  7. II Kings 3:9 the, 11, 12, 14-18 (to :), 20

    9the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.

    ... 11But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord, that we may inquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.

    12And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

    ... 14And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

    15But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.

    16And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.

    17For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

    18And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord:

    ... 20And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.

  8. John 6:15-21

    15When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

    16And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,

    17And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.

    18And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.

    19So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

    20But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.

    21Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

  9. II Pet. 3:8 beloved, 9

    8beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

    9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

  10. Luke 6:43 a, 45 (to ;), 47, 48

    43a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    ... 45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good;

    47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

    48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.


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

  1. SH 122:1-7, 16

    122:1    The evidence of the physical senses often reverses the real Science of being, and so creates a reign of discord, — 3Opposing testimonyassigning seeming power to sin, sickness, and death; but the great facts of Life, rightly un-derstood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false 6witnesses, and reveal the kingdom of heaven, — the actual reign of harmony on earth.

    15On the eye’s retina, sky and tree-tops Testimony of the sensesapparently join hands, clouds and ocean meet 18and mingle. The barometer, — that little prophet of storm and sunshine, denying the testimony of the senses, — points to fair weather in the midst of murky 21clouds and drenching rain. Experience is full of instances of similar illusions, which every thinker can recall for himself.

  2. SH 171:4-13

        Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of ma-teriality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will 6Paradise regainedreopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, 9not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brain-ology to learn how much of a man he is.

    12    Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.

  3. SH 67:4-11, 18-23, 25, 32-2

        When the ocean is stirred by a storm, then the clouds lower, the wind shrieks through the tightened shrouds, 6Weathering the stormand the waves lift themselves into mountains. We ask the helmsman: “Do you know your course? Can you steer safely amid the storm?” He 9answers bravely, but even the dauntless seaman is not sure of his safety; nautical science is not equal to the Science of Mind.

    18    The notion that animal natures can possibly give force to character is too absurd for consideration, when we Spiritual powerremember that through spiritual ascendency 21our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him.

        The lack of spiritual power in the limited demonstration of popular Christianity does not put to silence the labor 27of centuries. Spiritual, not corporeal, consciousness is needed. Man delivered from sin, disease, and death presents the true likeness or spiritual ideal.

    30The epoch approaches when the 68 68:1understanding of the truth of being will be the basis of true religion.

  4. SH 547:25

    The true the-ory of the universe, including man, is not in 27material history but in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and 30immortal.

  5. SH 548:9-15

    9    How little light or heat reach our earth when clouds cover the sun’s face! So Christian Science can be seen The clouds dissolvingonly as the clouds of corporeal sense roll away. 12Earth has little light or joy for mortals before Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension 15of immortal Truth.

  6. SH 329:5, 17-25

        A little leaven leavens the whole lump. A little under-6standing of Christian Science proves the truth of all that Imitation of JesusI say of it. Because you cannot walk on the water and raise the dead, you have no right to 9question the great might of divine Science in these direc-tions. Be thankful that Jesus, who was the true demon-strator of Science, did these things, and left his example for 12us. In Science we can use only what we understand. We must prove our faith by demonstration.

    To be discouraged, is to resemble a pupil in 18addition, who attempts to solve a problem of Euclid, and denies the rule of the problem because he fails in his first effort.

    21    There is no hypocrisy in Science. Principle is impera-tive. You cannot mock it by human will. Science 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.

  7. SH 273:21-28

    21    God never ordained a material law to annul the spiritual law. If there were such a material law, it would oppose Spiritual law the only lawthe supremacy of Spirit, God, and impugn the 24wisdom of the creator. Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to material laws. His acts were 27the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false claims of material sense or law.

  8. SH 274:7-16

    Natural science, as it is commonly called, is not really natural nor scientific, because it is deduced from 9the evidence of the material senses. Ideas, on the con-trary, are born of Spirit, and are not mere inferences drawn from material premises.

    12    The senses of Spirit abide in Love, and they demon-strate Truth and Life. Hence Christianity and the Sci-Five senses deceptiveence which expounds it are based on spiritual 15understanding, and they supersede the so-called laws of matter.

  9. SH 293:13-16, 21-28

        The material so-called gases and forces are counter-feits of the spiritual forces of divine Mind, whose potency 15is Truth, whose attraction is Love, whose adhesion and cohesion are Life, perpetuating the eternal facts of being.

    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.

  10. SH 423:18-24

    The metaphysician, making Mind his basis of operation irrespective of matter and regarding the truth and harmony of being as superior to 21error and discord, has rendered himself strong, instead of weak, to cope with the case; and he proportionately strengthens his patient with the stimulus of courage and 24conscious power.

  11. SH 207:27-31

    27    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth. 30Spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real.

  12. SH 207:20-23

        There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can 21be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no One primal causereality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.

  13. SH 215:12

    Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.


From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 7: “Abide with me; fast breaks the morning light; Our daystar rises, banishing all night”
Hymn 457: “Not in the storm, nor the earthquake, nor the wave”
Hymn 282: “Praise the Lord, ye heavens, adore Him”