First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Expanding the boundaries of thought opens new possibilities
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The Bible
  1. Ps. 46:4-7 (to .), 10

    4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

    5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

    6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

    7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

    ... 10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

  2. Job 38:2, 4 (to ?), 5-7, 16, 18 (to ?), 36

    2Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

    ... 4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?

    ... 5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

    6Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

    7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

    ... 16Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

    ... 18Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth?

    ... 36Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

  3. Luke 5:1-10 (to 1st .), 12, 13, 36-38

    1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

    2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

    3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

    4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

    5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

    6And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

    7And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

    8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

    9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

    10And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.

    12And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    13And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

    36And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.

    37And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.

    38But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.

  4. Acts 2:1, 2, 4-7, 12-14, 16 this, 17, 19 (to ;), 22 (to ;)

    1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

    2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

    ... 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

    5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

    6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

    7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilæans?

    ... 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

    13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

    14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judæa, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

    16this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

    17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

    ... 19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath;

    ... 22Ye men of Israel, hear these words;

  5. John 8:12, 31, 32

    12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

    ... 31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

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

  6. Deut. 30:11-14 this

    11this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

    12It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

    13Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

    14But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

  7. Phil. 2:13 it is

    13it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

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

  1. SH 255:1-3 As

    255:1As mor -tals drop off their mental swaddling-clothes, thought 3Inadequate theories of creationexpands into expression.

  2. SH 264:28-15

        When we learn the way in Christian Science and rec-ognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and under-30stand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

        The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, 265 265:1and its government is divine Science. Man is the off-spring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of 3Godward gravitationMind. Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, 6their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality 9may be put off.

        This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity 12 and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man en-larged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent 15peace.

  3. SH 268:1-9

    268:1In the material world, thought has brought to light with great rapidity many useful wonders. With 3like activity have thought’s swift pinions been rising Materialistic challengetowards the realm of the real, to the spiritual cause of those lower things which give im-6pulse to inquiry. Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from 9matter to Mind as the cause of every effect.

  4. SH 195:15-22

    15    Whatever furnishes the semblance of an idea governed by its Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through as-tronomy, natural history, chemistry, music, mathematics, 18thought passes naturally from effect back to cause.

        Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observa-tion, invention, study, and original thought are expansive 21and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of it-self, out of all that is mortal.

  5. SH 269:14-20

    Metaphysics resolves 15things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.

        These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual 18consciousness, and they have this advantage over the ob-jects and thoughts of material sense, — they are good and eternal.

  6. SH 98:8-12, 15-18

    The Science of Chris-9tianity is misinterpreted by a material age, for it is the healing influence of Spirit (not spirits) which the material senses cannot comprehend, — which can only be spiritu-12ally discerned.

    15    Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening grasp of creeds, the demonstration of Christian Revelation of ScienceMind-healing stands a revealed and practical 18Science.

  7. SH 492:7-11, 14-17, 19 2nd All

        Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, 9Mind one and allwill uplift the physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify and elevate character. ... These two 15contradictory theories — that matter is something, or that all is Mind — will dispute the ground, until one is acknowledged to be the victor. ... All is Mind and Mind’s idea. You must fight it out on this 21line. Matter can afford you no aid.

  8. SH 511:23-25

        To mortal mind, the universe is liquid, solid, and aëri-24form. Spiritually interpreted, rocks and mountains stand Soaring aspirationsfor solid and grand ideas.

  9. SH 512:8, 20-21

        Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, 9and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love. These an-Seraphic symbolsgels of His presence, which have the holiest charge, abound in the spiritual atmosphere of 12Mind, and consequently reproduce their own character-istics. Their individual forms we know not, but we do know that their natures are allied to God’s nature; and 15spiritual blessings, thus typified, are the externalized, yet subjective, states of faith and spiritual understanding.

        Spirit blesses the multiplication of its own pure and 21perfect ideas.

  10. SH 125:6, 21-8

    Neither organic inaction nor overaction is beyond God’s control; and man will be found normal and natural to changed mortal thought, 9and therefore more harmonious in his manifestations than he was in the prior states which human belief created and sanctioned.

    21    The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agri-The time and tideculturist will find that these changes cannot 24affect his crops. “As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed.” The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great 27deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe; and the 30florist will find his flower before its seed.

        Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man 126 126:1through its supposed organic action or supposed exist-ence. Error will be no longer used in stating truth. The 3Mortal nothingnessproblem of nothingness, or “dust to dust,” will be solved, and mortal mind will be without form and void, for mortality will cease when man beholds 6himself God’s reflection, even as man sees his reflection in a glass.

        All Science is divine.

  11. SH 127:4, 26

    If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything 6entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.

    Science is an emanation of 27divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, — the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.

  12. SH 128:4

        The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, 6Practical Scienceinclusive of man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and 9mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human 12mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowl-15edge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher 18realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.

  13. SH 264:13

        As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were 15Self-completeness invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-com-18pleteness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 218: “O Life that maketh all things new, The blooming earth, the thoughts of men”
Hymn 553: “Our desire to heed God's calling Lifts us to a new design”
Hymn 204: “O Father, Thy kingdom is come upon earth, Thou rulest in all Thy creation”