First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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Unlocking man's spiritual potential
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The Bible
  1. Gen. 1:26 (to :), 27 (to ;), 31 (to .)

    26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

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

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

  2. Ex. 20:1, 3, 5 (to :)

    1And God spake all these words, saying,

    ... 3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    ... 5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:

  3. Ex. 23:20

    20Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

  4. Eccl. 3:14 (to 2nd :), 15 (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:

    ... 15That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been;

  5. Luke 17:20, 21

    20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

    21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

  6. Matt. 9:27-30 (to ;)

    27And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

    28And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

    29Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

    30And their eyes were opened;

  7. Col. 3:1 seek, 4, 10 put, 17

    1seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

    ... 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

    10 ... put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

    ... 17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

  8. 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.

  9. Ps. 8:1, 3-6

    1O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

    ... 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:

  10. Matt. 9:18, 19, 23-26

    18While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

    19And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

    23And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

    24He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

    25But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

    26And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

  11. Rev. 21:1, 3-6

    1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

    ... 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.

    6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

  12. Ps. 121:1-8

    1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

    2My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

    3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

    4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

    5The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

    7The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

    8The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


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

  1. SH 149:11-12, 28-29

    The rule and its perfection of opera-12tion never vary in Science.

    Whatever guides thought spiritually benefits mind and body.

  2. SH 288:20

        The chief stones in the temple of Christian Science are 21to be found in the following postulates: that Life is God, The chief stones in the templegood, and not evil; that Soul is sinless, not to be found in the body; that Spirit is not, and 24cannot be, materialized; that Life is not subject to death; that the spiritual real man has no birth, no ma-terial life, and no death.

  3. SH 468:17-18 Substance, 21-22

    Substance is that which is eternal and inca-18pable of discord and decay. ... Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance.

  4. SH 336:25 God

    God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal. 27God the parent MindThe Science of being furnishes the rule of per-fection, and brings immortality to light. God and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Sci-30ence, God and man coexist and are eternal. God is the parent Mind, and man is God’s spiritual offspring.

  5. SH 14:9-15, 16-22

    To be “with the Lord” is to be in obedience to the law of God, to be absolutely governed by divine Love, — by Spirit, not by matter.

    12    Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, — neither in nor of Spiritualized consciousnessmatter, — and the body will then utter no 15complaints. Sorrow is turned into joy when the body is controlled by spir-18itual Life, Truth, and Love. Hence the hope of the promise Jesus bestows: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; . . . because I 21 go unto my Father,” — [because the Ego is absent from the body, and present with Truth and Love.]

  6. SH 495:14-16

        When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling 15steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His Steadfast and calm trust likeness to abide in your thought.

  7. SH 423:8

        The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically 9that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the Scientific correctivetruth of being, to destroy the error. This cor-rective is an alterative, reaching to every part 12of the human system. According to Scripture, it searches “the joints and marrow,” and it restores the harmony of man.

  8. SH 277:24 (only), 26-28; 278:1-2

    24    The realm of the real is Spirit. ... Matter is an error of state-27ment. This error in the premise leads to errors in the conclusion in every statement into which it enters.

    278:1    Is Spirit the source or creator of matter? Science re-veals nothing in Spirit out of which to create matter.

  9. SH 286:31-1

        Sin, sickness, and death are comprised in human ma-terial belief, and belong not to the divine Mind. They 287 287:1are without a real origin or existence.

  10. SH 287:7, 10-11, 12 Doth, 26-27

    6Divine Science contradicts this postulate and maintains man’s spiritual identity.

    9In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite Divine allness God can have no unlikeness. ... “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” God being everywhere and all-inclusive, how can He be absent 15or suggest the absence of omnipresence and omnipotence? How can there be more than all?

    24Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the 27objective supposition of Spirit’s opposite.

  11. SH 278:4-5, 11

    3Spirit is the only substance and consciousness recognized by divine Science. ... Spirit can have no opposite.

  12. SH 421:15-21

    Insist vehe-mently on the great fact which covers the whole ground, that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside 18Him. There is no disease. When the supposed suffer-ing is gone from mortal mind, there can be no pain; and when the fear is destroyed, the inflammation will sub-21side.

  13. SH 402:8-13, 15

        The time approaches when mortal mind will forsake 9its corporeal, structural, and material basis, when im-Indestructible life of manmortal Mind and its formations will be appre-hended in Science, and material beliefs will 12not interfere with spiritual facts. Man is indestructible and eternal. ... In Science, no breakage nor dislocation can really occur. You say that accidents, injuries, and disease kill man, but this is not true. The life of man is 18Mind. The material body manifests only what mortal mind believes, whether it be a broken bone, disease, or sin.

  14. SH 190:14

        Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the 15grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, Human frailtyafterwards to wither and return to its native nothingness. This mortal seeming is temporal; 18it never merges into immortal being, but finally disap-pears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found to be the real man.

  15. SH 485:32

    The notion of any life or intelli-486486:1gence in matter is without foundation in fact, and you can have no faith in falsehood when you have learned 3falsehood’s true nature.


  16. SH 572:19-22

         In Revelation xxi. 1 we read: —

    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first 21heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

  17. SH 573:3-27, 31

    3The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding what the eye cannot see, — that which is in-visible to the uninspired thought. This testimony of Holy 6Writ sustains the fact in Science, that the heavens and earth to one human consciousness, that consciousness which God bestows, are spiritual, while to another, the 9unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This shows unmistakably that what the human mind terms matter and spirit indicates states and stages of con-12sciousness.

        Accompanying this scientific consciousness was an-other revelation, even the declaration from heaven, su-15Nearness of Deitypreme harmony, that God, the divine Principle of harmony, is ever with men, and they are His people. Thus man was no longer regarded as a mis-18erable sinner, but as the blessed child of God. Why? Because St. John’s corporeal sense of the heavens and earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was 21the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could see the new heaven and new earth, which involve the spiritual idea and consciousness of reality. This is Scrip-24tural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, — that we can become conscious, 27here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. When you read this, remember Jesus’ words, “The kingdom of 574 574:1God is within you.” This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.


From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 39: “Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Love, With light and comfort form above”
Hymn 354: “’Tis God the Spirit leads In paths before unknown”
Hymn153: “… Thou who alone art mighty Hast done to me great things”