First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
Wednesday Meeting Readings
- Ps 33:5-7 the earth, 9-11, 16-19, 22
5the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
6By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
... 9For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
10The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
11The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
... 16There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
... 22Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
- Gen 18:20, 21, 23, 25-27 Shall (to ,), 32 Peradventure
20And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
23¶ And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
25 ... Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27And Abraham answered and said,
32 ... Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
- II Chron 17:3-6
3And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
4But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
5Therefore the Lord stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.
6And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
- II Chron 19:4-6 and he, 11 Deal
4and he went out again through the people from Beer–sheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the Lord God of their fathers.
5¶ And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,
6And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment.
11Deal courageously, and the Lord shall be with the good.
- Matt 6:22, 24 (to .), 25 (to .), 31 take, 33
22The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
24¶ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
... 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.
31 ... take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
... 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Luke 10:38-42
38¶ Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
- Matt 15:21-28
21¶ Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
- Isa 65:18 be, 19 and the, 21, 22 as, 24
18be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 ... and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
... 21And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 ... as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
... 24And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
- Zech 8:12 the seed (to 2nd ;)
12the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew;
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
- SH 266:18-19 Universal
- SH 280:4-6
- SH 515:22
- SH 516:9-12
- SH 244:7-18
If we were to derive all our conceptions of man from what is seen between the cradle and the grave, happi-9ness and goodness would have no abiding-place in man, and the worms would rob him of the flesh; but Paul writes: “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath 12made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is like the beasts and vegetables, — subject to laws of decay. If 15Man never less than manman were dust in his earliest stage of exist-ence, we might admit the hypothesis that he returns eventually to his primitive condition; 18but man was never more nor less than man.
- SH viii:9-12
- SH 304:3
3 It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and good-Man inseparable from Loveness. Understanding this, Paul said: “Nei-6ther death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from 9the love of God.” This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into 12sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man — governed 15by God, his perfect Principle — is sinless and eternal.
- SH 277:6
The immortal never produces the mortal. Good cannot result in evil. As God Himself is good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be im-9mortal. Their opposites, evil and matter, are mortal error, and error has no creator. If goodness and spirit-uality are real, evil and materiality are unreal and can-12not be the outcome of an infinite God, good.
- SH 328:4
Mortals suppose that they can live without goodness, when God is good and the only real Life. What is the 6Final destruction of errorresult? Understanding little about the divine Principle which saves and heals, mortals get rid of sin, sickness, and death only in belief. These errors 9are not thus really destroyed, and must therefore cling to mortals until, here or hereafter, they gain the true un-derstanding of God in the Science which destroys human 12delusions about Him and reveals the grand realities of His allness.
- SH 367:30
30 Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error, Truth’s opposite, has no might. Evil is but the 368 368:1counterpoise of nothingness. The greatest wrong is but a supposititious opposite of the highest right. The 3Real and counterfeitconfidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error is a coward before Truth. Divine Science insists that 6time will prove all this. Both truth and error have come nearer than ever before to the apprehension of mortals, and truth will become still clearer as error is self-9destroyed.
- SH 103:6-17
6 The destruction of the claims of mortal mind through Liberation of mental powersScience, by which man can escape from sin and mortality, blesses the whole human fam-9ily. As in the beginning, however, this libera-tion does not scientifically show itself in a knowledge of both good and evil, for the latter is unreal.
12 On the other hand, Mind-science is wholly separate from any half-way impertinent knowledge, because Mind-science is of God and demonstrates the divine Principle, 15working out the purposes of good only. The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all. Evil is a suppositional lie.
- SH 192:19
In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physi-21cal senses must give up their false testimony. Your in-fluence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you 24the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.
- SH 3:7
- SH 470:13-24 If, 32-1 (to ;)
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 119:21
- SH 305:22-27
- SH 494:10