First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Our native eternal life
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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  1. Rev. 10:1 I, 5, 6

    1I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

    ... 5And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

    6And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

  2. Ps. 90:1, 2, 4, 16, 17

    1Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

    2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

    ... 4For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

    ... 16Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

    17And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

  3. John 6:16, 17 (to .), 18-21

    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.

    ... 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.

  4. Mark 13:23 take, 34-37

    23take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

    34For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

    35Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

    36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

    37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

  5. John 8:51-54 (to ;), 56-59

    51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

    52Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

    53Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

    54Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me;

    ... 56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

    57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

    58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

    59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

  6. Matt. 9:20-22

    20And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

    21For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

    22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

  7. Ps. 139:1, 2, 7-12, 17, 18, 24 lead

    1O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

    2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

    ... 7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

    8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

    9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

    10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

    11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

    12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

    ... 17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

    18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

    24 ... lead me in the way everlasting.

  8. Ezek. 34:1, 22 (to ;), 26-28, 30

    1And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

    22Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey;

    ... 26And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

    27And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

    28And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

    ... 30Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.

  9. Rev. 1:12 (to .), 17 2nd And, 18 (to 2nd ;)

    12And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.

    17 ... And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

    18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 468:28-3

    27Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases in 30proportion as the other is recognized. Time is finite; 469 469:1eternity is forever infinite. Life is neither in nor of mat-ter. What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which 3includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal.

  2. SH 469:4-5 (to 1st .)

    Life is divine Mind. Life is not limited.

  3. SH 62:27-30

    27    The higher nature of man is not governed by the lower; if it were, the order of wisdom would be reversed. Superior law of SoulOur false views of life hide eternal harmony, 30and produce the ills of which we complain.

  4. SH 595:17-19 (to 1st ;)

    Time. Mortal measurements; limits, in which are 18summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge;

  5. SH 335:16 Soul, 25-26 Mind

    Soul and Spirit being one, God and Soul are one, and this one never included in a limited mind or a 18Soul and Spirit onelimited body. Spirit is eternal, divine. Noth-ing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else. Because Soul is immortal, it does 21not exist in mortality. Soul must be incorporeal to be Spirit, for Spirit is not finite. Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as 24immortality brought to light.

    Mind is the divine Principle, Love, and can pro -duce nothing unlike the eternal Father-Mother, God.

  6. SH 285:2-14

    285:1Man’s individu-3ality is not material. This Science of being obtains not alone hereafter in what men call Paradise, but here and now; it is the great fact of being for time and 6eternity.

        What, then, is the material personality which suffers, sins, and dies? It is not man, the image and likeness 9The human counterfeitof God, but man’s counterfeit, the inverted likeness, the unlikeness called sin, sickness, and death. The unreality of the claim that a mortal is 12the true image of God is illustrated by the opposite na-tures of Spirit and matter, Mind and body, for one is intelligence while the other is non-intelligence.

  7. SH 402:8-13, 16-18

        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. ... You say that accidents, injuries, and disease kill man, but this is not true. The life of man is 18Mind.

  8. SH 476:6-13

    6    Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life Mortals are not immortalsand intelligence are in matter, and that 9this matter is man. God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and im-12mortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man.

  9. SH 183:16-29

        The supposed laws which result in weariness and dis-ease are not His laws, for the legitimate and only possible 18Laws of nature spiritualaction of Truth is the production of harmony. Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but mortals commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of 21Spirit. Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obe-dience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man 24power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.

        Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods 27with the actual spiritual law, — the law which gives Belief and understandingsight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame.

  10. SH 490:12-27

    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.

        “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings.” Human belief — or knowledge gained from the so-called 21True nature and originmaterial senses — would, by fair logic, anni-hilate man along with the dissolving elements of clay. The scientifically Christian explanations of the 24nature and origin of man destroy all material sense with immortal testimony. This immortal testimony ushers in the spiritual sense of being, which can be obtained 27in no other way.

  11. SH 367:24

    24    The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this age through a “still, small voice,” through silent utter-ances and divine anointing which quicken and increase 27the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the consummation of my hope, namely, the student’s higher attainments in this line of light.

  12. SH 324:7

        Unless the harmony and immortality of man are be-coming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea 9Narrow pathwayof God; and the body will reflect what gov-erns it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore 12“acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.” Be watchful, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight and narrow, which leads to the understanding that God 15is the only Life. It is a warfare with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here or hereafter, — certainly before we can reach the goal 18of Spirit, or life in God.

  13. SH 407:22 In

    21In Science, all Immortal memorybeing is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmoni-24ous in every action. Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized op-posite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, 27and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.

  14. SH 306:7-20, 25

        Life demonstrates Life. The immortality of Soul makes man immortal. If God, who is Life, were parted for a 9Divinity not childlessmoment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be 12childless, — no Father.

        If Life or Soul and its representative, man, unite for a period and then are separated as by a law of divorce to 15be brought together again at some uncertain future time and in a manner unknown, — and this is the general religious opinion of mankind, — we are left without a 18rational proof of immortality. But man cannot be sep-arated for an instant from God, if man reflects God. Thus Science proves man’s existence to be intact.

    Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding 27to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, — is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.

From the Christian Science hymnal:
Hymn 213: “O God, our help in ages past”
Hymn 547: “O, sometimes gleams upon our sight, Through present wrong, th’ eternal right”
Hymn 82: “God is working His purpose out As year succeeds to year”