First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Eliminating impacts of time
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 9:1, 4 (to ;), 6 (to :), 7 (to :)

    1I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

    ... 4For thou hast maintained my right and my cause;

    ... 6O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end:

    ... 7But the Lord shall endure for ever:

  2. Josh. 14:6-8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 2nd And

    6Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh–barnea.

    7Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh–barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.

    8Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God.

    ... 10And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.

    11As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

    ... 13And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

    14Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.

    15 ... And the land had rest from war.

  3. Dan. 10:5 I (to 3rd ,), 12 (to :), 18, 19

    5I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen,

    12Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel:

    ... 18Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,

    19And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.

  4. Luke 4:14, 15, 38-40

    14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

    15And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

    38And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her.

    39And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

    40Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

  5. Acts 28:7-9

    7In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.

    8And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.

    9So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:

  6. Rev. 1:3

    3Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

  7. Rev. 10:5, 6

    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:

  8. Eccl. 3:1-6, 9-15

    1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

    2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

    3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

    4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

    5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

    6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

    ... 9What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

    10I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

    11He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

    12I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

    13And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

    14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

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

  9. Ps. 31:9 (to :), 10, 14, 15 (to :), 18, 24

    9Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble:

    ... 10For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

    ... 14But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.

    15My times are in thy hand:

    ... 18Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

    ... 24Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 558:10-17

    9To mortal sense The new EvangelScience seems at first obscure, abstract, and 12dark; but a bright promise crowns its brow. When understood, it is Truth’s prism and praise. When you look it fairly in the face, you can heal by its means, 15and it has for you a light above the sun, for God “is the light thereof.” Its feet are pillars of fire, foundations of Truth and Love.

  2. SH 468:25-3

    Question. — What is Life?

    Answer. — Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit. 27Eternity of LifeLife is without beginning and without end. Eternity, 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.

  3. SH 381:17-24, 28

    In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor 18death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and have our being in the infinite God.

        Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you 21will sooner grasp man’s God-given dominion. You must God-given dominionunderstand your way out of human theories relating to health, or you will never believe 24that you are quite free from some ailment. 27It is man’s moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never 30inflicted by divine authority.

  4. SH 203:17-18, 31-11

        We are prone to believe either in more than one Su-18preme Ruler or in some power less than God.

        God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man’s life. God is at 204 204:1once the centre and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.

    3    All forms of error support the false conclusions that there is more than one Life; that material history is as Spirit the only intelligence and substancereal and living as spiritual history; that mortal 6error is as conclusively mental as immortal Truth; and that there are two separate, an-tagonistic entities and beings, two powers, — namely, 9Spirit and matter, — resulting in a third person (mortal man) who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and death.

  5. SH 244:23

        Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has 24neither birth nor death. He is not a beast, a vegetable, Man not evolvednor a migratory mind. He does not pass from matter to Mind, from the mortal to the im-27mortal, from evil to good, or from good to evil. Such admissions cast us headlong into darkness and dogma. Even Shakespeare’s poetry pictures age as infancy, as 30helplessness and decadence, instead of assigning to man the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige.

  6. SH 245:32-6

        The infinite never began nor will it ever end. Mind 246 246:1 and its formations can never be annihilated. Man is not a pendulum, swinging between evil and good, joy and 3Man reflects Godsorrow, sickness and health, life and death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal 6likeness of their Maker.

  7. SH 246:17-31

        Never record ages. Chronological data are no part 18of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are Undesirable recordsso many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of meas -21uring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, 24governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

    27    Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. True life eternalLet us then shape our views of existence into 30loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.

  8. SH 247:3-7, 13-19

    3    I have seen age regain two of the elements it had lost, sight and teeth. A woman of eighty-five, whom I knew, Eyes and teeth renewedhad a return of sight. Another woman at 6ninety had new teeth, incisors, cuspids, bi-cuspids, and one molar.

    Im-mortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its 15own, — the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness 18which transcend all material sense.

        Comeliness and grace are independent of matter.

  9. SH 357:17

        History teaches that the popular and false notions 18about the Divine Being and character have originated Anthropomorphismin the human mind. As there is in reality but one God, one Mind, wrong notions about God 21must have originated in a false supposition, not in im-mortal Truth, and they are fading out. They are false claims, which will eventually disappear, according to the 24vision of St. John in the Apocalypse.

  10. SH 358:9

    9    Christian Science, understood, coincides with the Scriptures, and sustains logically and demonstratively Scientific and Biblical factsevery point it presents. Otherwise it would 12not be Science, and could not present its proofs. Christian Science is neither made up of contra-dictory aphorisms nor of the inventions of those who scoff 15at God. It presents the calm and clear verdict of Truth against error, uttered and illustrated by the prophets, by Jesus, by his apostles, as is recorded throughout the 18Scriptures.

  11. SH 547:23-32

        The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to 24have them understood spiritually, for only by this under-True theory of the universestanding can truth be gained. 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.

        It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.

  12. SH 598:23-24

        One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual 24understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity.

  13. SH 599:1

    Eternity is God’s measurement of Soul-filled years.

  14. SH 520:3-5 (to !), 9

    3    Unfathomable Mind is expressed. The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all Love and man coexistentspace. That is enough! ... Principle and its idea, man, are coexistent and eternal. The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time. 12These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine 15infinite calculus.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 226: “O Lord of life, to Thee we lift Our hearts in praise”
Hymn 363:“Upon the Gospel's sacred page The gathered beams of ages shine”
Hymn 593: “We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing, To sing of God's goodness as year turns to year”