First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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God's grace reveals your higher selfhood
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 90:1, 2, 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.

    ... 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.

  2. Zeph. 3:14, 15 the king, 17

    14Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

    15 ... the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

    ... 17The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

  3. Job 1:1, 9, 11 put, 13, 14 (to 2nd ,), 15, 16 there, 20, 22

    1There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

    9Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

    11 ... put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

    13And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

    14And there came a messenger unto Job, and said,

    ... 15And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

    16 ... there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

    ... 20Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

    ... 22In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

  4. Job 2:6 (to ;), 7, 9, 10

    6And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand;

    7So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

    9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

    10But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

  5. Job 42:1 Job, 2, 5, 10

    1Job answered the Lord, and said,

    2I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

    ... 5I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

    10And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

  6. I Cor. 12:1, 4, 6, 7, 13, 27

    1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

    ... 4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

    ... 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

    7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

    ... 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

    ... 27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

  7. Matt. 14:14

    14And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

  8. Mark 10:24 (to .), 27, 46-52

    24And the disciples were astonished at his words.

    ... 27And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

    46And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimæus, the son of Timæus, sat by the highway side begging.

    47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

    48And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

    49And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

    50And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

    51And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

    52And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

  9. Matt. 6:24, 25, 30 if

    24No 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. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    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. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

    30 ... if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

  10. Rev. 21:5 he, 6 2nd I, 7 and

    5he 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.

    6 ... I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

    7 ... and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

  11. Ps. 37:34 (to :)

    34Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:


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

  1. SH 67:23, 32

    Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other 24means and methods.

    30The epoch approaches when the 68 68:1understanding of the truth of being will be the basis of true religion. At present mortals progress slowly for 3Basis of true religionfear of being thought ridiculous. They are slaves to fashion, pride, and sense. Some-time we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has 6created men and women in Science. We ought to weary of the fleeting and false and to cherish nothing which hinders our highest selfhood.

  2. SH 189:18

    The human mortal mind, by an inevitable perversion, makes all things start from the lowest instead of from the highest 21mortal thought. The reverse is the case with all the formations of the immortal divine Mind. They proceed from the divine source; and so, in tracing them, we con-24stantly ascend in infinite being.

  3. SH 120:4-14

    Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God’s 6image.

        Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the funda-9Reversal of testimonymental facts of being. Then the question in-evitably arises: Is a man sick if the material senses indicate that he is in good health? No! for matter 12can make no conditions for man. And is he well if the senses say he is sick? Yes, he is well in Science in which health is normal and disease is abnormal.

  4. SH 119:25-1

        In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth 27The sun and Soulis in motion and the sun at rest. As astron-omy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science re-30verses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it 120 120:1seems otherwise to finite sense.

  5. SH 216:11-25

        The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that 12there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to Servants and mastersdestroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This understand -15ing makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in sub-18mission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The great mistake of mortals is to suppose that man, God’s image and likeness, is both matter and Spirit, both good 21and evil.

        If the decision were left to the corporeal senses, evil would appear to be the master of good, and sickness to 24be the rule of existence, while health would seem the exception, death the inevitable, and life a paradox.

  6. SH 547:23-25, 31

        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.

        It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith. 548 548:1“The Spirit and the bride say, Come! . . . and whoso-ever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Christian 3Scriptural perceptionScience separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we dis-6cover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.

  7. SH 423:8, 18

        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.

    The metaphysician, making Mind his basis of operation irrespective of matter and regarding the truth and harmony of being as superior to 21error and discord, has rendered himself strong, instead of weak, to cope with the case; and he proportionately strengthens his patient with the stimulus of courage and 24conscious power. Both Science and consciousness are now at work in the economy of being according to the law of Mind, which ultimately asserts its absolute supremacy.

  8. SH 418:20-22

    Truth is affirmative, and confers 21harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this sim-ple rule of Truth, which governs all reality.

  9. SH 353:16-17, 22

    All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. ... When we learn that error is not real, we shall be ready for progress, “forgetting 24those things which are behind.”

  10. SH 90:24-25, 27

    24    The admission to one’s self that man is God’s own like-ness sets man free to master the infinite idea. ... The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being 30through an apprehension of divine Principle. At present we know not what man is, but we certainly shall know this when man reflects God.

  11. SH 91:5

        Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated 6from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.

  12. SH 261:24

    Breaking away from the mutations of time and sense, you will neither lose the solid objects and ends of life nor your own iden-27tity. Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a 30skyward flight.

  13. SH 494:15 Jesus

    15Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the Reason and Scienceinfinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring 18human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly di-rected, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but 21sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the ex-periences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Sci-ence of man’s eternal harmony breaks their illusion with 24the unbroken reality of scientific being.

  14. SH 60:2

    Science inevitably lifts one’s being higher in the scale of 3harmony and happiness.

  15. SH 69:13

    Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scrip-15tures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal.


From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 20: “Be true and list the voice within”
Hymn 491: “Has not your heart within you burned”
Hymn 585: “This is the day the Lord has made”