First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Defeating corruption throughout the world
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
w190206The Bible
  1. Ps. 16:1, 5, 6, 8-11 (to :)

    1Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

    ... 5The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

    6The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

    ... 8I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

    9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

    10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

    11Thou wilt shew me the path of life:

  2. Amos 5:12-14 I

    12I know your manifold transgressions, and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.

    13Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

    14Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

  3. Isa. 38:9, 10, 14 (to 3rd :), 17, 18 (to :)

    9The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:

    10I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.

    ... 14Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward:

    ... 17Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

    18For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee:

  4. Luke 11:33-36

    33No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

    34The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

    35Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

    36If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

  5. Luke 19:1-10

    1And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

    2And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

    3And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

    4And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

    5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house.

    6And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

    7And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

    8And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

    9And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

    10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

  6. Acts 8:5-9, 18 when, 20, 22 (to 1st ,), 24

    5Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

    6And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

    7For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

    8And there was great joy in that city.

    9But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

    18 ... when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

    ... 20But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

    ... 22Repent therefore of this thy wickedness,

    ... 24Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

  7. Phil. 2:2, 3 (to ;), 4, 5

    2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

    3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory;

    ... 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

    5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

  8. Gal. 6:1 (to ;), 7-9 (to :)

    1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;

    ... 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

    9And let us not be weary in well-doing:

  9. I Cor. 15:50, 51, 53, 57 thanks, 58

    50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

    51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

    ... 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

    57 ... thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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

  1. SH 131:3

    There is no error in Science, and our lives must be governed by reality in order to be in har-mony with God, the divine Principle of all being.

  2. SH 3:4

        Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The 6The spiritual mathematicsrule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own 9work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His bless-ing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.

  3. SH 453:6-8, 16-20

    6    Right and wrong, truth and error, will be at strife in the minds of students, until victory rests on the side of Winning the fieldinvincible truth.

    Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help. 18You uncover sin, not in order to injure, but in order to bless the corporeal man; and a right motive has its reward.

  4. SH 239:5-15

        Take away wealth, fame, and social organizations, 6which weigh not one jot in the balance of God, and we Right views of humanityget clearer views of Principle. Break up cliques, level wealth with honesty, let worth 9be judged according to wisdom, and we get better views of humanity.

        The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright 12neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth. The watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the 15unrighteous man his thoughts.”

  5. SH 448:10

    Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle.

  6. SH 234:9

    9    We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we Hospitality to health and goodbar our doors against the approach of thieves 12and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; but avoid casting pearls before those who trample 15them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and others.

  7. SH 7:18

    If spiritual sense always guided Emotional utterancesmen, there would grow out of ecstatic mo-ments a higher experience and a better life 21with more devout self-abnegation and purity. A self-satisfied ventilation of fervent sentiments never makes a Christian. God is not influenced by man. The “di-24vine ear” is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.

  8. SH 323:6-9

    6    Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, we are helped onward in the march towards righteousness, A bright outlookpeace, and purity, which are the landmarks 9of Science.

  9. SH 384:5

    3Let us reassure 6ourselves with the law of Love. God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, 9cold, heat, contagion. If man seems to incur the penalty through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his 12protest against this belief in order to annul it. Through this action of thought and its results upon the body, the student will prove to himself, by small beginnings, the 15grand verities of Christian Science.

  10. SH 102:30-2

    30    Mankind must learn that evil is not power. Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness. Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently 103 103:1promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community.

  11. SH 103:6

    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. SH 234:31-3

        Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one’s belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and 235 235:1malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected 3lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.

  13. SH 452:14-18, 22-23

    Never breathe an immoral 15atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it. Better is the frugal intellectual repast with contentment and virtue, than the luxury of learning with egotism and vice.

    18    Right is radical. When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error.

  14. SH 571:10-11, 15

    Who is telling mankind of the foe in ambush?

    15    At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply The armor of divinitythe wisdom and the occasion for a victory 18over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one 21divinity.

  15. SH 272:19

        It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce 21Unspiritual contrastsof material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, 24which really attest the divine origin and operation of Chris-tian Science. The triumphs of Christian Science are re-corded in the destruction of error and evil, from which are 27propagated the dismal beliefs of sin, sickness, and death.

  16. SH 337:14 Christian

    Christian Science demonstrates that none but 15Purity the path to perfectionthe pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches. In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial 18being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life’s spiritual ideal.

  17. SH 475:7-9, 11

    6The Fleshly factors unrealScriptures inform us that man is made in 9the image and likeness of God. ... Man is spiritual and perfect; and be-12cause he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so under-stood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of 15God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is 18the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which 21possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 117: “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty”
Hymn 510: “In Love divine all earth-born fear and sorrow Fade as the dark”
Hymn 2: “A glorious day is dawning”