First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Who or what controls the weather?
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 19:1-4 (to .)

    1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.

    2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

    3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

    4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

  2. Judg. 6:33, 34 (to ;), 36-40

    33Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.

    34But the spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet;

    36And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,

    37Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

    38And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

    39And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

    40And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

  3. I Kings 17:1

    1And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

  4. I Kings 18:2 2nd And, 41, 42 2nd And (to ;), 43-45 (to 1st .), 46 (to ;)

    2And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

    41And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

    42 ... And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel;

    ... 43And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

    44And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

    45And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.

    ... 46And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah;

  5. Job 37:5-7, 9-11, 14, 23

    5God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

    6For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

    7He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

    ... 9Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

    10By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

    11Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

    ... 14Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

    ... 23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

  6. Matt. 16:2 when, 3

    2When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

    3And in the morning, It will be foul weather to-day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

  7. Mark 6:34

    34And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

  8. Luke 8:22-25

    22Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

    23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

    24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

    25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

  9. Mark 6:56

    56And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

  10. James 1:5, 6, 12, 17, 18

    5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

    6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

    ... 12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

    ... 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

    18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

  11. Rev. 19:6

    6And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

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

  1. SH 331:11-13 The, 16

    The Scriptures imply that God is All-in-all. From 12this it follows that nothing possesses reality nor existence Allness of Spiritexcept the divine Mind and His ideas. 15 ... Everything in God’s universe expresses Him.

  2. SH 484:11-15

    9What are termed natural 12science and material laws are the objective states of mortal mind. The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals. 15Physical force and mortal mind are one.

  3. SH 134:21-10

    21    The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, — not Basis of miraclesbecause this Science is supernatural or pre-24ternatural, nor because it is an infraction of divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God, good. Jesus said: “I knew that Thou hearest me al-27ways;” and he raised Lazarus from the dead, stilled the tempest, healed the sick, walked on the water. There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of 30spiritual power over material resistance.

        A miracle fulfils God’s law, but does not violate that law. This fact at present seems more mysterious than 135 135:1the miracle itself. The Psalmist sang: “What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? Thou Jordan, 3Lawful wondersthat thou wast driven back? Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams, and ye little hills, like lambs? Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the 6Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.” The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God’s unchangeable law. 9Spiritual evolution alone is worthy of the exercise of divine power.

  4. SH 126:15

    15    The point at issue between Christian Science on the one hand and popular theology on the other is this: Shall Antagonistic questionsScience explain cause and effect as being 18both natural and spiritual? Or shall all that is beyond the cognizance of the material senses be called supernatural, and be left to the mercy of speculative 21hypotheses?

  5. SH 209:5-8, 10-11, 16-32

        Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing 6them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, Allness of Truththe life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind.

        The world would collapse without Mind, without the in-telligence which holds the winds in its grasp. 15

        The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent 18Spiritual translationmasses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember 21that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be 24found harmonious and eternal.

        Material substances or mundane formations, astro-nomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of specu-27lative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ulti-mately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of 30Spirit.

        Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to un-derstand God.

  6. SH 505:16-28

        Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts con-sciousness and leads into all truth. The Psalmist saith: 18Understanding imparted“The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.” Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual 21good. Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, — Life, Truth, and Love, — and demonstrates the 24divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

        This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result 27of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things Original reflectedbrought to light.

  7. SH 293:21

    21    There is no vapid fury of mortal mind — expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity The counterfeit forces— and this so-called mind is self-destroyed. 24The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, “The anger of the Lord.” In reality, they show the self-destruction 27of error or matter and point to matter’s opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit. Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal har-30mony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.

  8. SH 288:14

    The 15lightnings and thunderbolts of error may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away in the distance. Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the 18earth. As St. Paul says: “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (of Spirit).

  9. SH 427:14-16, 23

    Nothing can interfere with the 15Mortality vanquishedharmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science. ... Immortal Mind, 24governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.

  10. SH 192:4-5, 11-21, 27-29, 30

        We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit our reliance upon that which is false and grasp the true.

        Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, 12the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind Human power a blind forceand not of the immortal. It is the headlong cataract, the devouring flame, the tempest’s 15breath. It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.

        Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds 18the “wind in His fists;” and this teaching accords with The one real powerScience and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physi-21cal senses must give up their false testimony.

    27    We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by follow-ing the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. ... Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

  11. SH 171:4-13

        Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of ma-teriality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will 6Paradise regainedreopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, 9not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brain-ology to learn how much of a man he is.

    12    Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.

  12. SH 393:12

    12Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on 15man.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 145: “In atmosphere of Love divine, We live, and move, and breathe”
Hymn 457: “… Not in the storm, nor the earthquake, nor the wave”
Hymn 542: “O Life that maketh all things new”