First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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The innate demand to progress spiritually
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 23:1, 2

    1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

  2. II Kings 2:1, 2, 4, 6, 8-12 (to 1st .), 14, 15 (to 1st .)

    1And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

    2And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Beth–el. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth–el.

    ... 4And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.

    ... 6And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.

    ... 8And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

    9And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

    10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

    11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

    12And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.

    14And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

    15And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.

  3. Matt. 11:1-6, 15, 25, 28-30

    1And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

    2Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

    3And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

    4Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

    5The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

    6And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

    15He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

    25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

    28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

    29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

    30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  4. Mark 10:46-52

    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.

  5. John 8:12

    12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

  6. Acts 4:24 Lord, 29 grant, 30, 32 (to :), 33

    24Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

    29 ... grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

    30By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

    32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:

    ... 33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

  7. James 4:1, 7, 8 (to 1st .)

    1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

    ... 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

  8. II Cor. 4:6 God

    6God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 255:1-6

    255:1Eternal Truth is changing the universe. As mor-tals drop off their mental swaddling-clothes, thought 3Inadequate theories of creationexpands into expression. “Let there be light,” is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the 6music of the spheres.

  2. SH 256:2

    256:1Advancing to a higher plane of ac-3No material creationtion, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the in-spirational, and from the mortal to the immortal. All 6things are created spiritually. Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

  3. SH 228:25

        There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dis-27Priestly pride humbledhonor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless. It should have 30humbled the pride of the priests, when they saw the dem-onstration of Christianity excel the influence of their dead faith and ceremonies.

  4. SH 570:14-21

        Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for 15Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are wait-Receptive heartsing and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, 18and never fear the consequences. What if the old dragon should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again 21sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night.

  5. SH 131:26-20

        The mission of Jesus confirmed prophecy, and ex-27plained the so-called miracles of olden time as natural John the Baptist, and the Messiahdemonstrations of the divine power, demonstra-tions which were not understood. Jesus’ works 30established his claim to the Messiahship. In reply to John’s inquiry, “Art thou he that should come,” 132 132:1Jesus returned an affirmative reply, recounting his works instead of referring to his doctrine, confident that this 3exhibition of the divine power to heal would fully an-swer the question. Hence his reply: “Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: the 6blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And 9blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” In other words, he gave his benediction to any one who should not deny that such effects, coming from divine 12Mind, prove the unity of God, — the divine Principle which brings out all harmony.

        The Pharisees of old thrust the spiritual idea and the 15man who lived it out of their synagogues, and retained Christ rejectedtheir materialistic beliefs about God. Jesus’ system of healing received no aid nor approval 18from other sanitary or religious systems, from doctrines of physics or of divinity; and it has not yet been gener-ally accepted.

  6. SH 596:3-10

    3    Paganism and agnosticism may define Deity as “the great unknowable;” but Christian Science brings God much nearer to man, and makes Him better known as 6the All-in-all, forever near.

        Paul saw in Athens an altar dedicated “to the unknown God.” Referring to it, he said to the Athenians: “Whom 9therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you.” (Acts xvii. 23.)

  7. SH 216:28

        When you say, “Man’s body is material,” I say with Paul: Be “willing rather to be absent from the body, 30Personal identityand to be present with the Lord.” Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its 217 217:1own likeness. The loss of man’s identity through the understanding which Science confers is impossible; and 3the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony.

  8. SH 135:26-8

    Christianity as Jesus taught it was not 27a creed, nor a system of ceremonies, nor a special gift from a ritualistic Jehovah; but it was the demonstration of divine Love casting out error and healing the sick, 30not merely in the name of Christ, or Truth, but in demon-stration of Truth, as must be the case in the cycles of divine light.

    136

    136:1    Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing. He taught 3The Christ-missionhis followers that his religion had a divine Principle, which would cast out error and heal both the sick and the sinning. He claimed no intelli -6gence, action, nor life separate from God. Despite the persecution this brought upon him, he used his divine power to save men both bodily and spiritually.

  9. SH 46:7

    The divine Spirit, which identified Jesus thus centuries 9ago, has spoken through the inspired Word and will speak through it in every age and clime. It is revealed to the receptive heart, and is again seen casting out evil and 12healing the sick.

  10. SH 317:1-8, 16-20

    317:1    Jesus uttered things which had been “secret from the foundation of the world,” — since material knowledge 3usurped the throne of the creative divine Principle, insisted on the might of matter, the force of falsity, the insignifi-cance of spirit, and proclaimed an anthropomorphic God.

    6    Whosoever lives most the life of Jesus in this age and declares best the power of Christian Science, will The cup of Jesusdrink of his Master’s cup.

        The individuality of man is no less tangible because it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of 18matter. The understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and en-ables him to conquer sin, disease, and death.

  11. SH 340:23

    One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; con-24stitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in 27social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

  12. SH 233:1

    Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. 3Profession and proofThese proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of 6progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law de-mands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.


From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 142: “… Blow, winds of God, awake and blow The mists of earth away”
Hymn 439: “… a church is meant for healing Giving glory to God's name”
Hymn 153: “In Thee, my God and Saviour, Forevermore the same”