First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Doubt dissolved by trust in God
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The Bible
  1. Prov. 3:5, 6

    5Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

    6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

  2. Ps. 147:5 (to :), 6 (to :), 10, 13, 14, 19

    5Great is our Lord, and of great power:

    ... 6The Lord lifteth up the meek:

    ... 10He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

    ... 13For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

    14He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.

    ... 19He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.

  3. Num. 13:1, 2 (to :), 17, 18, 20 (to 2nd .), 25, 26 (to 1st ,), 27 (to ;), 28, 31 We

    1And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

    2Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel:

    17And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

    18And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;

    ... 20And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land.

    25And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

    26And they went and came to Moses,

    27And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey;

    ... 28Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

    31 ... We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

  4. Num. 14:2, 6-9 (to ;), 11

    2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

    6And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:

    7And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

    8If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

    9Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land;

    11And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?

  5. Matt. 14:22-32

    22And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

    23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

    24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

    25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

    26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

    27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

    28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

    29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

    30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

    31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

    32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

  6. John 6:63, 64 (to 1st .), 66-69

    63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

    64But there are some of you that believe not.

    66From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

    67Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

    68Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

    69And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

  7. Luke 8:41 there, 42 (to 1st .), 49-56 (to :)

    41there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:

    42For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a-dying.

    49While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.

    50But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

    51And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.

    52And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.

    53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.

    54And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.

    55And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.

    56And her parents were astonished:

  8. Ps. 121:1-3, 8

    1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

    2My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

    3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

    ... 8The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

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

  1. SH 223:14-24

        The question, “What is Truth,” convulses the world. 15Many are ready to meet this inquiry with the assurance The question of the ageswhich comes of understanding; but more are blinded by their old illusions, and try to “give 18it pause.” “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

        The efforts of error to answer this question by some 21ology are vain. Spiritual rationality and free thought ac-company approaching Science, and cannot be put down. They will emancipate humanity, and supplant unscientific 24means and so-called laws.

  2. 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.

  3. SH 13:20-24

        If we pray to God as a corporeal person, this will 21prevent us from relinquishing the human doubts and Corporeal ignorancefears which attend such a belief, and so we cannot grasp the wonders wrought by infi-24nite, incorporeal Love, to whom all things are possible.

  4. SH 260:7-8, 13-20, 31

        The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal.

        Science reveals the possibility of achieving all good, and sets mortals at work to discover what God has already 15done; but distrust of one’s ability to gain the goodness desired and to bring out better and higher results, often hampers the trial of one’s wings and ensures failure at the 18outset.

        Mortals must change their ideals in order to improve Requisite change of our idealstheir models.

        If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain; for Life, we find death; for Truth, we find error; for Spirit, 261 261:1we find its opposite, matter. Now reverse this action. Thoughts are thingsLook away from the body into Truth and Love, 3the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the endur -ing, the good, and the true, and you will bring these 6into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

  5. SH 428:8

    To divest 9thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, — this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep 12away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, “whose builder and maker is God.”

  6. SH 493:28-2

        If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream, illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false 30sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever 494 494:1intact in his perfect state, and to govern man’s entire action?

  7. SH 494:10-24

    Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demon-12strated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.

    15    The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus 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.

  8. 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.

  9. SH 397:12-22

    When an ac-cident happens, you think or exclaim, “I am hurt!” Your thought is more powerful than your words, more 15powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.

        Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt 18and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine meta-21physics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be.

  10. SH 458:32-3

        Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter 459 459:1to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which “eye hath 3Advancement by sacrificenot seen nor ear heard.”

  11. SH 162:9-16

    The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.

    12    Experiments have favored the fact that Mind governs the body, not in one instance, but in every instance. The Practical successindestructible faculties of Spirit exist without 15the conditions of matter and also without the false beliefs of a so-called material existence.

  12. SH 306:18 man, 25-31

    man cannot be sep-arated for an instant from God, if man reflects God. Thus Science proves man’s existence to be intact.

    Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding 27to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, — is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.

    30    God’s man, spiritually created, is not material and mortal.

  13. SH 507:24-29

    24    Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the men-tal molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all Ever-appearing creationexpresses Science and art throughout His 27 creation, and the immortality of man and the universe. Creation is ever appearing, and must ever con-tinue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.

  14. SH 444:10

    Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge 12and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

  15. SH 254:10-12

    When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs 12our path.

  16. SH 496:15

    15Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, 18based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, over-lying, and encompassing all true being.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 390: “Why is thy faith in God's great love so small?”
Hymn 115: “Holy Father, Thou hast taught us We should live to Thee alone”
Hymn 86: “… For right is right, since God is God; And right the day must win”