First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

The humility that reveals our true being and worth
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 46:1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11 (to ;)

    1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

    ... 4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

    5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

    ... 10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

    11The Lord of hosts is with us;

  2. II Kings 5:1-5 (to 1st .), 7 (to ?), 8-15 (to 2nd :)

    1Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

    2And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.

    3And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

    4And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

    5And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel.

    ... 7And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy?

    8And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

    9So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

    10And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

    11But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

    12Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

    13And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

    14Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

    15And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel:

  3. Matt. 3:13-17

    13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

    14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

    15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

    16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

    17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

  4. Matt. 15:21-28

    21Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

    22And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

    23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

    24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

    25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

    26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

    27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

    28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

  5. Phil. 2:1-5, 13-15

    1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

    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; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

    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:

    ... 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

    14Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

    15That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

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

  1. SH 64:1-2, 8-10

    64:1    Want of uniform justice is a crying evil caused by the selfishness and inhumanity of man.

        Pride, envy, or jealousy seems on most occasions to 9be the master of ceremonies, ruling out primitive Chris-Benevolence hinderedtianity.

  2. SH 142:18-20

    18    As in Jesus’ time, so to-day, tyranny and pride need to be whipped out of the temple, and humility and divine Sci-Temple cleansedence to be welcomed in.

  3. SH 144:25-26

    Ignorance, pride, or prejudice closes the door to whatever is not stereotyped.

  4. SH 228:25-27

        There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dis-27Priestly pride humbledhonor God.

  5. SH 129:22-24

    21We must look deep Ontology neededinto realism instead of accepting only the out-24ward sense of things.

  6. SH 252:15-23 (to .), 26-8

    15    The false evidence of material sense contrasts strikingly with the testimony of Spirit. Material sense lifts its voice with the arrogance of reality and says:

    18    I am wholly dishonest, and no man knoweth it. I can cheat, lie, commit adultery, rob, murder, and I elude Testimony of sensedetection by smooth-tongued villainy. Ani-21mal in propensity, deceitful in sentiment, fraudulent in purpose, I mean to make my short span of life one gala day.But a touch, an accident, the law of God, 27may at any moment annihilate my peace, for all my fancied joys are fatal. Like bursting lava, I expand but to my own despair, and shine with the resplendency of 30consuming fire.

        Spirit, bearing opposite testimony, saith:

        I am Spirit. Man, whose senses are spiritual, is my 253 253:1likeness. He reflects the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity. The beauty of holiness, the perfection of being, 3Testimony of Soulimperishable glory, — all are Mine, for I am God. I give immortality to man, for I am Truth. I include and impart all bliss, for I am Love. 6I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am Life. I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all, because I am that I am.

  7. SH 253:18-31

    18    If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can Right endeavor possiblemake no opposition to right endeavors against 21sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless. Also, if you believe yourself diseased, you can alter this wrong belief and action without hindrance from 24the body.

        Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin, dis-ease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God 27never requires obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in sin and death is de-stroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life in-30stead of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.

  8. SH 366:30

    30    If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent 367 367:1of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes 3Genuine healingof its letter. The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than 6hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame 9with divine Love.

  9. 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.

  10. SH 234:4-12, 25-32

        Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family 6Crumbs of comfortwith crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.

    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.

        Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first 27instance, or they will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the 30action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.

        Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one’s belief permits.

  11. SH 546:23-26

        Christian Science is dawning upon a material age. 24The great spiritual facts of being, like rays of light, shine Dawning of spiritual factsin the darkness, though the darkness, com-prehending them not, may deny their reality.

  12. SH 548:5

    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.

  13. SH 260:7-8, 13, 28

        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.

    If we array thought in mortal vestures, it must lose its immortal 30nature.

  14. SH 301:17-20

        As God is substance and man is the divine image and 18likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only Inverted images and ideasthe substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter.

  15. SH 224:22-25, 29-31 (to 2nd .)

        A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrat-ing justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness 24and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission.

    The 30Mental emancipationpower of God brings deliverance to the cap-tive. No power can withstand divine Love.

  16. 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.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 274: “Partners of a glorious hope, Lift your hearts and voices up”
Hymn 126: “How sweet, how heavenly is the sight, When those who love the Lord”
Hymn 460: “Come, O fount of every blessing, Tune our hearts to sing Your grace”