First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Real individuality expresses God's perfection
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
The Bible
  1. Isa. 60:1-5

    1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

    2For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

    3And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

    4Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

    5Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

  2. Ps. 37:35-37

    35I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

    36Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

    37Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

  3. Matt. 13:45-48 the

    45the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

    46Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

    47Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

    48Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

  4. John 10:23-25, 27, 28, 29 and

    23And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

    24Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

    25Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

    ... 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

    28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

    29 ... and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

  5. Matt. 4:23-25

    23And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

    24And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

    25And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judæa, and from beyond Jordan.

  6. Matt. 8:23-26

    23And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

    24And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

    25And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

    26And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

  7. Luke 4:33-37

    33And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,

    34Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

    35And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

    36And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

    37And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.

  8. Acts 8:5-8

    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.

  9. Acts 16:16-18

    16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

    17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

    18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

  10. I Cor. 13:6, 7, 9, 10, 12

    6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

    7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

    ... 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

    10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

    ... 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

  11. Ps. 8:1 (to !), 3-6

    1O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

    ... 3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

    4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

    5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

    6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

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

  1. SH 336:6

    The divine Ego, or individuality, is reflected in all spiritual individuality from the infini-tesimal to the infinite.

  2. SH 588:11

        There is but one I, or Us, but one divine Principle, or 12Mind, governing all existence; man and woman un-changed forever in their individual characters, even as numbers which never blend with each other, though they 15are governed by one Principle. All the objects of God’s creation reflect one Mind, and whatever reflects not this one Mind, is false and erroneous, even the belief that 18life, substance, and intelligence are both mental and material.

  3. SH 115:13-16

    God: Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind.

    15Divine imageMan: God’s spiritual idea, individual, per-fect, eternal.

  4. SH 91:5

        Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated 6from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.

  5. SH 72:21-23, 26-28

    21    God, good, being ever present, it follows in divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never Scientific phenomenapresent. ... A sinning, earthly mortal is 27not the reality of Life nor the medium through which truth passes to earth.

  6. SH 317:16-20

        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.

  7. SH 336:32-6 God

    God is individual and personal in a scientific 337 337:1sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense. Therefore man, reflecting God, cannot lose his individuality; but as 3Man reflects the perfect Godmaterial sensation, or a soul in the body, blind mortals do lose sight of spiritual individuality. Material personality is not realism; it is not 6the reflection or likeness of Spirit, the perfect God.

  8. SH 91:16

        Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of 18material selfhood aids the discernment of man’s spirit-ual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed 21the material senses.

  9. SH 280:30

    The only excuse for entertaining human opinions and rejecting the Science of being is our mortal ignorance of Spirit, — ignorance 281 281:1which yields only to the understanding of divine Science, the understanding by which we enter into the kingdom 3of Truth on earth and learn that Spirit is infinite and supreme. Spirit and matter no more commingle than light and darkness. When one appears, the other dis -6appears.

  10. SH 281:14-20

        The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is 15infinite individuality, which supplies all form and come-liness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.

    18    The mind supposed to exist in matter or beneath a skull bone is a myth, a misconceived sense and false conception as to man and Mind.

  11. SH 258:9-16, 19-6

    9    Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, Infinity’s reflectionwhich must escape from its environments in order to be immortal. Man reflects infinity, 12and this reflection is the true idea of God.

        God expresses in man the infinite idea forever develop-ing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from 15a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth.

        The infinite Principle is reflected by the infinite idea and spiritual individuality, but the material so-called senses 21have no cognizance of either Principle or its idea. The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in propor-tion as humanity gains the true conception of man and 24God.

        Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought. To him 27Individual permanencybelongs eternal Life. Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his 30high estate.

        Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the 259 259:1generic term man. Man is not absorbed in Deity, and God’s man discernedman cannot lose his individuality, for he re-3flects eternal Life; nor is he an isolated, soli-tary idea, for he represents infinite Mind, the sum of all substance.

    6    In divine Science, man is the true image of God.

  12. SH 265:1-3, 5-15

    Man is the off-spring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of 3Godward gravitationMind. ... Mortals must gravitate Godward, 6their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality 9may be put off.

        This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity 12 and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man en-larged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent 15peace.

  13. SH 285:2-11, 17, 27

    285:1Man’s individu-3ality is not material. This Science of being obtains not alone hereafter in what men call Paradise, but here and now; it is the great fact of being for time and 6eternity.

        What, then, is the material personality which suffers, sins, and dies? It is not man, the image and likeness 9The human counterfeitof God, but man’s counterfeit, the inverted likeness, the unlikeness called sin, sickness, and death.

    15The time has come for a 18finite conception of the infinite and of a ma-terial body as the seat of Mind to give place to a diviner sense of intelligence and its manifestations, — 21to the better understanding that Science gives of the Supreme Being, or divine Principle, and idea.

    As mortals reach, through knowledge of Christian Science, a higher sense, they will seek to learn, not from matter, but from 30the divine Principle, God, how to demonstrate the Christ, Truth, as the healing and saving power.

  14. SH 492:3-12

    3For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence. In reality there is no other existence, since Life cannot be united to its 6unlikeness, mortality.

        Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, 9Mind one and allwill uplift the physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify and elevate character. Thus progress will finally destroy 12all error, and bring immortality to light.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 93: “… In perfect peace, with tumult stilled”
Hymn 52: “Eternal Mind the Potter is, And thought th’ eternal clay”
Hymn 565: “Rise up and walk, take up your bed”