First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

How can I be a better neighbor?
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps 15:1-3

    1Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

    2He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

    3He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

  2. Ps 101:4-6

    4A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

    5Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

    6Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

  3. Lev 19:13, 15-18

    13Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

    15Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

    16Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord.

    17Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

    18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

  4. Luke 10:25-37

    25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

    26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

    27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

    28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

    29But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

    30And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

    31And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

    32And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

    33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

    34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

    35And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

    36Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

    37And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

  5. Isa 41:1-8

    1Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

    2Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.

    3He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

    4Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.

    5The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

    6They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

    7So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the soldering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

    8But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

  6. Prov 3:27-29

    27Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

    28Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

    29Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

  7. Prov 27:10

    10Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 138:27-3

    27    Our Master said to every follower: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature! . . . Healthful theologyHeal the sick! . . . Love thy neighbor as 30thyself!” It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which 139 139:1heals the sick and causes the wicked to “forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.” It was our Mas-3ter’s theology which the impious sought to destroy.

  2. SH 466:26-31

    The Science 27of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and 30its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.

  3. SH 467:3-16

    3Answer. — The first demand of this Science is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This me is Spirit. Two chief commandsTherefore the command means this: Thou shalt 6have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” 9It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact 12becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brother-hood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide 15him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, hav-ing that Mind which was also in Christ.

  4. SH 88:18-20

    18    To love one’s neighbor as one’s self, is a divine idea; but this idea can never be seen, felt, nor understood through the physical senses.

  5. SH 8:20-16

    Praying for humility with what-21ever fervency of expression does not always mean a desire for it. If we turn away from the poor, we are not ready to receive the reward of Him who blesses 24the poor. We confess to having a very wicked heart and ask that it may be laid bare before us, but do we not already know more of this heart than we are 27willing to have our neighbor see?

        We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way 30Searching the heartonly can we learn what we honestly are. If a friend informs us of a fault, do we listen pa-tiently to the rebuke and credit what is said? Do we not 9 9:1rather give thanks that we are “not as other men”? During many years the author has been most grateful 3for merited rebuke. The wrong lies in unmerited cen-sure, — in the falsehood which does no one any good.

        The test of all prayer lies in the answer to these 6questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of Summit of aspirationthis asking? Do we pursue the old selfish-ness, satisfied with having prayed for some-9thing better, though we give no evidence of the sin-cerity of our requests by living consistently with our prayer? If selfishness has given place to kindness, 12we shall regard our neighbor unselfishly, and bless them that curse us; but we shall never meet this great duty simply by asking that it may be done. There is 15a cross to be taken up before we can enjoy the fruition of our hope and faith.

  6. SH 205:22-27

        When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law Redemption from selfishnessof loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; 24whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels 27where selfishness reigns.

  7. SH 560:10-17

        Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science inter-prets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great 12True estimate of God’s messengermiracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of 15heaven in man. This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of any-one whom God has appointed to voice His Word.

  8. SH 340:25-29

    24Scripture, “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 105: “Help us to help each other, Lord”
Hymn 217: “O, he whom Jesus loved has truly spoken”
Hymn 588: “Though I may speak with moving words”