First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

You are governed by divine law, not by chance
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 121:1-8

    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.

    4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

    5The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

    7The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

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

  2. II Kings 4:8-12 (to 1st .), 14-17

    8And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.

    9And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.

    10Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.

    11And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.

    12And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite.

    ... 14And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

    15And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.

    16And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.

    17And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

  3. II Kings 6:1, 2, 4-6 And, 7 And

    1And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

    2Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.

    4 ... And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.

    5But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

    6And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.

    7 ... And he put out his hand, and took it.

  4. Eccl. 9:8, 10, 17

    8Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

    ... 10Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

    17The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

  5. Luke 13:1-3 (to :), 6-9, 11-13

    1There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilæans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

    2And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilæans were sinners above all the Galilæans, because they suffered such things?

    3I tell you, Nay:

    6He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

    7Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

    8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

    9And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

    11And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

    12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

    13And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

  6. Acts 2:1, 4, 6, 12-14, 16 this, 19 I (to ;)

    1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

    ... 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

    ... 6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

    ... 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

    13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

    14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judæa, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

    16this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

    19 ... I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath;

  7. Zeph. 3:14-17

    14Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

    15The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

    16In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

    17The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 283:4-7, 13-24

        Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious 6Source of all life and actionaction. Mind is the same Life, Love, and wis-dom “yesterday, and to-day, and forever.”

        But what say prevalent theories? They insist that Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-15called. They speak of both Truth and error as mind, and of good and evil as spirit. They claim that to be life which is but the objective state of material sense, — 18such as the structural life of the tree and of material man, — and deem this the manifestation of the one Life, God.

    21    This false belief as to what really constitutes life so detracts from God’s character and nature, that the true Spiritual structuresense of His power is lost to all who cling to 24this falsity.

  2. SH 287:27-2

    The five mate-rial senses testify to truth and error as united in a mind both good and evil. Their false evidence will finally 30yield to Truth, — to the recognition of Spirit and of the spiritual creation.

        Truth cannot be contaminated by error. The state-288288:1ment that Truth is real necessarily includes the correlated statement, that error, Truth’s unlikeness, is unreal.

  3. SH 424:5-11

        Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, 6Accidents unknown to Godand we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense 9of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.

        Under divine Providence there can be no accidents, since there is no room for imperfection in perfection.

  4. SH 486:18-3

    Alas for the blindness of belief, which makes harmony conditional upon death and matter, and yet supposes Mind unable to produce harmony! So long 21as this error of belief remains, mortals will continue mor-tal in belief and subject to chance and change.

        Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are 24eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immor-Permanent sensibilitytality are in Spirit and understanding, not in matter, — hence their permanence. If this 27were not so, man would be speedily annihilated. If the five corporeal senses were the medium through which to understand God, then palsy, blindness, and deafness 30would place man in a terrible situation, where he would be like those “having no hope, and without God in the world;” but as a matter of fact, these calamities often 487 487:1drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happi-ness and existence.

    3    Life is deathless.

  5. SH 330:25 The

    The notion that both evil and good are real is a delusion of material sense, which Science annihilates. 27Evil obsoleteEvil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power. As manifested by mankind it stands for a lie, nothing claiming to be something, — for lust, dishonesty, 30selfishness, envy, hypocrisy, slander, hate, theft, adultery, murder, dementia, insanity, inanity, devil, hell, with all the etceteras that word includes.

  6. SH 250:28

        Upon this stage of existence goes on the dance of mortal mind. Mortal thoughts chase one another like snowflakes, 30and drift to the ground. Science reveals Life as not being at the mercy of death, nor will Science admit that happi-ness is ever the sport of circumstance.

  7. SH 574:27-30

    The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel 30entertained unawares.

  8. SH 342:16-18, 21-26

        If Christianity is not scientific, and Science is not of God, then there is no invariable law, and truth becomes 18Christianity scientifican accident.

    21    Christian Science awakens the sinner, reclaims the infidel, and raises from the couch of pain the helpless Argument of good worksinvalid. It speaks to the dumb the words of 24Truth, and they answer with rejoicing. It causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see.

  9. SH 307:25 The

    The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man 27Higher statuteswas not created from a material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher 30law of Mind.

  10. SH 384:3-12

    3    We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have transgressed a material law and must of Corporeal penaltiesnecessity pay the penalty. Let us reassure 6ourselves with the law of Love. God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, 9cold, heat, contagion. If man seems to incur the penalty through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his 12protest against this belief in order to annul it.

  11. SH 269:14-25 (to 2nd .)

    Metaphysics resolves 15things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.

        These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual 18consciousness, and they have this advantage over the ob-jects and thoughts of material sense, — they are good and eternal.

    21    The testimony of the material senses is neither abso-lute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly Biblical foundationson the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of 24the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none.

  12. 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.”

  13. SH 306:7 (only), 8-20, 25

        Life demonstrates Life. ... If God, who is Life, were parted for a 9Divinity not childlessmoment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be 12childless, — no Father.

        If Life or Soul and its representative, man, unite for a period and then are separated as by a law of divorce to 15be brought together again at some uncertain future time and in a manner unknown, — and this is the general religious opinion of mankind, — we are left without a 18rational proof of immortality. But 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.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 49: “Dear Lord and father of us all, Forgive our foolish ways”
Hymn 125: “How lovely are Thy dwellings, Lord, From noise and trouble free”
Hymn 64: “From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me”