First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Chance and accident unknown to God
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The Bible
  1. Hab. 1:2 (to 1st !), 12 (to ?), 13 (to :)

    2O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!

    12Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One?

    ... 13Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:

  2. Ps. 91:2, 4, 9-12

    2I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

    ... 4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

    ... 9Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

    10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

    11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

    12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

  3. Ps. 34:3, 4, 7, 8

    3O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

    4I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

    ... 7The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

    8O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

  4. Luke 8:41 behold, 42 (to 1st .), 49-55

    41behold, there 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.

  5. Eph. 1:3, 17, 18

    3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

    ... 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

    18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

  6. Matt. 5:16, 17, 48

    16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

    48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

  7. Phil. 2:1, 2, 5

    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.

    ... 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

  8. Matt. 8:23-27

    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.

    27But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

  9. Acts 20:7-12

    7And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

    8And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

    9And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

    10And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

    11When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.

    12And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

  10. John 6:35 Jesus, 40 (to :), 63

    35Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

    ... 40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life:

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

  11. II Cor. 6:1, 2 I

    1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

    2 ... I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

  12. Isa. 43:2

    2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

  13. Prov. 26:2

    2As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 151:20-21, 23-5

    Every function of the 21real man is governed by the divine Mind. ... The divine Mind that made man 24maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and 27its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found har-monious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and 30follow the leadings of truth.

        That mortal mind claims to govern every organ of the mortal body, we have overwhelming proof. But this so-152152:1called mind is a myth, and must by its own consent yield to Truth. It would wield the sceptre of a monarch, but 3Mortal mind dethronedit is powerless. The immortal divine Mind takes away all its supposed sovereignty, and saves mortal mind from itself.

  2. SH 394:24-29

    Are material means the only refuge from fatal chances? Is there no divine permission to conquer discord of every kind with harmony, 27with Truth and Love?

        We should remember that Life is God, and that God Arguing wronglyis omnipotent.

  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 207:20-23, 27-29

        There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can 21be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no One primal causereality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.

    27    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth.

  5. 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.

  6. SH 369:14-26

        We never read that Luke or Paul made a reality of 15disease in order to discover some means of healing it. The Christ treatmentJesus never asked if disease were acute or chronic, and he never recommended atten-18tion to laws of health, never gave drugs, never prayed to know if God were willing that a man should live. He understood man, whose Life is God, to be immortal, and 21knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and the other to be made indestructible.

        The prophylactic and therapeutic (that is, the prevent-24ive and curative) arts belong emphatically to Christian Matter not medicineScience, as would be readily seen, if psychology, or the Science of Spirit, God, was understood.

  7. SH 392:24 Stand

    24Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in Guarding the doorbodily results, you will control yourself har-27moniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office 30as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or 393 393:1pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forget-3ting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

  8. SH 402:8

        The time approaches when mortal mind will forsake 9its corporeal, structural, and material basis, when im-Indestructible life of manmortal Mind and its formations will be appre-hended in Science, and material beliefs will 12not interfere with spiritual facts. Man is indestructible and eternal. Sometime it will be learned that mortal mind constructs the mortal body with this mind’s own 15mortal materials. In Science, no breakage nor dislocation can really occur. You say that accidents, injuries, and disease kill man, but this is not true. The life of man is 18Mind. The material body manifests only what mortal mind believes, whether it be a broken bone, disease, or sin.

  9. SH 276:9-16, 27

    Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

    12    The realization that all inharmony is unreal brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents them as beautiful and immortal. Harmony 15in man is as real and immortal as in music. Discord is unreal and mortal.

    Harmony is the somethingness named Truth.

  10. SH 486:18-26

    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.

  11. SH 214:28

    Neither age nor accident can interfere with the senses of Soul, 30and there are no other real senses. It is evident that the body as matter has no sensation of its own, and there is no oblivion for Soul and its faculties. Spirit’s senses are with-215215:1out pain, and they are forever at peace. Nothing can hide from them the harmony of all things and the might and 3permanence of Truth.

  12. SH 470:21-24, 32

    21    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, Indestructible relationshipman, remains perfect. Man is the expression 24of God’s being.

        The relations of God and man, divine Principle and 471 471:1idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine 3order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He cre-ates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 195: “… Thy love, not mine, bids fear and doubt depart”
Hymn 547: “O, sometimes gleams upon our sight Through present wrong, th' eternal right”
Hymn 351: “… Brother claps the hand of brother, Stepping fearless though the night”