First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
Wednesday Meeting Readings
- Ps. 57:2, 3 (to 1st .), 3 God, 4 (to :), 4 whose, 6 2nd my (to 1st .), 9 (to :), 10
2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. ... God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4My soul is among lions: ... whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
6 ... my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.
... 9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people:
... 10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
- Ex. 3:1 (to :), 2 (to :), 7, 8 (to ;), 10-12 (to ;), 15 2nd The, 21
1Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian:
... 2And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush:
7¶ And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;
... 10Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
11¶ And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
12And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;
15The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
21And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:
- Matt. 4:17-24 (to :), 25
17¶ From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
18¶ And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
21And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
23¶ And 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:
25And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judæa, and from beyond Jordan.
- II Tim. 3:1, 2, 4, 5 (to :), 7, 9 (to :), 10, 14-17 continue
1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
... 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
... 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
... 9But they shall proceed no further:
... 10But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
14 ... continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
- Luke 8:43-45 (to 1st ?), 45-48 Peter
43¶ And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45And Jesus said, Who touched me? ... Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
- Ps. 62:1, 2, 5, 8 (to 1st .), 11 power
1Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
... 5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
... 8Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.
11 ... power belongeth unto God.
- Jer. 15:11 Verily (to ;)
11Verily it shall be well with thy remnant;
- Jer. 16:15 The, 21 2nd I
15The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
21I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The Lord.
- Jer. 31:38, 40 it
38¶ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be built to the Lord from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner.
40 ... it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.
- SH 466:7-23
Question. — What are spirits and souls?
Answer. — To human belief, they are personalities 9constituted of mind and matter, life and death, truth and Real versus unrealerror, good and evil; but these contrasting pairs of terms represent contraries, as Chris-12tian Science reveals, which neither dwell together nor assimilate. Truth is immortal; error is mortal. Truth is limitless; error is limited. Truth is intelligent; error 15is non-intelligent. Moreover, Truth is real, and error is unreal. This last statement contains the point you will most reluctantly admit, although first and last it is the 18most important to understand.
The term souls or spirits is as improper as the term gods. Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. 21Mankind redeemedThere is no finite soul nor spirit. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be rendered in the plural.
- SH 304:9-14, 17-18, 19-20, 26-2
This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into 12sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death.
Left to the decisions 27of material sense, music is liable to be misappre-hended and lost in confusion. Controlled by belief, instead of understanding, music is, must be, imper-30fectly expressed. So man, not understanding the Sci-ence of being, — thrusting aside his divine Principle as incomprehensible, — is abandoned to conjectures, left in 305 305:1the hands of ignorance, placed at the disposal of illusions, subjected to material sense which is discord.
- SH 2:8-11, 15-16, 23-26
- SH 260:13
- SH 114:10, 13-17, 23
12As Mind is immortal, Imperfect terminologythe phrase mortal mind implies something un-15true and therefore unreal; and as the phrase is used in teaching Christian Science, it is meant to designate that which has no real existence.
Christian Science explains all cause and effect as men-24tal, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and Causation mentalbody. It shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities 27of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmoni-ous, and eternal. Science shows that what is termed mat-30ter is but the subjective state of what is termed by the author mortal mind.
- SH 385:31
Any supposed information, coming from the body or from inert matter as if either were intelligent, is an illu-386386:1sion of mortal mind, — one of its dreams. Realize that Doubtful evidencethe evidence of the senses is not to be accepted 3in the case of sickness, any more than it is in the case of sin.
- SH 97:5
In reality, the more closely error simulates truth and 6so-called matter resembles its essence, mortal mind, the Dangerous resemblancesmore impotent error becomes as a belief. Ac-cording to human belief, the lightning is fierce 9and the electric current swift, yet in Christian Science the flight of one and the blow of the other will become harmless. The more destructive matter becomes, the 12more its nothingness will appear, until matter reaches its mortal zenith in illusion and forever disappears. The nearer a false belief approaches truth without passing 15the boundary where, having been destroyed by divine Love, it ceases to be even an illusion, the riper it becomes for destruction. The more material the belief, the more 18obvious its error, until divine Spirit, supreme in its do-main, dominates all matter, and man is found in the like-ness of Spirit, his original being.
- SH 337:5-6, 11
- SH 453:6-8
- SH 496:15
- SH 249:18-19, 31-13
Man is the reflection of Soul. He is the direct oppo-site of material sensation, and there is but one Ego. We 250 250:1run into error when we divide Soul into souls, multiply Mind into minds and suppose error to be mind, then mind 3Philosophical blundersto be in matter and matter to be a lawgiver, unintelligence to act like intelligence, and mor-tality to be the matrix of immortality.
6 Mortal existence is a dream; mortal existence has no real entity, but saith “It is I.” Spirit is the Ego which Spirit the one Egonever dreams, but understands all things; 9which never errs, and is ever conscious; which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never dies. Spiritual man is the likeness of this Ego. 12Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.
- SH 521:5-6, 12 (only)
- SH 578:16
From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 88: “Gracious Spirit, dwell with me”
Hymn 384: “When God is seen with men to dwell”
Hymn 272: “Our God shall reign where'er the sun Does his successive journeys run”