First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
Wednesday Meeting Readings
- Isa. 34:1 let, 4 all (to :), 11 (to :), 12, 16, 17
1let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.
4 ... all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll:
11¶ But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it:
... 12They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.
16¶ Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.
17And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.
- Isa. 35:3-8 (to 1st ;), 10 sorrow
3¶ Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
4Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
7And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness;
10 ... sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
- Ps. 37:34 (to :), 35-37
34Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:
... 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.
- II Chron. 32:1-3 Sennacherib (to :), 5-7 (to 1st :), 8, 9 (to 1st ,), 9 saying, 11, 14, 15 (to 1st :), 20, 21 (to 2nd .), 22
1Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.
2And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,
3He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city:
... 5Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance.
6And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
7Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him:
... 8With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
9¶ After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem,saying,
... 11Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The Lord our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
... 14Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand?
15Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him:
... 20And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
21¶ And the Lord sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land.
22Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side.
- Job 22:2, 10-12 snares
2Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
10 ... snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
11Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
12Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
- Job 23:1, 3, 6, 7 so, 10 he, 13, 14
1Then Job answered and said,
... 3Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
... 6Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
7 ... so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
10 ... he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
... 13But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
- Matt. 8:23-27
23¶ And 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!
- Ps. 62:11 power
11power belongeth unto God.
- SH 258:25-6
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.
- SH 180:25-8
When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with 27God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ 30Jesus.
To reduce inflammation, dissolve a tumor, or cure or-ganic disease, I have found divine Truth more potent than 181 181:1all lower remedies. And why not, since Mind, God, is the source and condition of all existence? Before decid-3The important decisioning that the body, matter, is disordered, one should ask, “Who art thou that repliest to Spirit? Can matter speak for itself, or does 6it hold the issues of life?” Matter, which can neither suffer nor enjoy, has no partnership with pain and pleas-ure, but mortal belief has such a partnership.
- SH 182:7-16, 18-26, 30
Which, then, are we to accept as legitimate and capable of producing 9the highest human good? We cannot obey both physi-ology and Spirit, for one absolutely destroys the other, and one or the other must be supreme in the affections. 12It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we shall presently “hold to the one, and despise the other.”
18 Mind’s government of the body must supersede the so-called laws of matter. Obedience to material law pre-No material lawvents full obedience to spiritual law, — the law 21which overcomes material conditions and puts matter under the feet of Mind. Mortals entreat the di-vine Mind to heal the sick, and forthwith shut out the aid 24of Mind by using material means, thus working against themselves and their prayers and denying man’s God-given ability to demonstrate Mind’s sacred power.
30 To admit that sickness is a condition over which God has no control, is to presuppose that omnipotent power is powerless on some occasions. The law of Christ, or 183 183:1Truth, makes all things possible to Spirit; but the so-called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and 3demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing from the basis of one God, one lawmaker. To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; dis-6cords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is said to the contrary.
- SH 183:16-18, 26-29
Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods 27with the actual spiritual law, — the law which gives Belief and understandingsight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame.
- SH 184:6-17, 18-23
6 Belief produces the results of belief, and the penal-ties it affixes last so long as the belief and are insepara-ble from it. The remedy consists in probing the trouble 9to the bottom, in finding and casting out by denial the error of belief which produces a mortal disorder, never honoring erroneous belief with the title of law nor yield-12ing obedience to it. Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine 15statutes.
Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmoni-ous and eternal. We say man suffers from the effects of cold, heat, fatigue. This is human belief, not the truth of being, for matter cannot 21suffer. Mortal mind alone suffers, — not because a law of matter has been transgressed, but because a law of this so-called mind has been disobeyed.
- SH 186:17-20
- SH 189:3
- SH 191:16-23
The human thought must free itself from self-imposed Spiritual freedommateriality and bondage. It should no longer 18ask of the head, heart, or lungs: What are man’s prospects for life? Mind is not helpless. Intelli-gence is not mute before non-intelligence.
- SH 192:1, 19-24 (to 1st .), 30
In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physi-21cal senses must give up their false testimony. Your in-fluence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you 24the only power obtainable.
- SH 199:21
- SH 200:16
- SH 17:2
From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 409: “Supreme in wisdom as in power, the Rock of Ages stands”
Hymn 10: “All power is given unto our Lord, On Him we place reliance”
Hymn 594: “We're steadfastly protected by Your power, Encircled in the caring arms of Love”