First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
Wednesday Meeting Readings
- Ps. 90:1, 2, 4, 17 let
1Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
... 4For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
17 ... let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
- John 10:2 he, 3, 9, 14, 16
2he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
... 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
... 14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
... 16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
- Judg. 6:6, 11-13 (to 1st ?), 14, 16 (to 2nd ,), 33, 34 (to ;), 35 (to :), 36-40
6And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.
11¶ And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
12And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
13And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us?
... 14And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
... 16And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee,
33¶ Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.
34But the spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet;
... 35And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him:
36¶ And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
37Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
38And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
39And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
40And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
- Judg. 7:2, 5 (to ;), 6 (to :), 7 (to :), 9, 16, 20, 21 2nd and
2And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
... 5So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself;
... 6And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men:
... 7And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand:
9¶ And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.
16And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
20And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.
21 ... and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
- Isa. 59:1, 19 When
1Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
19When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
- Matt. 9:2-8
2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
5For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
7And he arose, and departed to his house.
8But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
- Rom. 12:2 be, 3 3rd think, 9 cleave, 12 (to 1st ;)
2be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 ... think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
9 ... cleave to that which is good.
... 12Rejoicing in hope;
- SH 473:8-10
- SH 223:7-9 God
- SH 3:17-20
- SH 78:24-32
Spirit blesses man, but man cannot “tell whence it cometh.” By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are 30comforted, and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.
- SH 287:13, 18, 26-27
- SH 371:7-14 (to 1st .), 14 The
By those uninstructed in Christian Science, nothing is really understood of material 9existence. Mortals are believed to be here without their consent and to be removed as involuntarily, not knowing why nor when. As frightened children look everywhere 12for the imaginary ghost, so sick humanity sees danger in every direction, and looks for relief in all ways except the right one. ... The adult, in bond-15age to his beliefs, no more comprehends his real being than does the child; and the adult must be taken out of his darkness, before he can get rid of the illusive suffer-18ings which throng the gloaming. The way in divine Science is the only way out of this condition.
- SH 515:25-23
Your mirrored reflection is your own image or like-ness. If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also. 27Reflected likenessIf you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours. Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God. Call the mirror 30divine Science, and call man the reflection. Then note 516 516:1how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original. As the reflection of yourself appears in 3the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God. The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; 6and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.
9 God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in Love imparts beautygoodness, which impart their own peace and 12permanence. Love, redolent with unselfish-ness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “The meek shall inherit the 15earth.” The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the 18prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth. Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s domin-21ion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.
- SH 186:7-14
Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. 12It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It Evil negative and self-destructive is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent.
- SH 215:15
15 We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal Light and darknesssense of the absence of light, at the coming of 18which darkness loses the appearance of reality. So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before 21truth and love.
- SH 282:28-31
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.”
- SH 216:18, 30-1
- SH 469:25-30
We lose the high signification of omnipotence, when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and 27The sole governorhas all-power, we still believe there is another power, named evil. This belief that there is more than one mind is as pernicious to divine theology 30as are ancient mythology and pagan idolatry.
- SH 480:2-5, 10-12, 13-14, 23-29
- SH 481:2-4
- SH 215:12
From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 145: “… For God, immortal Principle, Is with us everywhere”
Hymn 341: “They who seek the throne of grace, Find that throne in every place”
Hymn 439: “As a fire is meant for burning With a bright and warming flame”