First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Dismissing doubt — rejoicing in Love's confidence
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 36:5-9

    5Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

    6Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.

    7How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

    8They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

    9For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

  2. Matt. 14:22-32 Jesus

    22Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

    23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

    24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

    25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

    26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

    27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

    28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

    29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

    30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

    31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

    32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

  3. Isa. 28:16 thus (to :)

    16thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:

  4. Isa. 30:19 the, 21 thine, 26 the

    19the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.

    21 ... thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

    26 ... the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

  5. I John 4:1, 4, 18 (to :)

    1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    ... 4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    ... 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:

  6. John 9:1-3, 6-11, 13, 15 2nd He, 16 (to ?), 18, 24, 25, 34, 39 (to ;)

    1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

    2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

    3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

    ... 6When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

    7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

    8The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

    9Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

    10Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

    11He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

    13They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

    15 ... He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

    16Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?

    ... 18But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

    ... 24Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

    25He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

    ... 34They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

    39And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see;

  7. Isa. 44:2 (to 1st ,), 3 I, 8 (to 1st .)

    2Thus saith the Lord that made thee,

    3 ... I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

    ... 8Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses.

  8. II Cor. 9:8 God, 9, 15

    8God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

    9(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

    ... 15Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. SH 13:20-24, 29

        If we pray to God as a corporeal person, this will 21prevent us from relinquishing the human doubts and Corporeal ignorancefears which attend such a belief, and so we cannot grasp the wonders wrought by infi-24nite, incorporeal Love, to whom all things are possible. ... The 30world of error is ignorant of the world of Truth, — blind to the reality of man’s existence, — for the world of sen-sation is not cognizant of life in Soul, not in body.

  2. SH 149:28-31

    Whatever guides thought spiritually benefits mind and body. We need to understand the 30affirmations of divine Science, dismiss superstition, and demonstrate truth according to Christ.

  3. SH 551:24-28 Darkness (to 2nd .)

    Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality. From a material standpoint, “Canst thou 27by searching find out God?” All must be Mind, or else all must be matter. Neither can produce the other.

  4. SH 130:9-19

    It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle, — if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will 12destroy all discord, — since you admit that God is om-nipotent; for from this premise it follows that good and its sweet concords have all-power.

    15    Christian Science, properly understood, would dis-abuse the human mind of material beliefs which war Children and adultsagainst spiritual facts; and these material 18beliefs must be denied and cast out to make place for truth.

  5. SH 189:8-13

        In like manner mortals should no more deny the power 9of Christian Science to establish harmony and to explain the effect of mortal mind on the body, though the cause be unseen, than they should deny the existence of the sun-12light when the orb of day disappears, or doubt that the sun will reappear.

  6. SH 429:19

        If man did not exist before the material organization began, he could not exist after the body is disintegrated. 21Continuity of existenceIf we live after death and are immortal, we must have lived before birth, for if Life ever had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even ac-24cording to the calculations of natural science. Do you believe this? No! Do you understand it? No! This is why you doubt the statement and do not demonstrate 27the facts it involves. We must have faith in all the say-ings of our Master, though they are not included in the teachings of the schools, and are not understood gener-30ally by our ethical instructors.

  7. SH 445:5-10, 13-21

    No 6hypothesis as to the existence of another power should interpose a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of Christian Science. Unfold the latent energies and capac-9ities for good in your pupil. Teach the great possibilities of man endued with divine Science. ... Teach the meekness and might of life “hid with Christ in God,” and there will be no desire for 15other healing methods. You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any direction of 18thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God.

        Christian Science silences human will, quiets fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion 21Divine energyof the divine energy in healing the sick.

  8. SH 218:19

    If you do believe in God, why do you sub-stitute drugs for the Almighty’s power, and 21employ means which lead only into material ways of obtaining help, instead of turning in time of need to God, divine Love, who is an ever-present help?

  9. SH 390:12

    12    When the first symptoms of disease appear, dispute the testimony of the material senses with divine Science. Let Unnecessary prostrationyour higher sense of justice destroy the false 15process of mortal opinions which you name law, and then you will not be confined to a sick-room nor laid upon a bed of suffering in payment of the last far-18thing, the last penalty demanded by error. “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him.” Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon 21the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no 24law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sick-ness, but you have divine authority for denying that neces-sity and healing the sick.

  10. SH 367:30

    30    Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error, Truth’s opposite, has no might. Evil is but the 368 368:1counterpoise of nothingness. The greatest wrong is but a supposititious opposite of the highest right. The 3Real and counterfeitconfidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error is a coward before Truth. Divine Science insists that 6time will prove all this. Both truth and error have come nearer than ever before to the apprehension of mortals, and truth will become still clearer as error is self-9destroyed.

  11. SH 495:14

        When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling 15steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His Steadfast and calm trust likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and 18calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, 21instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence dis-24cord with harmony.

  12. SH 231:30

    30    Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, — planted on the Evangelist’s statement that “all things were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without 232 232:1Him was not anything made that was made,” — can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.

  13. SH 241:19-21

        The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and 21destroying sin.

  14. SH 247:24

    It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with 27starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.

  15. SH 249:1

    249:1    Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive 3ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 76: “God is known in loving-kindness, God, the true, eternal good”
Hymn 122: “… They truly rest upon His word In fullest light of Love”
Hymn 556: “Our Father knows my need today; I do not merely ask”