First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

The divine oneness of government and governed
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The Bible
  1. Gen. 1:26, 28 (to :)

    26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    ... 28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:

  2. Gen. 3:9-11

    9And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

    10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

    11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

  3. Isa. 9:6 2nd unto (to 2nd :), 7 (to 1st .)

    6unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

    ... 7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.

  4. Isa. 22:21 2nd I

    21I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

  5. Neh. 2:7 I, 8

    7I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;

    8And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.

  6. II Chron. 2:3, 4 (to 2nd ,), 5-8, 11, 12 Blessed, 13, 15, 16

    3And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.

    4Behold, I build an house to the name of the Lord my God,

    ... 5And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.

    6But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

    7Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.

    8Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,

    11Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the Lord hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them.

    12 ... Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the Lord, and an house for his kingdom.

    13And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father’s,

    ... 15Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:

    16And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.

  7. Ps. 46:10 (to :)

    10Be still, and know that I am God:

  8. Ps. 67:4 (to 1st .)

    4O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

  9. Ps. 23:1

    1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

  10. Mal. 3:10 prove, 12 all

    10prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

    12 ... all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

  11. Luke 17:12-19

    12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

    13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

    14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

    15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

    16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

    17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

    18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

    19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

  12. Isa. 40:10, 11, 31 they

    10Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

    11He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

    31they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

  13. I Pet. 2:9 ye, 17

    9ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

    ... 17Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

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

  1. SH 393:16-18

        Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s govern-18No pain in matterment.

  2. SH vii:1-18, 20

    vii:1To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings. The wakeful shepherd beholds 3the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in 6cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to be-nighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ 9Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morn-ing beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wise-men were led to behold and to follow this daystar of 12divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony.

        The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the 15portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-18stone to faith. Though empires fall, “the Lord shall 21reign forever.”

  3. SH 94:1-6, 17

    94:1    Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, — of Spirit, not of 3Scientific manmatter. Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love. The nature of man, thus understood, includes all that is implied by the terms “image” and 6“likeness” as used in Scripture.

        The progress of truth confirms its claims, and our 18Master confirmed his words by his works. His healing-Ingratitude and denialpower evoked denial, ingratitude, and be-trayal, arising from sensuality. Of the ten 21lepers whom Jesus healed, but one returned to give God thanks, — that is, to acknowledge the divine Principle which had healed him.

  4. SH 127:30-6

    30    Christian Science eschews what is called natural science, in so far as this is built on the false hypotheses that matter is its own lawgiver, that law is founded on material con-128128:1ditions, and that these are final and overrule the might of divine Mind. Good is natural and primitive. It is not 3miraculous to itself.

        The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, 6Practical Scienceinclusive of man.

  5. SH 225:8-28

    The powers of this world will fight, 9and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on. There is 12always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth’s standard.

        The history of our country, like all history, illustrates 15the might of Mind, and shows human power to be propor-Immortal sentencestionate to its embodiment of right thinking. A few immortal sentences, breathing the omnipo-18tence of divine justice, have been potent to break despotic fetters and abolish the whipping-post and slave market; but oppression neither went down in blood, nor did the 21breath of freedom come from the cannon’s mouth. Love is the liberator.

        Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the United 24States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is Slavery abolisheda more difficult task. The despotic tenden-cies, inherent in mortal mind and always ger-27minating in new forms of tyranny, must be rooted out through the action of the divine Mind.

  6. SH 507:24-25

    24    Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the men-tal molecule to infinity.

  7. SH 236:6-7

    6    Is it not professional reputation and emolument rather than the dignity of God’s laws, which many leaders seek?

  8. SH 482:3

    3    Human thought has adulterated the meaning of the word soul through the hypothesis that soul is both an evil Soul definedand a good intelligence, resident in matter. 6The proper use of the word soul can always be gained by substituting the word God, where the deific meaning is required. In other cases, use the word sense, 9 and you will have the scientific signification. As used in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is identical with 12sense, with material sensation.

  9. SH 192:4, 17-19, 27-29, 30

        We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit our reliance upon that which is false and grasp the true. We are not 6Christian Scientists until we leave all for Christ. Human opinions are not spiritual. They come from the hearing of the ear, from corporeality instead of from Principle, 9and from the mortal instead of from the immortal. Spirit is not separate from God. Spirit is God.

        Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds 18the “wind in His fists;” and this teaching accords with The one real powerScience and harmony.

    27    We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by follow-ing the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. ... Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

  10. SH 399:23

        Scientifically speaking, there is no mortal mind out of 24which to make material beliefs, springing from illusion. Mental strengthThis misnamed mind is not an entity. It is only a false sense of matter, since matter is not 27sensible. The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opin-ions. All that is real is included in this immortal Mind.

  11. SH 355:11, 26

    9Let discord of every name and nature 12be heard no more, and let the harmonious and true sense of Life and being take possession of human consciousness.

    Without this understanding, no one 27is capable of impartial or correct criticism, because demon-stration and spiritual understanding are God’s immortal keynotes, proved to be such by our Master and evidenced 30by the sick who are cured and by the sinners who are reformed.

  12. SH 356:8

    Matter is not the vestibule of Spirit.

  13. SH 316:20

    Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit cre-21ates, constitutes, and governs. Christ illustrates that blending with God, his divine Principle, which gives man dominion over all the earth.

  14. SH 264:28-1

        When we learn the way in Christian Science and rec-ognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and under-30stand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

        The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, 265 265:1and its government is divine Science.

  15. SH 265:10

        This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity 12 and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man en-larged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent 15peace.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 141: “… Make our planting timely, true, Goverend by a power benign”
Hymn 553: “… All our plans unfold together In Soul's harmony and rhyme”
Hymn 590: “… For God will judge with righteousness And rule with equity”