First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
The Bible
  1. Jer. 18:1-6

    1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

    2Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

    3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

    4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

    5Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

    6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

  2. Deut. 4:31 the, 32

    the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

    32For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?

  3. Ps. 104:1, 23, 24, 30

    1Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

    ... 23Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

    24O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

    ... 30Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

  4. Isa. 45:8-13 (to :)

    8Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.

    9Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

    10Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

    11Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

    12I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

    13I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways:

  5. Matt. 1:18-25

    18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

    19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

    20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

    21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

    22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

    23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

    24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

    25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

  6. Matt. 4:23, 24

    23And 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: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

  7. Matt. 8:1-16

    1When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

    2And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

    4And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

    5And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

    6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

    7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

    8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

    9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

    10When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

    11And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

    12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    13And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

    14And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

    15And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

    16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

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

  1. SH 521:5-17

    All that is made is 6Spiritual narrativethe work of God, and all is good. We leave this brief, glorious history of spiritual creation (as stated in the first chapter of Genesis) in the hands of 9God, not of man, in the keeping of Spirit, not matter, — joyfully acknowledging now and forever God’s supremacy, omnipotence, and omnipresence.

    12    The harmony and immortality of man are intact. We should look away from the opposite supposition that man is created materially, and turn our gaze to the spiritual 15record of creation, to that which should be engraved on the understanding and heart “with the point of a diamond” and the pen of an angel.

  2. SH 109:4-7 (np)

        Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind 6Scientific evidence and idea. This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and 9thus proved absolute and divine. This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached.

        For three years after my discovery, I sought the solu-12tion of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scrip-Solitary researchtures and read little else, kept aloof from so-ciety, and devoted time and energies to dis-15covering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing. I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, 18and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute 21conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and dem-onstration. The revelation of Truth in the understand-ing came to me gradually and apparently through divine 24power. When a new spiritual idea is borne to earth, the prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled: “Unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be 27called Wonderful.”

        Jesus once said of his lessons: “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do His will, 30he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John vii. 16, 17.)

        The three great verities of Spirit, omnipotence, omni-110110:1presence, omniscience, — Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, constituting all Science, — contradict 3God’s allness learnedforever the belief that matter can be actual. These eternal verities reveal primeval exist-ence as the radiant reality of God’s creation, 6in which all that He has made is pronounced by His wis-dom good.

  3. SH 110:25

        Jesus demonstrated the power of Christian Science to heal mortal minds and bodies. But this power was lost 27The demonstration lost and foundsight of, and must again be spiritually dis-cerned, taught, and demonstrated according to Christ’s command, with “signs following.” 30Its Science must be apprehended by as many as believe on Christ and spiritually understand Truth.

  4. SH 507:15-6

        The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multi-Divine propagationtudinous forms of Mind and governs the mul-18tiplication of the compound idea man. The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagat-ing power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind 21 which includes all. A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.

    24    Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the men-tal molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all Ever-appearing creationexpresses Science and art throughout His 27 creation, and the immortality of man and the universe. Creation is ever appearing, and must ever con-tinue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source. 30Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas mate-rial. Thus misinterpreted, the divine idea seems to fall 508 508:1to the level of a human or material belief, called mortal man. But the seed is in itself, only as the divine Mind 3 is All and reproduces all — as Mind is the multiplier, and Mind’s infinite idea, man and the universe, is the product. The only intelligence or substance of a thought, 6a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it.

  5. SH 508:9-16, 17-21

    Genesis i. 12. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw 12that it was good.

        God determines the gender of His own ideas. Gen-der is mental, not material. The seed within itself is 15Mind’s pure thoughtthe pure thought emanating from divine Mind. Gender means simply kind or sort, 18 and does not necessarily refer either to masculinity or femininity. The word is not confined to sexuality, and grammars always recognize a neuter gender, neither 21male nor female.

  6. SH 509:16, 29-4

    God forms and peoples the universe. The light of spiritual understand-18ing gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulæ indi-cate the immensity of space.

        Knowing the Science of creation, in which all is Mind 30 and its ideas, Jesus rebuked the material thought of his fellow-countrymen: “Ye can discern the face of the 510 510:1sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” How much more should we seek to apprehend the spirit -3Spiritual ideas apprehendedual ideas of God, than to dwell on the objects of sense!

  7. SH 510:28

    Sci-ence reveals only one Mind, and this one shin-30ing by its own light and governing the universe, including 511 511:1man, in perfect harmony. This Mind forms ideas, its own images, subdivides and radiates their borrowed light, 3intelligence, and so explains the Scripture phrase, “whose seed is in itself.” Thus God’s ideas “multiply and re-plenish the earth.” The divine Mind supports the sub -6limity, magnitude, and infinitude of spiritual creation.

  8. SH 543:26-28

    Ideas of Truth alone are reflected 27in the myriad manifestations of Life, and thus it is seen that man springs solely from Mind.

  9. SH 555:18-23

    Only impotent error would seek to unite Spirit with matter, good with evil, immortality with mortality, and call this 21sham unity man, as if man were the offspring of both Mind and matter, of both Deity and humanity. Crea-tion rests on a spiritual basis.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 540: “O gentle presence, peace and joy and power”
Hymn 475: “Forget not who you are, O child of God”
Hymn 482: “God created us in his own image”