First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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Life is about God, not about me
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The Bible
  1. Isa. 25:1, 4, 6, 8, 9

    1O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

    ... 4For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

    6And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

    ... 8He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.

    9And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

  2. Isa. 45:5, 6, 9 Let, 11, 12, 22, 25

    5I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

    6That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

    9 ... 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?

    ... 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.

    22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

    ... 25In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

  3. Ps. 40:1-3 (to :), 5-8, 11 let, 13 (to :), 16

    1I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

    2He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

    3And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:

    ... 5Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

    6Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

    7Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

    8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

    11 ... let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

    ... 13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me:

    ... 16Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

  4. Ps. 35:27 3rd Let

    27Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

  5. Luke 1:26-28 in, 35 that, 37 with, 38 (to 1st .), 46 My

    26in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

    27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

    28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

    35 ... that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

    37 ... with God nothing shall be impossible.

    38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.

    46 ... My soul doth magnify the Lord,

  6. John 5:1-5 there, 8, 9 (to :), 14, 16 therefore, 17, 19 Verily, 24 2nd verily

    1there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

    2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

    3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

    4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

    5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

    ... 8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

    9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:

    14Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

    16 ... therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

    17But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

    19Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

    24 ... verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

  7. John 8:29-32 he

    29he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

    30As he spake these words, many believed on him.

    31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

    32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


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

  1. SH 63:5

        In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beauti-6ful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is Spiritual originnot, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior 9to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ulti-mate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

  2. SH 265:1-15

    Man is the off-spring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of 3Godward gravitationMind. Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, 6their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality 9may be put off.

        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.

  3. SH 279:9, 13-19, 22

    Matter is neither created by Mind nor for the manifestation and support of Mind.

    Spirit and matter can neither coexist nor co -operate, and one can no more create the other than 15Truth can create error, or vice versa.

        In proportion as the belief disappears that life and in-telligence are in or of matter, the immortal facts of 18being are seen, and their only idea or intelligence is in God.

        Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic 24Pantheistic tendenciesbelief that there is mind in matter; but this belief contradicts alike revelation and right reasoning. A logical and scientific conclusion is reached 27only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, — Mind.

  4. SH 477:20-26 Identity, 29

    Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the re-21flection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Reflection of SpiritLove. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelli-gence of man, which is individualized, but not 24in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

        Man is the expression of Soul. Separated from man, 30who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man, divorced from Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is, 478 478:1there can be, no such division, for man is coexistent with God.

  5. SH 471:17-20

    Man is, and forever has been, God’s re-18flection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the spirit-uality of the universe is the only fact of creation.

  6. SH 470:21-24, 32

    21    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, Indestructible relationshipman, remains perfect. Man is the expression 24of God’s being.

        The relations of God and man, divine Principle and 471 471:1idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine 3order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He cre-ates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

  7. SH 263:7-10

        When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, 9Mortal man a mis-creatorhe will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven.

  8. SH 280:25-30

        Rightly understood, instead of possessing a sentient material form, man has a sensationless body; and God, 27Sensationless bodythe Soul of man and of all existence, being perpetual in His own individuality, harmony, and immortality, imparts and perpetuates these qualities 30in man, — through Mind, not matter.

  9. SH 69:2-10, 13

    The scientific fact that man and the universe 3are evolved from Spirit, and so are spiritual, is as fixed in divine Science as is the proof that mortals gain the sense of health only as they lose the sense of sin and disease. 6Mortals can never understand God’s creation while believ-ing that man is a creator. God’s children already created will be cognized only as man finds the truth of being. 9Thus it is that the real, ideal man appears in proportion as the false and material disappears. ... Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scrip-15tures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal.

  10. 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.

  11. SH 306:7, 18

        Life demonstrates Life. The immortality of Soul makes man immortal. If God, who is Life, were parted for a 9Divinity not childlessmoment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be 12childless, — no Father.

    But man cannot be sep-arated for an instant from God, if man reflects God. Thus Science proves man’s existence to be intact.

  12. SH 359:11-14

        Even though you aver that the material senses are 12indispensable to man’s existence or entity, you must change the human concept of life, and must at length know yourself spiritually and scientifically.

  13. SH 215:12, 24

    Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.

    Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man in origin, in existence, and in his relation to God.

  14. SH 520:3-5 (to !), 9-10

    3    Unfathomable Mind is expressed. The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all Love and man coexistentspace. That is enough! ... Principle and its idea, man, are coexistent and eternal.

  15. SH 521:1, 5-6, 12 (only)

    Knowledge of this lifts man above the sod, above earth and its environments, to conscious 3spiritual harmony and eternal being.

    All that is made is 6Spiritual narrativethe work of God, and all is good.

    12    The harmony and immortality of man are intact.

  16. SH 544:10-11, 16-17

    Matter cannot change the eternal fact that man exists because God exists.

    All is under the control of the one Mind, even God.


From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 153: “… My soul doth magnify the Lord, Sing all in glad accord!”
Hymn 247: “O walk with God along the road, Your strength He will renew”
Hymn 580: “… Take my hands, and let them move At the impulse of Thy love”