First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Safety in the face of natural events
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Bible
  1. Prov. 26:2

    2As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

  2. Ezek. 34:12, 16 (to :), 26 3rd and, 27, 31

    12As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

    ... 16I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:

    26and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

    27And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

    ... 31And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.

  3. I Kings 17:1

    1And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

  4. I Kings 18:1, 2 2nd And, 42-45 2nd And (to 1st .)

    1And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

    2 ... And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

    42And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

    43And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

    44And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

    45And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.

  5. I Kings 19:9-12

    9And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

    10And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

    11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

    12And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

  6. II Kings 3:5-7 it (to 2nd :), 9, 11 (to ?), 13 (to ?), 16, 17, 20

    5it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.

    6And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.

    7And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up:

    9So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.

    ... 11But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?

    ... 13And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee?

    ... 16And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.

    17For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

    ... 20And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.

  7. Luke 6:47, 48

    47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

    48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

  8. Matt. 8:23-26

    23And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

    24And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

    25And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

    26And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

  9. Ps. 19:1-4 (to .), 7 (to :), 8 (to :), 10 (to :)

    1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.

    2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

    3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

    4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

    ... 7The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:

    ... 8The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:

    ... 10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:

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

  1. SH 120:7-9

        Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the funda-9Reversal of testimonymental facts of being.

  2. SH 119:1-24

    119:1    When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, — that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we 3Unescapable dilemmacannot really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, — we disown the Al-mighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They 6either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product of Spirit. To seize the first horn of this dilemma and con-9sider matter as a power in and of itself, is to leave the cre-ator out of His own universe; while to grasp the other horn of the dilemma and regard God as the creator of 12matter, is not only to make Him responsible for all disas-ters, physical and moral, but to announce Him as their source, thereby making Him guilty of maintaining perpet-15ual misrule in the form and under the name of natural law.

        In one sense God is identical with nature, but this na-18ture is spiritual and is not expressed in matter. The law-God and naturegiver, whose lightning palsies or prostrates in death the child at prayer, is not the divine ideal 21of omnipresent Love. God is natural good, and is repre-sented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature 24of Spirit, God.

  3. SH 125:21

    21    The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agri-The time and tideculturist will find that these changes cannot 24affect his crops. “As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed.” The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great 27deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe; and the 30florist will find his flower before its seed.

  4. SH 394:17-22, 24-29

        Experience has proved to the author the fallacy of 18material systems in general, — that their theories are sometimes pernicious, and that their denials are better than their affirmations. Will you bid a man let evils 21overcome him, assuring him that all misfortunes are from God, against whom mortals should not contend? ... Are material means the only refuge from fatal chances? Is there no divine permission to conquer discord of every kind with harmony, 27with Truth and Love?

        We should remember that Life is God, and that God Arguing wronglyis omnipotent.

  5. SH 192:11-21, 24

        Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, 12the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind Human power a blind forceand not of the immortal. It is the headlong cataract, the devouring flame, the tempest’s 15breath. It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.

        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. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physi-21cal senses must give up their false testimony. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.

  6. SH 97:5

        In reality, the more closely error simulates truth and 6so-called matter resembles its essence, mortal mind, the Dangerous resemblancesmore impotent error becomes as a belief. Ac-cording to human belief, the lightning is fierce 9and the electric current swift, yet in Christian Science the flight of one and the blow of the other will become harmless. The more destructive matter becomes, the 12more its nothingness will appear, until matter reaches its mortal zenith in illusion and forever disappears. The nearer a false belief approaches truth without passing 15the boundary where, having been destroyed by divine Love, it ceases to be even an illusion, the riper it becomes for destruction. The more material the belief, the more 18obvious its error, until divine Spirit, supreme in its do-main, dominates all matter, and man is found in the like-ness of Spirit, his original being.

  7. SH 403:14-20

        You command the situation if you understand that 15mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the Error’s power imaginarytruth of being. Mortal mind is constantly producing on mortal body the results of false 18opinions; and it will continue to do so, until mortal error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth, which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion.

  8. SH 171:4-13, 25-27, 28

        Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of ma-teriality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will 6Paradise regainedreopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, 9not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brain-ology to learn how much of a man he is.

    12    Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.

        The so-called laws of matter are nothing but false be-liefs that intelligence and life are present where Mind 27 is not. ... The opposite truth, that intelligence and life are spiritual, never material, destroys sin, sickness, 30and death.

  9. SH 496:15

    15Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, 18based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, over-lying, and encompassing all true being.

  10. SH 571:15-18, 19

    15    At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply The armor of divinitythe wisdom and the occasion for a victory 18over evil. ... The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one 21divinity.

  11. SH 495:16

    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.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 172: “… Hold high thy lamp above earth's restless tides”
Hymn 457: “… Not in the storm, nor the earthquake, nor the wave”
Hymn 136: “… Though storm or discord cross my path Thy power is still my stay”