First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Let not fear shape the world’s future
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The Bible
  1. Prov. 20:23 a

    23a false balance is not good.

  2. Prov. 16:11, 22 (to :)

    11A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.

    ... 22Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it:

  3. Ps. 1:1-3

    1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

    2But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

    3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

  4. Gen. 15:1 the, 3, 4 (to ;), 5-7

    1the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

    ... 3And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

    4And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir;

    ... 5And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

    6And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

    7And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

  5. Gen. 26:1-3, 12, 14-17 3rd and, 19, 20 (to :), 21 (to :), 22, 24

    1And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

    2And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

    3Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

    12Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

    14 ... and the Philistines envied him.

    15For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

    16And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.

    17And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

    19And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

    20And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours:

    ... 21And they digged another well, and strove for that also:

    ... 22And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

    ... 24And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.

  6. Luke 13:11-21, 35 Blessed

    11And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

    12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

    13And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

    14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

    15The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

    16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

    17And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

    18Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

    19It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

    20And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

    21It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

    35Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

  7. John 14:1-4

    1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

    2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

    3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

    4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

  8. Isa. 51:1 look, 2 (to :), 3, 6 my

    1look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

    2Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you:

    ... 3For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

    6my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

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

  1. SH 298:13

        Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, in-volves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, real-15ity. Material sense expresses the belief that mind is in matter. This human belief, alternating between a sense of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, life and death, never 18reaches beyond the boundary of the mortal or the unreal. When the real is attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is hope a cheat. Spirit-21ual ideas, like numbers and notes, start from Principle, and admit no materialistic beliefs. Spiritual ideas lead up to their divine origin, God, and to the spiritual sense 24of being.

  2. SH 563:1-7 (to ?)

    563:1    Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal. 3The dragon as a typeWe may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts 6its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?

  3. SH 84:3-18, 28

    3    The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing Scientific foreseeingevil and mistaking fact for fiction, — predict-6ing the future from a groundwork of corpo-reality and human belief. When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men 9become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and 12of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.

        Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to 15commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, — yea, to reach the range of fetter-18less Mind.

        All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian 30Scientific foreknowingScience. If this Science has been thoroughly learned and properly digested, we can know the truth more accurately than the astronomer can read 85 85:1the stars or calculate an eclipse. This Mind-reading is the opposite of clairvoyance. It is the illumination of 3the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the ca-pacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the 6divine Mind.

  4. SH 231:21-8

    To Superiority to sickness and sinfear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man’s rela-24tion to God, — to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care. To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance 27with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when you fully apprehend God and know that they are no part of His creation.

    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.

    3    Many theories relative to God and man neither make man harmonious nor God lovable. The beliefs we com-Denials of divine powermonly entertain about happiness and life 6afford no scatheless and permanent evidence of either. Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.

  5. SH 352:8-25

    To Jesus, not 9materiality, but spirituality, was the reality of man’s ex-istence, while to the rabbis the spiritual was the intangi-ble and uncertain, if not the unreal.

    12    Would a mother say to her child, who is frightened at imaginary ghosts and sick in consequence of the fear: Ghosts not realities“I know that ghosts are real. They exist, 15and are to be feared; but you must not be afraid of them”?

        Children, like adults, ought to fear a reality which 18can harm them and which they do not understand, for at any moment they may become its helpless victims; but instead of increasing children’s fears by declaring 21ghosts to be real, merciless, and powerful, thus water-ing the very roots of childish timidity, children should be assured that their fears are groundless, that ghosts 24are not realities, but traditional beliefs, erroneous and man-made.

  6. SH 374:18-21 (to 1st .), 22

    You con-fess to ignorance of the future and incapacity to preserve your own existence, and this belief helps rather than 21hinders disease. ... It is like walking in darkness on the edge of a precipice. You cannot forget the belief of danger, and your steps 24are less firm because of your fear, and ignorance of mental cause and effect.

  7. SH 318:9

    The material senses originate and support all that is material, untrue, selfish, or debased. They would put soul into soil, life into limbo, and doom 12all things to decay. We must silence this lie of material sense with the truth of spiritual sense. We must cause the error to cease that brought the belief of sin and death 15and would efface the pure sense of omnipotence.

  8. SH 392:7, 21-24 (to 1st .), 31-32

    Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error. The only course is to 9take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God’s image.

    If you decide that climate or atmosphere is unhealthy, it will be so to you. Your decisions will mas-ter you, whichever direction they take.

    24    Reverse the case.Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them.

  9. SH 410:15

    15The more difficult seems the material condition to be Love casteth out fearovercome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love. The Apostle 18John says: “There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made per-fect in Love.” Here is a definite and inspired proclama-21tion of Christian Science.

  10. SH 239:16, 29-30

        To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and 18Standpoint revealedobey as God. If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and 21the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning.

    The perfect 30Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 391: “Why search the future and the past?”
Hymn 476: “Fearful heart, put all your cares Completely in your dear God's hands”
Hymn 526: “Lo! as we follow after good, We find God's word is understood”