First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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Trust God's plan
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ruth 1:1, 2 (to 1st .)

    1Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth–lehem–judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

    2And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth–lehem–judah.

  1. Ruth 1:3-6, 8, 10, 11 (to 1st ?), 14-16, 22

    3And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

    4And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

    5And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

    6Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.

    8And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

    ... 10And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

    11And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me?

    ... 14And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

    15And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

    16And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

    22So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Beth–lehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

  2. Ruth 2:1-8, 10-12

    1And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

    2And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

    3And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

    4And, behold, Boaz came from Beth–lehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.

    5Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?

    6And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:

    7And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.

    8Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:

    10Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

    11And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.

    12The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

  3. Ruth 3:1-11

    1Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?

    2And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.

    3Wash thy self therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.

    4And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.

    5And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.

    6And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.

    7And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.

    8And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

    9And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

    10And he said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.

    11And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.

  4. Ruth 4:1-6, 8 (to 1st .), 9, 10, 13-17

    1Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.

    2And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

    3And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s:

    4And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.

    5Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.

    6And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

    8Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee.

    9And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi.

    10Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

    13So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.

    14And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

    15And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.

    16And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

    17And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

  5. Ps. 18:2

    2The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.


Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by  Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 467:1-16

    467:1Question. — What are the demands of the Science of Soul?

    3Answer. — The first demand of this Science is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This me is Spirit. Two chief commandsTherefore the command means this: Thou shalt 6have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” 9It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact 12becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brother-hood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide 15him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, hav-ing that Mind which was also in Christ.

  1. SH 276:1-16

    276:1    Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, “I 3Universal brotherhood am the Lord that healeth thee,” and “I have found a ransom.” When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, 6in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: “Let this Mind be in you, 9which was also in Christ Jesus.” Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

    12    The realization that all inharmony is unreal brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents them as beautiful and immortal. Harmony 15in man is as real and immortal as in music. Discord is unreal and mortal.

  2. SH 12:27-29, 31

    27    Does Deity interpose in behalf of one worshipper, and not help another who offers the same measure of Love impartial and universalprayer? ... In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail them-1313:1selves of God as “a very present help in trouble.” Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and 3bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.”

  3. SH 13:10

    If our petitions are sincere, we labor for what we ask; and our Father, who seeth in secret, will reward 12us openly. Can the mere public expression of our de-sires increase them? Do we gain the omnipotent ear sooner by words than by thoughts? Even if prayer is 15sincere, God knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-beings about it. If we cherish the desire hon -estly and silently and humbly, God will bless it, and 18we shall incur less risk of overwhelming our real wishes with a torrent of words.

  4. SH 68:27

    27    Christian Science presents unfoldment, not accretion; it manifests no material growth from molecule to mind, God’s creation intactbut an impartation of the divine Mind to man 30and the universe. Proportionately as human generation ceases, the unbroken links of eternal, har-monious being will be spiritually discerned; and man, 69 69:1not of the earth earthly but coexistent with God, will appear. 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. No longer to marry or to be “given in marriage” neither closes man’s con-12tinuity nor his sense of increasing number in God’s in -finite plan. 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.


From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 20: “Be true and list the voice within”
Hymn 527: “… Lord, open my eyes that I may see Your presence everywhere”
Hymn 553: “Our desire to heed God's calling Lifts us to a new design”