First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Each the loved child of God, of divine Love
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The Bible
  1. I John 4:6 (to :), 7 2nd love, 8 2nd God, 16-18 we (to :), 19

    6We are of God:

    7 ... love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

    8 ... God is love.

    16 ... we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

    17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

    18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:

    ... 19We love him, because he first loved us.

  2. John 4:23 the

    23the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

  3. Ps. 91:1-4, 9-12

    1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    2I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

    3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

    4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

    ... 9Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

    10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

    11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

    12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

  4. Mark 1:14 Jesus, 15, 21-26, 39-42

    14Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

    15And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

    ... 21And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.

    22And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

    23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

    24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

    25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

    26And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

    ... 39And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

    40And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    41And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

    42And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

  5. Matt. 16:13-19

    13When Jesus came into the coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

    14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

    15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

    16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

    17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

    18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

  6. I Cor. 2:4-7 my, 9, 10, 16 who

    4my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

    5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

    6Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

    7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

    ... 9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

    10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

    16 ... who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

  7. John 14:1 (to :), 2 (to 1st .), 12-14

    1Let not your heart be troubled:

    ... 2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.

    ... 12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

    14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

  8. Ps. 33:1 (to :), 6-9, 11

    1Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous:

    ... 6By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

    7He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

    8Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

    9For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

    ... 11The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

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

  1. SH 503:12-15

    Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, “God is All-in-all,” and the light of ever-present Love illumines 15the universe.

  2. SH 256:7, 16-25

    Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

    The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime ques-18tion, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?

        Who is it that demands our obedience? He who, in the language of Scripture, “doeth according to His will 21in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?”

    24    No form nor physical combination is adequate to rep-resent infinite Love.

  3. SH 336:25-26 God, 28-30

    God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal. 27 ... God and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Sci-30ence, God and man coexist and are eternal.

  4. SH 275:6, 14

    The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, — that God is Love, and therefore He 9 is divine Principle.

    All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, im -15mortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His 18 wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

  5. SH 19:6

    Jesus aided in recon-ciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus’ teachings, and this truer 9sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, — the law of divine Love.

  6. SH 26:14-16

    Divine Truth, 15Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death.

  7. SH 38:24-26

    Jesus mapped out the path for others. He unveiled the Christ, the spiritual idea of divine Love.

  8. SH 136:9-16

    9    The question then as now was, How did Jesus heal the sick? His answer to this question the world rejected. Ancient spiritualism He appealed to his students: “Whom do 12men say that I, the Son of man, am?” That is: Who or what is it that is thus identified with casting out evils and healing the sick? They replied, “Some 15say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”

  9. SH 137:8-11, 16

        Yearning to be understood, the Master repeated, 9“But whom say ye that I am?” This renewed inquiry meant: Who or what is it that is able to do the work, so mysterious to the popular mind?

        With his usual impetuosity, Simon replied for his brethren, and his reply set forth a great fact: “Thou 18A divine responseart the Christ, the Son of the living God!” That is: The Messiah is what thou hast de-clared, — Christ, the spirit of God, of Truth, Life, and 21Love, which heals mentally. This assertion elicited from Jesus the benediction, “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, 24but my Father which is in heaven;” that is, Love hath shown thee the way of Life!

  10. SH 216:16

    If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in sub-18mission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The great mistake of mortals is to suppose that man, God’s image and likeness, is both matter and Spirit, both good 21and evil.

  11. SH 118:26

        The definitions of material law, as given by natural 27science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against Certain contradictionsitself, because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore they con -30tradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.

  12. SH 240:1-11

    240:1    Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love, but human belief misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, 3Some lessons from naturesunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens, — all point to Mind, the spiritual 6intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hiero-glyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns nat -9urally towards the light.

        In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord.

  13. SH 286:12

    12Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that 15is real.

  14. SH 266:6-15

    6    Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be Uses of adversitysolitary, left without sympathy; but this 9seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will 12force you to accept what best promotes your growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is sufficient to exalt you; for “man’s extremity 15is God’s opportunity.”

  15. SH 394:25-29

    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.

  16. SH 322:26-29

        The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life 27of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless Uses of sufferingwoes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.

  17. SH 454:18-23

    Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to 21speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept.

  18. SH 517:30-31

    30    Divine Love blesses its own ideas, and causes them to multiply, — to manifest His power.

  19. SH 45:16

        Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of hu -18The stone rolled awayman hope and faith, and through the reve-lation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual 21idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.

  20. SH 340:12

    Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 251: “O Word of God, most holy”
Hymn 11: “… God and man fore’er at one”
Hymn 511: “It came upon a midnight clear”