First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Building church on the rock of Christ
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
The Bible (read from the New Living Translation)
  1. II Sam. 7:1-29

    1And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

    2That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

    3And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the Lord is with thee.

    4And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying,

    5Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

    6Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

    7In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

    8Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

    9And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

    10Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

    11And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

    12And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

    13He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

    14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

    15But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

    16And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

    17According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

    18Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?

    19And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God?

    20And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant.

    21For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

    22Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

    23And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

    24For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God.

    25And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

    26And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

    27For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

    28And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

    29Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

  2. 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.

  3. Acts 2:38, 39, 42-47

    38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

    42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

    43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

    44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

    45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

    46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

    47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

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

  1. SH 583:12

    Church. The structure of Truth and Love; what-ever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.

  2. SH 35:19-25 2nd Our

    Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can 21Spiritual Eucharistunite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth 24the fruits of Love, — casting out error and healing the sick.

  3. SH 192:27

        We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by follow-ing the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true heal-30ing. Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

  4. SH 454:18

    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. 24Patience must “have her perfect work.”

  5. SH 583:14

        The Church is that institution, which affords proof of 15its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the ap-prehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of 18divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.

  6. SH 136:1

        Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing. He taught 3The Christ-missionhis followers that his religion had a divine Principle, which would cast out error and heal both the sick and the sinning. He claimed no intelli-6gence, action, nor life separate from God. Despite the persecution this brought upon him, he used his divine power to save men both bodily and spiritually.

  7. SH 28:9

        While respecting all that is good in the Church or out of it, one’s consecration to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession. In conscience, we 12cannot hold to beliefs outgrown; and by understanding more of the divine Principle of the deathless Christ, we are enabled to heal the sick and to triumph over sin.

  8. SH 15:18

    We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We 21must “pray without ceasing.” Such prayer is an-swered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. The Master’s injunction is, that we pray in secret and 24let our lives attest our sincerity.

  9. SH 136:29-32

        The disciples apprehended their Master better than 30Doubting disciplesdid others; but they did not comprehend all that he said and did, or they would not have questioned him so often.

  10. SH 137:8-11, 16-21, 26

        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.

        Before this the impetuous disciple had been called 27only by his common names, Simon Bar-jona, or son of The true and living rockJona; but now the Master gave him a spir-itual name in these words: “And I say also 30unto thee, That thou art Peter; and upon this rock [the meaning of the Greek word petros, or stone] I will build my church; and the gates of hell [hades, the under-138138:1world, or the grave] shall not prevail against it.” In other words, Jesus purposed founding his society, not 3on the personal Peter as a mortal, but on the God-power which lay behind Peter’s confession of the true Messiah.

  11. SH 138:14-15

    The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which 15Jesus built.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 37: “City of God”
Hymn 264: “Onward, Christian soldiers”
Hymn 586:"This is the day”