First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Expecting progress, nothing less
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The Bible
  1. Ps. 62:5, 6, 8 (to 1st .)

    5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

    6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

    ... 8Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.

  2. Prov. 24:13, 14

    13My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

    14So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

  3. Luke 3:2-6 2nd the, 15-17

    2the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

    3And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

    4As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

    5Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

    6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

    ... 15And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;

    16John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

    17Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

  4. John 5:2-9 there (to :)

    2there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

    3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

    4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

    5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

    6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

    7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

    8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

    9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:

  5. Acts 12:1, 3 (to 1st .), 4 (to ;), 5, 6 (to :), 7, 8, 10-15 (to 2nd .), 16

    1Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

    ... 3And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.

    ... 4And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him;

    ... 5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

    6And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains:

    ... 7And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

    8And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

    ... 10When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

    11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

    12And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

    13And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

    14And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

    15And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so.

    ... 16But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

  6. Rom. 8:12 brethren, 14-16, 19, 38, 39

    12brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

    ... 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

    15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

    16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    ... 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

    ... 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  7. Mal. 3:10

    10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

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

  1. SH 515:21 Man

    21Man is the family name for all ideas, — the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting good-24ness and power.

  2. SH 260:31

        If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain; for Life, we find death; for Truth, we find error; for Spirit, 261 261:1we find its opposite, matter. Now reverse this action. Thoughts are thingsLook away from the body into Truth and Love, 3the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the endur -ing, the good, and the true, and you will bring these 6into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

  3. SH 410:14-17

        Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. 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.

  4. SH 224:28 (only), 29-31 (to 2nd .)

        Truth brings the elements of liberty. ... The 30Mental emancipationpower of God brings deliverance to the cap-tive. No power can withstand divine Love.

  5. SH 219:6-10, 14-15, 20-21

    6    In mathematics, we do not multiply when we should subtract, and then say the product is correct. No more Affirmation and resultcan we say in Science that muscles give strength, 9that nerves give pain or pleasure, or that matter governs, and then expect that the result will be harmony.

        When this is understood, we shall never affirm concern-15ing the body what we do not wish to have manifested. ... Science includes no rule of discord, but governs 21harmoniously.

  6. SH 167:20-26 3rd The, 29

    The flesh and 21Spirit can no more unite in action, than good can coin-Half-way successcide with evil. It is not wise to take a halt-ing and half-way position or to expect to work 24equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error. There is but one way — namely, God and His idea — which leads to spiritual being. ... On this fundamental point, timid conservatism is abso -30lutely inadmissible. Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized.

  7. SH 396:10-21

    Never say beforehand how much you have to contend with in a case, nor encourage in the patient’s 12thought the expectation of growing worse before a crisis is passed.

        The refutation of the testimony of material sense is 15not a difficult task in view of the conceded falsity of this False testimony refutedtestimony. The refutation becomes arduous, not because the testimony of sin or disease is 18true, but solely on account of the tenacity of belief in its truth, due to the force of education and the overwhelm-ing weight of opinions on the wrong side, — all teaching 21that the body suffers, as if matter could have sensation.

  8. SH 514:18-19, 26

    Tenderness accompa-nies all the might imparted by Spirit.

        Understanding the control which Love held over all, 27Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den, and Paul proved the Creatures of God usefulviper to be harmless. All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harm-30less, useful, indestructible. A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies. 515 515:1It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus. “And God saw that 3it was good.”

  9. SH 572:17

    Under the supremacy of Spirit, it will be seen 18and acknowledged that matter must disappear.

  10. SH 84:14-23

        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.

        To understand that Mind is infinite, not bounded by corporeality, not dependent upon the ear and eye for 21The Mind unboundedsound or sight nor upon muscles and bones for locomotion, is a step towards the Mind-science by which we discern man’s nature and existence.

  11. SH 463:12-13

    A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive.

  12. SH 98:15

    15    Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening grasp of creeds, the demonstration of Christian Revelation of ScienceMind-healing stands a revealed and practical 18Science. It is imperious throughout all ages as Christ’s revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, which remains inviolate for every man to understand and to 21practise.

  13. SH 267:1, 22-28

    267:1    Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal. 3The infinitude of GodThe offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue. God is one. The 6allness of Deity is His oneness. Generically man is one, and specifically man means all men.

    Thought is bor-rowed from a higher source than matter, and 24by reversal, errors serve as waymarks to the one Mind, in which all error disappears in celestial Truth. The robes of Spirit are “white and glistering,” like the raiment 27of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, “let thy gar-ments be always white.”

  14. SH 406:11, 20-25 We

        The Science of being unveils the errors of sense, and 12spiritual perception, aided by Science, reaches Truth. Sickness will abateThen error disappears. Sin and sickness will abate and seem less real as we approach the 15scientific period, in which mortal sense is subdued and all that is unlike the true likeness disappears. The moral man has no fear that he will commit a murder, and he 18should be as fearless on the question of disease.

    We can, and ultimately 21Resist to the endshall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direc-tion of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go 24on until we arrive at the fulness of God’s idea, and no more fear that we shall be sick and die.

  15. SH 426:8-11, 16-19

    When the desti-9nation is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one. ... When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that 18mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life.

  16. SH 496:13

    Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man. 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.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 56: “Father, Thou joy of loving hearts”
Hymn 99: “He that hath God his guardian made”
Hymn 351: “…Onward goes the pilgrim band, Singing songs of expectation”