First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Mind not matter governs the bodily functions
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
The Bible
  1. Ps. 107: 1-7, 9, 20

    1O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

    3And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

    4They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

    5Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

    6Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

    7And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

    ... 9For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

    ... 20He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

  2. Ps. 145:9-11, 13

    9The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

    10All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.

    11They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

    ... 13Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

  3. Rom. 13:12

    12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

  4. Luke 2:14

    14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

  5. Mark 9:14, 16-29

    14And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

    ... 16And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

    17And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

    18And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

    19He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

    20And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

    21And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

    22And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

    23Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

    24And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

    25When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

    26And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

    27But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

    28And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

    29And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

  6. Luke 10:18, 19, 23, 24

    18And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

    19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

    23And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:

    24For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

  7. Acts 5:12 (to ;), 14-16

    12And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;

    ... 14And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

    15Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

    16There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

  8. Acts 9:32-35

    32And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

    33And there he found a certain man named Æneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

    34And Peter said unto him, Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

    35And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

  9. Phil. 2:5, 12, 13, 16 (to ;)

    5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

    ... 12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

    13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

    ... 16Holding forth the word of life;

  10. Heb. 12:12 lift, 13

    12lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

    13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

  11. Heb. 13:20, 21

    20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

    21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 146:23-13

         Divine Science derives its sanction from the Bible, 24and the divine origin of Science is demonstrated through Christian Science as old as Godthe holy influence of Truth in healing sick-ness and sin. This healing power of Truth 27 must have been far anterior to the period in which Jesus lived. It is as ancient as “the Ancient of days.” It lives through all Life, and extends throughout 30all space.

        Divine metaphysics is now reduced to a system, to a form comprehensible by and adapted to the thought of 147 147:1the age in which we live. This system enables the Reduction to systemlearner to demonstrate the divine Principle, 3upon which Jesus’ healing was based, and the sacred rules for its present application to the cure of disease.

    6    Late in the nineteenth century I demonstrated the divine rules of Christian Science. They were submitted to the broadest practical test, and everywhere, when honestly ap-9plied under circumstances where demonstration was hu-manly possible, this Science showed that Truth had lost none of its divine and healing efficacy, even though cen-12turies had passed away since Jesus practised these rules on the hills of Judæa and in the valleys of Galilee.

  2. SH 147:32-8

        Jesus never spoke of disease as dangerous or as difficult 148 148:1to heal. When his students brought to him a case they had failed to heal, he said to them, “O faithless gen-3Jesus’ own practiceeration,” implying that the requisite power to heal was in Mind. He prescribed no drugs, urged no obedience to material laws, but acted in direct 6disobedience to them.

        Neither anatomy nor theology has ever described man as created by Spirit, — as God’s man.

  3. SH 148:12-21

    Both anatomy and theology define man as both physical and mental, and place mind at the mercy of matter for every 15function, formation, and manifestation. Anatomy takes up man at all points materially. It loses Spirit, drops the true tone, and accepts the discord. Anatomy and the-18ology reject the divine Principle which produces harmo-nious man, and deal — the one wholly, the other primarily — with matter, calling that man which is not the counter-21part, but the counterfeit, of God’s man.

  4. SH 150:4-8

        To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demon-strated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a 6The main purposephenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of “on earth peace, good-will toward men.”

  5. SH 151:18 The

    The Man governed by Mindblood, heart, lungs, brain, etc., have nothing to do with Life, God. Every function of the 21real man is governed by the divine Mind. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no con-trol over God’s man. The divine Mind that made man 24maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and 27its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found har-monious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and 30follow the leadings of truth.

  6. SH 157:8-10, 28

        Christian Science exterminates the drug, and rests on 9Mind alone as the curative Principle, acknowledging that The modus of homœopathythe divine Mind has all power.

    Christian Science impresses the entire corpore-ality, — namely, mind and body, — and brings out the 30proof that Life is continuous and harmonious. Science both neutralizes error and destroys it. Mankind is the better for this spiritual and profound pathology.

  7. SH 160:9, 30-5

    9    The motion of the arm is no more dependent upon the direction of mortal mind, than are the organic action and Obedient musclessecretion of the viscera. When this so-called 12mind quits the body, the heart becomes as tor-pid as the hand.

    30    Is man a material fungus without Mind to help him? Is a stiff joint or a contracted muscle as much a result of law as the supple and 161 161:1elastic condition of the healthy limb, and is God the lawgiver?

    3    You say, “I have burned my finger.” This is an exact statement, more exact than you suppose; for mor-tal mind, and not matter, burns it.

  8. SH 162:4-28

        Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science 6Truth an alterativeacts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels hu -mors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores 9carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.

    12    Experiments have favored the fact that Mind governs the body, not in one instance, but in every instance. The Practical successindestructible faculties of Spirit exist without 15the conditions of matter and also without the false beliefs of a so-called material existence. Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has re-18stored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been 21elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions. I have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and 24healthy organizations have been established where disease was organic. Christian Science heals organic disease as surely as it heals what is called functional, for it requires 27only a fuller understanding of the divine Principle of Christian Science to demonstrate the higher rule.

  9. SH 170:22-24

        Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to 24Causation consideredhuman progress.

  10. SH 171:4-13

        Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of ma-teriality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will 6Paradise regainedreopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, 9not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brain-ology to learn how much of a man he is.

    12    Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.

  11. SH 174:6, 20

    Nothing save divine power is capable of doing so much for man as he can do for himself.

    Truth is revealed. It needs only to 21be practised.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 268: “… We see creative Mind, The Principle, the Life”
Hymn 275: “Praise no creative Mind, Maker of earth and heaven”
Hymn 501: “… I climb, with joy, the heights of Mind, to soar o’er time and space”