First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Dealing with extreme weather events (or weather generally)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
The Bible
  1. Mark 1:15 The

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

  2. Prov. 30:4 (to 4th ?), 5

    4Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth?

    ... 5Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

  3. Isa. 4:6 there

    6there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

  4. I Kings 19:9-12

    9And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

    10And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

    11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

    12And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

  5. II Kings 20:1 (to 1st .), 2, 3 (to 1st .), 4, 5 tell (to 2nd :), 8, 9 (to 1st ,), 9-11 shall

    1In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death.

    ... 2Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,

    3I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight.

    ... 4And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

    5 ... tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee:

    8And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day?

    9And Isaiah said, ... shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

    10And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

    11And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

  6. Matt. 16:1-3

    1The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.

    2He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

    3And in the morning, It will be foul weather to-day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

  7. John 6:15-17 (to 1st .), 19-21

    15When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

    16And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,

    17And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum.

    ... 19So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

    20But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.

    21Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

  8. I Kings 18:41 Elijah, 42 2nd And (to ;), 43, 44 (to 1st .), 45 (to 1st .)

    41Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

    42 ... And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel;

    ... 43And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

    44And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.

    ... 45And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.

  9. Isa. 55:3 hear, 6, 10, 11, 13

    3hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

    6Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

    10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

    11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    ... 13Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. SH 479:21-23

    In the vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable creations.

  2. SH 255:1-6 As

    255:1As mor-tals drop off their mental swaddling-clothes, thought 3Inadequate theories of creationexpands into expression. “Let there be light,” is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the 6music of the spheres.

  3. SH 192:11-26

        Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, 12the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind Human power a blind forceand not of the immortal. It is the headlong cataract, the devouring flame, the tempest’s 15breath. It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.

        Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds 18the “wind in His fists;” and this teaching accords with The one real powerScience and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physi-21cal senses must give up their false testimony. Your in-fluence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you 24the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.

  4. SH 125:21-2 (to 1st .)

    21    The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agri-The time and tideculturist will find that these changes cannot 24affect his crops. “As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed.” The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great 27deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe; and the 30florist will find his flower before its seed.

        Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man 126 126:1through its supposed organic action or supposed exist-ence.

  5. SH 484:13-15, 24

    The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals. 15Physical force and mortal mind are one.

    Science must triumph over material sense, and Truth over error, thus putting an end to the hypotheses involved in all false theories 27and practices.

  6. 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.

  7. SH 124:14-31

        The universe, like man, is to be interpreted by Science 15from its divine Principle, God, and then it can be under-Right interpretationstood; but when explained on the basis of physical sense and represented as subject to 18growth, maturity, and decay, the universe, like man, is, and must continue to be, an enigma.

        Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of 21Mind. They belong to divine Principle, and support All force mentalthe equipoise of that thought-force, which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the 24proud wave, “Thus far and no farther.”

        Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and 27creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this 30Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification.

  8. SH 392:21

    If you decide that climate or atmosphere is unhealthy, it will be so to you. Your decisions will mas-ter you, whichever direction they take.

  9. SH 394:24-29

    Are material means the only refuge from fatal chances? 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.

  10. SH 98:22

        For centuries — yea, always — natural science has not been considered a part of any religion, Christianity not 24Science as foreign to all religionexcepted. Even now multitudes consider that which they call science has no proper con-nection with faith and piety. Mystery does 27not enshroud Christ’s teachings, and they are not theo-retical and fragmentary, but practical and complete; and being practical and complete, they are not deprived of 30their essential vitality.

  11. SH 119:17

        In one sense God is identical with nature, but this na-18ture is spiritual and is not expressed in matter. The law-God and naturegiver, whose lightning palsies or prostrates in death the child at prayer, is not the divine ideal 21of omnipresent Love. God is natural good, and is repre-sented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature 24of Spirit, God.

  12. SH 120:7-9

        Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the funda-9Reversal of testimonymental facts of being.

  13. SH 134:21-26

    21    The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, — not Basis of miraclesbecause this Science is supernatural or pre-24ternatural, nor because it is an infraction of divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God, good.

  14. 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.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 457: “… Not in the storm, nor the earthquake, nor the wave; You're not in the wind, nor the flame”
Hymn 547: “… God's Love and blessing, then and there, Are now and here and everywhere”
Hymn 537: “O church of God, built on a firm foundation, Standing secure amid the storms of life”