First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Our only world, the undisturbed consciousness of Mind
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
The Bible
  1. Ps. 23:1 (to ;), 2

    1The Lord is my shepherd;

    ... 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

  2. Ps. 90:1, 2, 4, 14

    1Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

    2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

    ... 4For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

    ... 14O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

  3. Ps. 1:1-3

    1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

    2But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

    3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

  4. Gen. 28:10-13, 15, 16

    10And Jacob went out from Beer–sheba, and went toward Haran.

    11And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

    12And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

    13And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

    ... 15And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

    16And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

  5. Isa. 30:19 the (to 2nd :), 21

    19the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more:

    ... 21And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

  6. Isa. 33:20, 24

    20Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

    ... 24And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

  7. John 5:2-9 (to :)

    2Now there 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:

  8. Luke 4:33-36

    33And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,

    34Saying, 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.

    35And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

    36And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

  9. Phil. 2:5

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

  10. Ps. 139:1, 2, 7-12, 14

    1O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

    2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

    ... 7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

    8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

    9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

    10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

    11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

    12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

    ... 14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

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

  1. SH 14:25

        Entirely separate from the belief and dream of mate-rial living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual under-27standing and the consciousness of man’s dominion over the whole earth. This understanding casts out error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak 30“as one having authority.”

  2. SH 95:28-32

        Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours. 30Spiritual awakeningMaterial sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth.

  3. SH 390:9

    Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.

  4. SH 242:9

    9    There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no The one only wayother reality — to have no other conscious-12ness of life — than good, God and His reflec-tion, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.

  5. SH 548:9-13

    9    How little light or heat reach our earth when clouds cover the sun’s face! So Christian Science can be seen The clouds dissolvingonly as the clouds of corporeal sense roll away. 12Earth has little light or joy for mortals before Life is spiritually learned.

  6. SH 392:11-16, 17-3

        The physical affirmation of disease should always be 12met with the mental negation. Whatever benefit is pro-Illusions about nervesduced on the body, must be expressed men-tally, and thought should be held fast to this 15ideal. If you believe in inflamed and weak nerves, you are liable to an attack from that source. ... If you think that con-18sumption is hereditary in your family, you are liable to the development of that thought in the form of what is termed pulmonary disease, unless Science shows you 21otherwise. 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.

    24    Reverse the case. Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in Guarding the doorbodily results, you will control yourself har-27moniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office 30as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or 393 393:1pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forget-3ting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

  7. SH 205:32

        When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, 206 206:1we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no con-3sciousness of the existence of matter or error.

  8. SH 393:16-4

        Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s govern-18No pain in matterment. Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have 21no pain nor inflammation. Your body would suffer no more from tension or wounds than the trunk of a tree which you gash or the electric wire which you stretch, 24were it not for mortal mind.

        When Jesus declares that “the light of the body is the eye,” he certainly means that light depends upon Mind, 27not upon the complex humors, lenses, muscles, the iris and pupil, constituting the visual organism.

        Man is never sick, for Mind is not sick and matter 30No real diseasecannot be. A false belief is both the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause. It is well to be calm in sickness; 394 394:1to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sick-ness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming 3reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the uni-versal and perfect remedy.

  9. SH 299:26-1

    24Corporeal sense, or error, may seem to hide Truth, 27health, harmony, and Science, as the mist obscures the sun or the mountain; but Science, the sunshine of Truth, will melt away the shadow and reveal the celestial 30peaks.

        If man were solely a creature of the material senses, he would have no eternal Principle and would be mutable 300 300:1and mortal.

  10. SH 243:25

        Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no Annihilation of errorsense of hatred. Life has no partnership 27with death. Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.

  11. SH 414:28-1

    Remember that man’s perfec-tion is real and unimpeachable, whereas imperfection is 30blameworthy, unreal, and is not brought about by divine Love.

        Matter cannot be inflamed. Inflammation is fear, an 415 415:1excited state of mortals which is not normal.

  12. SH 22:14-20

    If 15your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race.

    18    When the smoke of battle clears away, you will dis-cern the good you have done, and receive according to your deserving.

  13. SH 264:7-8, 10-19

    Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. 9 ... We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we 12have our being.

        As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were 15Self-completeness invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-com-18pleteness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.

  14. SH 232:7

    Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 567: “… Let me rest secure in Thee, Safe above life's raging sea”
Hymn 587: “… A light outshining midday sum However dark the day”
Hymn 565: “… Heaven is here, harmony's bliss To everyone belongs”