First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
Wednesday Meeting Readings
- Ps. 25:1, 4-6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15-21
1Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
... 4Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
6Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
... 9The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
10All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
... 12What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
... 15Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
16Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
17The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
19Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
- Ps. 45:4 in (to ;), 6, 7, 17
4in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness;
... 6Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
... 17I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
- Ps. 46:1-3 (to 1st .), 7 (to 1st .), 9-11 (to 1st .)
1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
... 7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
... 9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
- Ps. 48:9-14 (to :)
9We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
10According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
11Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
12Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
13Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
14For this God is our God for ever and ever:
- Ps. 64:1, 2, 9, 10
1Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
2Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
... 9And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
10The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.
- Ps. 91:1-6, 8-12
1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
... 8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
- Isa. 49:1 (to 2nd ;), 8 (to 3rd ,), 10-12 (to ;), 13-15
1Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far;
8Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee,
... 10They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
11And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.
12Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west;
13¶ Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
14But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
15Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
- Ps. 143:8, 10
8Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
... 10Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
- Ps. 22:4, 5 (to :)
4Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5They cried unto thee, and were delivered:
- Ps. 23:4-6
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
- SH 60:4, 16-18, 24
Kindred tastes, motives, and aspirations are necessary to the formation of a happy and permanent companion-6Permanent affectionship. The beautiful in character is also the good, welding indissolubly the links of affec-tion. A mother’s affection cannot be weaned from her 9child, because the mother-love includes purity and con-stancy, both of which are immortal. Therefore maternal affection lives on under whatever difficulties.
24 An ill-attuned ear calls discord harmony, not appreciat-ing concord. So physical sense, not discerning the true Spiritual concordhappiness of being, places it on a false basis. 27Science will correct the discord, and teach us life’s sweeter harmonies.
- SH 61:4-11
The good in human affections must have ascendency over the evil and the spiritual over the animal, or happi-6Ascendency of goodness will never be won. The attainment of this celestial condition would improve our progeny, diminish crime, and give higher aims to ambi-9tion. Every valley of sin must be exalted, and every mountain of selfishness be brought low, that the highway of our God may be prepared in Science.
- SH 494:15 Jesus
15Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the Reason and Scienceinfinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring 18human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly di-rected, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but 21sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the ex-periences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Sci-ence of man’s eternal harmony breaks their illusion with 24the unbroken reality of scientific being.
- SH 26:28-32
- SH viii:4
- SH 65:11
- SH 39:18
18 “Now,” cried the apostle, “is the accepted time; be -hold, now is the day of salvation,” — meaning, not that Present salvationnow men must prepare for a future-world salva-21tion, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life. Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleas-24ures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science. To break this earthly spell, mortals must get the true idea and divine Principle of all that really exists 27and governs the universe harmoniously. This thought is apprehended slowly, and the interval before its attain-ment is attended with doubts and defeats as well as 30triumphs.
- SH 40:31
The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of 41 41:1hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and 3Within the veilthis advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the right-eous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. 6Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.
- SH 210:5-6
- SH 209:5-8, 16, 31-32
Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing 6them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, Allness of Truththe life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind.
The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent 18Spiritual translationmasses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember 21that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be 24found harmonious and eternal.
- SH 577:32-18
In the following Psalm one word shows, though faintly, 578 578:1the light which Christian Science throws on the Scriptures by substituting for the corporeal sense, the incorporeal 3or spiritual sense of Deity: —
From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 7: “Abide with me; fast breaks the morning light”
Hymn 584: “The Lord is my Shepherd”
Hymn 91: “Grace for today, O Love divine”