First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
Wednesday Meeting Readings
- Ps. 127:1 (to :)
1Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
- Ps. 112:1-4, 7
1Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
2His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
3Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
... 7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
- Ps. 84:1-4 (to 1st .), 7, 10, 12
1How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
2My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
4Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.
... 7They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
... 10For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
... 12O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
- Prov. 24:3-5, 15, 27
3Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
... 15Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
... 27Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
- Gen. 13:1, 6, 7 (to :), 8, 9, 11, 14, 15
1And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
6And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
7And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle:
... 8And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
9Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
... 11Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
14¶ And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
- Deut. 24:5
5¶ When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.
- Matt. 4:17
17¶ From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- Matt. 7:21, 24-27
21¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
24¶ Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
- Matt. 8:18-20
18¶ Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.
19And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
20And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
- Matt. 21:33-42
33¶ Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
36Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
37But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
38But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
39And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
40When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
41They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
- Isa. 28:16
16¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
- I Pet. 2:5-9
5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
- I Cor. 3:6, 8-11, 17
6I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
... 8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
... 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
- II Cor. 5:1, 2, 6-9
1For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
... 6Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
9Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
- Ps. 71:1-3
1In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
2Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
3Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
- Ps. 90:1
1Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
- Mic. 4:1-3, 5
1But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3¶ And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
- SH 58:21
- SH 59:11
- SH 65:11-19
The broadcast powers of evil so conspicuous to-day show themselves in the materialism and sensualism of 15Powerless promisesthe age, struggling against the advancing spiritual era. Beholding the world’s lack of Christianity and the powerlessness of vows to make home 18happy, the human mind will at length demand a higher affection.
- SH 454:5-9
- SH 291:13
- SH 477:6
- SH 560:10-19
Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science inter-prets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great 12True estimate of God’s messengermiracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of 15heaven in man. This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of any-one whom God has appointed to voice His Word. Again, 18without a correct sense of its highest visible idea, we can never understand the divine Principle.
- SH 326:12-14
- SH 222:31
We must destroy the false belief that life and intelligence are in 223 223:1matter, and plant ourselves upon what is pure and per-fect. Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not 3fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man’s finite capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter 6instead of in Spirit.
- SH 282:14-20
A straight line finds no abiding-place in a curve, and a 15curve finds no adjustment to a straight line. Similarly, Opposite symbolsmatter has no place in Spirit, and Spirit has no place in matter. Truth has no home in 18error, and error has no foothold in Truth. Mind cannot pass into non-intelligence and matter, nor can non-intel-ligence become Soul.
- SH 273:7-15
Divine Science reverses the false testimony of the ma-Science versus senseterial senses, and thus tears away the foun-12dations of error. Hence the enmity between Science and the senses, and the impossibility of attaining perfect understanding till the errors of sense 15are eliminated.
- SH 269:21
21 The testimony of the material senses is neither abso-lute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly Biblical foundationson the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of 24the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none. All other systems — systems based wholly or partly on 27knowledge gained through the material senses — are reeds shaken by the wind, not houses built on the rock.
- SH 139:4-5, 9, 22
From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter. ... Reforms have commonly been attended with bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been brightness and peace; but the present new, yet old, re-12form in religious faith will teach men patiently and wisely to stem the tide of sectarian bitterness, whenever it flows inward.
But mistakes could neither wholly obscure the divine Science of the Scriptures seen 24from Genesis to Revelation, mar the demonstration of Jesus, nor annul the healing by the prophets, who foresaw that “the stone which the builders rejected” would be-27come “the head of the corner.”
- SH 599:6-7
- SH 587:25
- SH 578:16
- SH 254:31
From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 278: “Pilgrim on earth, home and heaven are within thee”
Hymn 58: “Father we Thy loving children”
Hymn 245: “… We know that Love will guide us And lead us safely home”