First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

It's the law of God to love all His children
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
The Bible
  1. Ex. 20:1-5 (to :), 7-17, 20

    1And God spake all these words, saying,

    2I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

    3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:

    ... 7Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

    8Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    9Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

    10But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

    11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

    12Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

    13Thou shalt not kill.

    14Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    15Thou shalt not steal.

    16Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

    17Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

    20And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

  2. Ps. 119:1-3, 10-12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 42 for, 49, 55, 71

    1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

    2Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

    3They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

    10With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

    11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

    12Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.

    ... 16I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

    18Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

    27Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

    34Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

    42for I trust in thy word.

    49Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

    ... 55I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.

    71It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

  3. Luke 10:25-37

    25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

    26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

    27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

    28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

    29But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

    30And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

    31And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

    32And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

    33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

    34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

    35And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

    36Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

    37And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

  4. Rom. 1:1-6

    1Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

    2(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

    3Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

    4And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

    5By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

    6Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

  5. Rom. 8:1, 2, 4-7

    1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

    ... 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

    7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

  6. I John 5:1-3 (to :)

    1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

    2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

    3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:

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

  1. SH 167:17

    To have 18one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God supremely.

  2. SH 205:22-3

        When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law Redemption from selfishnessof loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; 24whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels 27where selfishness reigns.

        Selfishness tips the beam of human existence towards the side of error, not towards Truth. Denial of the one-30ness of Mind throws our weight into the scale, not of Spirit, God, good, but of matter.

        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.

  3. SH 134:14-26, 31-8

        Man-made doctrines are waning. They have not waxed 15strong in times of trouble. Devoid of the Christ-power, Absence of Christ-powerhow can they illustrate the doctrines of Christ or the miracles of grace? Denial of the possi -18bility of Christian healing robs Christianity of the very element, which gave it divine force and its astonishing and unequalled success in the first century.

    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.

        A miracle fulfils God’s law, but does not violate that law. This fact at present seems more mysterious than 135 135:1the miracle itself. The Psalmist sang: “What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? Thou Jordan, 3Lawful wondersthat thou wast driven back? Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams, and ye little hills, like lambs? Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the 6Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.” The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God’s unchangeable law.

  4. SH 19:6

    Jesus aided in recon-ciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus’ teachings, and this truer 9sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, — the law of divine Love.

  5. SH 30:14

        Rabbi and priest taught the Mosaic law, which said: 15“An eye for an eye,” and “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” Not so did Jesus, the new executor for God, present the divine law of Love, 18which blesses even those that curse it.

  6. SH 118:26

        The definitions of material law, as given by natural 27science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against Certain contradictionsitself, because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore they con -30tradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.

  7. SH 534:18-20

    18    Paul says in his epistle to the Romans: “The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

  8. SH 496:5

    You will learn 6that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.

  9. SH 567:3-6 Truth

    Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through 6the understanding of God.

  10. SH 568:24-14

    24    For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and mag-nify the Lord of Hosts. What shall we say of the mighty Pæan of jubileeconquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter 27than has ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her 30primal and everlasting strain. Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly 569 569:1interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, 3represented by the Mother. Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.

    6    The Scripture, “Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many,” is literally ful-The robe of Sciencefilled, when we are conscious of the supremacy 9of Truth, by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we know that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness. He that touches the hem 12of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.

  11. SH 230:8

    This is the sal-9vation which comes through God, the divine Principle, Love, as demonstrated by Jesus.

  12. SH 14:1

    14:1    If we are sensibly with the body and regard omnipo-tence as a corporeal, material person, whose ear we 3Bodily presencewould gain, we are not “absent from the body” and “present with the Lord” in the demonstration of Spirit. We cannot “serve two mas -6ters.” To be “present with the Lord” is to have, not mere emotional ecstasy or faith, but the actual demon-stration and understanding of Life as revealed in 9Christian Science. To be “with the Lord” is to be in obedience to the law of God, to be absolutely governed by divine Love, — by Spirit, not by matter.

  13. SH 326:8

    6All nature teaches God’s 9love to man, but man cannot love God supremely and set his whole affections on spiritual things, while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual.

  14. SH 340:4

        This text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys the Christian Science thought, especially when the word 6duty, which is not in the original, is omitted: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole 9duty of man.” In other words: Let us hear the con-clusion of the whole matter: love God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole of man in His 12 image and likeness. Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 591: “We cannot turn away from God … Love's law controls”
Hymn 329: “His law man's pathway brightens”
Hymn 433: “A new commandment I give unto you”