First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge, California

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Handling fear
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
The Bible
  1. Gen. 3:9-11 (to 1st ?)

    9And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

    10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

    11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?

  2. Job 4:13-17

    13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,

    14Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

    15Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

    16It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

    17Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

  3. Isa. 24:16 woe, 17

    woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

    17Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

  4. Ex. 3:1, 2 (to :), 4-6

    1Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

    2And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush:

    ... 4And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

    5And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

    6Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

  5. Num. 13:1, 2 (to :), 25, 27, 28, 33

    1And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

    2Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel:

    25And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

    27And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

    28Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

    ... 33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

  6. Num. 14:1-3, 6-9

    1And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

    2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

    3And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

    6And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:

    7And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

    8If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

    9Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

  7. Isa. 51:7, 8

    7Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

    8For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

  8. Ps. 56:1, 3, 4, 11

    1Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

    ... 3What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

    4In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

    ... 11In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

  9. Ps. 27:1, 3, 5

    1The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

    ... 3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

    ... 5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

  10. Isa. 41:10, 13

    10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    ... 13For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

  11. Isa. 43:1-3 (to 2nd ,), 4 (to :), 5-7

    1But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

    2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

    3For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel,

    ... 4Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee:

    ... 5Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

    6I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

    7Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

  12. Luke 4:14

    14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

  13. Luke 8:22-25

    22Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

    23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

    24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

    25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

  14. Matt. 26:57, 69-75

    57And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

    69Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

    70But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

    71And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

    72And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

    73And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

    74Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

    75And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

  15. Luke 12:4, 6, 7

    4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

    ... 6Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

    7But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

  16. Heb. 13:5, 6

    5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

    6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

  17. I John 4:18

    18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

  18. II Tim. 1:7

    7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

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

  1. SH 197:16 (only)

        We should master fear, instead of cultivating it.

  2. SH 181:21-25

        If you are too material to love the Science of Mind and are satisfied with good words instead of effects, if you Not words but deedsadhere to error and are afraid to trust Truth, 24the question then recurs, “Adam, where art thou?”

  3. SH 308:5

    Until the lesson is learned that God is the only Mind gov-6erning man, mortal belief will be afraid as it was in the beginning, and will hide from the demand, “Where art thou?” This awful demand, “Adam, where art thou?” 9is met by the admission from the head, heart, stomach, blood, nerves, etc.: “Lo, here I am, looking for happiness and life in the body, but finding only an illusion, a blend-12ing of false claims, false pleasure, pain, sin, sickness, and death.”

  4. SH 321:6

        The Hebrew Lawgiver, slow of speech, despaired of making the people understand what should be revealed Fear of the serpent overcometo him. When, led by wisdom to cast down his 9rod, he saw it become a serpent, Moses fled be-fore it; but wisdom bade him come back and handle the serpent, and then Moses’ fear departed. In 12this incident was seen the actuality of Science. Matter was shown to be a belief only. The serpent, evil, under wisdom’s bidding, was destroyed through understanding 15divine Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean. The illusion of Moses lost its power to alarm him, when he discovered that what he apparently saw was really 18but a phase of mortal belief.

  5. SH 410:23

        The Science of mental practice is susceptible of no 24misuse. Selfishness does not appear in the practice of Be not afraidTruth or Christian Science. If mental prac-tice is abused or is used in any way except to 27promote right thinking and doing, the power to heal mentally will diminish, until the practitioner’s healing ability is wholly lost. Christian scientific practice be-30gins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, “Be not afraid!” 411 411:1Said Job: “The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me.”

  6. SH 411:20-4

        The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is 21fear, ignorance, or sin. Disease is always induced by a Fear as the foundationfalse sense mentally entertained, not destroyed. Disease is an image of thought externalized. 24The mental state is called a material state. Whatever is cherished in mortal mind as the physical condition is imaged forth on the body.

    27    Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemp-Unspoken pleadingtion from disease and danger. Watch the re-30sult of this simple rule of Christian Science, and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, 412 412:1your patient is healed. The great fact that God lovingly governs all, never punishing aught but sin, is your stand-3point, from which to advance and destroy the human fear of sickness.

  7. SH 125:12-16

        As human thought changes from one stage to an-other of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, — from fear to hope and from faith to understand-15ing, — the visible manifestation will at last be man gov-erned by Soul, not by material sense.

  8. SH 180:13-24

    Ignorant that the human mind governs the body, its phenomenon, the invalid may 15unwittingly add more fear to the mental reservoir already overflowing with that emotion.

        Doctors should not implant disease in the thoughts of 18their patients, as they so frequently do, by declaring dis-Wrong and right wayease to be a fixed fact, even before they go to work to eradicate the disease through the ma-21terial faith which they inspire. Instead of furnishing thought with fear, they should try to correct this turbulent element of mortal mind by the influence of divine Love 24 which casteth out fear.

  9. SH 199:25

        Had Blondin believed it impossible to walk the rope over Niagara’s abyss of waters, he could never have 27done it. His belief that he could do it gave his thought-forces, called muscles, their flexibility and power which the unscientific might attribute to a lubricating oil. His 30fear must have disappeared before his power of putting resolve into action could appear.

  10. SH 214:19-21

    Mortals are inclined to Idolatrous illusionsfear and to obey what they consider a material 21body more than they do a spiritual God.

  11. SH 231:21-25

    To Superiority to sickness and sinfear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man’s rela-24tion to God, — to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care.

  12. SH 373:14-15

        The fear of disease and the love of sin are the sources 15Love frees from fearof man’s enslavement.

  13. SH 368:31-32

    When fear disappears, the foundation of disease is gone.

  14. SH 327:22 (only)

        Fear of punishment never made man truly honest.

  15. SH 99:2-9 (to pleasure)

    Human philosophy, ethics, and super-3Key to the kingdomstition afford no demonstrable divine Principle by which mortals can escape from sin; yet to escape from sin, is what the Bible demands. “Work 6out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” says the apostle, and he straightway adds: “for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good 9pleasure”

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 136: “I love Thy way of freedom, Lord”
Hymn 267: Our God is All-in-all, His children cannot fear”
Hymn 485: “God of creation and Lord of my soul”