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

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Handling challenging conditions spiritually
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
The Bible
  1. Isa. 30:15 thus (to :)

    thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:

  2. Isa. 12:2-5

    2Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

    3Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

    4And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

    5Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

  3. Isa. 45:22

    22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

  4. Isa. 52:1 (to 4th ,), 2, 13

    1Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem,

    ... 2Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

    13Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

  5. Isa. 65:17-20 behold (to :), 21-24

    behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

    18But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

    19And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

    20There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days:

    ... 21And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

    22They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

    23They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.

    24And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

  6. II Chron. 20:15 Hearken, 17 (to ;)

    Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

    ... 17Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed;

  7. Matt. 17:14-20

    14And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

    15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

    16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

    17Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

    18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

    19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

    20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

  8. Mark 16:9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18

    9Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

    10And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

    14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

    15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

    ... 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

    18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

  9. Acts 8:4-8 they

    they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

    5Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

    6And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

    7For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

    8And there was great joy in that city.

  10. Acts 17:28 in, 29

    in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

    29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

  11. John 15:7, 8 (to ;)

    7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

    8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit;

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

  1. SH 394:7-10

    Knowledge that we can accomplish the good we hope for, stimu-9lates the system to act in the direction which Mind points out.

  2. SH 406:19-20 (to 1st .), 20-25 We

        Resist evil — error of every sort — and it will flee from you. ... We can, and ultimately 21Resist to the endshall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direc-tion of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go 24on until we arrive at the fulness of God’s idea, and no more fear that we shall be sick and die.

  3. SH 296:4-18

        Progress is born of experience. It is the ripening of mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for 6Scientific purgationthe immortal. Either here or hereafter, suf-fering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense 9and self. The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic 12matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.

        The so-called pleasures and pains of matter perish, 15and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in order to part with 18them.

  4. SH 243:4-8, 16-29

        The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from 6Ancient and modern miraclesthe fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death.

        The clay cannot reply to the potter. The head, heart, lungs, and limbs do not inform us that they are dizzy, 18Mental telegraphydiseased, consumptive, or lame. If this in-formation is conveyed, mortal mind conveys it. Neither immortal and unerring Mind nor matter, 21the inanimate substratum of mortal mind, can carry on such telegraphy; for God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil,” and matter has neither intelligence nor 24sensation.

        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.

  5. SH 399:23

        Scientifically speaking, there is no mortal mind out of 24which to make material beliefs, springing from illusion. Mental strengthThis misnamed mind is not an entity. It is only a false sense of matter, since matter is not 27sensible. The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opin-ions. All that is real is included in this immortal Mind.

  6. SH 264:7-20

    Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. 9Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind? 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.

        Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being.

  7. SH 469:13-21 The

    The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and 15True sense of infinitudethat the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind — called devil or evil — is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality. There 18can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if 21that one is infinite.

  8. SH 428:15

        We should consecrate existence, not “to the unknown God” whom we “ignorantly worship,” but to the eternal Intelligent consecrationbuilder, the everlasting Father, to the Life 18 which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal belief destroy. We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them 21with the life which is spiritual, not material.

  9. SH 129:22-24

    We must look deep Ontology neededinto realism instead of accepting only the out-24ward sense of things.

  10. SH 505:20-21, 26-28

    Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual 21good.

        This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result 27of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things Original reflectedbrought to light.

  11. SH 218:27-2

        The Scriptures say, “They that wait upon the Lord . . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” The meaning of that passage is not 30perverted by applying it literally to moments of fatigue, for the moral and physical are as one in their results. When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, 219 219:1pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease.

  12. SH 513:6-10

        Advancing spiritual steps in the teeming universe of Mind lead on to spiritual spheres and exalted beings. To Spiritual spheresmaterial sense, this divine universe is dim and 9distant, gray in the sombre hues of twilight; but anon the veil is lifted, and the scene shifts into light.

  13. SH 336:9 Immortal

    Immortal man was and is God’s image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immor-The real manhoodtal man is coexistent and coeternal with that 12Mind. He has been forever in the eternal Mind, God; but infinite Mind can never be in man, but is reflected by man. The spiritual man’s consciousness 15and individuality are reflections of God. They are the emanations of Him who is Life, Truth, and Love. Im-mortal man is not and never was material, but always 18spiritual and eternal.

  14. SH 339:7-10 Since

    Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it 9Evil not produced by Godgood. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God.

  15. SH 336:25-26 God

    God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.

From the Cristian Science Hymnal
Hymn 347: “O thou afflicted, tossed with doubt, God bids the storm to cease”
Hymn 99: “… He gives His angels charge o’er thee, No evil therefore shalt thou see”
Hymn 549: “… Chaos and darkness yield to the Christ light