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

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Hymns and Bible passages which inspired the discoverer of Christian Science
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
The Bible
  1. Isa. 51:1 (to :), 4-7, 16

    1Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord:

    4Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.

    5My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.

    6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

    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.

    16And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

  2. Isa. 54:2, 4-6, 9-14, 17

    2Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

    ... 4Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

    5For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

    6For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.

    ... 9For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

    10For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

    11O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

    12And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

    13And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

    14In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

    17No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

  3. Isa. 55:6-13

    6Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

    7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

    8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

    9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

    11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    12For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    13Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

  4. Matt. 8:18

    18Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.

  5. Matt. 9:1-8

    1And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

    2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

    3And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

    4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

    5For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

    6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

    7And he arose, and departed to his house.

    8But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

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

  1. SH 107:1

    In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or Christian Science discovereddivine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and 3named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the ab-6solute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.

  2. SH viii:24

        In the author’s work, Retrospection and Introspec -tion, may be found a biographical sketch, narrating experiences which led her, in the year 1866, to the dis-27covery of the system that she denominated Christian Science. As early as 1862 she began to write down and give to friends the results of her Scriptural study, for 30the Bible was her sole teacher; but these compositions were crude, — the first steps of a child in the newly dis-covered world of Spirit.

  3. SH vii:27

        Since the author’s discovery of the might of Truth in viii viii:1the treatment of disease as well as of sin, her system has been fully tested and has not been found wanting; but 3to reach the heights of Christian Science, man must live in obedience to its divine Principle. To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense 6must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music corrects false tones and gives sweet con-cord to sound.

  4. SH 126:22-8

        I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. 24Biblical basisI have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern 27systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only au-30thority. I have had no other guide in “the straight and narrow way” of Truth.

        If Christendom resists the author’s application of the 127 127:1word Science to Christianity, or questions her use of the word Science, she will not therefore lose faith in Chris-3Science and Christianitytianity, nor will Christianity lose its hold upon her. If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything 6entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.

  5. SH x:11-30

        The author has not compromised conscience to suit 12the general drift of thought, but has bluntly and hon-estly given the text of Truth. She has made no effort to embellish, elaborate, or treat in full detail so in-15finite a theme. By thousands of well-authenticated cases of healing, she and her students have proved the worth of her teachings. These cases for the most part 18have been abandoned as hopeless by regular medical attendants. Few invalids will turn to God till all physical supports have failed, because there is so little 21faith in His disposition and power to heal disease.

        The divine Principle of healing is proved in the personal experience of any sincere seeker of Truth. Its 24purpose is good, and its practice is safer and more po-tent than that of any other sanitary method. The un-biased Christian thought is soonest touched by Truth, 27and convinced of it. Only those quarrel with her method who do not understand her meaning, or dis-cerning the truth, come not to the light lest their 30works be reproved.

  6. SH 108:1-27 (np)

        Whence came to me this heavenly conviction, — a con-viction antagonistic to the testimony of the physical senses? 3According to St. Paul, it was “the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power.” It was the divine law of Life and Love, unfolding to me 6the demonstrable fact that matter possesses neither sen-sation nor life; that human experiences show the falsity of all material things; and that immortal cravings, “the 9price of learning love,” establish the truism that the only sufferer is mortal mind, for the divine Mind cannot suffer.

    12     My conclusions were reached by allowing the evidence of this revelation to multiply with mathematical certainty Demonstrable evidenceand the lesser demonstration to prove the 15greater, as the product of three multiplied by three, equalling nine, proves conclusively that three times three duodecillions must be nine duodecillions, — not 18a fraction more, not a unit less.

        When apparently near the confines of mortal existence, standing already within the shadow of the death-valley, 21Light shining in darknessI learned these truths in divine Science: that all real being is in God, the divine Mind, and that Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-24present; that the opposite of Truth, — called error, sin, sickness, disease, death, — is the false testimony of false material sense, of mind in matter; that this false sense 27evolves, in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which this same so-called mind names matter, thereby shutting out the true sense of Spirit.

    30New lines of thought     My discovery, that erring, mortal, misnamed mind produces all the organism and action of the mortal body, set my thoughts to work in new channels, 109 109:1and led up to my demonstration of the proposition that Mind is All and matter is naught as the leading factor in 3Mind-science.

        Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind 6Scientific evidence and idea. This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and 9thus proved absolute and divine. This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached.

        For three years after my discovery, I sought the solu-12tion of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scrip-Solitary researchtures and read little else, kept aloof from so-ciety, and devoted time and energies to dis-15covering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing. I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, 18and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute 21conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and dem-onstration. The revelation of Truth in the understand-ing came to me gradually and apparently through divine 24power. When a new spiritual idea is borne to earth, the prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled: “Unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be 27called Wonderful.”

  7. SH 574:25-30

        Think of this, dear reader, for it will lift the sack-cloth from your eyes, and you will behold the soft-27Spiritual wedlockwinged dove descending upon you. The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel 30entertained unawares.

  8. SH 109:32-24

        The three great verities of Spirit, omnipotence, omni-110110:1presence, omniscience, — Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, constituting all Science, — contradict 3God’s allness learnedforever the belief that matter can be actual. These eternal verities reveal primeval exist-ence as the radiant reality of God’s creation, 6in which all that He has made is pronounced by His wis-dom good.

        Thus it was that I beheld, as never before, the awful 9unreality called evil. The equipollence of God brought to light another glorious proposition, — man’s perfecti-bility and the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on 12earth.

        In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were 15Scriptural foundationsillumined; reason and revelation were recon-ciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated. No human pen nor tongue 18taught me the Science contained in this book, Science and Health; and neither tongue nor pen can over-throw it. This book may be distorted by shallow criti-21cism or by careless or malicious students, and its ideas may be temporarily abused and misrepresented; but the Science and truth therein will forever remain to be dis-24cerned and demonstrated.

  9. SH 319:21-23

        The divine Science taught in the original language of the Bible came through inspiration, and needs inspi-Scriptures misinterpretedration to be understood.

  10. SH 546:18

        Genesis and the Apocalypse seem more obscure than other portions of the Scripture, because they cannot possibly be interpreted from a material standpoint. To 21the author, they are transparent, for they contain the deep divinity of the Bible.

  11. SH 577:28

        The writer’s present feeble sense of Christian Science closes with St. John’s Revelation as recorded by the 30great apostle, for his vision is the acme of this Science as the Bible reveals it.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 425: “Joy cometh in the morning”
Hymn 137: “I need Thee every hour”
Hymn 414: “I love to tell the story”