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

Wednesday Meeting Readings

The everpresence of God
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
The Bible
  1. Deut. 5:1 Moses (to 2nd ,), 2, 22-24

    Moses called all Israel, and said unto them,

    ... 2The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

    22These words the Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

    23And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

    24And ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.

  2. I Kings 8:57

    57The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:

  3. Judg. 6:1, 6-16, 23 (to :)

    1And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

    ... 6And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.

    7And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites,

    8That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

    9And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

    10And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

    11And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

    12And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

    13And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

    14And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

    15And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.

    16And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.

    23And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not:

  4. Judg. 7:9-21

    9And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.

    10But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:

    11And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host.

    12And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

    13And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.

    14And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.

    15And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

    16And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

    17And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

    18When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

    19So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.

    20And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

    21And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

  5. Rom. 10:13

    13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  6. Rev. 21:1-3

    1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

    2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

    3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

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

  1. SH 572:23-25

        The Revelator had not yet passed the transitional 24stage in human experience called death, but he already Man’s present possibilitiessaw a new heaven and a new earth.

  2. SH 573:13

        Accompanying this scientific consciousness was an-other revelation, even the declaration from heaven, su-15Nearness of Deitypreme harmony, that God, the divine Principle of harmony, is ever with men, and they are His people. Thus man was no longer regarded as a mis-18erable sinner, but as the blessed child of God. Why? Because St. John’s corporeal sense of the heavens and earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was 21the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could see the new heaven and new earth, which involve the spiritual idea and consciousness of reality. This is Scrip-24tural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, — that we can become conscious, 27here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science. Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will 30surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus’ words, “The kingdom of 574 574:1God is within you.” This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.

  3. SH 308:14

        The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth, 15and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man.

  4. SH 471:18-20

    God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the spirit-uality of the universe is the only fact of creation.

  5. SH 587:17

        God is one God, infinite and perfect, and cannot be-18come finite and imperfect.

  6. SH 72:21-23, 30-32

        God, good, being ever present, it follows in divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never Scientific phenomenapresent. ... Not personal intercommunion but divine law is the com-municator of truth, health, and harmony to earth and humanity.

  7. SH 226:5

        The voice of God in behalf of the African slave was 6still echoing in our land, when the voice of the herald of Liberty’s crusadethis new crusade sounded the keynote of uni-versal freedom, asking a fuller acknowledg-9ment of the rights of man as a Son of God, demanding that the fetters of sin, sickness, and death be stricken from the human mind and that its freedom be won, not 12through human warfare, not with bayonet and blood, but through Christ’s divine Science.

  8. SH 587:19

    Good. God; Spirit; omnipotence; omniscience; om-nipresence; omni-action.

  9. SH 239:25-30

    If action pro-ceeds from the divine Mind, action is harmo -27nious. If it comes from erring mortal mind, it is discord-ant and ends in sin, sickness, death. Those two opposite sources never mingle in fount or stream. The perfect 30Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind.

  10. SH 256:2-5, 13-25, 28

    Advancing to a higher plane of ac-3No material creationtion, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the in-spirational, and from the mortal to the immortal.

        The everlasting I am is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can 15No divine corporealityHe be understood aright through mortal con-cepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime ques-18tion, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?

        Who is it that demands our obedience? He who, in the language of Scripture, “doeth according to His will 21in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?”

    24    No form nor physical combination is adequate to rep-resent infinite Love.

        A limitless Mind cannot proceed from physical limita-tions. Finiteness cannot present the idea or the vast-30Limitless Mindness of infinity. A mind originating from a finite or material source must be limited and finite. Infinite Mind is the creator, and creation is the 257 257:1infinite image or idea emanating from this Mind. If Mind is within and without all things, then all is Mind; 3and this definition is scientific.

  11. SH 287:13-15

    God being everywhere and all-inclusive, how can He be absent 15or suggest the absence of omnipresence and omnipotence?

  12. SH 186:11-14

        Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. 12It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It Evil negative and self-destructive is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent.

  13. SH 209:10

        The world would collapse without Mind, without the in-telligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither 12philosophy nor skepticism can hinder the march of the Science which reveals the supremacy of Mind. The im-manent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind. 15Nearness, not distance, lends enchantment to this view.

  14. SH 331:18 God

    God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Prin-ciple, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and The universal causethere is no other self-existence. He is all-21inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else. He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and in-24dividuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.

  15. SH 275:10-30

        To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle 12Divine synonyms of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, im-15mortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His 18 wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

        Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understand-21ing, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is The divine completenessGod, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, — that is, all power, all presence, all Science. 24Hence all is in reality the manifestation of Mind.

        Our material human theories are destitute of Science. The true understanding of God is spiritual. It robs the 27grave of victory. It destroys the false evidence that mis-leads thought and points to other gods, or other so-called powers, such as matter, disease, sin, and death, superior 30or contrary to the one Spirit.

  16. SH 223:7-8 God

    God is infinite omni-present Spirit.

  17. SH 594:19

    Spirit. Divine substance; Mind; divine Principle; all that is good; God; that only which is perfect, ever-21lasting, omnipresent, omnipotent, infinite.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 139: “I walk with Love”
Hymn 527: “ God's omnipresent power”
Hymn 499: “...Is ever present to guide thee...”