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

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Finding peace within
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
The Bible
  1. Isa. 26:3

    3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

  2. Ps. 119:165

    165Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

  3. Ps. 34:13-15, 19

    13Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

    14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

    15The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

    ... 19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

  4. Ps. 37:5-8, 10, 11, 37

    5Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

    6And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

    7Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

    8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

    ... 10For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

    11But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

    ... 37Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

  5. Deut. 31:6

    6Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

  6. Prov. 3:1-4, 13, 15, 17

    1My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments;

    2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

    3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

    4So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

    13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

    ... 15She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

    ... 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

  7. Josh. 1:9 Be

    Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

  8. Ps. 112:4, 7

    4Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

    ... 7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

  9. Isa. 33:20, 22

    20Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

    ... 22For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

  10. Prov. 16:7

    7When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

  11. Matt. 4:23

    23And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

  12. Matt. 5:1, 2, 9

    1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

    2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

    ... 9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

  13. John 14:1, 12, 25-27

    1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

    ... 12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    25These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.

    26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

    27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  14. John 16:33

    33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  15. Rom. 15:33 (to 1st .)

    33Now the God of peace be with you all.

  16. Rom. 8:1, 2, 5, 6

    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.

    ... 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.

  17. Rom. 12:9, 10 (to 1st ;), 11, 12, 14, 16 (to 1st .), 18, 21

    9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

    10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;

    ... 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

    12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

    ... 14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

    ... 16Be of the same mind one toward another.

    ... 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

    ... 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

  18. Rom. 14:17-19 (to ,)

    17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

    18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

    19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace,

  19. James 3:10-18

    10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

    11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

    12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

    13Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

    14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

    15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

    16For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

    17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

    18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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

  1. SH 516:9-12

        God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in Love imparts beautygoodness, which impart their own peace and 12permanence.

  2. SH 106:27 the

    the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

  3. SH 264:20 (only), 24-15

        Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. ... Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace 27which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.

        When we learn the way in Christian Science and rec-ognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and under-30stand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

        The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, 265 265:1and its government is divine Science. Man is the off-spring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of 3Godward gravitationMind. Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, 6their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality 9may be put off.

        This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity 12 and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man en-larged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent 15peace.

  4. SH 214:32

    Spirit’s senses are with-215215:1out pain, and they are forever at peace. Nothing can hide from them the harmony of all things and the might and 3permanence of Truth.

  5. SH 40:31-10

        The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of 41 41:1hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and 3Within the veilthis advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the right-eous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. 6Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.

        The God-inspired walk calmly on though it be with 9bleeding footprints, and in the hereafter they will reap The thorns and flowerswhat they now sow.

  6. SH 139:8

    The Christian era was ushered in with signs and 9wonders. Reforms have commonly been attended with bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been brightness and peace; but the present new, yet old, re-12form in religious faith will teach men patiently and wisely to stem the tide of sectarian bitterness, whenever it flows inward.

  7. SH 144:14-16, 18

        Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs 15to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be con-Will-power detrimentaldemned. ... Human will-power may in-fringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being. Truth, and 21not corporeal will, is the divine power which says to disease, “Peace, be still.”

  8. SH 329:26 If

    If 27men understood their real spiritual source to be all bless-edness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace; but the deeper the error into which mor-30tal mind is plunged, the more intense the opposition to spirituality, till error yields to Truth.

  9. SH 366:24

    The sick are terrified by their sick beliefs, and sinners should be affrighted by their sinful beliefs; but 27the Christian Scientist will be calm in the presence of both sin and disease, knowing, as he does, that Life is God and God is All.

  10. SH 224:4-7, 8

        As the crude footprints of the past disappear from the dissolving paths of the present, we shall better understand 6the Science which governs these changes, and shall plant our feet on firmer ground. ... There should 9be painless progress, attended by life and peace instead of discord and death.

  11. SH 99:23

        The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the 24manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposi-27tion, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God’s spiritual, perfect man.

  12. SH 265:23

        Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained 24stronger desires for spiritual joy? The aspiration after Blessings from painheavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss 27of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is 30spiritual.

  13. SH 324:7-12

        Unless the harmony and immortality of man are be-coming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea 9Narrow pathwayof God; and the body will reflect what gov-erns it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore 12“acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.”

  14. SH 96:12, 25-27

        This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord Arena of contestand dismay; on the other side there will be 15Science and peace. The breaking up of mate-rial beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new 18phases until their nothingness appears. These disturb-ances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.

        As this consummation draws nearer, he who has shaped his course in accordance with divine Science 27Millennial glorywill endure to the end.

  15. SH 506:10-12

        Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites under-standing to eternal harmony. The calm and exalted 12Exalted thoughtthought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 501: “… My presence still shall go with you And I will give you peace"
Hymn 118: “Holy Spirit, Light divine, Shine upon this heart of mine"
Hymn 93: “Happy the man whose heart can rest, Assured God's goodness ne'er will cease”