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

Wednesday Meeting Readings

What is the model before our eyes?
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
The Bible
  1. Gen. 5:1 In, 2 (to 1st ,), 21-24

    In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

    2Male and female created he them; and blessed them,

    21And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

    22And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

    23And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

    24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

  2. Josh. 14:6-11 the, 13, 14

    the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh–barnea.

    7Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh–barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.

    8Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God.

    9And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God.

    10And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.

    11As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

    ... 13And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

    14Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.

  3. Ps. 116:1-6 (to :), 7-9

    1I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

    2Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

    3The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

    4Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

    5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

    6The Lord preserveth the simple:

    ... 7Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.

    8For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

    9I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

  4. Gen. 17:1-7

    1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

    2And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

    3And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

    4As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

    5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

    6And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

    7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

  5. Prov. 20:7, 11, 22, 29

    7The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

    ... 11Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

    ... 22Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

    ... 29The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

  6. Prov. 23:19, 22-26

    19Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

    ... 22Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

    23Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

    24The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.

    25Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

    26My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

  7. Acts 2:17, 21-28, 33, 39

    17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

    ... 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    22Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

    23Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

    24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

    25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

    26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

    27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

    28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

    ... 33Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

    39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

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

  1. SH 244:13, 23

        Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is like the beasts and vegetables, — subject to laws of decay. If 15Man never less than manman were dust in his earliest stage of exist-ence, we might admit the hypothesis that he returns eventually to his primitive condition; 18but man was never more nor less than man.

        Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has 24neither birth nor death. He is not a beast, a vegetable, Man not evolvednor a migratory mind. He does not pass from matter to Mind, from the mortal to the im-27mortal, from evil to good, or from good to evil. Such admissions cast us headlong into darkness and dogma. Even Shakespeare’s poetry pictures age as infancy, as 30helplessness and decadence, instead of assigning to man the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige.

  2. SH 245:32-13

        The infinite never began nor will it ever end. Mind 246 246:1 and its formations can never be annihilated. Man is not a pendulum, swinging between evil and good, joy and 3Man reflects Godsorrow, sickness and health, life and death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal 6likeness of their Maker. Man is by no means a material germ rising from the imperfect and endeavoring to reach Spirit above his origin. The stream rises no higher than 9its source.

        The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth 12coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, un-dimmed by a declining sun.

  3. SH 246:17-31

        Never record ages. Chronological data are no part 18of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are Undesirable recordsso many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of meas -21uring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, 24governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

    27    Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. True life eternalLet us then shape our views of existence into 30loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.

  4. SH 247:10-19, 21-24, 28-11

        Beauty, as well as truth, is eternal; but the beauty of material things passes away, fading and fleeting as 12Eternal beautymortal belief. Custom, education, and fashion form the transient standards of mortals. Im -mortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its 15own, — the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness 18which transcend all material sense.

        Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and re-flects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, 24outline, and color.

        The embellishments of the person are poor substitutes for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal 30over age and decay.

        The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure 248 248:1in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious free-dom of spiritual harmony.

    3    Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo rests upon its object. One marvels that a friend can ever seem less Love’s endowmentthan beautiful. Men and women of riper 6years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom. Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal 9freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.

  5. SH 21:1-4

        If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, “I have fought a 3Moral victorygood fight . . . I have kept the faith,” be-cause you are a better man.

  6. SH 22:11-20

        “Work out your own salvation,” is the demand of 12Life and Love, for to this end God worketh with you. Wait for reward“Occupy till I come!” Wait for your re-ward, and “be not weary in well doing.” If 15your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race.

    18    When the smoke of battle clears away, you will dis-cern the good you have done, and receive according to your deserving.

  7. SH 259:32-12

        Deducing one’s conclusions as to man from imperfec-260260:1tion instead of perfection, one can no more arrive at the true conception or understanding of man, and make him-3self like it, than the sculptor can perfect his outlines from an imperfect model, or the painter can depict the form and face of Jesus, while holding in thought the character 6of Judas.

        The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through 9Spiritual discoverymany generations human beliefs will be attain-ing diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God’s creation will finally be seen as 12the only true conception of being.

  8. SH 248:12-32

        The sculptor turns from the marble to his model in order to perfect his conception. We are all sculptors, Mental sculptureworking at various forms, moulding and chisel-15ing thought. What is the model before mortal mind? Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal model? Are you repro-18ducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious sculptors and hideous forms. Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding 21it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline 24and deformity of matter models.

        To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect 27Perfect modelsmodels in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, 30health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

  9. SH 249:1

        Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive 3ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 391: “Why search the future and the past?”
Hymn 51: “Eternal Mind the Potter is”
Hymn 553: “...With the model right before us”