May 24th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY MAY 24, 2015



“Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.”

RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 107 : 1, 2, 4-7, 9

1.     O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2.     Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

4.     They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

5.     Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

6.     Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

7.     And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

9.     For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.


The Bible

1.     Isaiah 33 : 20, 24

20     Look 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.

24     And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

2.     Exodus 34 : 1 (to 1st ,), 2 (be), 3 (to ,), 4 (and Moses) (to 3rd ,), 5, 10 (to 3rd :), 29-35

1     And the LORD said unto Moses,

2     …be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.

3     And no man shall come up with thee.

4     …and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him,

5     And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.

10     And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD.

29     And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

30     And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.

31     And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.

32     And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.

33     And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.

34     But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.

35     And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

3.     II Corinthians 3 : 4, 5, 7-18

4     And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

5     Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.

7     But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8     How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

9     For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10     For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11     For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

12     Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13     And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14     But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15     But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16     Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17     Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18     But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

4.     Psalm 57 : 7-11

7     My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

8     Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

9     I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.

10     For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

11     Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

Science and Health

1.     330 : 11 (God)-12

God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man.

2.     71 : 7-9

Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle outside of finite form, which forms only reflect.

3.     475 : 7-14

The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique.

4.     13 : 25-32

Because of human ignorance of the divine Principle, Love, the Father of all is represented as a corporeal creator; hence men recognize themselves as merely physical, and are ignorant of man as God's image or reflection and of man's eternal incorporeal existence. The world of error is ignorant of the world of Truth, — blind to the reality of man's existence, — for the world of sensation is not cognizant of life in Soul, not in body.

5.     116 : 11-19

A correct view of Christian Science and of its adaptation to healing includes vastly more than is at first seen. Works on metaphysics leave the grand point untouched. They never crown the power of Mind as the Messiah, nor do they carry the day against physical enemies, — even to the extinction of all belief in matter, evil, disease, and death, — nor insist upon the fact that God is all, therefore that matter is nothing beyond an image in mortal mind.

6.     214 : 18-21

We bow down to matter, and entertain finite thoughts of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are inclined to fear and to obey what they consider a material body more than they do a spiritual God.

7.     177 : 10-14

Matter, or body, is but a false concept of mortal mind. This so-called mind builds its own superstructure, of which the material body is the grosser portion; but from first to last, the body is a sensuous, human concept.

8.     173 : 26-29

Human reason and religion come slowly to the recognition of spiritual facts, and so continue to call upon matter to remove the error which the human mind alone has created.

9.     489 : 1-12

The less mind there is manifested in matter the better. When the unthinking lobster loses its claw, the claw grows again. If the Science of Life were understood, it would be found that the senses of Mind are never lost and that matter has no sensation. Then the human limb would be replaced as readily as the lobster's claw, — not with an artificial limb, but with the genuine one. Any hypothesis which supposes life to be in matter is an educated belief. In infancy this belief is not equal to guiding the hand to the mouth; and as consciousness develops, this belief goes out, — yields to the reality of everlasting Life.

10.     531 : 10 (The)-13, 25-32

The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness.

Which institutes Life, — matter or Mind? Does Life begin with Mind or with matter? Is Life sustained by matter or by Spirit? Certainly not by both, since flesh wars against Spirit and the corporeal senses can take no cognizance of Spirit. The mythologic theory of material life at no point resembles the scientifically Christian record of man as created by Mind in the image and likeness of God and having dominion over all the earth.

11.     14 : 12-18

Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, — neither in nor of matter, — and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well. Sorrow is turned into joy when the body is controlled by spiritual Life, Truth, and Love.

12.     264 : 15-27

When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.

Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all- absorbing spiritual love.

13.     425 : 21-28

God is more to a man than his belief, and the less we acknowledge matter or its laws, the more immortality we possess. Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that heart or any portion of the body can destroy you.

14.     76 : 22-26

The sinless joy, — the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, — constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual.

15.     536 : 8-9

The divine understanding reigns, is all, and there is no other consciousness.

Love is the liberator.