Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 Testimony Meeting

At 8:15pm EST every Wednesday, our Testimony Meeting features inspired readings from The Bible and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and Prose Works by Mary Baker Eddy, as well as testimonies of Christian Science healing and wonderful music. All are welcome to listen and participate!

Theme: “Father, teach us the life of Love.” — Mary Baker Eddy

Readings: Amanda from MO



Hymns

266 423 179

The Bible

Jeremiah 31 : 3

3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Psalm 51 : 1, 10

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 119 : 9, 10, 15, 18, 22 (to ; ), 28 (strengthen), 29, 33, 36, 37, 59, 105, 115

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt;
28 strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

Matthew: 1 : 1 (to 1st ,), 23 (Emmanuel)

1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ,
23 … Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Matthew: 5 : 1, 2, 38, 44-46 (to 1st ?)

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?

Matthew 7 : 1, 7-9, 11, 12

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

John 13 : 1, 3 (knowing)-8, 13-15, 34, 35

1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
3 … knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands,
and that he was come from God, and went to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

I John 4 : 7 (every), 8, 20

7 … every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

I Corinthians 13 : 1-8 (to : )

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth:

I Corinthians 16 : 24 (love)

24 … love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

113 : 5-6

The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.

Miscellaneous Writings

107 : 11-13

More love is the great need of mankind. A pure affection, concentric, forgetting self, forgiving wrongs and forestalling them, should swell the lyre of human love.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

4 : 3-9, 12-26

What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done.

The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring, — blessings which, even if not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love.

Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness. We reach the Science of Christianity through demonstration of the divine nature; but in this wicked world goodness will “be evil spoken of,” and patience must bring experience.

Miscellaneous Writings

129 : 5-8, 22

One’s first lesson is to learn one’s self; having done this, one will naturally, through grace from God, forgive his brother and love his enemies.

What have been your Leader’s precepts and example!

130 : 27-9

Know ye not that he who exercises the largest charity, and waits on God, renews his strength, and is exalted? Love is not puffed up; and the meek and loving, God anoints and appoints to lead the line of mankind’s triumphal march out of the wilderness, out of darkness into light. Whoever challenges the errors of others and cherishes his own, can neither help himself nor others; he will be called a moral nuisance, a fungus, a microbe, a mouse gnawing at the vitals of humanity. The darkness in one’s self must first be cast out, in order rightly to discern darkness or to reflect light.

If the man of more than average avoirdupois kneels on a stool in church, let the leaner sort console this brother’s necessity by doing likewise.

Miscellany

247 : 19-23, 28-30

God has called you to be a fisher of men. It is not a stern but a loving look which brings forth mankind to receive your bestowal, — not so much eloquence as tender persuasion that takes away their fear, for it is Love alone that feeds them.

The little that I have accomplished has all been done through love, — self-forgetful, patient, unfaltering tenderness.

Miscellaneous Writings

224 : 11-28

We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it; with a charity broad enough to cover the whole world’s evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, — determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even when it is, unless the offense be against God.

Nothing short of our own errors should offend us.

Message for 1902

7 : 24-3

Christ Jesus saith, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.” It is obvious that he called his disciples’ special attention to his new commandment. And wherefore? Because it emphasizes the apostle’s declaration, “God is Love,” — it elucidates Christianity, illustrates God, and man as His likeness, and commands man to love as Jesus loved.

8 : 11-12, 14 (God)-15

No person can heal or reform mankind unless he is actuated by love and good will towards men.

…..God and Love are one.

Miscellany

133 : 22-4

My Beloved Brethren: — I have a secret to tell you and a question to ask. Do you know how much I love you and the nature of this love? No: then my sacred secret is incommunicable, and we live apart. But, yes: and this inmost something becomes articulate, and my book is not all you know of me. But your knowledge with its magnitude of meaning uncovers my life, even as your heart has discovered it. The spiritual bespeaks our temporal history. Difficulty, abnegation, constant battle against the world, the flesh, and evil, tell my long-kept secret — evidence a heart wholly in protest and unutterable in love.

Miscellaneous Writings

238 : 9-11

What has not unselfed love achieved for the race? All that ever was accomplished, and more than history has yet recorded.

Miscellany

301 : 9-11

I would that all the churches on earth could unite as brethren in one prayer: Father, teach us the life of Love.




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