December 23, 2018


Golden Text

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Tell all nation, "The Lord reigns!"

(New Living Translation)

I Chron 16:31

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth.



Responsive Reading

Ps 66:1,2,4 (to 1st .),7 (to ;),8,10 (to :); 33:6,7,8 let all the inhabitants, 9,12,14; 104:1 O Lord, 19,24 (to :)

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:


Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.


All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.


He ruleth by his power for ever;


O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:


For thou, O God, hast proved us:


By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.


He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.


let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.


For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.


From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.


O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.


He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.


O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all:



Section I

( 1) Is 40:12,26

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?


Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.


( 2) Ps 19:1-6 (to :)

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it:


( 3) Ps 40:5

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.


( 4) Ps 8:3-5

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.


( 5) Jer 32:17

Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:



( 1) 295:5 (only)

God creates and governs the universe, including man.


( 2) 127:4

If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.


( 3) 507:22-25

The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.

Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity.


( 4) 270:7 Only by

be real. If one is real, the other must be unreal. Only by understanding that there is but one power, not two powers, matter and Mind, are scientific and logical conclusions reached. Few deny the hypothesis that intelligence, apart from man and matter, governs the universe; and it is generally admitted that this intelligence is the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.


( 5) 545:11-3

The notion of a material universe is utterly opposed to the theory of man as evolved from Mind. Such fundamental errors send falsity into all human doctrines and conclusions, and do not accord infinity to Deity. Error tills the whole ground in this material theory, which is entirely a false view, destructive to existence and happiness. Outside of Christian Science all is vague and hypothetical, the opposite of Truth; yet this opposite, in its false view of God and man, impudently demands a blessing.

The translators of this record of scientific creation entertained a false sense of being. They believed in the existence of matter, its propagation and power. From that standpoint of error, they could not apprehend the nature and operation of Spirit. Hence the seeming contradiction in that Scripture, which is so glorious in its spiritual signification. Truth has but one reply to all error, to sin, sickness, and death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness] shalt thou return."

"As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive." The mortality of man is a myth, for man is immortal. The false belief that spirit is now submerged in matter, at some future time to be emancipated from it, this belief alone is mortal.


( 6) 547:19,25-27

Material evolution implies that the great First Cause must become material, and afterwards must either return to Mind or go down into dust and nothingness.


The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development.



Section II

( 6) Deut 3:24 what

what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?


( 7) Ps 86:10

For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.


( 8) James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


( 9) Ex 16:1-3 all, 11-15,35 (to ;)

all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.


And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God. And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.


And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited;


(10) I Cor 10:1-3 brethren, 26

brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat;


For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.



( 7) 517:30-31

Divine Love blesses its own ideas, and causes them to multiply, to manifest His power.


( 8) 133:9-10

In the wilderness, streams flowed from the rock, and manna fell from the sky.


( 9) 295:6-8

The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.


(10) 66:11

Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.


(11) 135:6

The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God's unchangeable law. Spiritual evolution alone is worthy of the exercise of divine power.


(12) 306:25

Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.



Section III

(11) Job 33:4

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.


(12) Is 37:16

O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, that art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.


(13) Is 66:9 (to :), 13 (to ;)

Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord:


As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;


(14) Luke 1:5,7-14

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.


And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.



(13) 335:7-8 (to 1st .), 18-20 Nothing, 25-26

XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself.


Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else.


XX. Mind is the divine Principle, Love, and can produce nothing unlike the eternal Father-Mother, God.


(14) 267:3-5 (t 1st .), 10

The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue. God is one. The


The great I AM made all "that was made." Hence man and the spiritual universe coexist with God.


(15) 68:4-6,27-30

Sometime we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science.


Christian Science presents unfoldment, not accretion; it manifests no material growth from molecule to mind, but an impartation of the divine Mind to man and the universe.


(16) 202:31

Common opinion admits that a man may take cold in the act of doing good, and that this cold may produce fatal pulmonary disease; as though evil could overbear the law of Love, and check the reward for doing good. In the Science of Christianity, Mind omnipotence has all-power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.



Section IV

(15) Luke 1:26-31, 33-35 and of, 46,47

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.


and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.


And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.


(16) Matt 2:1,2,9-11 and

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.


and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.


(17) Luke 2:40

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.



(17) 256:7

Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.


(18) 303:10-14

Whatever reflects Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, is spiritually conceived and brought forth; but the statement that man is conceived and evolved both spiritually and materially, or by both God and man, contradicts this eternal truth.


(19) 312:31-1 (to 2nd .)

Jesus' spiritual origin and his demonstration of divine Principle richly endowed him and entitled him to sonship in Science. He was the son of a virgin.


(20) 332:26-29

Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus.


(21) 539:27-30

The divine origin of Jesus gave him more than human power to expound the facts of creation, and demonstrate the one Mind which makes and governs man and the universe.


(22) 501:10-13

The incarnation of Truth, that amplification of wonder and glory which angels could only whisper and which God illustrated by light and harmony, is consonant with ever-present Love.



Section V

(18) Ps 147:1 (to 1st ;), 3-5 (to :)

Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God;


He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power:


(19) Is 9:2

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.


(20) Mark 1:9-11,39-42

And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.



(23) 332:19

X. Jesus demonstrated Christ; he proved that Christ is the divine idea of God the Holy Ghost, or Comforter, revealing the divine Principle, Love, and leading into all truth.


(24) 473:10-12

Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power to God.


(25) 69:2-5

The scientific fact that man and the universe are evolved from Spirit, and so are spiritual, is as fixed in divine Science as is the proof that mortals gain the sense of health only as they lose the sense of sin and disease.


(26) 83:16

The belief that the universe, including man, is governed in general by material laws, but that occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws, this belief belittles omnipotent wisdom, and gives to matter the precedence over Spirit.


(27) 381:28-4

It is man's moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority.

Christ Jesus overruled the error which would impose penalties for transgressions of the physical laws of health; he annulled supposed laws of matter, opposed to the harmonies of Spirit, lacking divine authority and having only human approval for their sanction.


(28) 505:16-17,22

Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.


Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.



Section VI

(21) Rev 15:3 Great

Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.


(22) Rev 19:6 Alleluia

Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.



(29) 171:12-13

Mind's control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.


(30) 206:28-29

Omnipotent and infinite Mind made all and includes all.


(31) 264:20 (only), 28-1

Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being.


When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, and its government is divine Science.


(32) 114:27-29

In divine Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal.