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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Unless otherwise indicated, Scriptural quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.

Subject:

God the Only Cause and Creator

Prelude

Adagio Molto (from Third Sonata, Op. 56) by Alexandre Guilmant
Prière (from Suite Gothique) by Léon Boëllmann

Hymn 301

Communion Hymn
Mary Baker Eddy

Saw ye my Saviour? Heard ye the glad sound?
Felt ye the power of the Word?
’Twas the Truth that made us free,
And was found by you and me
In the life and the love of our Lord.

Mourner, it calls you,—“Come to my bosom,
Love wipes your tears all away,
And will lift the shade of gloom,
And for you make radiant room
Midst the glories of one endless day.”

Sinner, it calls you,—“Come to this fountain,
Cleanse the foul senses within;
’Tis the Spirit that makes pure,
That exalts thee, and will cure
All thy sorrow and sickness and sin.”

Strongest deliverer, friend of the friendless,
Life of all being divine:
Thou the Christ, and not the creed;
Thou the Truth in thought and deed;
Thou the water, the bread, and the wine.

Scriptural Selection

Job 1: 1.2: 7,8 (and), 9,10,(to 1st ,),10 What? (to 2nd ?).5: 8-12.10:2 (to ,),7,8 (to 1st ;), 12. 40:1, 7(to : ),10.42:1,2,5,10(to ,),12 (to : ).

Prayer

Silent prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy (Read in context)

Hymn 275

William P. McKenzie

Praise now creative Mind,
Maker of earth and heaven;
Glory and power to Him belong,
Joy of the sun and skies,
Strength where the hills arise,
So let us praise with joy and song.

Ages have seen His might,
Father we call His name;
Nights of our mourning and sorrow end,
Light blesses opened eyes,
Joys like the dawns arise
As we see Him our God and Friend.

Saviour from death is He;
Life is our heritage;
Mercy and goodness forever guide;
Ours is the risen Christ,
Daily we keep our tryst,
And evermore in Love confide.

Notices

Solo

Rebecca Minor, Soloist
Title: Simple Gifts

New lyrics by Peter Link
Music arranged by Peter Link and Margaret Dorn

‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift just to be
so alive here now seeing all there is to see.
And hearing the music of this glorious earth,
as each new moment springs to birth.

‘Tis a gift to be grateful, for the Gifts we receive,
for the faith we have and all that we believe
for the pure understanding of His radiant light
that illuminates the darkest night.

God's grace is really very plain,
like a baby's breath or a morning rain.
But there in the essence as the plan unfolds
is the hand of God and the life He holds.
And it's all very simple, and it's all very wise.
How the waving wheat turns to summer skies
and the stars know their places
in the vastness of space
In the allness of God's embrace.

God's love is really very meek.
There is no false pride, there is no mystique.
Just a pure affection for the beauty of man,
for the perfect child, for the perfect plan.

And the science of healing and the powers of one Mind
These are simple gifts blessing all mankind.

‘Tis a gift to be simple
‘Tis a gift just to be.

Westrax Music publishing © 2007

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text:

Revelation 15:3 Great (to ;)
. . . Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty;

Responsive Reading:

Psalms 33:6–9; 146:1, 2, 5–10
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:
8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.

The Golden Text and Responsive Reading are from the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson, a publication copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society.

Bible Lesson-sermon

From the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson

Offertory and collection

Eventide by C.S. Lang

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Hymn 329

Frederic W. Root

The heavens declare the glory
Of Him who made all things;
Each day repeats the story,
Each night its tribute brings.
To earth’s remotest border
His mighty power is known;
In beauty, grandeur, order,
His handiwork is shown.

His law man’s pathway brightens,
His judgments all are pure,
His Word the thought enlightens,
And ever shall endure.
To heed His testimony,
And Wisdom’s way to hold,
Is sweeter far than honey,
And better far than gold.

In daily contemplation
Of Thee, I take delight;
O, let my meditation
Lay hold of Thee aright.
O, aid me in suppression
Of idle thought or word;
O, keep me from transgression,
Redeemer, strength, and Lord.

Scientific Statement of Being

From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p.468, line 8

Correlative Scripture

I John 3: 1-3

Benediction

1 Corinthians 3:9 ye

Postlude

Nave (from Byzantine Sketches) by Henri Mulet

Copyright

Due to third party copyright ownership, not all hymn words from the Christian Science Hymnal and theChristian Science Hymnal Supplement Hymns 430-462 are posted. Copyright to many hymns is owned by The Christian Science Board of Directors. Hymn words may not be used or reprinted without permission. For more information email permissions@csps.com

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