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Listen live on Sundays at 10 am Eastern time or hear a replay any time during the rest of the week. The service lasts one hour and an organ prelude and postlude extend 7–10 minutes before and after the service. An audio replay is available within 30–60 minutes after the service ends.

Sunday services are conducted by a First and Second Reader and include music, hymns, prayer, and readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Unless otherwise indicated, Scriptural selections are from the King James Version of the Bible.

Sunday, September 20, 2020  

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

Moji George, First Reader
Josh Niles, Second Reader

Subject: MATTER


Bryan Ashley, Organist

Aria (from Six Short Pieces for Organ), by Herbert Howells
Choral No. 2 in B minor (Part 1), by César Franck

Hymn 553

Mara Purl, Alt., words
American melody, Pilsbury's United States' Sacred Harmony, 1799; arr. CSPS

Our desire to heed God's calling
Lifts us to a new design,
Outlined by pure inspiration,
Rendered in Love's graceful line.

When our own plans seem to crumble
Incomplete or ill-defined,
Let us turn to God's creation,
Always perfectly aligned.

With the model right before us,
Perfect God and perfect man,
Let God's wholeness reign within us,
Let Mind's will perfect our plan.

Far beyond the bounds of matter,
Unrestrained by fear or time,
All our plans unfold together
In Soul's harmony and rhyme.

#553 Tune Notes:
This tune was first published in Amos Pilsbury’s United States’ Sacred Harmony (1799), an important collection of hymn tunes that strongly influenced the development of American hymnody in the 19th century. Originally setting the words “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” this tune appeared in six hymnals over the next 150 years, including Western Harmony (1824), where the name of the tune was changed from “Charleston” to “Charlestown.”

Words © 1985 The Christian Science Board of Directors. Words alteration and Music arrangement © 2016 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

II Kings 6: 1-7 the sons
II Cor. 4:18 we look


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

Hymn 550

Mary Baker Eddy, words
16th c. French melody; harm. Robert Rockabrand, music

"Christ My Refuge"

O'er waiting harpstrings of the mind
There sweeps a strain,
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind
The power of pain,

And wake a white-winged angel throng
Of thoughts, illumed
By faith, and breathed in raptured song,
With love perfumed.

Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show
Life's burdens light.
I kiss the cross, and wake to know
A world more bright.

And o'er earth's troubled, angry sea
I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and tenderly,
Divinely talk.

Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life's shore,
'Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
Oh, nevermore!

From tired joy and grief afar,
And nearer Thee, -
Father, where Thine own children are,
I love to be.

My prayer, some daily good to do
To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me.

Music harmonization © 2017 The Christian Science Board of Directors.



Gwen Eagleton, Guest Soloist for The Mother Church

I Have Chosen the Way of Truth

Words from the Bible, Psalms 119:30-37, 25:4,5
Craig Courtney, music

I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on Your laws.
I hold fast to Your statutes, O Lord, my God;
let me not be put to shame.

I run in the path of Your commands,
for You have set my heart free.
Teach me to follow Your decrees, O Lord,
and I shall keep them to the end.

Turn my heart to Your decrees
away from worthless gain.
Preserve my life, preserve my life according to Your Word.

I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on Your laws.
Lead me in the path of Your commands,
For there will I find delight.

Music © Beckenhorst Press.

Explanatory Note

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text: 

Psalms 84:2
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Responsive Reading:

Romans 7:12, 14 we (to :), 22–25 (to ;)
I Corinthians 3:11, 18, 19 (to 1 st .); 2:1, 4, 5

12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
14 . . . we know that the law is spiritual:
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God;
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

The Explanatory Note, 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

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Blessed Ye Who Live in Faith Unswerving, Op.122 No.6, by Johannes Brahms

Hymn 485

Fenella Bennetts, words
Irish melody, Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, 1909; harm. and arr. CSPS

God of creation and Lord of my soul,
Be to me ever my One and my All.
Your presence surrounds me by day and by night;
While waking or sleeping, I live in Your light.

You are my wisdom, and You are my wealth,
You are my substance, my joy, and my health,
My Father and Mother, my haven of peace,
My comfort, my healer, my place of release.

You and You only are first in my heart;
Ours is a union that never will part.
And held in Your love, without doubt, without fear,
I know now within me that heaven is here.

#485 Tune Notes:
This melody comes from an Irish Folk song, first published in 1909. The arrangement given here contrasts with the more traditional 4-part setting of the same melody in “Be Thou My Vision.” (hymn 442).

Words and music arrangement © 2016 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

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


I Chr. 22:12 the Lord [to 1st,], 12 that thou


Choral No. 2 in B minor (Part 2), by C. Franck


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