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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, January 19, 2020  

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

Moji George, First Reader
Josh Niles, Second Reader

Subject: LIFE


Bryan Ashley, Organist

Chromhorne sur la Taille, by François Couperin
Prélude & Cantilène religieux, by Théodore Dubois

Hymn 488

William Williams, adapt.;
Verse 1 Tr. Peter Williams;
Verse 2 Tr. William Williams

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land:
I am Thine, and Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven! Bread of heaven!
Feed me now and evermore.

Open is the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing waters flow;
And the fiery cloudy pillar
Leads me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer! Strong Deliverer!
Still Thou art my strength and shield.

Poem Notes: Nehemiah 9:15, 19 / Psalms 78:14, 16, 24 / John 6:33, 58 / Exodus 13:21; 16:4; 17:6.
Words adaption © 1932 renewed 1960 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

John 6:10 [from ‘Jesus’ to 1st,], 32 [from ‘Verily], 33, 35 [from ‘I am], 45 [to 1st.], 48, 51 [ from ‘if’ to:]
Matt. 22: 37 [from ‘Thou’] - 40


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

Hymn 31

Mary Baker Eddy


Brood o'er us with Thy shelt'ring wing,
'Neath which our spirits blend
Like brother birds, that soar and sing,
And on the same branch bend.
The arrow that doth wound the dove
Darts not from those who watch and love.

If thou the bending reed wouldst break
By thought or word unkind,
Pray that his spirit you partake,
Who loved and healed mankind:
Seek holy thoughts and heavenly strain,
That make men one in love remain.

Learn, too, that wisdom's rod is given
For faith to kiss, and know;
That greetings glorious from high heaven,
Whence joys supernal flow,
Come from that Love, divinely near,
Which chastens pride and earth-born fear,

Through God, who gave that word of might
Which swelled creation's lay:
"Let there be light, and there was light."
What chased the clouds away?
'Twas Love whose finger traced aloud
A bow of promise on the cloud.

Thou to whose power our hope we give,
Free us from human strife.
Fed by Thy love divine we live,
For Love alone is Life;
And life most sweet, as heart to heart
Speaks kindly when we meet and part.



Kendra Scott Fogg, Guest Soloist

Man Lives by Divine Decree
Carolyn Kardinal, words and music

Man is the fullness of Love’s design,
The perfect thought of creative Mind.
Life unfolds man harmoniously for
Man lives and moves by divine decree.
Man lives by divine decree;
The image of Soul’s immortality.
Receiving all of God’s qualities,
Man Lives by divine decree.

Man’s being is infinity,
Reflecting Life’s continuity.
At one in Spirit, blessed is he
Who knows that he lives by divine decree.
Man lives by divine decree,
Beloved of Love, strong and free.
Children of God our identity
For we live by divine decree.

Man is the image of purity,
Unspotted, innocent, guiltless is he,
Complete and perfect in every way
Expressing the All‐in‐all each day.
Man lives by divine decree,
The idea of Mind in reality.
This is the Truth that makes man free
For man lives by divine decree.
Man lives by divine decree.

Words and music © 2010 C. Kardinal.

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text: 

Psalms 42:2 (to :)
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God:

Responsive Reading:

Jeremiah 10:10 the (to :), 12
Acts 17:24–28 (to ;)

10 . . . the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king:
12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being;

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

Andante religioso (from Sonata IV), by Felix Mendelssohn

Hymn 230

John Greenleaf Whittier

O Love, O Life, our faith and sight
Thy presence maketh one;
As, through transfigured clouds of white,
We trace the noonday sun.

We faintly hear, we dimly see,
In differing phrase we pray;
But, dim or clear, we own in Thee
The Light, the Truth, the Way.

To do Thy will is more than praise,
As words are less than deeds;
And simple trust can find Thy ways
We miss with chart of creeds.

Our friend, our brother, and our Lord,
What may thy service be?
Nor name, nor form, nor ritual word,
But simply following thee.

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


Rev. 22: 9 [from ‘worship], 14 [to 2nd,]


Fugue in G minor, BWV 542/2, by Johann Sebastian Bach


We are not authorized to post some hymn words due to copyright restrictions. Some of the hymn words may be copyrighted by The Christian Science Board of Directors and cannot be republished without permission. For more information, email

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