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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, October 17, 2021 

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

Moji George, First Reader
Josh Niles, Second Reader



Bryan Ashley, Organist of The Mother Church

Fantasia in C minor, BWV 537/1 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Adagio (from Organ Symphony No. 5) by Charles-Marie Widor

Hymn 472

Violet Hay, Alt., words
Désirée Goyette, music

Father, You are very near us,
Well we know that You will hear us,
And will answer when we call:
May the prayer of faith now heal us,
May the vision true reveal us
One with You, and You our All-in-all.

Christ, the way of our salvation,
Lifts the veil of separation,
Shows our life in Spirit, free-
Shows the glory of creation,
God and man in true relation:
Children of the living God are we!

Father, this most wondrous union
We would prove in blessed communion:
Take the Truth, our bread from heaven,
Drink the wine of inspiration,
Rise in holy exaltation,
One in You, redeemed, restored, forgiven.

Poem Notes: Psalms 86:6-7. These words are from a poem first published in 1935 as a solo with music by Percy Buck.
Words © 1931 Violet Hay. Music © 2016 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

I Timothy 4:11
Romans 5:8–11 God
I Timothy 4:15, 16.
I Timothy 6:3, 5 from, 6


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

Hymn 263

Words from the Swedish of J. O. Wallin
Gustaf Düben, music

Only God can bring us gladness,
Only God can give us peace;
Joys are vain that end in sadness,
Joy divine shall never cease.
Mid the shade of want and sorrow
Undisturbed, our hearts rejoice;
Patient, wait the brighter morrow;
Faithful, heed the Father's voice.

As the stars in order going,
All-harmonious, He doth move;
Heavenly calm and comfort showing,
Comes the healing word of Love.
Who the word of wisdom heareth
Feels the Father Love within,
Where as dawn the shadow cleareth,
Love outshines the night of sin.

So we find the true atonement,
Know in God the perfect Friend;
For in Love is our at-one-ment,
Where all hearts in Him may blend.
Here from prisoning pain and sorrow
Have we all a sure release,
Only God can bring us gladness,
Only God can give us peace.



Josh Henn, Soloist of The Mother Church

Avelyn Kerr, words and music

"Verily, verily I say unto you,
As the Father knoweth me,
even so know I the Father,
I and my Father are one."

I am At-One with Life
because my Father liveth,
What power hath death o'er me,
If I in Life believeth?

I am At-One with Spirit, Soul,
the source of light,
No need of sun, nor moon, nor stars,
There is no night.

I am At-One with Truth,
the Truth that made me free.
In the Word of God
I have found reality.

I am At-One with Mind,
for thought is stayed on Thee;
I am At-One with Soul,
in blessed harmony.

I am At-One with Love,
for God is Love, indeed—
Divine Love always has known and
always will supply my ev'ry need.

I am At-One with Love,
for Love is All-in-all,
And I can love, as God doth love,
and thus fulfill the law.

I am At-One with God;
as His beloved Son taught his disciples in the early dawn,
"I am the way, the truth, the life,
I am God's Son."

"Verily, I say to you,
I and my Father are One,
I and my Father are One,
I and my Father are One."

Words and music © 1941 by The Harmony Music Publishers, Chicago, Illinois. International Copyright Secured. All rights reserved.

Explanatory Note

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text:  Proverbs 30:5

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Responsive Reading:   Psalms 26:1–3, 6–8, 11 I will, 12  Proverbs 3:5; 4:26

1 Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass compass thine altar, O Lord:
7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
11 . . . I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

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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Prayer by Alfred Hollins

Hymn 305

Mary Baker Eddy, words
Albert F. Conant, music

"Feed My Sheep"

Shepherd, show me how to go
O'er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,-
How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.

Thou wilt bind the stubborn will,
Wound the callous breast,
Make self-righteousness be still,
Break earth's stupid rest.
Strangers on a barren shore,
Lab'ring long and lone,
We would enter by the door,
And Thou know'st Thine own;

So, when day grows dark and cold,
Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold,
Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart,
Till the morning's beam;
White as wool, ere they depart,
Shepherd, wash them clean.

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


Acts 20:32 brethren


Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux by François Couperin


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