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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, May 24, 2020  

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

Deck Thyself, Beloved Soul, BWV 654, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Hymn 180

Based on the Danish of Jens N. L. Schjørring
C. F. Jaehnigen, music

Love the Lord thy God:
Love is staff and rod
For heart and soul and mind.
In this command forever strong,
To silence thoughts of wrong
All laws fulfillment find.

Here we rest content:
Good from God is sent
Where seeds of Love are sown.
Who as himself his neighbor loves,
By constant purpose proves
His neighbor's good his own.

They whose every thought
Still from Love is sought,
In Soul, not flesh, abide.
Love's presence gives a joy untold:
Now may we all behold
The Spirit and the bride.

Words © The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

Rev. 21: 1 I saw [to:], 2, 3, 5 [to 1st.], 10, 11 [to 1st.], 22
Acts 17: 24, 28 [to;]


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

Hymn 211

Mary Baker Eddy, words
Percy Whitlock, music

"Mother's Evening Prayer"

O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,
Thou Love that guards the nestling's faltering flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

O make me glad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
No ill,-since God is good, and loss is gain.

Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
"Lo, I am with you alway,"-watch and pray.

No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
When heaven's aftersmile earth's tear-drops gain,
And mother finds her home and heav'nly rest.

Music © The Christian Science Board of Directors.



Soloist: Josh Henn

The Body is the Temple

Based on I Corinthians and Ephesians
Carolyn Kardinal, words
Carolyn Kardinal, music

Now are ye light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light,
Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.
Man’s being is immortal,
Always beautiful and grand,
He’s the image and expression of Soul,
The idea of One Mind,
Unlimited, divine;
He’s not physical, but spiritual, and whole.
The body is the temple of the Holy Ghost;
The kingdom of heaven is within.
In its sacred, holy place,
Man finds goodness and grace
Are the light and the health of all men.
The real and ideal man
Dwells in harmony and peace;
He is sinless, deathless, and free.
Governed by eternal Mind,
By purity defined,
The Christ-man is his true identity.
The body is the temple of the Holy Ghost,
The substance of Life, Truth, and Love.
This is God’s perfect child.
His being is undefiled.
He inherits dominion from above.
Now are ye light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light,
Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.

Words and music © Carolyn Kardinal.

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text: 

I Corinthians 3:17 2nd the
. . . the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Responsive Reading:

Isaiah 26:8, 12
II Corinthians 4:1, 16–18 but; 5:1, 6, 8

8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.
12 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
16 . . . but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with 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

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Récit de Chromhorn, by François Couperin

Hymn 195

Horatius Bonar, words
John Yoakley, music

Not what I am, O Lord, but what Thou art;
That, that alone can be my soul's true rest;
Thy love, not mine, bids fear and doubt depart,
And stills the tumult of my troubled breast.

Girt with the love of God, on every side,
I breathe that love as heaven's own healing air;
I work and pray, and follow still my guide,
And fear no foe, escaping every snare.

‘Tis what I know of Thee, my Lord and God,
That fills my soul with peace, my lips with song;
Thou art my health, my joy, my staff, my rod;
I lean on Thee, in weakness I am strong.

Music by permission of John N. Yoakley.

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


II Cor. 6:16 (from ‘ye’) (to 1st ;)


Magnificat Primi Toni, BuxWV 203, by Dietrich Buxtehude


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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