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Listen live on Sundays at 10 am Eastern time or hear a replay until midnight Saturday night (ET). 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 1, 2023 

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

Mimi Oka, First Reader
Don Wallingford, Second Reader



Bryan Ashley, Organist of The Mother Church

Prelude & Cromhorne en taille (from Suite du Premier Ton) by Gilles Jullien
O Welt, ich muß dich lassen, Opus 122. No. 3 by Johannes Brahms

Hymn 579

Frances R. Havergal, adapt., alt., words
Fenella Bennetts, music

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my every thought, to use
In the way that Thou shalt choose.
Take my love; O Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
I am Thine, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Words adaptation © 1932, renewed 1960 The Christian Science Board of Directors. Music © 2006 Fenella Bennetts.

Scriptural Selection

Ps. 39:1 2nd I, 8, 9
Ps. 25:1, 2, 4–15, 20, 21


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

Hymn 572

verse 1 para. Matthew 6:33 Karen Lafferty; verses 2, 3 para. Matthew 7:7, 4:4 anon., words
Karen Lafferty, music

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Allelu, alleluia!

Ask and it shall be given unto you.
Seek and ye shall find,
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.
Allelu, alleluia!

We do not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God.
Allelu, alleluia!

Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Words and Music © 1972 CCCM Music/Universal Music-Brentwood Benson (admininistered by



Josh Henn, Soloist of The Mother Church

Where Your Treasure Is
Words from The Bible (Matthew 6:19-21, Psalms 37:4-5)
Music: Ed Bogas

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be
Lay not up treasures for yourself upon the earth
Where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break in and steal.

But lay up for yourself treasures in heaven
Where neither moth nor rust corrupt.
For where you treasure is there will be your heart
There will be your heart forever

Delight yourself in the Lord
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way unto the Lord
And He shall bring it to pass.

So lay up for yourself treasures in heaven
Where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt
For where your treasure is there will be your heart
There will be your heart forever.

Copyright 2001 Lightchild Publishing BMI All Rights Reserved

Explanatory Note

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text: 

 I Peter 2:11

Dear friends, since you are immigrants and strangers in the world, I urge that you avoid worldly desires that wage war against your lives.

 - The Golden Text is from the Common English Bible.

Responsive Reading:  

I Peter 2:1–3, 5, 9–11, 21, 22, 25

1 So put aside every trace of malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander and hateful speech;
2 like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment],
3 if in fact you have [already] tasted the goodness and gracious kindness of the Lord.
5 You [believers], like living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house for a holy and dedicated priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges [those dishonorable desires] that wage war against the soul.
21 For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps.
22 He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth.
25 For you were continually wandering like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
- The Responsive Reading is from the Amplified® Bible.

The Bible Lesson-Sermon, 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.

Offertory and collection

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Prayer by Alfred Hollins

Hymn 56

Ray Palmer from the Latin, adapted, words
John W. Ivimey, music

Father, Thou joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,
From all the best that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again.

Ever our longings turn to Thee,
O Thou on whom our care we cast;
Rejoicing when Thy smile we see,
And blest when faith can hold Thee fast.

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee Thou art good;
To them that find Thee, All in all.

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 


Eph. 1:4 he, 6


Final  (from Organ Symphony No. 1) by Louis Vierne                 


The Golden Text for "Unreality" is from the Common English Bible, copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible.
The Responsive Reading for "Unreality" is from the Amplified® Bible, copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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