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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 27, 2020  

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

Josh Niles, Guest First Reader
Dilshad Khambatta Eames, Guest Second Reader

Subject: REALITY


Bryan Ashley, Organist

Invocation, by Alexandre Guilmant
Adagio (from Organ Symphony No. 1), by Charles-Marie Widor

Hymn 554

Carol Norton. Alt., words
W. Irving Hartshorn, music

One by one, pure thoughts and holy
Lift us out of self and sin;
One by one, bright gleams of glory
Show the goal we all will win.
One by one, our trusts are strengthened,
As our lives to God we give;
One by one, our days are lengthened,
While in Love we move and live.

One by one, our aims grow purer,
As our deeds reflect our God;
One by one, our path grows clearer,
Guided by Love's staff and rod.
One by one, our thoughts move forward
To the time by prophets told;
One by one, our lives move homeward
Singing of one Lord, one fold.

Then within Love's ever-presence
We shall live amid its light,
Knowing well that holy brilliance
Which is called the Infinite.
Know the glories of God's kingdom,
Hear the music Spirit sings,
Be at one with that great Wisdom
From which all creation springs.

Poem Notes: Psalms 23:4 / John 10:16 / Acts 17:28. The words of this hymn first appeared as a poem in the January 1902 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

Words alteration © 2016 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

Luke 9:56 the (to 1st .)
Luke 10:19–21 (to :), 23, 24
Luke 16:10 (to :)
Luke 12:32
Romans 13:11 now, 12


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

Hymn 64

Violet Hay, words
George Dyson, music

From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me,
From mist and shadow into Truth's clear day;
The dawn of all things real is breaking o'er me,
My heart is singing: I have found the way.

I reach Mind's open door, and at its portal
I know that where I stand is holy ground;
I feel the calm and joy of things immortal,
The loveliness of Love is all around.

The way leads upward and its goal draws nearer,
Thought soars enraptured, fetterless and free;
The vision infinite to me grows clearer,
I touch the fringes of eternity.

Words © The Christian Science Board of Directors.



Josh Henn, Soloist of The Mother Church

A New Heaven and a New Earth
Words from the Bible
Alfred Robert Gaul, music

Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I create new heav’ns and a new earth,
and the former shall not, shall not be remembered,
the former shall not , shall not be remembered nor come into mind,
nor come into mind, the former shall not come into mind.
But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create:
for behold, I create, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy,
Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
And I saw a new heav’n and a new earth,
for the first heav’n and earth were passed away, were passed away,
and I saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem.
And I heard a great voice out of Heav’n saying,
Behold the tabernacle of God is with men,
and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people,
and God shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes,
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor any more pain,
nor anymore pain, for the former things have passed away.
I saw also the Lord, sitting upon a Throne, high and lifted up,
and His train filled the Temple.
Above it stood the Seraphim, and one cried unto another and said:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Hosts: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts.

Explanatory Note

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text: 

Revelation 21:1 I saw (to :), 4 and there (to :)
. . . I saw a new heaven and a new earth: . . . and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:

Responsive Reading:

Psalms 119:12 (to :), 105, 156, 159, 160; 116:1–9

12 Blessed art thou, O Lord:
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
156 Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
1 I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.
8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

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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Elevation in E-flat (from Heures Mystiques, Op. 29), by Léon Boëllmann

Hymn 2

Author Unknown, words
Lowell Mason, music

A glorious day is dawning,
And o'er the waking earth
The heralds of the morning
Are springing into birth.
In dark and hidden places
There shines the blessed light;
The beam of Truth displaces
The darkness of the night.

The advocates of error
Foresee the glorious morn,
And hear in shrinking terror,
The watchword of reform:
It rings from hill and valley,
It breaks oppression's chain.
A thousand freemen rally,
And swell the mighty strain.

The watchword has been spoken,
The light has broken forth,
Far shines the blessed token
Upon the startled earth.
To hearts and homes benighted
The blessed Truth is given,
And peace and love, united,
Point upward unto heaven.

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


Romans 6:23 2nd the


Fugue in E-flat Major BWV 552/2  ("St. Anne"), 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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