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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, February 5, 2023 

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

Mimi Oka, First Reader
Don Wallingford, Second Reader

Subject: SPIRIT


Steve Loher, Assistant Organist of The Mother Church

Voluntary on Meadow Court (Hymn 528)

Hymn 528

para. Psalm 36:5–9 Carol Reed-Jones, words
Carol Reed-Jones, music

Lord, Your mercy reaches higher than the heavens;
Lord, Your faithfulness is wider than the sky.
Lord, Your gracious judgments, deeper than the earth,
Show Your tender care for every creature's worth.

Lord, Your righteousness is steadfast as the mountains;
Lord, Your goodness is a river without end.
Lord, Your lovingkindness is a wondrous thing;
We will shelter safely underneath Your wing.

Lord, Your children shall be satisfied with gladness;
Joy and peace abundant is their heritage.
Life flows from Your presence, radiant and new;
Your pure light reveals how we are seen by You.

Words and Music © 2017 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

Phil. 4:1 my, 6, 7, 13, 19 my
II Cor. 4:1 seeing, 2, 5–7 we, 13–15


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

Hymn 96

John Greenleaf Whittier*, words
From “Drei schöne neue geistliche Lieder,” 1637, music

He stood of old, the holy Christ,
Amid the suffering throng,
With whom his lightest touch sufficed
To make the weakest strong.
That healing gift God gives to them
Who use it in His name;
The power that filled the garment's hem
Is evermore the same.

So shalt thou be with power endued
Like him who went about
The Syrian hillsides doing good
And casting demons out.
The Great Physician liveth yet
Thy friend and guide to be;
The Healer by Gennesaret
Shall walk the rounds with thee.



Josh Henn, Soloist for The Mother Church

Feed My Sheep
Words by Mary Baker Eddy
Music by Katrina Wiley

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.

Music © 1998 Katrina Wylie

Explanatory Note

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text:  Galatians 6:8 2nd if

. . . if you plant in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit you will gather the harvest of eternal life.

The Golden Text is from the Good News Translation in Today's English Version—Second Edition.

Responsive Reading:  II Thessalonians 2:13 we, 15; Isaiah 40:10–13; 42:5, 8

13 . . . we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
13 Who hath directed the spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
5 Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

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.

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Voluntary on St. Leonard  (Hymn 247)

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Hymn 247

Thomas H. Gill*, words
Henry Smart, music

O walk with God along the road,
Your strength He will renew;
Wait on the everlasting God,
And He will walk with you.

Ye shall not to your daily task
Without your God repair,
But on your work His blessing ask
And prove His glory there.

Ye shall not faint, ye shall not fail;
In Spirit ye are strong;
Each task divine ye still shall hail,
And blend it with a song.

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


Isa. 58:11 the, Jer. 31:14 my


Processional (on hymn 283) by Sir Martin Shaw


Good News Translation in Today’s English Version -- Second Edition. Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by permission.
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