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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, May 15, 2022 

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

Choral No. 3 in A minor (Part 1) by César Franck
Andante tranquillo (from Sonata III) by Felix Mendelssohn

Hymn 552

Mary Baker Eddy, words
Peter B. Allen, music

O'er waiting harpstrings of the mind
There sweeps a strain,
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind
The power of pain,

And wake a white-winged angel throng
Of thoughts, illumed
By faith, and breathed in raptured song,
With love perfumed.

Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show
Life's burdens light.
I kiss the cross, and wake to know
A world more bright.

And o'er earth's troubled, angry sea
I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and tenderly,
Divinely talk.

Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life's shore,
'Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
Oh, nevermore!

From tired joy and grief afar,
And nearer Thee, —
Father, where Thine own children are,
I love to be.

My prayer, some daily good to do
To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me.

Music © 2016 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

II Timothy 1:1, 8 (to :)
Ephesians 4:1, 22 put, 23, 24 put, 7 unto, 12, 13
II Timothy 1:8–10 2nd be


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

Hymn 352

Arthur C. Coxe, adapted, words
Henry K. Oliver, music

Thy works, how beauteous, how divine,
That in true meekness used to shine,
That lit thy lonely pathway, trod
In wondrous love, O Son of God.

O, who like thee so calm, so bright,
So pure, so made to live in light?
O, who like thee did ever go
So patient through a world of woe?

O, who like thee so humbly bore
Scorn and the scoffs of men, before?
So meek, forgiving, Godlike, high,
So glorious in humility.

O, in thy light be mine to go,
Let it illume my way of woe
And give me ever on the road
To trace thy footsteps, Son of God.



Evan Bryant, Guest Soloist for The Mother Church

God that Made the World
Words from Acts, Isaiah, and Philippians
Music by James G. MacDermid

Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said,
Ye men of Athens ye are too superstitious.
The unknown God whom ye ignorantly worship,
him declare I unto you.

God that made the world and all things therein,
dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
In Him we live, and move, and have our being;
For we are also His offspring.

Look unto me, and be ye saved,
all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is none else.
That unto me ev'ry knee shall bow,
and ev'ry tongue confess,
that Christ is Lord, to the glory of God.

God that made the world and all things therein,
dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
In Him we live, and move, and have our being;
For we are also His offspring.
We are also His offspring.

Music © 1958 Forster Music

Explanatory Note

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text:  II Corinthians 5:20 we

. . . we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Responsive Reading:   II Corinthians 3:3–6 ye, 17, 18; 4:5, 6

3 . . . ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

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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Organ Piece in G Major by Adolphe Hesse

Hymn 265

Samuel Johnson, adapted, words
Arr. from a melody in Psalmodia Sacra, 1715, music

Onward, Christian, though the region
Where thou art seem drear and lone;
God hath set a guardian legion
Very near thee, press thou on.

By the Christ road, and none other,
Is the mount of vision won;
Tread it with rejoicing, brother:
Jesus trod it, press thou on.

By thy trustful, calm endeavor,
Guiding, cheering, like the sun,
Earth-bound hearts thou shalt deliver;
O, for their sake, press thou on.

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


Colossians 3:3 your, 4


Choral No. 3 in A minor (Part 2) by C. Franck


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 For branches of The Mother Church streaming their services, please see the guidelines. Music included in today's streaming church service is covered by a Christian Copyright Solutions WORSHIPcast License.

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