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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, February 17, 2019

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

Louis E. Benjamin, First Reader

Diane Uttley Marrapodi, Second Reader

Subject: 

Soul

Prelude

Bryan Ashley, Organist

Adagio (from Sonata I), by Felix Mendelssohn
Adagio Molto (from Third Sonata, Op. 56), by Alexandre Guilmant

Hymn 574

Mary Baker Eddy
“Feed My Sheep”

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 © 2007 The Christian Science Board of Directors.  Music alteration © 2017 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

Ecc 3: 14 (to 2nd :), 15 (to 2nd ;), 11 (to :). 2:26 God (to :).

Prayer

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

Hymn 475

Mildred Spring Case, Alt.

Forget not who you are, O child of God,
For God demands of you reflection pure;
Your heritage is goodly, and your home,
In Spirit's warm embrace, is safe, secure.

You are the child of Spirit, sinless, pure-
Yours is a perfect beauty, born of Soul-
Complete with health, vitality, and grace.
For is not God, your Father, perfect, whole?

Your understanding, too, comes straight from God.
For in that Mind, magnificent and clear,
You are conceived by Love, a perfect child,
Unhampered by the flesh, or doubt, or fear.

So now look up to God's pure holy light
And greet with fearless joy each coming day.
Of royal birth, you are a King's own child-
And God is yours, and you are God's alway.
Poem Notes:  Psalms 16:6.  The words of this hymn are from a poem entitled "Thy Birthright," first printed in the September 1926 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

Words alteration © 2017 The Christian Science Board of Directors.  Music © 1941 Historic Church of the Ascension, Atlantic City, NJ.  (administered by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey).

Notices

Solo

Rebecca Minor, Soloist

The Great Composer
Music and Words by Rebecca Minor
There is music in the fabric of our lives.
There is rhythm beneath the sea up to the sky.
Even silence has its necessary place,
Allowing moments of grace between ideas.
Ever wonder who’s behind the symphony?
And without you would there be a melody?
There is reason to believe you play a part,
And it’s written in your heart;
You can’t help but share it.
Alleluia! You are Soul’s song!
Alleluia! The notes are clear and strong.
Your life unfolds in perfect tempo,
So you can let go and trust the great composer.
Is there darkness? Are you struggling and alone?
Does every moment seem to sound a clashing tone?
Try to listen to your Father’s sweet refrain.
It will guide you and sustain ‘till you’re free and soaring.
Alleluia! You are Soul’s song!
Alleluia! The notes are clear and strong.
Your life unfolds in perfect tempo,
So you can let go and trust the great composer.
You’re uniqueness is needed
For harmony to be completed.
Never doubt what your life’s about.
Oh, it’s beautiful. Yes, it’s Soul in action.
Alleluia! You are Soul’s song!
Alleluia! The notes are clear and strong.
Your life unfolds in perfect tempo,
So you can let go and trust the great composer.
You are Soul’s song.
Copyright Rebecca Minor 2013

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text: 

Psalms 35:9 my

. . . my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

Responsive Reading:

Psalms 103: 1, 8; 24: 3–5, 8, 9; 25:1, 9, 12, 13, 20 (to :)

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
1 Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
12 What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
20 O keep my soul, and deliver me:

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

Prelude on "Deck Thyself, My Soul," by Charles Callahan

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Hymn 478

Violet Hay, Alt.

From these Your children gathered in Your name,
From hearts made whole, from lips redeemed from woe,
Your praise, Almighty, shall forever flow.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O perfect Life, in Your completeness held,
None can beyond Your omnipresence stray;
Safe in Your Love, we live and sing alway
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O perfect Mind, reveal Your likeness true,
That higher selfhood which we all must prove,
Joy and dominion, love reflecting Love.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O Soul, inspiring-give us vision clear,
Break earth-bound fetters, sweep away the veil,
Show the new heaven and earth that shall prevail.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Words © 1931, renewed 1959 The Christian Science Board of Directors. Music © 2016 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

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

Benediction

Ps 139:14 I am (to :), 14 and that.

Postlude

I. Ascription   IV. Canticle of the Sun (from St. Francis Suite), by Richard Purvis

Copyright

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 permissions@csps.com.

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