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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, January 21, 2018
Unless otherwise indicated, Scriptural quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.
Mary Gottschalk, Guest Second Reader
Communion Op. 8 by Louis Vierne
Pavane by Eric Thiman
Mary Baker Eddy
It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,
And of these stones, or tyrants’ thrones,
God able is
To raise up seed—in thought and deed—
To faithful His.
Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence!
Our God is good.
False fears are foes—truth tatters those,
Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.
The centuries break, the earth-bound wake,
Who doth His will—His likeness still—
1 Kings 3: 3 Solomon (to ,),5,6 (to 1st ,),7 I am,9 (to :),10-12 (to ;),14
Silent prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy (Read in context)
God created us in His own image,
All the universe is His creation too;
He created us as His reflection,
Filling us with wisdom, bold and true.
Life is made for living to the fullest,
Spirit made us knowing who we truly are,
Knowing how to see reality,
Pure and innocent and free,
Made in the likeness of our God.
This clear view of man is perfect,
Seen in all the radiance of light;
Here we find our nature revealed,
Spiritual and whole in God’s sight.
Everything our Master Jesus taught us
Showed the way to love each other dearly,
When he healed the sick and freed the sinner,
Seeing them in God’s own light so clearly.
As we gain the perfect understanding
That eternal Mind is the All-in-all,
We shall come to see reality,
Pure and innocent and free,
Made in the likeness of our God.
Graça de Maria Amorim dos Santos; Eng. tr. CSPS
Portuguese Words, English translation © 2017 The Christian Science Board of Directors.
Teddy Crecelius, Guest Soloist
Title: The Pilgrims
Words, Richard Allen
Music, Rev. B. W. Gorham
What poor despised company
Of travelers are these,
That walk in yonder narrow way,
Along that rugged maze?
Ah! these are of a royal line,
All children of a King,
Heirs of immortal crowns divine,
And lo! for joy they sing.
O, I’d rather be the least of them
That are the Lord’s alone,
Than wear a royal diadem,
And sit upon a throne.
Why do they then appear so mean?
And why so much despised?
Because of their rich robes unseen
The world is not apprised.
But some of them seem poor, distressed,
And lacking daily bread;
Ah! they’re of boundless wealth possessed,
With heavenly manna fed.
But why keep they the narrow road,
That rugged, thorny maze?
Why, that’s the way their master trod,
They love and keep his ways.
What, is there then no other road
To Salem’s happy ground?
Christ is the only way to God,
None other can be found.
Golden Text and Responsive Reading
Romans 8:6 2nd to
. . . to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
I Timothy 6:11 follow, 12, 17–19; Psalms 42:8 the, 11 hope
11 . . . follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
8 . . . the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
11 . . . hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
The 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
Récit de Chromhorne by François Couperin
Mildred Spring Case
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.
Words alteration © 2017 The Christian Science Board of Directors.
Scientific Statement of Being
I John 3: 1-3
Romans 8:2 the law of the Spirit
Litanies by Jehan Alain
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