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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, May 20, 2018
Unless otherwise indicated, Scriptural quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.
Mortals and Immortals
Communion Op. 8 by Louis Vierne
Welsh Hymn Tune Prelude: Rhosymedre ("Lovely") by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Mother’s Evening Prayer
Mary Baker Eddy
O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,
Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.
Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.
O make me glad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
No ill,—since God is good, and loss is gain.
Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
“Lo, I am with you alway,”—watch and pray.
No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain,
And mother finds her home and heav’nly rest.
2 Corinthians 5:1 we,4,8,16-18 (to 2nd ,).3:18 we. 6:2 behold
Silent prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy (Read in context)
Mara Purl, alt.
Our desire to heed God’s calling
Lifts us to a new design,
Outlined by pure inspiration,
Rendered in Love’s graceful line.
When our own plans seem to crumble
Incomplete or ill-defined,
Let us turn to God’s creation,
Always perfectly aligned.
With the model right before us,
Perfect God and perfect man,
Let God’s wholeness reign within us,
Let Mind’s will perfect our plan.
Far beyond the bounds of matter,
Unrestrained by fear or time,
All our plans unfold together
In Soul’s harmony and rhyme.
William Burden, Guest Soloist
Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth
Then, then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in their heavenly Father’s realm,
Shine forth as the sun in their heavenly Father’s realm,
Then shall the righteous shine forth in their heavenly Father’s realm,
As the sun, as the sun in their heavenly Father’s realm.
Joy on their head shall be for everlasting, joy on their head shall be for everlasting,
And all sorrow, all sorrow and mourning shall flee away for-ever.
Then, then shall the righteous shine in their heavenly Father's realm,
Shine forth, shine in their heavenly Father's realm
Shine forth as the sun in their heavenly Father's realm
Then shall the righteous shine in their heavenly father's realm
Golden Text and Responsive Reading
Romans 8:19 the
. . . the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
The Golden Text is from the Holy Bible, New International Version®.
II Corinthians 4:6–8, 16 though, 17; 5:17; Romans 8:14–16
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.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
16 . . . though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of 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
Adagio K.356 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Graça de Maria Amorim dos Santos; Eng. tr. CSPS
Portuguese Words, English translation © 2017 The Christian Science Board of Directors.
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.
Scientific Statement of Being
I John 3: 1-3
Kyrie, God Holy Ghost, BWV 671 by Johann Sebastian Bach
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