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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, August 18, 2019

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

Moji George, First Reader
Josh Niles, Second Reader

Subject: Soul


Bryan Ashley, Organist

Deck Thyself, Beloved Soul, BWV 654, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Hymn 195

Horatius Bonar*

Not what I am, O Lord, but what Thou art;
That, that alone can be my soul's true rest;
Thy love, not mine, bids fear and doubt depart,
And stills the tumult of my troubled breast.

Girt with the love of God, on every side,
I breathe that love as heaven's own healing air;
I work and pray, and follow still my guide,
And fear no foe, escaping every snare.

‘Tis what I know of Thee, my Lord and God,
That fills my soul with peace, my lips with song;
Thou art my health, my joy, my staff, my rod;
I lean on Thee, in weakness I am strong.

Music by permission of John N. Yoakley.
*As noted in the 1932 hymnal, slight changes to the words were made.

Scriptural Selection

Psalm 35:9 my
Psalm 103: 21, 17 the, 18, 6, 13, 4, 5
Psalm 116: 12, 17


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

Hymn 208

Mary Baker Eddy

“Mother’s Evening Prayer”

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.



Tara Talbot, Guest Soloist

Bless The Lord O My Soul

Clement Barker, music
Words from The Bible

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
And cause his face to shine upon us;
That thy way may be known upon earth,
Thy saving health among all nations.

O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who redeemeth thy life from from destruction:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
Who healeth all thy diseases.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity:
And quicken Thou me in the way.
Let Thy tender mercies come unto me,
That I may live, for Thy law is my delight.

O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who redeemeth thy life from from destruction:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
Who healeth all thy diseases.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text: 

Psalms 103:2

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Responsive Reading:

Psalms 84:11, 12; 104:1–3, 5, 10–14, 24, 31

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

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

Adagio (from Fantasy in C Major), by César Franck

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Hymn 519

Jill Gooding, alt.

Lean on the sustaining infinite
And blessings will be yours.
Lean not on person, place, or thing,
Or economic laws;
But lean upon all-blessing God
Who will all needs supply
And give to all abundant good
That money cannot buy.

Let the healing reign of Truth and Life,
The reign of Love divine,
Be now established within me
To show Soul's clear design
Of Oneness, indivisible-
Of God and me as one-
As water is to ocean wave,
As sunbeam is to sun.

Love with a heart of tenderness
Your enemies and friends;
However hard this may appear,
This quality just mends.
For Love is God in action true,
A presence that is felt;
A healing and a saving power
That will all discord melt.

So lean, and let, and love;
This is the balanced Way.
It's free from self-will, pressure, stress;
It welcomes in God's day.
The leaning is so gentle;
The letting is so free.
And loving is the only way
To think, and speak, and be.

Poem Notes: The words of this hymn are from a poem entitled “Three L’s for Life,” printed in the January 14, 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel. The poem references the opening line of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.”

Words © 2013 The Christian Science Board of Directors. Words alteration and Music © 2017 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


Psalm 121:7


Prelude & Fugue in B Major,  Op.7, by Marcel Dupré


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

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