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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 19, 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


Mortals and Immortals


O World, I Now Must Leave Thee, Op.122 No. 3, by Johannes Brahms
O World, I Now Must Leave Thee, Op.122 No. 11, by Johannes Brahms
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Op.122 No. 8, by Johannes Brahms

Hymn 450

Mary Baker Eddy
“Christmas Morn”

Blest Christmas morn, though murky clouds
Pursue thy way,
Thy light was born where storm enshrouds
Nor dawn nor day!

Dear Christ, forever here and near,
No cradle song,
No natal hour and mother's tear,
To thee belong.

Thou God-idea, Life-encrowned,
The Bethlehem babe -
Beloved, replete, by flesh embound -
Was but thy shade!

Thou gentle beam of living Love,
And deathless Life!
Truth infinite, - so far above
All mortal strife,

Or cruel creed, or earth-born taint:
Fill us today
With all thou art - be thou our saint,
Our stay, alway.

Music © 2008 The Christian Science Board of Directors.

Scriptural Selection

 1 Tim.  1 (to 2nd ,), 2 (to :), 12-18 I (to 2nd ,).


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

Hymn 432

Josette Flamand, Incl. Eng. Tr.

Above all earthly gain,
I long to hear and know You,
Eternal Mind,
To be Your loving child,
To find the liberty
That You alone provide.

When, in humility,
I feel Your presence near me,
Your peace divine,
Hope leads me safe ashore;
I know Your love will guard
And guide me evermore.

Dear Love, rule out the fears
From all who flee oppression;
Dry up their tears,
Our Father-Mother God!
Your Word establishes
The rule of harmony;
Your goodness is revealed
And here for all to see.

English Translation, Music arrangement © 2016 The Christian Science Board of Directors.



Rebecca Minor, Soloist

Prodigal Child

Music by Mindy Jostyn
Lyrics by Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman

I am a weary wanderer, I’ve traveled far and wide
In search of satisfactions I could not find inside
But everywhere I travel, I’m searching in the rain
And every city floods me with emptiness and pain

I left my homeland long ago with pockets full of gold
I squandered my inheritance, I slept out in the cold
Till in my darkest hour, I cried out in despair
Oh, lead me back to my childhood home
Back to my father’s care

And if he will not have me, I’ll go down on bended knee
And ask my generous father if a servant I could be
Though once I was his cherished one
I fear that in my shame
I am no longer privileged to bear our family name

My father sees me coming from far across the field
He runs to hold me in his arms before I reach his hill
I beg for his forgiveness, I don’t deserve his grace
He cries, “I’ve found you, child of mine”
As tears stream down his face

I am a weary wanderer come home at last to stay
My restless soul has found its peace
My heart has found its way
I failed to win the world, but I’ve gained a greater prize
To know I am a worthy child in my gentle father’s eyes

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text: 

I Corinthians 13:12
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Responsive Reading:

James 3:11, 12, 17 the, 18; 1:16–18, 23–25 if

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
17 . . . the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
23 . . . if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

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

Blessed Ye Who Live in Faith Unswerving, Op.122 No.6, by Johannes Brahms

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Hymn 589

Janet Hegarty

Through pure love, God has commanded
Healing light to shine on earth.
And in our hearts there beams the same love-
Let the love of Christ shine bright.

Rise and shine, your light has come,
God the everlasting sun.
Christ has given us this light-
Radiate God's glory.

Jesus' grace revealed God's goodness,
Giving hope to all the world.
Love is the light that burns within us-
Let the life of Christ shine bright.

God has made us in Love's image,
Perfect, Christlike, pure, and free.
We all reflect this strength and power-
Let the mind of Christ shine bright.

We are one with God forever,
One with Love eternally-
A perfect bond that can't be broken-
Let the truth of Christ shine bright.


Poem Notes: Isaiah 60:1 / I Corinthians 2:16 / Ephesians 5:14.

#589 Tune Notes:
Although the music speaks clearly when the rhythms are performed as notated, a steady, triplet based, swing rhythm, communicating a subtle sense of lightness, is appropriate for this style.

Words and 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


Ps 52:1 the


Carillon de Westminster, by Louis Vierne


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