Online Thanksgiving service

Nov 23, 2017

Online Thanksgiving service

Participate in the online Thanksgiving Day Service. A replay will be available until 8am Saturday November 25. 

In person

On Thursday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. EST, The Mother Church hosts a special Thanksgiving service in the Extension of The Mother Church.

Online and replay

There will also be a live, online Thanksgiving service on November 23 at 12:00 p.m. EST. A replay of the online service will be available until 8am Saturday November 25. 

This special online service offers the same music, singing, and readings as the in-person service, but also includes testimonies of gratitude and healing submitted by the online congregation.

Thanksgiving service highlights

This special service is conducted by the First and Second Reader of The Mother Church. Below are a few highlights of the Thanksgiving service.

  • Music and hymn singing. 
  • A reading of the Presidential Proclamation for Thanksgiving Day 2017.
  • A Thanksgiving Bible Lesson from our pastor (the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy). 
  • Testimonies/sharing of gratitude from you and other attendees appropriate for the occasion. 

Download the Thanksgiving Bible Lesson

Order for the service on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Subject: Thanksgiving

Prelude

TBD

Hymn 

Hymn 73

Based on the Dutch of
Abraham Rutgers

Glory, honor, praise and pure oblations
Unto God the Lord belong;
Come into His presence with thanksgiving,
Come before Him with a song.
In His hand is all the power of nations,
Sing to Him, ye joyous congregations,
Psalms of gratitude and praise
Unto God the Father raise.

God is Mind and holy thought is sending;
Man, His image, hears His voice.
Every heart may understand His message,
In His kindness may rejoice.
Lo, He speaks, all condemnation ending,
Every true desire with Love’s will blending;
Losing self, in Him we find
Joy, health, hope, for all mankind.

Thanksgiving proclamation

At this time, the First Reader will read the Thanksgiving Proclamation of the President of the United States.

Scriptural Selection

TBD

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 

Hymn 437

Words adaptation © 2008 Fenella Bennetts.

All my hope on God is founded;
Day by day my trust is new.
Through the trials of life He guides me,
Only good and only true.
God alone, dearly known,
Calls my heart to be His own.

Earthly treasures, pride and glory,
Human power and worldly trust,
Though with care and toil are builded,
In the end will fall to dust.
But God’s power, hour by hour,
Is my temple and my tower.

Daily does th’almighty Giver
Bounteous gifts on us bestow.
Love’s desire our soul delighteth,
Joy attends us where we go.
Blessings stand at God’s hand,
Healing flows at Love’s command.

Now from man to God eternal
Endless thanks and praise be sung.
Hearts made new are anthems raising
Through the love of Christ, His Son.
Hear God’s call, one and all,
We who follow shall not fall.

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text:
Revelation 11:17 We
. . . We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Responsive Reading: 
Isaiah 25:1, 4; 26:3; I Chronicles 29:11–13

1 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
11 Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

Bible Lesson-Sermon

Section 1
The Bible
(1) Deuteronomy 6:4
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
(2) James 1:17
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.
(3) Psalms 9:1, 2
1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
(4) Psalms 92:1–4
1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
(5) Psalms 105:1
1 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Section 1
Science and Health
(1) 497:5–6
We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God.
(2) 2:23 (only, to ?), 26–28 Shall
God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more?
Shall we plead for more at the open fount, which is pouring forth more than we accept?
(3) 275:12
Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.
(4) 340:23
One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.
(5) 249:8–10
Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.” Such is the true Science of being.

Section 2
The Bible
(6) Psalms 24:1
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
(7) Ezekiel 34:11, 15, 16 (to :)
11 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:
(8) Matthew 4:23
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
(9) Matthew 5:1, 2, 6
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
(10) Matthew 6:31, 32 for your, 33
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Section 2
Science and Health
(6) 530:5
In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being. The earth, at God’s command, brings forth food for man’s use. Knowing this, Jesus once said, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink,” — presuming not on the prerogative of his creator, but recognizing God, the Father and Mother of all, as able to feed and clothe man as He doth the lilies.
(7) 234:4
Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.
(8) 3:22–24
Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.
(9) vii:1–2
To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.

Section 3
The Bible
(11) Acts 5:12 (to ;)
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;
(12) Acts 3:1–9
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
(13) Psalms 30:12 O Lord
12 O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
(14) Matthew 10:8
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Section 3
Science and Health
(10) 343:25–28
Anciently those apostles who were Jesus’ students, as well as Paul who was not one of his students, healed the sick and reformed the sinner by their religion.
(11) 150:4–8
To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of “on earth peace, good-will toward men.”
(12) 226:25
The lame, the deaf, the dumb, the blind, the sick, the sensual, the sinner, I wished to save from the slavery of their own beliefs and from the educational systems of the Pharaohs, who to-day, as of yore, hold the children of Israel in bondage. I saw before me the awful conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness; but I pressed on through faith in God, trusting Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land of Christian Science, where fetters fall and the rights of man are fully known and acknowledged.
(13) 548:5
In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.
(14) 162:4
Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.
(15) 227:21–26
Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and cries: “Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and death!” Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right.
(16) 570:14–18, 23–24
Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences.
Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks.

Section 4
The Bible
(15) Ephesians 1:2–6
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
(16) Jude 1:24, 25 (to 1st .)
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.
(17) Revelation 7:12 Blessing
12 Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Section 4
Science and Health
(17) 15:25–30
Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers. Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.
(18) 107:10
Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God.
(19) 264:13
As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.
(20) 568:26–30
A louder song, sweeter than has ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting strain.
(21) 520:3–5 The (to !)
The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!

Solo

Soloist: William Burden
Title: Thine is the Greatness

J. Lamont Galbraith

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power,
and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:
Therefore, O Lord, we praise Thy name,
Therefore, O Lord, we praise Thy name,
Thine is the kingdom, the kingdom, O Lord,
and Thou are exalted as head above all.

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power,
and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:
For Thou has been a shelter for me, and a strong tower,
and a strong tower from the enemy, the enemy.
I will abide in Thy tabernacle for ever,
I will trust in the cover of Thy wings.

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power,
and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:
Therefore, O Lord, we praise Thy name,
Thine is the kingdom the kingdom, O Lord,
and Thou are exalted as head above all.
Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power,
and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty.

Testimonies

See the testimonies section of the main webpage below.

Hymn 

Hymn 374

John Randall Dunn

We thank Thee and we bless Thee,
O Father of us all,
That e’en before we ask Thee
Thou hear’st Thy children’s call.
We praise Thee for Thy goodness
And tender, constant care,
We thank Thee, Father-Mother,
That Thou hast heard our prayer.

We thank Thee and we bless Thee,
O Lord of all above,
That now Thy children know Thee
As everlasting Love.
And Love is not the author
Of discord, pain and fear;
O Love divine, we thank Thee
That good alone is here.

We thank Thee, Father-Mother,
For blessings, light and grace
Which bid mankind to waken
And see Thee face to face.
We thank Thee, when in anguish
We turn from sense to Soul,
That we may hear Thee calling:
Rejoice, for thou art whole.

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

TBD

Postlude

TBD

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