Online Thanksgiving service

Nov 22, 2018

Online Thanksgiving service

Participate in the online Thanksgiving Day Service. A replay will be available until 8am Saturday November 24. 

In person

On Thursday, November 22 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 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST. A replay of the online service will be available until 8am Saturday November 24. 

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 2018.
  • 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 22, 2018

Subject: Thanksgiving


Information to come

Hymn 45

Words not available

Thanksgiving proclamation

Scriptural Selection

2 Sam 22:1-7 David, 17, 20, 31, 47, 50


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

Hymn 249

Vivian Burnett
O, when we see God's mercy
Widespread in every place
And know how flows the fountain
Of His unbounded grace,
Can we withhold a tribute,
Forbear a psalm to raise,
Or leave unsung one blessing,
In this our hymn of praise?

Our gratitude is riches,
Complaint is poverty,
Our trials bloom in blessings,
They test our constancy.
O, life from joy is minted,
An everlasting gold,
True gladness is the treasure
That grateful hearts will hold.

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

Golden Text
Colossians 3:15 let  

. . . let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body;
and be ye thankful.

Responsive Reading
Jeremiah 31:3, 7 (to :), 8, 12; Psalms 69:16, 30, 32, 34; 100:1, 4

3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea,
I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore
with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
7 For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for
Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations:
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country,
and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with
them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and
her that travaileth with child together: a great company
shall return thither.
12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height
of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of
the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and
for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their
soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not
sorrow any more at all.
16 Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn
unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will
magnify him with thanksgiving.
32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your
heart shall live that seek God.
34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas,
and every thing that moveth therein.
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into
his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Bible Lesson-Sermon


Gwen Eagleton, soloist

Be Glad in Heart 

Words by Edgar Newgass
Music by G. O’Connor-Morris

The Father’s tender love
Can never wane nor waiver
His arms out stretch above
Eternal is His favour.

Be glad in heart, His praise in word
And working expressing.
Walk ye in all His ways,
Rejoicing in His blessing,
Rejoicing, rejoicing, rejoicing in His blessing.

Commune with Him my soul,
With Him who is perfection.
His kingdom be our goal
Where man is Love’s reflection.

Be glad in heart, His praise in word
And working expressing.
Walk ye in all His ways,
Rejoicing in His blessing,
Rejoicing, rejoicing, rejoicing in His blessing.

Let us uplift our thought
To Him in adoration,
Whose steadfast arms support
His well beloved creation.

Be glad in heart, His praise in word
And working expressing.
Walk ye in all His ways,
Rejoicing in His blessing,
Rejoicing, rejoicing, rejoicing in His blessing.


To submit your testimony go to the testimonies section of the main webpage below.

Hymn 146

Violet Ker Seymer

In God I find a precious gift
That knows no fear, no feud,
That glows so still, serene and pure:
The gift of gratitude.

It brightens all the paths of earth,
Reflecting Truth and right,
For gratitude doth steadfastly
Abide in heavenly light.

With confidence it hails each task,
With courage undismayed,
For naught against Infinity
Can ever be arrayed.

In seamless gratitude I weave
A silent, healing prayer,
With shining threads of ceaseless joy;
For man is God's great heir.

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


Deut 28:12 (to 1st ,),  12 to bless  (to :).


Information to come

The copy of the Thanksgiving Bible lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly™ is licensed for your own personal use and may not be distributed electronically or in print, except as described in the Copyright Terms and Conditions at Christian Science  Quarterly is a trademark owned by The Christian Science Publishing Society. Study  references are from the Bible (King James Version) and the Christian Science textbook,  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and  Founder of Christian Science.

“Due to third party copyright ownership, not all hymn words from the Christian Science Hymnal and the Christian Science Hymnal Supplement Hymns 430-462 are posted. Copyright to many hymns is owned by The Christian Science Board of Directors. Hymn words may not be used or reprinted without permission. For more information email

Feel free to submit testimonies and gratitude comments using the Thanksgiving testimony/comment form before or during the Thanksgiving service. Read our testimony guidelines. We'd love it if you would include your name and location so we can embrace our global audience.  As you write up your testimony, please remember that we have listeners from many different backgrounds, with varying degrees of familiarity with Christian Science. We do not air all submissions and submissions may be slightly edited before airing.

If your testimony has never been published before, you are invited to submit a longer version of it to The Christian Science JournalChristian Science Sentinel, or The Herald of Christian Science at JSH Submissions. Further guidelines for submitting testimonies to the periodicals are also available here.

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The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy together serve as pastor for Sunday church services and Wednesday testimony meetings at all Christian Science churches, societies, and informal groups around the world.

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