Sunday Services

Our Sunday service lasts approximately one hour. Two lay "Readers", elected by and from the church membership, conduct the services. The "First Reader" conducts the service and reads from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and the "Second Reader" reads from the King James Version of the Bible. The passages from the Christian Science textbook are meant to help explain the spiritual meaning of Bible passages. In Christian Science churches throughout the world, the subject and readings for each week's Lesson-Sermon are the same. The citations can be found in the Christian Science Quarterly, available at any Christian Science Reading Room. The service also includes hymns, and a solo.

All are welcome to attend.

Order of Sunday Services

Hymn

Scriptural Selection | First Reader

Silent Prayer

The Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation| Congregation and First Reader alternate

Hymn

Notices

Solo

Explantory Note | The Bible and the Christian Science textbook are our only preachers. We shall now read Scriptural texts, and their correlative passages from our denominational textbook; these comprise our sermon. The canonical writings, together with the word of our textbook, corroborating and explaining the Bible texts in their spiritual import and application to all ages, past, present, and future, constitute a sermon undivorced from truth, uncontaminated and unfettered by human hypotheses, and divinely authorized.

Subject of Lesson-Sermon, and Reading of the Golden Text | First Reader

Responsive Reading | First Reader and Congregation alternate

Lesson-Sermon | First and Second Readers

Collection

Hymn

"The scientific statement of being," and the correlative Scripture according to I John 3:1-3 | Reader

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore manis not material; he is spiritual.

--- Science and Health, p. 468:9-15

and the correlative Scripture:

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

--- I John 3:1-3

Benediction

A slightly different order is followed for Communion services, which are held in branch churches the second Sunday of January and July.


Sunday School

Sunday School, for children younger than age 20, coincides with the Sunday Service and lasts approximately one hour. Child care is provided free of charge, under the care and supervision of experienced adults. Infants and children too young to attend Sunday School are lovingly cared for, and may be brought to the Children's Room before the start of the Sunday service.

Sunday School
  1. Sing Hymn
  2. Lesson Subject announced, Golden Text repeated and Responsive Reading from the Christian Science Quarterly
  3. Instruction in small individual classes about the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount and questions and discussions appropriate for the age level.
  4. Sing Hymn
  5. Reading the "Scientific Statement of Being" from Science and Health

Wednesday Meetings

Everyone is welcome to attend our one-hour Wednesday evening testimony meetings. Testimony meetings include readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that speak to a current issue or need in the community or world. Following the reading, the congregation is invited to share experiences of spiritual healing or insight gained from prayer and the study of Christian Science.

Child care is provided free of charge, under the care and supervision of experienced adults. Infants and children too young to attend the service are lovingly cared for, and may be brought to the Children's Room before the start of the Wednesday meeting.

Wednesday Testimony Meetings
  1. Sing Hymn
  2. Readings from Bible and Science and Health by First Reader
  3. Silent Prayer followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer
  4. Sing Hymn
  5. Reading of announcements
  6. Open meeting for members of congregation to share experience and healings regarding their study of Christian Science
  7. Sing Hymn