Order for the service on Sunday, March 29, 2015
Unless otherwise indicated, Scriptural quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.
Lux æterna (from Requiem, Op. 9) by Maurice Duruflé
Psalm Prelude Set 1, Op. 32: No. 2 (Psalm 37:11) by Herbert Howells
Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the perfect Light,
Sun of righteousness, arise,
Triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near,
Daystar, in my heart appear.
Dark and cheerless is the morn
Uncompanioned, Lord, by thee;
Joyless is the day’s return,
Till thy mercy’s beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.
Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.
John 1:1-3 (to ;),4-9,11,12,16; II Corinthians 4:6,18 we; II Peter 1:19 Take
Silent prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy (Read in context)
Mary Baker Eddy
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.
Soloist: Gwen Eagleton
Title: Be Thou My Vision
Text: Ancient Irish, Tr. By Mary Byrne, Versified by Eleanor Hull
Music: Traditional Irish Melody, Setting by Craig Courtney
Copyright 1988 by Beckenhorst Press, Inc.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art –
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven my Treasure Thou art.
High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Golden Text and Responsive Reading
I John 1:5 God
. . . God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Isaiah 42:5, 8, 9, 16; 35:4 (to :), 6 (to :); 60:18 (to ;), 19
5 Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not:
6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing:
18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders;
19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
The Golden Text and Responsive Reading are from the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson, a publication copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society.
"...No darkness at all..." by Ned Rorem
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Mary I. Mesechre
Arise, arise and shine,
On thee hath dawned the day;
God is thy sun, and Christ thy light,
Be thou a steadfast ray.
Sing praise, O waking heart,
For all thy God hath wrought;
For Truth’s clear light on thee hath shone,
And purified thy thought.
No more shall sin and wrong
Obscure the light divine,
For God hath given thee His Son,
And lo, all things are thine.
Arise, arise and shine,
Uplift thee from the sod,
And let thy living light show forth
Man’s unity with God.
Scientific Statement of Being
From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p.468, line 8
I John 3: 1-3
J. B. Phillips, "The New Testament in Modern English", 1962 edition, published by Harper Collins.
I Thessalonians 5:5 (to :)
The Voice TM. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Carillon-Sortie by Henri Mulet
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