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Order of Church Services

From the January 25, 1900 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


In response to requests we herewith publish the present order of service in the Mother Church:—

1. Organ voluntary.

2. Hymn.

3. Reading a Scriptural selection.

4. Silent prayer followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation.

5. Hymn.

6. Announcing any necessary notices.

7. Reading the explanatory note.

8. Announcing the subject of the Lesson-Sermon, and reading the Golden Text.

9. Reading the Scriptural selection, entitled "Responsive Reading," alternately by the First Reader and the congregation.

10. Reading the Lesson-Sermon. (After the Second Reader reads the Bible references of the first Section of the Lesson, the First Reader makes the following announcement: "As announced in the explanatory note, I will read correlative passages from the Christian Science text-book, 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' by Mary Baker G. Eddy.")

11. Collection and solo.

12. Hymn.

13. Reading Scientific Statement of Being and pronouncing benediction.

The following is the order for Communion Day:—

1. Organ voluntary.

2. Hymn.

3. Reading a Scriptural selection.

4. Silent prayer followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation.

5. Hymn.

6. Announcing any necessary notices.

7. Collecting and solo.

8. Reading the explanatory note.

9. Announcing the subject of the Lesson-Sermon, and reading the Golden Text.

10. Reading the Scriptural selection entitled "Responsive Reading" alternately by the First Reader and the congregation.

11. Reading the Lesson-Sermon. (After the Second Reader reads the Bible references of the first Section of the Lesson, the First Reader makes the following announcement: "As announced in the explanatory note, I will read correlative passages from the Christian Science text-book, 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' by Mary Baker G. Eddy.")

12. Kneeling in silent Communion; concluding with audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer (spiritual interpretation omitted).

13. Hymn.

14. Reading Scientific Statement of Being and pronouncing benediction.

On Wednesday evenings the following is the order:—

1. Organ prelude.

2. Hymn.

3. Reading from the Bible and correlative passages from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

4. Silent prayer with audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer (spiritual interpretation omitted).

5. Hymn.

6. Announcing any necessary notices.

7. Experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science.

8. Closing Hymn.

The order of sunday service is sometimes varied by the singing of a duet immediately after the organ voluntary.

For the purpose of having a uniform service it is well for the Branch churches to follow the above as closely as local conditions will warrant.

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