First Church of Christ, Scientist

Sharing Christian Science in Laguna Beach, CA

Sunday Service hymns & more

July 26

Order of Service


Prelude or theme song:   Hopkins (Ellers) music only


Russ Gerber:    Good Morning

Hymn 201

Words: Charles Parsons

Music: St. George, Henry J. Gauntlett


O do not bar your mind
Against the light of good;
But open wide, let in the Word,
And Truth will be your food.

Truth will from error free
Your long enslaved mind,
And bring the light of liberty
Where it shall be enshrined.

Hid treasures it reveals
To all who know its power;
And all who will may light receive
In this most gracious hour.

Then open wide your heart
To Truth and Light and Love;
You then shall know your life is hid
With Christ in God above.


Reading of Scriptural Selection


Silent Prayer, followed by the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation


Hymn 77

Words: James Montgomery

Music: Munich Gezanbuch


God is my strong salvation;
What foe have I to fear?
In darkness and temptation,
My light, my help is near:
Though hosts encamp around me,
Firm in the fight I stand;
What terror can confound me,
With God at my right hand?

Place on the Lord reliance;
My heart, with courage wait;
His truth be thine affiance,
When faint and desolate:
His might thy heart shall strengthen,
His love thy joy increase;

Thy day shall mercy lengthen:
The Lord will give thee peace.





Soloist: Christopher A. Wolf
Organist: Glenda van der Zaag

Arise Shine for Thy Light is Come

James MacDermid

Revelation 3:20

John 8: 12

Isaiah 59: 19


Behold, I stand at the door and knock;

If any man hear my voice, and open the door,

I will come into him and will sup with him,

And he with me.


I am the light of the world;

He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,

but shall have the Light of life.


Arise, Shine, for thy light is come,

And the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.


For the sun shall be no more thy light by day,

Nor for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee,

But the Lord shall be to thee thine everlasting Light.

And thy God thy glory.


Arise, Shine, for thy light is come,

And the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.


Arise, Shine, for thy light is come.


Explanatory Note


Lesson Sermon -- Truth,

Russ Gerber, First Reader, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Dawn Craig, Second Reader, Bible



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Hymn 85

Words:Edith Gaddes Brewer

Music: Liebster Jesu, Johann R. Ahle


God of Truth, eternal good,
Lift our hearts to revelation,

That Thou mayst be understood,
Thou, the Rock of our salvation;

All Thy love we have for loving,
All Thy truth is ours for proving.

Open now our eyes to see,
 As the clouds of sense are riven,
 We behold reality,
 Know the glory of Thy heaven;
 So we seek Thy perfect healing
 Through the Truth of Thy revealing.

All the way that we must go
We will take at Thy direction,

Where the floods of trouble flow
Find Thy perfect, calm reflection;
On the path that has no turning,
Patience, courage, meekness learning.


Reading the Scientific Statement of Being,
and the correlative Scripture according to I John 3:1-3




Postlude, Louis Vierne, Finale
Bryan Ashley, organist