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[PSST: Choose to think without fear, shock, or strife with unreality!]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Unreality”
for March 30-April 5, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) – How can you use the Golden Text to measure your daily thinking, activity, and results?
Are you happy? What makes you happy?
Where do you find the word of the Lord on which to rely?
This reinforces the need to stay close to the scriptures and Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures (S&H). Read together Hymn 359 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here).

Hymn 359

Trust the Eternal when the shadows gather, When joys of daylight seem so like a dream;
God the unchanging pities like a father; Trust on and wait, the daystar yet shall gleam.
Trust the Eternal, for the clouds that vanish No more can move the mountains from their base Than sin's illusive wreaths of mist can banish Light from His throne or loving from His face.
Trust the Eternal, and repent in meekness Of that heart's pride which frowns and will not yield,
Then to thy child-heart shall come strength in weakness, And thine immortal life shall be revealed.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR)
Do you trust that God made you perfect and makes all your ways perfect? See Genesis 1:26,27.
What can you do with that truth as you live your life daily?
What could/would you do if you knew you could not fail?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 –
What is the image of a person blessed by the Lord in Citation B1 (Psalm 1:3)?

Quietly consider for a few moments, then answer the questions: Is God your Lord? Are you one of the happy people? What does it mean to have one God/one Lord? (Citation S4)

P.S.S.T. Section 2
How might you interpret the word “fast” in the scriptural story in this section? Might you consider it as holding fast to (holding on to), listening for, and being obedient to the word of God? (In Citation B4, read verse 17.)

What do you think is the value of quiet when others around you are panicking or scurrying about in fear? (Citation S7)

What is the question posed in Citation S9? “But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?”

Read together Hymn 351 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here).

Hymn 351

Through the night of doubt and sorrow Onward goes the pilgrim band,
Singing songs of expectation, Marching to the promised land.
Clear before us through the darkness Gleams and burns the guiding light;
Brother clasps the hand of brother, Stepping fearless through the night.

One, the light of God's own presence, O'er His ransomed people shed,
Chasing far the gloom and terror, Brightening all the path we tread:
One, the object of our journey, One, the faith which never tires,
One, the earnest looking forward, One, the hope our God inspires;

One, the strain the lips of thousands Lift as from the heart of one;
One the conflict, one the peril, One, the march in God begun:
One, the gladness of rejoicing On the far eternal shore
Where the One Almighty Father Reigns in love forevermore.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 –
What is your favorite hymn to sing? Please share with the class.
How is singing a hymn a form of praying? You have over 500 to choose from in the Christian Science Hymnal.

If you are ever looking for a prayer that meets any need, you can look to the prayer our Master, Christ Jesus, gave to his disciples. See S&H 16:7-11, 24-15.

When you look out on your field of view, your field of work, do you see tares or wheat?
Do you see perfection or discord? Do you see harmony or panic?
Do you see freedom or a pandemic?
How might hymns and the Lord’s Prayer help with your vision of tares or wheat?

See the scriptural story in Citation B7. See also S&H 260:31-7.

P.S.S.T. Section 4
What choices do we have to make today?

  • Life or death
  • Harmony of spiritual sense or dark visions of material sense
  • Presence of health or, sickness-the temporal dream
  • God’s truth or material laws
  • False belief or health in the body

All these are statements from the citations in Section 4 of this Lesson.

P.S.S.T. Section 5
What’s the difference between Saul & Paul in the scripture story in citation B11?
On which side do you want to be, with Saul or with Paul? Why?
Both Saul and Paul were certain of their views (like the viewer of tares and wheat). What made the difference? See the explanation in S&H, citation S27 (lines 23-32).
How confident are you when choosing or making decisions?
Look again at the Golden Text for this Lesson. Who or what do you trust?

P.S.S.T. Section 6
Read together Citation S30: “For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ.”

Now read together Hymn 93 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here).

Hymn 93

Happy the man whose heart can rest, Assured God's goodness ne'er will cease;
Each day, complete, with joy is blessed, God keepeth him in perfect peace.
God keepeth him, and God is one, One Life, forevermore the same,
One Truth unchanged while ages run; Eternal Love His holiest name.

Dwelling in Love that cannot change, From anxious fear man finds release;
No more his homeless longings range, God keepeth him in perfect peace.
In perfect peace, with tumult stilled, Enhavened where no storms arise,
There man can work what God hath willed; The joy of perfect work his prize.

Read the blessing given to each of you in John 14:27, to :

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:”

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