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[PSST: Expect and welcome angels! Make decisions confidently with divine light. (RR, GT)]

Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Reality”

for March 26-April 1, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What do you think it means to have your light come? Perhaps it means to have your thought illumined with spiritual ideas, with spiritual reality. Perhaps it means to have the way shown clearly when making decisions or seeking guidance.

Have students share any experiences they have had about clarity of thought when praying for the light of inspiration. How would any of what is shared indicate the glory of the Lord is upon you? Is God’s glory exclusive to you?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Christian Scientists often speak of angel messages. What are angels? See Science & Health 581:4. Can you expect angels in your life on a regular basis? How can you cultivate thought to be receptive to and welcoming of angels?

What is the call to action in the Responsive Reading?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Read together the 23rd Psalm in citation B2. Read also citation S1. Notice the hierarchy in citation S2 of “…intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.” What role does each of these have in aiding light to illumine your consciousness? How can each have a place in demonstrating the truth of your being God’s creation, God’s child? Their order might indicate ascending importance, but do not discount any of them as relevant to demonstrations.

What is demonstration? Applying what you believe, know, understand to any situation that is anchored in spiritual reality. What is indicated in citation S3 about the role understanding plays in demonstrations. When we may be uncertain or unclear about a decision to make, what does citation S4 advise? “Wait on God” through God’s angels to lead us down the right path.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What did Simeon see in the child Jesus when his parents brought him to the temple? B3. Yes, Simeon saw the child Jesus. What else did he see? The Messiah, the Christ. See the definition of Christ in S&H 583:10. See also S&H 473:10. Read together S&H vii:1. How was Simeon like a wakeful shepherd? How are you like a wakeful shepherd? What is the earthly shepherd’s prayer for light, illumination, found in Hymn 304 from the Christian Science Hymnal?–(printed below)

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – As Jesus grew into his ministry, how was he “…a light into the world…”? B6. What did Jesus come to reveal? B8. Think about how many years have passed since Jesus walked the earth. Why is his message still relevant today, and sought by so many? Read together citation S10: “Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father,…” If oneness is the reality, what does it preclude? Separation, different minds, strife or the desire to get ahead of others, fear that there is not enough good to go around, for everyone. The biggest benefit of oneness is in citation S12, “Evil has no reality.” Why? S13.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What was Jesus’ message to his disciples on that night in Gethsemane? “Watch.” B9 & B10. See how watching is still a call for Christian Scientists today in S&H 497:24. How does this call relate to the message in the Responsive Reading of this Lesson? If you wonder whether you can or should accept this call, see the definition of Gethsemane in citation S17 (S&H 586:23). Read together Hymn 221 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What was the angel message to Mary Magdalene at the tomb after the crucifixion? “Fear not ye.” Why do you think Jesus permitted himself to go through the crucifixion and entombment? What was he demonstrating for himself and proving for us? Oneness, God with us, proof of his words and works as ever-available. Read citation S22.

This week’s Lesson is read in church on Easter Sunday. What does Easter Sunday celebrate? Resurrection, Jesus not on the cross, not in the tomb, but alive, awakened to God is Love ever-available and usable.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Read together citation B15. What are the signs declared that show someone as a follower of Jesus, the Christ? Where can one see this declaration in S&H? On the Seal on the cover of this textbook of Christian Science. What does this week’s Lesson celebrate? S26: “…the living Christ, the practical Truth… Jesus ‘the resurrection and the life’…” illumination, light in our lives, God-eternal ever-present Love, reality.

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Hymn 304 (304-309, 456)

Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,—How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice, Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice All the rugged way.

Thou wilt bind the stubborn will, Wound the callous breast,
Make self-righteousness be still, Break earth’s stupid rest.
Strangers on a barren shore, Lab’ring long and lone,
We would enter by the door, And Thou know’st Thine own;

So, when day grows dark and cold, Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold, Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart, Till the morning’s beam;
White as wool, ere they depart, Shepherd, wash them clean.

Hymn 221

O Jesus, our dear Master, Thy works, now understood,
Reveal their full effulgence Through love and brotherhood.
Today Christ’s precious Science Thy healing power makes plain:
With joy may all obey thee And cast out sin and pain.

The Christ, eternal manhood, As God’s own Son beloved,
A tender ever-presence Within each heart is proved.
O God, our Father-Mother, Thy name we see expressed
By man, who in Thy Science Is perfect, holy, blessed.

O Science, God-sent message To tired humanity,
Thou art Love’s revelation Of Truth that makes us free.
Thy kingdom, God, within us Shows forth Love’s sweet control.
God’s idea, man, rejoices; He knows the reign of Soul.

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