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[PSST: Affirm no good's withheld & that you’re unafraid & marvelously made].]
Possible Sunday School Topics [see PSSTs in Sections 1 & 2]
for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

for August 10-16, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) and – Responsive Reading (RR) –

Think about the Golden Text and Responsive Reading as a prayer treatment to the climate change threat. What assurances are stated about this land we have been given? What assurances are given for our children and their future that were also given for our parents and other ancestors? What is at the root of these assurances? God, Soul, the subject of this week’s Lesson.

When you think of God as Soul, what qualities come to mind?

  • We are God, Soul’s, people
  • God, Soul, is a father to us
  • God, Soul, is giving to us all that is good, and only good
  • Our days are to be multiplied, not diminished
  • Our current days are to be as heaven, harmony

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – The writer of the Psalms in this section uses some “nature” terms familiar to his readers/hearers and to us that provide a comfortable picture of our creator and the relationship to us. What are some of those comfortable “nature” terms? How might you describe these pictures:

  • Clothed with honour and majesty
  • Coverest thyself with light as a garment
  • Layeth the beams of his chambers
  • Who walketh upon the wings of the wind
  • The earth is full of thy riches
  • God is a sun
  • No good thing will he withhold

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – We are admonished to not be afraid. Read citation B4, Isaiah 44, verse 8, and citation B5, Psalms 139, verse 14. That’s you – unafraid and marvelously made. See also the affirmation in citation B6, Genesis 28, verse 15.

Read together Hymn 280 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like us His praise should sing?
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him,
Praise the everlasting King.

Fatherlike, He tends and spares us,
Well our daily needs He knows;
In His hand He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him,
Widely as His mercy flows.

Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress;
Praise Him still the same forever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him,
Glorious in His faithfulness.

What is Mary Baker Eddy’s answer to the question “What are body and Soul?” in Science and Health, Citation S7? It is:

“Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

“Man is the expression of Soul.” (SH 477:20–26 Identity)

How do you identify with that explanation? Do you see yourself as that identity?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Our identities are unique from one another, or diverse, as noted in citation S7 above (SH 477). So diversity is to be celebrated as gifts of the same Spirit. What are we to do with such diverse gifts?

How are we to celebrate the diversity we see all around us? Think in terms of a garden of flowers and vegetables: What would it look like if there was only one type and color of flower or only one type of vegetable? How much more beautiful to behold an abundance of types and colors.

Read the scripture story in citation B10, Matthew 25. Summarize the message in this story. Also, if you can identify only one talent that you have, what should you do? Use it, celebrate it, or hide it, ignore it until you get more?

See citation S14: “In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know. We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated. If ‘faithful over a few things,’ we shall be made rulers over many; but the one unused talent decays and is lost” (SH 323:13–18).

From where do your talents come? Citation S12 states: “Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul” (SH 60:29-31).

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Here is a great question in citation B12: “Who is the greatest…?” Do you ever wonder why the truth of being was so pronounced in a carpenter’s son in a backwater village called Nazareth, or in a farmer’s daughter in rural New Hampshire? What is the message for the rest of us? If God could find them and use them, what about you and me?

Read together citation S21, “Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea” (SH 323:32), and citation S22, lines 14-16, “Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science” (SH 427:14).

So what is your answer when you are called to heal our world, whether its climate, its argument over diversity, or over who or which one matters more than another? See your answer in Isaiah 6:8: “…I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Why can you be sent? Citation B15, Luke 17:21: “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” And in citation B17, Isaiah 58:11: “…the Lord shall guide thee continually….”

Citation B18, Isa 62, tells us that you shall be called by a new name. What scripture characters had their names chaned when they agreed to be sent? What would your name be, what new name would you choose for yourself? The world has need of you. Neither age, nor experience, nor socio-economic status has any bearing. See the call to action in citations S26 and S28:

“Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom…

“We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear” (SH 248:5–8, 26-32).

“When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle” (SH 322:3–7).

Read together Hymn 382 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

What is thy birthright, man, Child of the perfect One;
What is thy Father's plan For His beloved son?
Thou art Truth's honest child, Of pure and sinless heart;
Thou treadest undefiled In Christly paths apart.
Vain dreams shall disappear As Truth dawns on the sight;
The phantoms of thy fear Shall flee before the light.
Take then the sacred rod; Thou art not error's thrall;
Thou hast the gift of God— Dominion over all.

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