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[PSST: Look to God, not to matter, for the revelation of laws of the universe. (RR) Wrestle with your longings. (2) Argue against injustices & infections where all long for solutions/satisfaction. (4,6,7)]
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

for September 14-20, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S. • 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT), Psalms 84:2 – Think of this Golden Text passage as someone genuinely yearning (almost crying out) for a better understanding of God, of heaven, of my place in the universe, of my life’s purpose, for meaning of it all.

The bigger question might be, Why? Have you ever looked up at the stars at night and wondered about what kind of world was contained in each? This may be a hint as to the mindset of the author of this psalm and how significant for each of us is his “longing” expressed in the Golden Text. You may also find some comfort in Hymn 572 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here).

Hymn 572

Seek ye first the kingdom of God And His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you.

Allelu, alleluia!
Ask and it shall be given unto you. Seek and ye shall find,
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.

Allelu, alleluia!
We do not live by bread alone, But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God.

Allelu, alleluia!

Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Ask students to share any scripture examples where individuals searched and found responses to longings.

  1. For example: Jeremiah 29:13; Isaiah 40:1, Isaiah 66:13

There are 233 references to the word “seek” in the King James Bible.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – What do Paul’s writings in the Responsive Reading tell us about turning to God for the revelation of laws of the universe? The hint here is to look for something beyond what the limited material senses reveal. See Isaiah 45:22 and Psalm 121:1,2.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – So, we must look beyond matter and the material universe to satisfy our longings. See Science & Health (SH) 264:7. What will then be the result? SH 264:13.

Is this what you are seeking, longing for?

Metaphysicians do this. What, indeed, is metaphysics? SH 269:14-28.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Think about Moses alone in the wilderness wrestling with questions of his life’s purpose now that he is no longer Pharaoh’s son (Citation B6).

Think about Jacob wrestling alone in Genesis 32:24, after stealing his brother’s birthright.

We are in good company if we too are wrestling with our longings, our desire to know more, to seek clarity, to understand our life’s purpose.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Ask students to share any knowledge they have about Peter’s life and the word often related to him, “impetuous”. What is the meaning of that word? Peter was so eager to know God and Jesus Christ that he often followed Jesus with zeal, as in the story in citation B9 about walking on the water. What else do you know about Peter’s longing for this knowledge and acting quickly?

  1. Matthew 4:18-20; Acts 12:5-11; John 18:10

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – How do you argue with yourself about the evidence of the material senses versus spiritual sense as you seek clarity and answers to your longings to know God and yourself better? See SH 418:22. What are some current human conditions about which we are longing for clarity? How might we argue against them?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read together SH 366:30-9. Do you desire to argue on the side of health or sickness, of wealth or lack, of inclusion or separation? Read together SH 450:27-7. See also SH 571:15-18. The clearer you are about who you are, the better able you are to help others. Think of scripture characters whose lives changed and how they helped others afterwards:

  1. Moses, Jacob, Peter, Paul

Read together SH 323:32-4. This is you, if you are willing to take on the work.

P.S.S.T. Sections 6 & 7 – Longing seeks satisfaction. Read together Mary Baker Eddy’s poem “Satisfied” from the Christian Science Hymnal, #160 (words printed here)

Hymn 160

It matters not what be thy lot, So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine, Whate'er betide.

And of these stones, or tyrants' thrones, God able is
To raise up seed-in thought and deed-To faithful His.

Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence! Our God is good.
False fears are foes-truth tatters those, When understood.

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me, Ayont hate's thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might, And God is All.

The centuries break, the earth-bound wake, God's glorified!
Who doth His will-His likeness still- Is satisfied.

What are some key takeaways from this poem? Ask and answer:

  • What or who is it that guides you?
  • What or who is it that satisfies you?
  • What or who is it that drives out darkness from our lives?

Finish the statement for yourself: “It matters not what….”

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