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[PSST: Awake! Stop looking to matter and material objects as providers of anything!] Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs)
for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on “Unreality”
for September 28-October 4, 2020
prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S. • 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT), Isaiah 1:18 – Who is called to come and reason together? What does this simple sentence indicate about inclusivity, about diversity, about dwelling in the same tent?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – What does the Responsive Reading state about God being present everywhere and available to everyone 24/7; from east to west?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – This section first establishes God as the Only. Then it calls on us to awake, rid ourselves from looking to matter and material objects as gods or providers of anything, even of anything considered life-sustaining. When we look away from matter because it presents only unreality, what do we find? (citation B3, Isaiah 52:7).

Since God is All (citation S2, Science & Health-SH 339), where is there room for an opposite or unlikeness to God? If God did not make it, can it have existence? (Citation S4, SH 525)

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Since material sight and the material senses are limited in what they behold, what shall we use to see, hear, feel God as present – with each of us? Think about the power of a microscope or a telescope. Even though they are looking deeper into matter, they give a hint as to there being more to our existence than what the material senses show. Read together Citation S8 (SH 563). Answer the question: “But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?”

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How was Nehemiah to accomplish so great a work as rebuilding the wall at Jerusalem right under the rulers and nobles without being detected? Might it have something to do with where they were looking, what they were seeing? Have you ever experienced looking all over for something lost and then finding it and saying, “Why, it was always there all along”?

What does this scripture story in citations B10 and B11 (Nehemiah 2 & 6) say about being protected and “hidden from error” when we are about God’s work? It’s not so much about God knowing about a wall to be rebuilt, but about God’s law of productivity, wisdom, obedience, and control that takes place and precedence in our lives.

Read together Hymn 12 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here).

Hymn 12:

Arise ye people, take your stand, Cast out your idols from the land,
Above all doctrine, form or creed Is found the Truth that meets your need.
Christ's promise stands: they that believe His works shall do, his power receive.

Go forward then, and as ye preach So let your works confirm your speech,
And prove to all with following sign The Word of God is power divine.
In love and healing ministry Show forth the Truth that makes men free.

O Father-Mother God, whose plan Hath given dominion unto man,
In Thine own image we may see Man pure and upright, whole and free.
And ever through our work shall shine That light whose glory, Lord, is Thine.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – In the two scripture stories in Citations B13 and B14 (John 8 & Mark 2), compare what the scribes and Pharisees were looking for, looking at, and seeing, versus what Jesus saw. Read together citation S17 (SH 476). This is also a good memorization opportunity. What is it that we see about our fellow occupants of this spaceship Earth when we look with spiritual sense? See citation S22 (SH 99):

  • Calm, strong currents of true spirituality
  • Health, purity, and self-immolation manifested
  • Deeper human experiences
  • Material existence seen to be a bald imposition
  • Sin, disease, and death give place

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Does it matter how long a situation or issue has appeared to us? Every healing is an instantaneous healing occurring in the “aa-ha” moment of clarity and connection to reality and shedding the unreal, which is but a false view. How did this work in citation B15 (John 5)? Imagine 38 years of suffering wiped away in an instant by Jesus. See how Jesus explained it in citation B15, verse 30. What is the message for us? “I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

  • Which is real – harmony or discord?
  • Which is beautiful to the ears – harmony or discord?
  • Which do you choose – harmony or discord?

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Here is your powerful choice in citation B16 (Isaiah 2:22): “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils….” Why? Because citation B17, verse 16 (Romans 8) tells us we are heirs of God.

Read together Hymn 202 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here)

Hymn 202 (& 412)
O dreamer, leave thy dreams for joyful waking,
O captive, rise and sing, for thou art free;
The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking,
Unloosing bonds of all captivity.

He comes to bless thee on his wings of healing;
To banish pain, and wipe all tears away;
He comes anew, to humble hearts revealing
The mounting footsteps of the upward way.

He comes to give thee joy for desolation,
Beauty for ashes of the vanished years;
For every tear to bring full compensation,
To give thee confidence for all thy fears.

He comes to call the dumb to joyful singing;
The deaf to hear; the blinded eyes to see;
The glorious tidings of salvation bringing.
O captive, rise, thy Saviour comes to thee.

Why? Because citation S29 (SH 468:12) states: “Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal.” Let us close with another wonderful memorization opportunity in citation S30. [As a memory device, Warren likes to calls this the “Lettuce diet” or “Let-us treatment”]:

Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine ‘powers that be.’” (SH 249:1,8-9)

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