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[PSST: Be long-suffering! Remain loving even without response. (3)]
Possible Sunday School Topics
for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Love – July 27-August 2, 2015

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Read together Hymn 270 from the Christian Science Hymnal. Ask students for key ideas found in this hymn that point to “God is Love.”

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Read together the Responsive Reading. What are the attributes of God as Love recorded here?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Read together citation B4, verses 7-10. Can anyone ever be outside of God’s care and love? Also read together citation S4. What does the word “enough” mean? Perhaps all sufficiency, meeting every need, all-encompassing, mine and everyone else’s too.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – How did Jesus show compassion in the bible story in citation B10? What was Jesus’ message to the woman? “…be of good comfort …go in peace.” One need never fear with God at hand to comfort, guard, and guide. Read together citation S11. What is it that is adequate to meet every human need?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What does it mean for charity to suffer long? Look up the dictionary definition for “suffereth.” How can one maintain charity even in the face of unkindness? Read the definition of Gethsemane in Science and Health 586:20 especially “…love meeting no response, but still remaining love.” What is it that we are expected to sow generously? (B13) See also citation S14. Who was Florence Nightingale? Why do you suppose MBE mentions her? What is a Philanthropist? Are you one? Read together Hymn 139 from the Christian Science Hymnal. What is the result of giving of your heart’s rich overflow?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What is Jesus’ command in citation B18? “…continue ye in my love” and “…love one another…” Ask students to share what they think that means. Ask them also to share an example of when someone expressed that love for them. Read together Hymn 179 from the Christian Science Hymnal.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – How does Divine Love meet every human need? Perhaps we can say, in as, and through me, through each one of us.” What is the significance of the healing in citation B22? What does it mean to touch someone? Is it always physical? What about when we touch others with our thought about them? What is the result when reaching someone with Divine Love? S24. What is your incentive when praying for someone or for the world? S23. What is the result? S25. Refer again to Hymn 179.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What does it mean to live in peace? Peace with one’s self, with one’s neighbor and friend, with one’s environment? What is your relation to the Divine? S27. Perfect God and perfect man settles any question about who you are and why you are. At the heart of this perfection is Love – love that God has for us and therefore love that we have for each other. Read together Hymn 178 from the Christian Science Hymnal. What is the Golden Rule? Now go live it.

Hymn 270:

Our God is Love, unchanging Love, And can we ask for more?

Our prayer for Love’s increase is vain; ’Twas infinite before.

Ask not the Lord with breath of praise For more than we accept;

The open fount is free to all, God’s promises are kept.

Our God is Mind, the perfect Mind, Intelligence divine;

Shall mortal man ask Him to change His infinite design?

The heart that yearns for righteousness, With longing unalloyed,

In such desire sends up a prayer That ne’er returneth void.

O loving Father, well we know That words alone are vain,

That those who seek Thy will to do, The true communion gain.

Then may our deeds our pure desire For growth in grace express,

That we may know how Love divine Forever waits to bless.

Hymn 139:

I walk with Love along the way, And O, it is a holy day;

No more I suffer cruel fear, I feel God’s presence with me here;

The joy that none can take away Is mine; I walk with Love today.

Who walks with Love along the way, Shall talk with Love and Love obey;

God’s healing truth is free to all, Our Father answers every call;

’Tis He dispels the clouds of gray That all may walk with Love today.

Come, walk with Love along the way, Let childlike trust be yours today;

Uplift your thought, with courage go, Give of your heart’s rich overflow,

And peace shall crown your joy-filled day. Come, walk with Love along the way.

Hymn 179:

Love one another,—word of revelation; Love frees from error’s thrall,—Love is liberation. Love’s way the Master trod; He that loves shall walk with God. Love is the royal way.

Love knows no evil, neither shade of sadness; Love casts out every fear, lifts the heart to gladness. Love heals our every ill, All the law does love fulfill. Love is our answered prayer.

Love now is dawning over every nation; Showing true brotherhood, publishing salvation, Love bids all discord cease. Conquering hate, enthroning peace, Love, Love alone is power.

Hymn 178:

Love is life’s true crown and glory, Love the splendor of the light,

Truly is God’s counsel gentle, Truly all His ways are bright;

Jesus knew the law of kindness, Healing mind and heart of blindness;

And in heavenly wisdom taught Holy works of love he wrought.

Love, the Golden Rule of living, Showeth forth the perfect Mind;

Love, our debt to God who gives it, All compassion is, and kind;

Charity the law fulfilleth, Mid the nations rancor stilleth;

Loving hearts in friendship blend, One in Him, our heavenly Friend.

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