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[PSST: Begin reasoning with cause, not effect!]
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”
for June 15-21, 2020

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

Why should this topic be important and of interest to us today? Think about what it implies. At its base is anchoring creation and evolution in matter. If the atom is the baseline for man’s being, then who or what created the atom? Can Spirit create something so unlike and opposite itself? Does DNA reveal the true origin and evolution of man or is it a limited view based on limited assumptions? All questions worthy of consideration, don’t you think?

P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) – The Golden Text puts the answer to these questions squarely in front of us. Read it together.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) As the Psalmist sang to the Lord; ask students to identify reasons given in the RR to sing out loud – what and who our creator is and what was done for us. Something to sing about in every verse.

Read together Hymn 283 from The Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here):

Hymn 283

Praise we the Lord, for His mercy endureth forever.

Let us extol Him with joyous and loving endeavor;

Come let us sing, Praising our God and our King,

Should we be silent? Ah, never.

Praise we the Lord, who our footsteps still holdeth from sliding;

Daily He campeth about us, protecting and guiding;

E'en while we sleep Watch doth He tenderly keep;

Ever new mercies providing.

Praise we the Lord with a joyous and glad adoration;

Lo, unto them that believe there is no condemnation;

Now will we raise Songs of thanksgiving and praise,

Christ is become our salvation.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – How shall we reason when presented with material “facts”? How do we arrive at the truth of creation? (Citation S3) Essentially, we begin with cause, not effect, in our reasoning process.

Read together Hymn 275 from The Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here):

Hymn 275

Praise now creative Mind, Maker of earth and heaven;

Glory and power to Him belong,

Joy of the sun and skies, Strength where the hills arise,

So let us praise with joy and song.

Ages have seen His might, Father we call His name;

Nights of our mourning and sorrow end,

Light blesses opened eyes, Joys like the dawns arise

As we see Him our God and Friend.

Saviour from death is He; Life is our heritage;

Mercy and goodness forever guide;

Ours is the risen Christ, Daily we keep our tryst,

And evermore in Love confide.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What can you consider about the universe you see to aid in answering foundational questions:

  • Who made the heavens and the earth?
  • Who made man?
  • What role did Spirit have and still has in my creation, my well-being?

What role does the study of Christian Science have in clarifying our thought on these questions? (Citation S10, p. 264:26)

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Read together Citation S13 (p. 69:2-5). What is the fixed fact stated in that citation?

What role did this fixed fact play in the healing of the man with leprosy in Citation B12 (Luke 5:12-16), a disease thought to be incurable, and so communicable that one couldn’t even touch a person with leprosy?

Additionally, what does Citation S16 (p. 14:12-18) tell us about prayer and its impact on our thought and body?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – The healings in the scriptures are not wishful thinking but Citation B16 (Zachariah 4:6) tells us are based on the power of Spirit. Do you have this power? Where did you get it? How long will you have it? What does reflection mean to you? Ask students to put reflection in their own words or word pictures for an explanation of reflection. Citation S21 is worthy of consideration.

“Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, — is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal” (Science & Health 306:25).

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What is the command in Citation B20, (Job 37,verse 14)? In the midst of the bottomless pit, smoke, and fire in Citation B18 (Revelation 9:1, 2), we find God in the midst. Can we liken this pit, smoke, fire, darkness to issues in our world today? Need we be fearful of them? Why not? Read Citations B21 (Ps. 121:6) and B22 (Hab. 2:14) for answers. Read together Hymn 82 from The Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here).

Hymn 82

God is working His purpose out As year succeeds to year,

God is working His purpose out And the time is drawing near;

Nearer and nearer draws the time, The time that shall surely be, When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God As the waters cover the sea.

What can we do to work God's work, To prosper and increase The brotherhood of all mankind, The reign of the Prince of Peace?

What can we do to hasten the time, The time that shall surely be, When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God As the waters cover the sea?

March we forth in the strength of God With the banner of Christ unfurled,

That the light of the glorious Gospel of truth May shine throughout the world;

Fight we the fight with sorrow and sin, To set their captives free, That the earth may be filled with the glory of God As the waters cover the sea.

Read together Citation S25 (96:4-18, 21) . What is your anchor during chaos, inharmony, conflicts, mental fermentation? “Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless” (SH 96:23).

So, you can be intelligent about what you are thinking and how you are approaching such challenges.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – We have looked at several hymns during this Lesson. What new song would you like to sing that speaks to God in praise of Her as Creator? Perhaps one that you have composed, or one from The Christian Science Hymnal that is seldom sung.

What are key takeaways in Citations S29 (125:21), S30 (209:16), and S31(509:24) that help us not be afraid of material conditions and what the world is throwing our way about pandemic, climate changes, man’s inhumanity to man, earth’s relationship to the rest of the universe, pollution of the sea and the air?

Christian Science does not cause one to be ignorant or ignor’-ant, but to challenge these material atomic changes by looking to changeless Mind, Spirit, to find “…beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness – yea, the divine nature — …in man and the universe never to disappear” (Citation S31, 509:24).

Conclude with reading together Hymn 93 from The Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here).

Hymn 93

Happy the man whose heart can rest, Assured God's goodness ne'er will cease;

Each day, complete, with joy is blessed, God keepeth him in perfect peace.

God keepeth him, and God is one, One Life, forevermore the same, One Truth unchanged while ages run; Eternal Love His holiest name.

Dwelling in Love that cannot change, From anxious fear man finds release;

No more his homeless longings range, God keepeth him in perfect peace.

In perfect peace, with tumult stilled, Enhavened where no storms arise,

There man can work what God hath willed; The joy of perfect work his prize.

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