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[PSST: Embrace your divine heritage of ‘perennial youth”! Reject mortal heredity!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Lifefor January 11-17, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Begin by reading together Hymn 219 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). Look to verse 4 to identify some of the results one can personally expect by turning to the One Life: freer step, fuller breath, a grander view, no death.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Look to verse 3 in Hymn 219. Define “perennial.” What does it mean to have perennial youth? Will the fruit of my work/labors ever abate? What have you inherited from Life? How long will you have this inheritance? Can you ever be moved or separated from Life and its goodness? What is the difference between heritage and heredity? Which will you choose to follow? What is the prayer of assurance in RR, Psalms 16 verse 11? (“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”)

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Does any student know the camp song for citation B-1? Perhaps they will share it with the class.

Look to citation B-4. What are the commands and the results found in this passage? What is the result of choosing life? What does Mary Baker Eddy tell us about Life in citation S-2? What is the result of understanding that Life is God? S-3. Is there a connection to this statement and the Responsive Reading? You will still bring forth fruit in old age.

What arguments may you employ in citations S-4 and S-5 to contribute to your views of your existence? Remember heritage, not heredity, informs your arguments. Read together Hymn 275 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). Look especially to verse 3.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What does it mean to not be “consumed” in citation B-5? Perhaps it means to not focus on the problem (to be “absorbed with” or “engrossed in”) or concerned with or attracted to material possessions or relationships that one might not see higher and grander views.

There is a solid question asked by Elisha in citation B-6: “What hast thou in the house?” What does this story mean for you? An honest assessment of your talents or qualities and how they can be used for the benefit of mankind?

What do you know of Mary Baker Eddy and the talents she identified in herself and used to benefit mankind? Writing, publishing, healing, teaching, organizing, building, speaking/lecturing, preaching.

Now answer for yourself – What do you have in the house? How are you using your talents?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Ask students to share a healing as the result of trusting God as in citation B-8.

The story in citation B-9 is considered to be Jesus’ first public miracle or healing. What is the importance of giving evidence through demonstrating our understanding of Life? Should we keep our light under a bushel basket or on a stand so that all may benefit from the light? See Matthew 5:15, Mark 4:21, and Luke 11:33 for an answer. What are you called to do? Matt 5:16. Which would you desire to have more of in your life? Time or wine? See the spiritual definitions of both of these in Science & Health on pages 595:17 and 598:17(to 1st period).

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Are you to abide in and be consumed by material living being conformed to this world? Or, will you pray to be trans-formed? B-14. Read together citation S-19.

Read also Hymn 69 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). What are the talents/qualities being prayed for in this hymn? For what purpose are these talents/qualities desired? See the 3rd verse especially.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What is the healing promise in citation B-18? Is this a permanent promise? Refer again to Hymn 69, verse 3, regarding healing each wound and smart.

Read the healing of Mr. Clark in citations S-24 and S-25. Mr. Clark was a shoemaker who lived in Lynn, MA, when Mary Baker Eddy lived there in the late 1870s. This healing demonstrates that Christian Science prayer is effective regardless of whether the issue is acute or chronic. Why? S-26. See the Biblical promises in citations B-18 and B-19.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What is the scriptural promise in citation B-24? Ask students to memorize citation S-31. When is today?

Read together Hymn 66 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). Is this your prayer as well?


Hymn 219:

O Life that maketh all things new, The blooming earth, the thoughts of men;

Our pilgrim feet, wet with Thy dew, In gladness hither turn again.

From hand to hand the greeting flows, From eye to eye the signals run,

From heart to heart the bright hope glows, The seekers of the Light are one:

One in the freedom of the truth, One in the joy of paths untrod,

One in the heart’s perennial youth, One in the larger thought of God;—

The freer step, the fuller breath, The wide horizon’s grander view;

The sense of Life that knows no death,—The Life that maketh all things new.

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.

Hymn 69

Give me, O Lord, an understanding heart, That I may learn to know myself in Thee,

To spurn the wrong and choose the better part And thus from sinful bondage be set free.

Give me, O Lord, a meek and contrite heart, That I may learn to quell all selfish pride,

Bowing before Thee, see Thee as Thou art And ’neath Thy sheltering presence safely hide.

Give me, O Lord, a gentle, loving heart, That I may learn to be more tender, kind,

And with Thy healing touch, each wound and smart With Christly bands of Love and Truth to bind.

Hymn 66

From these Thy children gathered in Thy name, From hearts made whole, from lips redeemed from woe, Thy praise, O Father, shall forever flow. Alleluia! Alleluia!

O perfect Life, in Thy completeness held, None can beyond Thy omnipresence stray; Safe in Thy Love, we live and sing alway Alleluia! Alleluia!

O perfect Mind, reveal Thy likeness true, That higher selfhood which we all must prove, Joy and dominion, love reflecting Love. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou, Soul, inspiring—give us vision clear, Break earth-bound fetters, sweep away the veil, Show the new heaven and earth that shall prevail. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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