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[PSST: Find satisfaction in God’s fullness (GT)and happiness everywhere! (RR)]Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“God”
for December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Are you happy? What makes you happy? Getting things/stuff or feeling close to God? Read together Hymn 224 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

“O Lord, I would delight in Thee,
And on Thy care depend;
To Thee in every trouble flee,
My best, my ever Friend.

When all material streams are dried,
Thy fullness is the same;
May I with this be satisfied,
And glory in Thy name.

“All good, where'er it may be found,
Its source doth find in Thee;
I must have all things and abound,
While God is God to me.

O that I had a stronger faith,
To look within the veil,
To credit what my Saviour saith,
Whose word can never fail.

“He that has made my heaven secure,
Will here all good provide;
While Christ is rich, can I be poor?
What can I want beside?

O God, I cast my care on Thee;
I triumph and adore;
Henceforth my great concern shall be
To love and praise Thee more.”

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – How did Moses show his closeness to God in the scripture stated in the Responsive Reading?

  • Heard God speaking
  • Saw the burning bush that was not consumed
  • Humility
  • Willingness to be obedient

This is a good role play story. What do students know about why Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law? How/why did Moses flee to this wilderness area? Do you think Moses was happy about having to leave his training/status in the house of Pharaoh? Do we need to live in a palace and be treated as royalty to be happy? Or, can we find happiness while tending sheep, mainly alone or solitary?

What other Bible character tended sheep and composed many songs during his days and nights as a shepherd? Where can we find those songs in the Bible? Ask students if they have a favorite Psalm they would like to read to the class.

P.S.S.T. [“all-knowing” (S3)] Section 1 – Read together Hymn 499 from the Christian Science Hymnal.

“I am the Lord, there is none else;
There is no God beside Me.
I girded thee, I girded thee,
Though thou hast not even known Me.

But know that from the rising sun
To the west there is none beside Me,
For I am the Lord, there is none else;
There is no God beside Me.

“I am the Truth, there is none else;
There is no Truth beside Me.
Infinite light, bountiful, bright,
Is ever present to guide thee.

Beloved and free, eternally,
Perfect peace and joy I provide thee,
For I am the Lord, there is none else;
There is no God beside Me.

“Innocent one, sinless and pure,
Nothing can ever divide thee.
Governed by Love, you are secure;
I am forever beside thee.

So rest and know wher-e'er you go,
Home and heaven cannot be denied thee,
For I am the Lord, there is none else;
There is no God beside Me.”

How does God identify God’s self at the opening of citation B1 and the same as God revealed God’s self to Moses in the Responsive Reading? I AM. What did God say about God’s self? Recorded throughout this first section,

  • There is none else, there is no God beside me
  • I girded thee (what does “girded” mean? – encircled, secured, surrounded, strengthened)
  • I exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth
  • I know the thoughts that I think toward you – peace
  • When you seek me, you shall find me
  • Because I AM you can know the things freely given to you

Are you concerned that maybe you don’t know God? Read what Mary Baker Eddy tells us in citation S2. When you look you will see God everywhere, all around you, from a blade of grass to a distant star.

Read together citation S5. What do you think it means that “Religion will then be of the heart and not of the head”? Do you feel God in the wind, in the sunlight, in drops of rain, in a hug from a friend?

P.S.S.T. [“all-seeing” (S3)] Section 2 – Citation B7 states, “God is light”. What are the qualities of light that indicate God as present?/ Use the Bible story in citation B9 about a fellow who received the light of blindness healed by Jesus, to ask and answer the question – Do we see God through the eyes or hear God with the ears?

Citation B10 provides answers. Read together Hymn 66 from the Christian Science Hymnal. Pay particular attention to verse 4.

“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!”

What do you think God, as light, reveals to you about yourself and all mankind? See citation S12 also. What aspects of God are also stated in this citation? (substance, Life, intelligence, Truth and Love)

P.S.S.T. [“all-acting”] Section 3 – What are some happy thoughts shared in citation B13?

  • Whatever God the Father does so can you, God’s child, do
  • The Father loves you
  • The Father shows you all things
  • The Father has life in himself, and gives to his child life
  • I can do all things because of my father
  • My consciousness and actions are governed by Mind, God (citation S17)
  • My “being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action” (citation S18)

P.S.S.T. [“all-wise”] Section 4 – More reasons to be happy in this section. Ask students to identify them:

  • Wisdom, knowledge, joy (citation B15)
  • Grace be with you and peace (citation B16)
  • Depth of riches (citation B18)

What do you have that originates in God and belongs to you? (citation S20)

  • All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause and effect
  • Wisdom, truth, life, love, good

Can you ever be separated from God?

Read together Hymn 135 from the Christian Science Hymnal

“I know no life divided,
Lord of life, from Thee;
In Thee is life provided
For all mankind and me:

I know no death, O Father,
Because I live in Thee;
Thy life it is that frees us
From death eternally.

“I fear no tribulation,
Since, whatsoe'er it be,
It makes no separation
Between my Lord and me:

Since Thou, my God and Father,
Dost claim me as Thine own,
I richly shall inherit
All good, from Thee alone.”

Your knowledge of this fact – no separation – does what for you? (citation S24)

  • Develops our latent abilities and possibilities
  • Gives you access to broader and higher realms
  • Raises you as a thinker into your native air of insight and perspicacity

P.S.S.T. [“all-loving”] Section 5 – The greatest happiness comes from following the new commandment given by John as stated in citation B22. What is it? – “…love one another…”

Read what Mary Baker Eddy tells us about the power of love for one another in citation S29: “Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.”

P.S.S.T. [“eternal”] Section 6 – Here is another statement of happiness that comes from knowing the eternal God as stated in citation B26:

  • We shall be His people
  • God shall be with us
  • God shall wipe away all tears
  • There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, no more pain

Read together Hymn 93 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

“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.”

What does this hymn tell us?

  • Happy are you assured God’s goodness will never cease
  • God keeps you in perfect peace
  • From anxious fear you find release
  • God stills all tumult
  • God silences all storms
  • Your prize is lasting joy, happiness

Finally, read together Hymn 164 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come,
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing.

“No more let sin and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
Where'er he comes, his blessings flow,
And hope and joy abound.

“He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness
And wonders of his love.”

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