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[PSST: Fix your heart on “one guarantee that the Love that is All holds (you) tenderly!” (GT)]
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

“Mortals and Immortals”
for November 9-15, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT), II Corinthians 5:17 – Every day is a new day; in fact, every moment is a new moment. Read together Hymn 500 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words printed here).

Hymn 500

I awake each morn to a brand-new day,
Singing Hallelujah! as I go on my way,
For my heart is fixed on this one guarantee:
The Love that is All holds me tenderly.

REFRAIN
Tender mercies, oh tender mercies,
Tender mercies are holding me.
Tender mercies, oh tender mercies,
Tender mercies are holding me.

I can walk with Love through the valley of fear,
Singing Hallelujah! O, my Savior is here!
For my empty longing no hope can fulfill,
But Love meets all need and bids want be still.

REFRAIN

So no matter the need and no matter the threat,
I'm secure in Your love, no fear, no regret.
Can there be a sweeter comfort, a grace more divine,
Than the thought that Your love is here and is mine?

REFRAIN

What one thing would you like to see changed, or from a new viewpoint, in your experience – either personally or globally? Now let’s look to the rest of this lesson to see how we affect this change. What choices can we make in this moment to support a new moment?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – Let’s begin at the very beginning. What have you inherited from your Creator? Are you a creature of darkness, of the night, or are you a creature (creation) of the light, of the day?

What kind of moments would darkness lead you to? What kind of moments would light lead you to? You have choices.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What does God say to you about support as you make choices, in Citation B1 (Isaiah 42:5,6,8)? What is the image God has of you? Graceful, knowledgeable perfect, or with vanity, darkness, alienated from good, ignorant? What does it mean that you are called to put on the new man? (Citation B2, Ephesians 4:22) Graceful or alienated?

Christian Science, mankind’s best friend, is a light aiding in the choices. Choices are often supported by proofs, leading to light or darkness. Ask students to share some statements in Science & Health and the scriptures (our Pastor) that guide us toward choices of light. Look to the first line in Science & Health for example, or the Scientific Statement of Being (SH 468:8-15), or Genesis 1:31 (to first period). When we choose light over darkness, our world – personal and global – is illuminated. Then we see what we might have been missing, but was always there (Citation S5, SH 265:5).

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Not only are we choosing, but we are chosen. Citation B3 (I Peter 2:9) states that we are:

  • A chosen generation
  • A royal priesthood
  • An holy nation
  • A peculiar people
  • Called out of darkness into his marvelous light

In the quietness of a moment, what do you hear? If you think you can’t hear anything, read citation S12 (SH 323:28-2). Are you willing to hear, to shed the old dark world for the new world of light? The world you are choosing begins with moments and expands into days.

Read together the scripture story in citation B5 (Luke 5:1-10). What was the difference in the result of toiling in the night or following Jesus’ commands and awakening to a brand-new day? Do you want empty nets or nets filled to breaking?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Sometimes the world or the moments we are observing may seem tumultuous. What are we to do then? Citation B7 (Matthew 14:22-33).

Citations S14 and S17 tell us:

  • “Be not afraid!” (SH 410:29-30)
  • “When outgrowing the old, you should not fear to put on the new.” (SH 452:10-11)

Read also Citation S19 (SH 254:27). These passages show that we need not fear, that God is with us, that heaven, harmony, is here and ours, now. The key takeaway is “Be not afraid when listening for quiet moments, when choosing in a new moment to examine the difference between a mortal suggestion and an immortal idea. Affirm that you can perceive the difference. Just look to your net, empty or bursting with fish (ideas).

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Jesus asked the question in Citation B8 (Matthew 16:13-18): “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” and then again, “But whom say ye that I am?” Was Jesus asking because he didn’t know who he was, or because he was guiding the disciples to choose who or what they would follow? What was the blessing he provided to Simon and the assurance that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”? That is darkness has no power over light.

Read together Citation S23 (SH 72:9-13) which affirms this truth. Here we also have the words “mortality” for darkness, and “immortality” for light.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – In this section is the story of faith as a mustard seed (Citation B10, Matthew 17:14-21). How does this story relate to our discussion about choices, about quietness, about moments, about light instead of darkness? Remember “nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – The lesson culminates with a scripture story of the healing of Tabitha, raising her from the dead.

The several scripture stories in this lesson “…reveal the glorious possibilities of immortal man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses” (Citation S31, SH 288:27-28).

Ask students to share what this lesson said to them about moment by moment choices, about choosing light over darkness, about confidence that comes when casting our net on the right side, when awaking “each morning to a brand-new day”?

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