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[PSST: Hold your ground, be unshaken! (3)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

God the Only Cause and Creator
November 30-December 6, 2015

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS pegasus6524@gmail.com

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What is the promise the Great Creator makes to all nations in the Golden Text? “…will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations.” Righteousness may be defined as right thinking and right acting. Ask students to write a Christian Science prayer treatment for any nation on earth to counteract any false belief prevailing about that nation. No nation is left out of the praise or goodness being heaped upon them now by the Great Creator. Read together Hymn 218 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – How many Creators are there? How many Powers are there? How many Minds are there? Who directs the ways of all nations? Who saves all the people of the earth? Read together Hymn 444 from the CS Hymnal Supplement (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Why can you trust God? Ask students to share any recent healings they had by turning to God for help. Read together Hymn 213 from the CS Hymnal (printed below). What does it mean to have communion with God? Explore together the importance of quiet time, of listening time, seeking God’s guidance. Look to the Science & Health portion of this section. Ask students to point out key words or phrases that help further expand upon God’s role as Creator:

  • animating
  • perfect and eternal
  • could not create an atom or an element the opposite of Himself
  • like produces like
  • God fashions all things, after His own likeness
  • permanence
  • bathes all in beauty and light
  • impart
  • derived
  • reflections of good
  • one primal cause
  • proceed from this great and only cause

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What is the promise God made and is making to you and all nations in citation B-10? Let the work of God, the beauty of the Lord God, the work of our hands be established. Do you find these works through the physical senses or through spiritual sense? What is spiritual sense? See S&H page 209:31-32. Look to citation S-12 and ask students to state what they gain as they cultivate spiritual sense.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – Once again it is stated we are God’s people (B-11). Why do you think God created us? Could or would God, the Great Creator, ever abandon us? It would be as if God were abandoning God’s reflection. An impossibility, for God cannot be diminished nor would God diminish us, His reflection.

Read together the Bible story in citation B-13. What comfort and healing did Jesus provide to the woman? How could he do this? He gave the answer before the healing. See citation B-12. His going to God to know what God created and the nature of that creation was exercising spiritual sense. See citation S-14 for an affirmation of the need to put aside the claims of physical sense.

Read also citation S-17 for a corrective approach to rely on the truths you learn as students of Christian Science. What anchors these facts of Christian Science? (S-18) Hold your ground, be unshaken. Read also together Hymn 297 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – God daily loads us with benefits. Review the Daily Prayer in the Church Manual of The Mother Church: 41:19 (Section 4). See also your call to action in citations S-24 and S-25.

Daily Prayer. Sect. 4. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: “Thy kingdom come;” let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What do you think it means to bow before the Lord? Perhaps it means to be receptive, to listen, to affirm in prayer many of the ideas you explored in this Lesson.

Citation S-20 relates to God as a shepherd and us as sheep. What do you know of the relationship of shepherds to sheep and sheep to shepherds? Read together Mary Baker Eddy’s poem “Feed My Sheep” found as Hymn 304 in the CS Hymnal (printed below).

Look to the Science & Health portion of this section as a wonderful summary of God’s role as Creator and the benefits we and all nations receive. What are some key words or phrases?

  • universal, eternal, divine Love
  • causeth no evil, disease, nor death
  • blesses man
  • sick are healed
  • sorrowing are comforted
  • sinning are reformed
  • Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object
  • spiritual causation
  • “The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.”
  • Read the whole statement in citation S-31: “The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.”

This is true nation building. See the role God and you play as active Christian Scientists in Science & Health 516:9 (printed below).

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Hymn 218:
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 444:
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’re safe and secure; I am forever beside thee.
So rest and know wher-e’er you go, Home and heav’n cannot be denied thee,
For I am the Lord, there is none else; There is no God beside Me.

Hymn 213:
O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for time to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.
Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same.
A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone,
Short as the watch that ends the night Before the rising sun.
O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for time to come,
Thou art our guard while ages last, And our eternal home.

Hymn 297:
Science, the angel with the flaming sword,
God’s gift, the glory of the risen Lord;
Light of the world, in whose light we shall see
Father and perfect Son, blest unity;
Calm of Shekinah where hope anchors fast,
Harbor of refuge till the storm be past;
Sweet, secret place where God and men do meet,
Horeb whereon we walk with unshod feet;
Place of communion with the Lamb of God,
Fold where the sheep must pass beneath His rod;
Ark where the dove may close her faltering wings,
Love’s law divine that makes us priests and kings;
Loosener of prison bands at midnight hour,
Of self-forged chains that fall through Love’s all-power;
Christ’s morning meal by joyous Galilee:
Science, thou dost fulfill all prophecy.

Hymn 304:
Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,—How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice, Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice All the rugged way.
Thou wilt bind the stubborn will, Wound the callous breast,
Make self-righteousness be still, Break earth’s stupid rest.
Strangers on a barren shore, Lab’ring long and lone,
We would enter by the door, And Thou know’st Thine own;
So, when day grows dark and cold, Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold, Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart, Till the morning’s beam;
White as wool, ere they depart, Shepherd, wash them clean.

Science & Health 516:9: God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth. Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

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