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[PSST: Pause, look around and see the presence of God in all God has made.]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

for January 1-7, 2018
[Open & upper right download a New Year 2018 Ken Cooper poem titled “Go On in!”]

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Here is an invitation to pause, look around and see the presence of God through God’s works, through all that God has made. Ask students where they see God in God’s creation and forever laws all around. Examples: a bird flying, a leaf blowing in the wind, the smile on a friend’s face. How do these give evidence of the presence of God in our lives?

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – How do you praise/bless God with your life? What talents do you have that are attributable to God? How are you using those talents to bless others as well? If a student can’t think of any talents, then turn them to the fact that they are alive and life is to be used and can be used for the glory of God. What does it mean then to glorify God in your life?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Ask students to share examples from the Bible of persons or people who were saved or delivered by God. Why are these examples important to us today? Because they provide evidence of God with us, ever-present, helping us to know or remember who God is and who we are. B4.

Read together Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of God in citation S2 and on page 587 of Science & Health. What is the essence of the Babel story in citation B3? Might you receive a hint from Eddy’s definition of Babel in citation S4 and on page 581 in S&H. What qualities would unite a kingdom rather than divide it? See Psalm 133:1. What is the great unifier available to you and all mankind? See John 13:34 and Romans 12:10. Look to S&H 252:32-8 to help identify qualities we can look for and see in our fellow man.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What do your students consider as prayer? Might it be a conversation with God? How would one define prayer? Both speaking and listening. Perhaps asking a question and listening for an answer. Have any of your students had such a conversation with God? See an example of prayer in citation S7. What is the great prayer given by Christ Jesus to his disciples and to us as his followers? Matthew 6:9 and Luke 11:2. See also S&H 16:7-10, 24-15.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What is the promise in citation B6? “…the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together:” This is a specific counterfact to the claim that one cannot hear God’s speaking or that some are chosen and others are left out. Use this truth to aid in your listening, in your praying. What other promise is given to you in citation B8 (line 24)? How does Christian Science aid in that prayer, in the assurance of God as present with us everywhere? S10.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Read together the story of Nicodemus in citation B9. What is the essence of this story? Perhaps it is that regardless of past experience every moment is new for a rebirth, for a reconnection with God who remains ever-present, ever-available. Read together Hymn 224 from the Christian Science Hymnal. Can you be born again? How often or how many times? S19.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Ask students to memorize citation S22. Some Christian Scientists refer to this statement of truth as a WALL of defense:

When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you…

Allow nothing but his likeness to abide in your thought…

Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow…

Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support…

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Does God know your needs? B13. Are your needs met before you ask? B14. Are you confident of this truth? B15.

Memorize citation S23. What are some key words in this statement? Always, every, all mankind, supplies all good. Who is left out of this promise? S25. Why is this so? Is it because of the nature of God, Good, the only Creator? Yes, and because you are created in God’s image, because you are spiritual, like Spirit.

P.S.S.T. Section 7 – Read together Hymns 72 and 73 from the Christian Science Hymnal. How else might you give God the glory, “…the glory due unto his name”? Use Hymn 109 from the Christian Science Hymnal as an aid.

Read together Psalm 46:10. This week practice stillness, listening, seeing God all around, in every experience you have. You are indeed blessed of the Lord.


Hymn 224

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.

Hymn 72

Glory be to God on high, God whose glory fills the sky;

Peace on earth to man is given, Man, the well-beloved of heaven.

Gracious Father, in Thy love, Send Thy blessings from above;

Let Thy light, Thy truth, Thy peace Bid all strife and tumult cease.

Mark the wonders of His hand: Power no empire can withstand;

Wisdom, angels’ glorious theme; Goodness one eternal stream.

All ye people, raise the song, Endless thanks to God belong;

Hearts o’erflowing with His praise, Join the hymns your voices raise.

Hymn 73

Glory, honor, praise and pure oblations Unto God the Lord belong;

Come into His presence with thanksgiving, Come before Him with a song.

In His hand is all the power of nations, Sing to Him, ye joyous congregations,

Psalms of gratitude and praise Unto God the Father raise.

God is Mind and holy thought is sending; Man, His image, hears His voice.

Every heart may understand His message, In His kindness may rejoice.

Lo, He speaks, all condemnation ending, Every true desire with Love’s will blending;

Losing self, in Him we find Joy, health, hope, for all mankind.

Hymn 109

Here, O God, Thy healing presence Lifts our thoughts from self and sin,

Fills with light their hidden places, When Thy love is welcomed in.

Here Thy tender sweet persuasions Turn us home to heavenly ways,

While our hearts, unsealed, adoring, Pour the fragrance of Thy praise.

Reverent lives unveil Thy beauty, Faithful witness bear of Thee;

Binding up the broken-hearted, We reflect Thy radiancy.

So may deeper consecration Show Thee forth in healing’s sign,

Till through joyful self-surrender We in Love’s pure likeness shine.

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