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Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) for The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

“Love”

for January 29-February 4, 2024

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S., for CedarS Camps

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P.S.S.T.  Golden Text (GT)/Jeremiah 31:3,16.

Do you believe that God is still present in your life? What evidence do you have? Where do you see/experience God’s love for you and all humankind? Especially when issues around the world are reported as dire, it is increasingly significant to celebrate the under-reported evidence to which you are a witness.

Responsive Reading (RR)/Revelation 21:1-7 & Psalm 30:5

What is your view of heaven and earth? The old view that it is all material and evolved over millions of years, or the new view that God is with us, an ever-presence? There is much to be joyful about with this new view, such as… ???

Read together Hymn 425 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words provided here).

Hymn 425

O weary pilgrim, lift your head, / For joy cometh in the morning; / For God in His own Word hath said / That joy cometh in the morning.

REFRAIN / Joy cometh in the morning, / Joy cometh in the morning; / Weeping may endure for a night, / But joy cometh in the morning.

Our God shall wipe all tears away, / For joy cometh in the morning; / Sorrow and sighing flee away, / For joy cometh in the morning.

REFRAIN

P.S.S.T.  Section 1 – Do you expect and understand that God loves you? Since God is Love and love is born of God, how do you express that love for one another? What does citation B1/1st John 4:7,8,12,16 tell us? Loving one another proves that God dwells with us. What is an example of a prayer that indicates God is with us in cit. B2/Psalms 116?

  •  He hath heard my voice
  • He delivered my soul (spiritual sense)
  • Gracious is the Lord
  • Our God is merciful
  • Thou hast delivered my soul from tears and my feet from falling

Read together Hymn 177 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words provided here).

Hymn 177

Look, ye saints, the day is breaking,
Joyful times are near at hand;
God, the mighty God, is speaking
By His Word in every land:
Day advances, day advances,
Darkness flees at His command.

God of Jacob, high and glorious,
Let Thy people see Thy power;
Let the gospel be victorious
Through the world forevermore:
Then shall every idol perish,
While Thy faithful saints adore.

That’s you, a saint who is aware of God’s presence.

P.S.S.T.  Section 2 – There is so much hope in this section. Can you identify the hope stated in it? Such as, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters” (cit. B4/Ps.18:6,16).

There is a great memory opportunity in reading Psalm 42:5: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”

And in citation S5/Science & Health 520:3-5, “The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!”

As God heard Hezekiah in cit. B5/2nd Kings 20, he will hear the prayers of your soul – yearning for more spiritual sense.

P.S.S.T.  Section 3 – What might be a key takeaway in the story of Absalom and David in Section 3 (2nd Samuel citations B6, B7, B8, & B9)? Note how even when David had been wronged by his son, Absalom, he still wept and was sorrowful at his death. God, Love, always comforteth his idea, man.

Science & Health, cit. S14/57:22, reminds us that human affection is a hint of the greater love God has for His creation.

P.S.S.T.  Section 4 – Ask students what they know about the scriptural character Lazarus. Even though “Jesus wept” at the grave of his friend, Lazarus, his certainty of life overcame his grief, and his love for Lazarus aided in his restoring Lazarus (cit. B13/John 11).

Would that we all had such a friend! Who is your closest friend? What qualities does this friend express? How about you, what qualities of friendship do you express? There is a saying that in order to have a friend, you must be a friend. So it was with Jesus and Lazarus. As strong and as powerful is human love, it has no comparison to the power of divine Love.

Read together Hymn 179 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words provided here).

Hymn 179

Love one another,—word of revelation; / Love frees from error’s thrall,—Love is liberation. / Love’s way the Master trod; / He that loves shall walk with God. / Love is the royal way.

Love knows no evil, neither shade of sadness; / Love casts out every fear, lifts the heart to gladness. / Love heals our every ill, / All the law does love fulfill. / Love is our answered prayer.

Love now is dawning over every nation; / Showing true brotherhood, publishing salvation, / Love bids all discord cease. / Conquering hate, enthroning peace, / Love, Love alone is power.

P.S.S.T.  Section 5 – Both Peter in this section (cit. B15/Luke 22), and David in section 3, experienced what might be called human frailties, yet their love for God and desire to know good and to be good not only comforted them but gave them strength in the face of adversity. Bible stories often serve as guidance for our own lives. What guidance might you take from these two stories?

Read together Hymn 236 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words provided here).

Hymn 236

O peace of the world, O hope in each breast, / O Bethlehem star that ages have blest, / A day of fresh promise breaks over the land, / Gaunt warfare is doomed, and God’s kingdom at hand!

From cannon and sword shape tillers of soil, / No more let dire hate man’s spirit despoil, / Let Truth be proclaimed, let God’s love be retold, / That men of good will may their brethren uphold.

As stars in their courses never contend, / As blossoms their hues in harmony blend, / As bird voices mingle in joyful refrain, / So God’s loving children in concord remain.

Our God is one Mind, the Mind we adore; / Ineffable joy His love doth outpour; / Let nations be one in a union of love, / God’s bountiful peace, all earth’s treasures above.

P.S.S.T.  Section 6 – Here is a nice summation of the power of Love, stated in cit. B21/Psalm 126:5, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

Never underestimate the power of divine Love. Why? See what Mary Baker Eddy says of divine Love in cit. S26/304:9-14:

“This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death.”

P.S.S.T.  Section 7 – Summarize this section. Maybe as follows:

  • Sing
  • Be joyful
  • Comfort is yours
  • Mercy is yours
  • Your sorrow is turned into joy
  • Your joy cannot be taken away from you

Love is universal, the divine way, the only way to view the human condition.

Like David, Peter, Paul, and Christ Jesus, you too can identify with the spiritual definition of “Gethsemane” in Science & Health 586:23, “Patient woe; the human yielding to the divine; love meeting no response, but still remaining love.”

Remain steadfast in love and in Love.

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