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[PSST: Sing thru days of sorrow! (Hymn 350, 6th s. PS)
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rite a treatment for a human rights issue. (2)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Man” – August 29-September 4, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – The Golden Text indicates God and man together; God and us together, inextricably linked. Therefore, in order to know man, we must first know God. [See the dominion that comes with such knowing in W’s PS1 and PS2 online.] Ask students to state some correlated words about God and man – such as Creator and creation, or Father and son, or Mind and idea.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Read together Hymn 45 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). Ask students what do they think it means that God gave man dominion over the works of His hands? See Psalm 89:14 in the Responsive Reading for a hint. What are key words in that verse? [justice, judgment, mercy, truth]. What does righteousness mean? Right thinking and right acting.

Read together Hymn 224 in the Christian Science Hymnal (below). What is it that provides satisfaction to man? [walking with God, acting with God, beholding one’s self and all others in God’s image and likeness, to love as the Master Christian loved]. [See PS1 and PS2 online.]

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Read together Hymn 444 from the Hymnal Supplement (below). What benefits do you have because you were created in God’s image and likeness? (B4 and S4) You are never separate from God, that which created you. Your human capacities are improved as you gain the true conception of God and man. (S5, lines 21-24) Why is this so? Because the human is in obedience to the laws of Spirit.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Ask the class to make up a new song to sing that expresses the relationship of God to man and man to God. Perhaps they could sing it for the Sunday School.

What is the great equalizer between the sexes as stated in the Bible story in citation B7? See also Science & Health 340: 23-29, as well as citations S8, S9, and S10. How do these statements lay the foundation for human rights? Are students aware of any human rights issues, especially any they feel strongly about? Allow time for them to write out a prayer treatment to support a particular one. Read citation S11.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What are the qualities or attributes of woman in citation B11? You can read the whole statement in Proverbs 31:10-31.

What is the call to action in citation B13? Read also together the 6th Tenet of Christian Science in S&H 497:24.

Read together citations S13-S17 with this question in mind: “What qualities or characteristics form the basis for a happy marriage, a happy and permanent companionship?”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Are you beautiful? How could you be otherwise? See the recipe for beauty in citation S20, lines 31-2. What is the recipe for a long and fruitful life? See citation S21. How long have you dwelt with God? How long will you dwell with Her? (B16) What are some qualities or characteristics humanly expressed because of man’s (your) relationship to God? [Ageless, permanently beautiful, strong, agile, intelligent, prescient…]

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – How do you mark the perfect man? Read together Hymn 274 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

What is God saying of you and all Her children in citation S23? What is a statement for your defense if you are tempted to believe that anyone is less than that which God as Father-Mother created? (S25, lines 14-24)

What is stated in citation S26 as to what you are free to do? How cool is that, that you can master the infinite idea! Ask students to state what they believe is the infinite idea as framed in this lesson? Perhaps – God and man is one, permanent, complete, inseparable.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Can our desires, our cries to God, ever go unheeded, unfulfilled? See citation S29, lines 13-19. What is the forever promise to you in citation S21?

Read together Hymn 249 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). So, again, what is it that you desire to see and experience in your life? Does this lesson on Man show how to fulfill that desire? Review the Golden Text for an answer. What cannot God do? What cannot man do as God’s creation?

[Warren’s PS: Note as you dive together into the Hymns below the connection between singing and “joy” (B21, Ps. 30: 5) in “joy cometh in the morning” as spelled out by Cobbey Crisler: “One of our modern hymns [#425] has been made out of verse 5, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy [cometh] in the morning.” That word “joy” in the Hebrew is “singing.” Take weeping as the symptom and notice singing is the remedy. Sing, do we do much singing? It doesn’t have to be even with an audible or perceptible sound. It’s in our hearts, the song…. All the things that Jesus mentioned. They have to make room for the joy. It’s fullness of joy. It’s God’s dosage. Everything else has to be eliminated, removed, uncontained. That’s quite a prescription for depression, adversity. It seems difficult to sing in a trial, in a crisis. The Bible is just saying, try it, you might like it. [Laughter] Because it might solve [any and all issues]. See fuller quote and contact info in W’s PS4 in CedarS online Met on “Man” as excerpted in part from a transcript of a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler entitled “Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms

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Hymn 45:

Dear God, how glorious is Thy name Through all the earth and sea and sky. The wondrous heavens, Thy handiwork, The moon and stars hast Thou ordained.

Such tender beauty, Lord, from Thee Is shed abroad o’er all the earth; In bird, in sunbeam, light and flower Thy grace and goodness may be seen.

For this Thy gift unspeakable, The beauty of Love’s holiness, We lift our hearts in grateful song And would be always praising Thee.

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 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 274:

Partners of a glorious hope, Lift your hearts and voices up; Nobly let us bear the strife, Keep the holiness of life.

Still forget the things behind, Follow God, the only Mind, To the mark unwearied press, Seize the crown of righteousness.

In our lives our faith be known, Faith by holy actions shown; Faith that mountains can remove, Faith that always works by love.

Hymn 249:

O, when we see God’s mercy Widespread in every place And know how flows the fountain Of His unbounded grace, Can we withhold a tribute, Forbear a psalm to raise, Or leave unsung one blessing, In this our hymn of praise?

Our gratitude is riches, Complaint is poverty, Our trials bloom in blessings, They test our constancy. O, life from joy is minted, An everlasting gold, True gladness is the treasure That grateful hearts will hold.

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