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[PSST: Sing your way to healing! Host a hymn sing! (RR) Live in harmony! (4)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“SOUL”
for August 13-19, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text and Responsive Reading – Do you ever sing your way to healing? Praise singing is used by many church congregations as gratitude and acknowledgement of the presence of God in our lives. What is your purpose in singing? Praise, petition, to quiet the anxious thought, gratitude, affirmation?

Ask students to share a favorite hymn with the class. Think of the enthusiasm during the weekly hymn sings at CedarS during the summer. There is no limit to the desire to share.

Read together Hymn 371 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

Read together the final verse in the Responsive Reading from Isaiah. What a wonderful prophecy of the benefits of praising God in song. Your class might want to consider hosting a hymn sing for the church congregation.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Read together Hymn 10 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). Who wrote the hymn on which this one is based? Martin Luther’s hymn begins “A mighty fortress is our God”. How might singing resemble a fortress? Perhaps it provides protection to our thinking as we work through a particular problem.

Ask students if they know of any Bible stories where singing played a part in freeing a person held captive? See Acts 16:25-36.

Remind students that Mary Baker Eddy (MBE) regularly gathered her household to sing hymns on Sunday evenings.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Who is the featured musician that brought peace to King Saul in Citation B7? Where else might we see songs that David composed? The book of Psalms in the Bible is filled with them. Ask students to share a favorite psalm. If they don’t have a favorite, then ask them to open the book of Psalms at random and share the praise their eyes light upon. Psalms 23 and 91 are often favorites.

Read together Hymn 489 from the Christian Science Hymnal – Hymns 430-603 (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What qualities of Soul contribute to praise singing? Harmony, joy, grandeur, melody, either by groups or as a solo.

Read together Hymn 73 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

Read also Psalm 100, which begins “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Read together Hymn 592 from the Christian Science Hymnal – Hymns 430-603 (printed below). What methods of praise are suggested in this hymn? Walking, praying, singing, living in harmony.

What examples do your students see in their experiences of people, or animals even, who live in harmony, whose lives are like a symphony where everything fits together beautifully?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – The Bible story in Citation B22 is an expanded version of one we referred to earlier in this Lesson. It answers the question posed in Citation S23: “Are we benefitted by praying?” [*W: If your class would get the meaning better by acting this story out a script for a skit for older students is available as a Download in the upper right of CedarS online Met offering.]

Read together Citation S28. What benefits are listed there? We often think about inspiration as coming through angels. Read MBE’s spiritual definition of angels in Science & Health 581:4.

Now read together Hymn 9 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). What power do angels deliver in this hymn?

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What is the power of praise singing/praying identified in Citation B24? Memorizing hymns provides you with prayers at any moment, day or night, to comfort, guard, and guide.

Ask students to share one of their favorite hymns written by Mary Baker Eddy. Why is this their favorite? This hymn probably speaks to their soul from God who is Soul.

One of the shortest hymns and easiest to memorize is Hymn 1 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). Read or sing it together.

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Hymn 371 Hymn 371 Margaret Morrison

LEONI Hebrew Melody

We lift our hearts in praise, O God of Life, to Thee, And would reflect in all our ways Thy purity. Thy thoughts our lives enfold, And free us from all fear; All strife is stilled, all grief consoled, For Thou art here.

We lift our hearts in praise, O God of Truth, to Thee, And find within Thy perfect law Our liberty. We bless Thy mighty name In this exalted hour, And to the world in faith proclaim Thy healing power.

We lift our hearts in praise, O God of Love, to Thee, With joy to find through darkened days Thy harmony. O Father-Mother Love, We triumph ’neath Thy rod, We glory in Thy light, and prove That Thou art God.

Hymn 10, 411 Hymn 10Hymn 411

Frederic W. Root Based on hymn by Martin Luther

EIN’ FESTE BURG Martin Luther

All power is given unto our Lord, On Him we place reliance; With truth from out His sacred word We bid our foes defiance. With Him we shall prevail, Whatever may assail; He is our shield and tower, Almighty is His power; His kingdom is forever.

Rejoice, ye people, praise His name, His care doth e’er surround us. His love to error’s thralldom came, And from its chains unbound us. Our Lord is God alone, No other power we own; No other voice we heed, No other help we need; His kingdom is forever.

O then give thanks to God on high, Who life to all is giving; The hosts of death before Him fly, In Him we all are living. Then let us know no fear, Our King is ever near; Our stay and fortress strong, Our strength, our hope, our song; His kingdom is forever.

Hymn 489

HALLE, HALLE Psalm 150 Hal H Hopson

Caribbean melody

Refrain:

Halle, halle, hallelujah.

Halle, halle, hallelujah.

Halle, halle, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.

Praise God in this holy place, Every nation, every race. Come, make joyful music to the Lord.

Sound the trumpet, sound it clear, Sound it for the world to hear. Come make joyful music to the Lord. (to Refrain)

Everything that breathes now praise, Sing your songs, let voices raise. Come, make joyful music to the Lord. Play the cymbals, play the lute; Play the timbrel, play the flute, Come, make joyful music to the Lord. (to Refrain)

Hymn 73 Hymn 73

Based on the Dutch of Abraham Rutgers

GRATITUDE

Canzuns Spirituelas, Celerina, 1765

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 592

Refrain: Zulu, English: Gracia Grindal; Verses: Desiree Goyette

SIYAHAMBA

South African freedom song melody, Arr: Ed Bogas

Refrain:

We are walking in the light of God, We are walking in the light of God. We are walking in the light of God, We are walking in the light of God, We are walking, We are walking, ooh We are walking in the light of God. We are walking, we are walking, ooh We are walking in the light of God.

We are all God’s children, expressions of one Mind, Living in the radiance of Spirit all divine. Every heart and nation is answering the call To a true salvation knowing God is All-in-all.

Refrain:

We are praying in the light of God, We are praying in the light of God. We are praying in the light of God, We are praying in the light of God, We are praying, We are praying, ooh We are praying in the light of God. We are praying, we are praying, ooh We are praying in the light of God.

As we turn our faces, up to the light of Life, Harmony replaces all pain and fear and strife. See the heavenly harvest so bountifully poured, As we raise our voices being all of one accord!

Refrain:

We are singing in the light of God, We are singing in the light of God. We are singing in the light of God, We are singing in the light of God, We are walking, We are praying, ooh We are singing in the light of God. We are walking, we are praying, ooh We are singing in the light of God.

Hymn 9 Hymn 9

Violet Hay

CAROL

Arranged from David G. Corner by H. Walford Davies

All glory be to God most high, And on the earth be peace, The angels sang, in days of yore, The song that ne’er shall cease, Till all the world knows peace.

God’s angels ever come and go, All winged with light and love; They bring us blessings from on high, They lift our thoughts above, They whisper God is Love.

O longing hearts that wait on God Through all the world so wide; He knows the angels that you need, And sends them to your side, To comfort, guard and guide.

O wake and hear the angel-song That bids all discord cease, From pain and sorrow, doubt and fear, It brings us sweet release; And so our hearts find peace.

Hymn 1 Hymn 1, 445, 446, 447

Communion Doxology

Tate and Brady

OLD HUNDREDTH

Genevan Psalter, 1551

Be Thou, O God, exalted high; And as Thy glory fills the sky, So let it be on earth displayed, Till Thou art here and now obeyed.

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