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[PSST: Stand firm & see every idea that ever was & is comes from God.]
Possible Sunday School Topics
by Merrill Boudreaux, CS, for the

Christian Science Bible Lesson: God the Only Cause and Creator

December 1-7, 2014

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P.S.S.T.  Golden Text (GT) – Ask students to make a list of reasons to be joyful.  From where does their joy come?  Read together Hymn 425 from the Christian Science Hymnal.  Is morning a time of day?  See Science & Health 591:23: “Morning.  Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress.”

     The GT is a call to action to stand firm and see and acknowledge that every idea that ever was and is comes from God.  This is a counter to any claim in your home or community that there could ever be something created by another god or that somehow God, good, has abandoned or forgotten about us.  Read together Hymn 86 from the Christian Science Hymnal.  Pay close attention to Verse 2.

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

Hymn 86:

God’s glory is a wondrous thing, Most strange in all its ways,

And of all things on earth, least like What men agree to praise.

O blest is he to whom is given The instinct that can tell

That God is on the field, although He seems invisible.

And blest is he who can divine Where right doth really lie,

And dares to side with what seems wrong To mortals’ blindfold eye.

For right is right, since God is God; And right the day must win;

To doubt would be disloyalty, To falter would be sin

P.S.S.T.  Responsive Reading – How can we praise God with our lives?  Remember to use and celebrate the talents you have.  Once again, ask students to make a list of their talents.  Ask each one to share how he/she is praising God when expressing talent(s).

P.S.S.T.  Section 1 – At this time of year it is helpful to think about the wonders in our universe, in our individual lives.  Ask students, What do you wonder about?  Then ask, What do you find wondrous in your world?  Perhaps define the difference between wonder and wondrous.  If “everything in God’s universe expresses Him” (S2), what must be the result?  Look at the S&H portion of this section to see statements of what God creates:  Created all, all forms of reality, all that is made, and all is good.

P.S.S.T.  Section 2 – Look to the word “new” in the Bible portion of this section.  Is the new heaven and new earth a physical location?  If so, what happened to the previous one?  Or, is it a new view of what God created that is just now seen by us?  We may call it inventions or discoveries, but maybe it is our growth that helps us become ready to see that which already is?  How do we grow into this readiness?  Does it have anything to do with age?  Need the body necessarily deteriorate because of the earth’s trip around the sun?  What does ripen mean?  What is the result of ripening in citation S8?

P.S.S.T.  Section 3 – What mighty thing did Jesus do in the story in citation B15?  Look further than the healing; — was there also a change in thought of those witnesses?  Can such healings be evidenced today?  Use a recent Christian Science Journal or Christian Science Sentinel or Herald of Christian Science for current testimonies of healing.  Help students write out a healing of their own for sharing on Wednesday evening or submitting for publication.

P.S.S.T.  Section 4 – Sing a new song.  Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.  Ask the students to share their favorite hymn.  If possible, maybe the class can write their own hymn of praise.

     Read citation S24.  How does Divine Love meet every human need?  God does so in, as, and through man; that is, through you.  Therefore, as an instrument of God, what cannot you do?  What is the source of supply for any idea you need to help meet any human need?  See what Jesus did in citation B20.

P.S.S.T.  Section 5 – Knowing God helps in being assured that She directs our path.  Even though God may seem invisible, we can feel Her presence in our lives.  Read together “Mother’s Evening Prayer” by Mary Baker Eddy.  What happens in our lives as we acknowledge God as the only Cause and Creator? (S27)  There is much rejoicing as we see “all the glories of earth and heaven and man.”

     Finish the class with each one sharing gratitude.  An Attitude of Gratitude is a fitting end to all prayers and to every Sunday School class.

The Mother’s Evening Prayer

Miscellaneous Writings 389:5-25 (also Poems p.4, poem used in Hymns 207-212)

O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;

O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,

Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!

Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye

Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:

His habitation high is here, and nigh,

His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

O make me glad for every scalding tear,

For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!

Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear

No ill, — since God is good, and loss is gain.

Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;

In that sweet secret of the narrow way,

Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:

“Lo, I am with you alway,” — watch and pray.

No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;

No night drops down upon the troubled breast,

When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain,

And mother finds her home and heavenly rest.

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