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[PSST: Strive to see the glory of God in all. (2)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“God”
for July 9-15, 2018

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – Ask students, What is God to them?

How do they know that God is present in their lives?

Read together Hymn 207 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below).

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – What are some qualities of God mentioned in the Responsive Reading?

majesty, strength, everlasting, mighty, great, merciful, compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, truthful

Ask students if they understand that wherever they see these qualities, there is God with them. These qualities cannot exist or be expressed in others without God. Go back to Hymn 207. What are qualities of or synonyms for God mentioned in this hymn?

gentle presence, peace, joy, power, Life divine, Love, guarding, refuge, encircling, good, mighty wing, with us always, heavenly rest

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Ask students how they give thanks unto the Lord? What does it mean that you are God’s witness?

reflection, expression, proof that God is

Read together Mary Baker Eddy’s spiritual insight that defines God in citation S2. Where in Science & Health can you find this definition? Do your students know that the Chapter “Recapitulation” in S&H was Eddy’s class book, the questions and answers she used to teach her students? What does this textbook further teach us about God? S5.

What is the prayer of petition in citation S6? What is this verse a part of? The spiritual interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer. See how Eddy defined the Lord’s Prayer in S&H 16:10-11, “…that prayer which covers all human needs.” So if you ever have a need, here is a prayer to which you can turn with the assurance that your need is met.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What in citation B6 assures us that every person anywhere in the universe has direct connection to God? “There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” What is the prayer of petition in citation B6, verse 14? What is the natural outcome when we see or experience God in our lives? B7. What might that joyful noise sound like?

Read James 5:13-15. Read also Hymn 310 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed below). How can we be assured of peace on earth, of all needs being met? S12. Has anything been created that does not come from God? Work, strive to see the glory of God in all.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What in citation B10 is the statement written on a wall in every Christian Science church? “God is Love”.

Read together S&H 469:30-5. What is the relevancy of that statement to your students? Read also Malachi 2:10. Read also citations S16 and S17. What is Mary Baker Eddy’s (MBE) fervent hope for us? “…that happy day, when men shall… love his neighbor as himself….”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – How little or big is your faith? Regarding your faith, fill in this phrase: “__________________, this I believe.”

Read also citation S20, “When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.”

What is written in the Seal on the cover of Science & Health?
Why do you suppose MBE placed it there?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read citations B21 and S28. Ask students to write a few sentences to summarize what they understand these statements to mean.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Read citation B24. This is David speaking to the congregation, the children of Israel. As one of the children of Israel, David is speaking to you too. Now that you have studied this Lesson, let’s go back to the question that began this PSST: What is God to you?

What is your favorite hymn from the Christian Science Hymnal that speaks to you of who God is? Read together these words from a hymn not in our Hymnal, but a favorite of many Christian churches: “How Great Thou Art” (written by Carl Boberg).

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Refrain:
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

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Hymn 207: Poem “Mother’s Evening Prayer” by Mary Baker Eddy:

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 heav’nly rest.

Hymn 310

Sing, ye joyous children, sing, Glorious is the Christ, our king,

Truth has come again to earth, Through the lowly Saviour’s birth.

Men and angels, anthems raise; Hymns of joy and shouts of praise.

Hear th’ angelic song again: Peace on earth, good will to men.

Sing, ye joyous children, sing, Glorious is the Christ, our king.

When the stars together sang, Then the Truth triumphant rang:

Be there light; And there was light. Gone are chaos, fear and night;

Truth hath rolled the mists away; Dawns on earth harmonious day.

Hear th’ angelic song again: Peace on earth, good will to men.

Sing, ye joyous children, sing, Glorious is the Christ, our king.

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