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[PYCL: Aspire to “1 good healing a day!” Share it to show man & universe evolved by God!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for December 22, 2013

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com   (314) 406-0041
[bracketed inserts by Warren Huff]

[PYCL 1: Discuss how this lesson & healings show man & universe evolved by God! Share 1!]
You will want to talk about what this title means.  What does “evolved” mean? What is atomic force?  Why do they think Mrs. Eddy, a nineteenth century woman, included this in her set of lesson subjects?  How does it tie in to the stories included this week in the lesson? You can give them a quick list of the stories: Elisabeth's conception of John, Mary's of Jesus, Jesus feeding the 15 to 20,000 with a few loaves and fish, and Jesus walking on the water. Can they talk about what those stories do to explain the negative answer to the question posed by the subject? Give them time to think and maybe jot down some ideas. Do these seem like rare and “out of the ordinary” examples? If so, then why do you think that is the case? Most Christians would agree that these are examples of “miracles”. They are times where God intervened and showed His power to be superior to that of matter. They are isolated events where God chose to act and override the usual action of material law. As shown by the following Science & Health citations indicated, Christian Science takes a very different view of these Biblical illustrations. “God is seen only in the spiritual universe and spiritual man…” (S2) “The universe, like man, is to be interpreted by Science from its divine Principle, God, and then it can be understood;”(S5)… lots of examples of how Christian Science views the universe.  In order to feel the confidence and freedom that Christian Science gives us from material law, these examples must be more along the order of daily occurrences than distant and rarified events. Can you share an example from your life this week that illustrates the fact that man and the universe are evolved by God? It could be a physical healing; it could be a supply issue of any sort, a transformed view. I once heard a practitioner say that a good practice is: “at least one good healing a day”. As Sunday School teachers I think we could aspire to that standard. It doesn't have to be something spectacular. Usually it comes through acknowledging gratitude for what will happen, is happening, has happened in our day. Gratitude has a way of sharpening our discernment of God's goodness, power and presence in our day. You can then ask them if they have something along these lines to share. It could be an ongoing goal for each of us, teachers and pupils, to have something to share in Sunday School each week. That would, after all, be only one healing a week, rather than a day!

[PYCL 2: Work happily for 1 healing a week to share it & how to overcome challenges… ]
(Don't turn this into a big scary thing. If no one has anything to share, brainstorm together how to do better. Can you be in contact during the week to touch base in a supportive and encouraging way? Can you call to ask if they have any thoughts mid-week to keep it uppermost in their consciousness? You will know what suits your pupils best and doesn't feel pushy. It is important to share the challenges this work poses to us as well. And it does pose challenges! Don't let them feel that they are somehow too inexperienced or different than us adults!)

[PYCL 3: Celebrate Christ, reborn in our consciousness with fresh understanding, healing…]
By the way, all of the above speaks to why Christmas, in its true light, should be celebrated year round. It is a daily demonstration of God's power and creation in our own experience. This is the Christ in our consciousness, reborn, with fresh understanding, through healing.

[PYCL 4: Focus on the spiritual meaning of Christmas & its wise men, star, gifts, full inns.. .]
This week and next have elements of the Christmas story in them. Feel free to focus on the spiritual meaning of Christmas. Share the essential stories of Christmas and tell them partly in your own words, perhaps having them hear some of the more poetic parts from the Bible. You can focus on so many aspects of the story. You can discuss the wise men that followed the star. What were they “following”?  What does the light of the star symbolize?  Why did the wise men bring gifts?  Why did they call Jesus a king?  What was he “king” of?  What other light is involved in the story? (Shepherds saw it before they heard the angels.)  Why was Jesus born in a manger? Why was there no room in the inn… really, not just because it was crowded with taxpayers?  Do we make room in our thought for the Christ each day, or does the Christ get pushed out by other things?  Do we sometimes fail to recognize the Christ, the action of God, in our day because we expect it to come in some “more obvious” form? (The baby Jesus was born in the presence of animals, shepherds arriving later, and three men from foreign countries. He was not celebrated by locals or recognized by those who would be most blessed by him in the day.)  Remember that Elisabeth's baby, John, jumped for joy in the womb in the presence of the Christ.  Pretty cool, can we be this sensitive to his presence?  You can talk about gifts if you want and what they symbolize. You get the picture! What would be the best gift you could bring to Jesus today, if you had that opportunity?  I think it would be our demonstration of the truth he showed us… can we still “give” that gift?  It would be fun to ask them what they'd bring and see what they say. Then maybe you could put some ideas down in a book together.  When they suggest something talk about what is good in their idea.  What would be good about that gift?

[PYCL 5: Stop the frustration of trying to solve an incomplete puzzle!]
Citation S5 talks about how we interpret the universe. If we look at it through material sense it will be a continuous, incomplete puzzle, always unreliable.  But if we interpret it by Science, from Principle, then it can be understood!  Can they imagine a continuous puzzle with missing pieces? Would that be satisfying?  Why might that be a good analogy for why matter doesn't make us happy for long? It is always “unwinding”.

[PYCL 6: Stop the confusion of trying to interpret echoes!]
Citation S6 talks about how human belief interprets things. What does interpret mean, by the way?  I like the term here “echo”, human belief has interpreted in its own way the “echo of Spirit”. What is an echo?  Is it the same as the original?  Is it quieter… less clear… more distant? You can have a little discussion of echoes and ask if they have ever heard one, etc.?  If we want to know the real message, should we consult the “echo”, or the original source?

[PYCL 7:  End with a scientific explanation of nature with God actively & lovingly in charge!]
Finally you can circle back to the beginning with citation S21 where Mrs. Eddy addresses the suggestion of “miracles”. Science explains nature, and puts God firmly in charge, active and loving Her creation.

Have a great Sunday!

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