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[PYCL: Discover and practice how to feel Love's power and presence! (#3)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“God the Only Cause and Creator”

on June 5, 2016

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: What about taking apart the 23rd Psalm together. Try going line by line. Look at Mrs. Eddy's translation (p.578 of Science & Health (S&H)) where she substitutes "Divine Love" for "the Lord" and "He". Then think together about how it can be expanded further, how this can change each time we say this Psalm, according to inspiration. For example: "Divine Love is my shepherd; I shall not want." Divine Love has given me everything I could possibly need; I cannot need anything more than all-good. Or, I cannot desire anything beyond infinite Love, there is nothing in matter that will bring me that kind of joy, love, affection, satisfaction. Another line for example: "Love prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Love anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over." Ask them what we put on the table at dinner time, maybe at a Thanksgiving feast. Is the table full? Is it complete? Might that food represent all the inspired ideas we need for a class at school, for a healing at home or at camp, for figuring out a difficult relationship? What about the oil? Does Mrs. Eddy say anything about oil in her book? (p.592) How does this definition help us think more deeply about being "anointed" on our head? Mrs. Eddy also defines "cup" as "the cross" on p. 35:27 of S&H). How might that "cross" experience be seen in light of it being filled with either that "Oil: Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration." Or filled with Wine as she defines it in the first part of her definition on p. 598? This is how we can turn to these familiar Psalms and mine for more gold infinitely! The kids can do this kind of thing without knowing Mrs. Eddy's definitions; whatever is meaningful to them is what is important. Maybe it's more about the shepherding qualities and the rod and staff for some of the littler ones. Try having them write down/write for them these ideas on colorful slips of paper. Bring paper plates and table ware and set the table. Place the colorful messages of inspiration at each plate, glue/tape them to the plates and have them take them home.

Pycl #2: This whole lesson is just full of some of the most beloved statements from both the Pastors! Depending on your class you could have them select some of their favorites to write out on note cards to bring with them wherever they go this summer, or you could print up a selection of these and have them ready to hand out to them. If you are so moved, they could decorate them as you work to memorize some of the shorter ones. You can suggest that they hide them in certain items as they pack for a trip. Maybe one passage goes in a pillow case, another inside a water shoe, and one gets hung around a stuffed animal's neck on a string. You can bring hole-punch and string for such an endeavor.

Pycl #3: I think, if you had to sum this lesson up in one sentence it might be: "How to feel Love's power and presence." You may want to talk about the difference between really feeling God's reality, and knowing it as something "in our head". To me, the work that we might do with the 23rd Ps. (could also do with the 91st Ps. in this week's lesson), is an example of how to make our way towards that deep feeling part. You could also use the beloved story of David and Goliath to illustrate this sense of "feeling" God's power and presence. David was really certain of his ability with God's power to defeat Goliath. He was willing to "risk" the entire outcome of the war based on his confidence in God. This must have been quite a strong understanding and certainty of God's power and presence! Citation S12 says: "Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science." This must have been the security that David felt. Why was he certain? Wasn't it because he had had demonstrations through his ability to protect his flock? Can we list some of our own demonstrations?

Pycl #4: Consider working out a treatment for accident based on the 5th section. What does Mrs. Eddy tell us to do in such a case? How do we "…reverse the process"? How do we get to that point of "disbelief in physics" and "confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be." (We've touched on some of the ways to get to this point!) One way to illustrate this is to help remind them that it doesn't matter whether we "believe" that 2+2 =4. It is a proven fact. Try reading the Golden Text a little differently than you may have: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will [and do] strengthen thee: yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." This is a fact, not just a promise. You can work with section three in the same way. It is a fact that God satisfies us, He does hear our prayer. What do we do with this fact? We hold to it without wavering. Just as we do the math fact, even when there might be some trick trying to make us see something else. Citation S25 says: "Hold perpetually this thought,–that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being." Do they know what perpetually means? Can you draw something that illustrates "underlying, overlying and encompassing"?

Pycl #5: This is maybe too short to share, but I love the idea of looking at citation B1 as a beginning of any prayer or treatment. Think of starting a healing treatment by making a joyful noise, knowing that God is Love, Almighty, that He made us and so on? These are essential components of a healing treatment! All laid out for us in the Bible.

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