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[PYCL: Dry Clean, thought by thought! (4) Take-on challenges to grow and heal! (6)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Sacrament”
for July 8, 2018

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: After defining sacrament we could share some ideas on worship. How is sacrament part of worship? Is it only a ritual? Do we celebrate it as Christian Scientists (yes!). How? There are many ways as we find out in this lesson. You can mention kneeling in church.

Since celebrating Sacrament is one way we can worship, try looking at all the ways that are mentioned in the lesson to worship. Citations B2, B6, B7 and S6, for example, give us qualities that when expressed show how we worship. Qualities like sincerity, purity, compassion, love, truth, patience, meekness, and so on. And finally demonstration like "good deeds" and healing. Maybe you could have each child present a "gift" of worship for the coming week. How will they use that gift to worship God in the coming week?

Pycl#2: One lovely theme in this week's lesson is the oneness of mankind, God, church, religion, Christ, faith, baptism, and so on. Rather than focusing on how we are different, how can we worship as one Christian faith? Isn't unity a quality that Jesus preached in his loving ministry?

How can we look around us and feel like part of that "one faith"? If there is only one God, at root, then isn't there one church? Citations B24 and B26 certainly imply this. Is this how we can truly seek God with our "whole" heart as it states on the Golden Text? A heart that isn't broken into different churches, different kinds of worship. True worship is spiritual, no matter the person.

Pycl#3: In citation B2 it tells us that God lives/dwells with the contrite and humble. Is that like some of the Beatitudes? Sacrament is a way to feel close and commune with God. How do meekness, humility, contrition, contribute to closeness to God? Think about it like this: if there is a hard wall between you and someone, it's difficult to hug them or feel close. If you are humble there is no "wall" of an identity that is separate from God…a person who seems "important".

Pycl #4: You may want to speak about baptism. What is it? Since we are talking about unity in this lesson, how do we think of baptism, what do we have in common with other Christian religions, even if we don't use water? [As Richard (Dick) Davenport, a retired Air Force Chaplin has quipped: “Many Christians fully immerse the body in baptism, others sprinkle it with holy water, while Christian Scientists “dry clean” themselves continually—thought-by-thought.”]

Pycl#5: Citation S9 talks about that Bible passage about the camel and the eye of the needle. Bring in a needle just for a visual. What are sinful beliefs? How does baptism help us wash them away? Think about how it is impossible to bring angry thoughts together with happy thoughts, darkness into light. We can't be close to God when we are carrying around bad thoughts or feelings because those thoughts are erased in His presence. Pure hearts see clearly!

Pycl #6: Section 4 contains the story of Gethsemane. This is tough. But I love how it is used to illustrate how true worship cannot contain human will. Do we want to have a healing? Nothing wrong there! But if we want it solely because we want to be happier or more comfortable in matter then we are being willful. Make sure they understand what "will" is. Linked with this is the understanding that our ability to heal really rises by taking on challenges!

Have a great week communing with God in Sunday School!

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