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[PYCL: Make known the wonderful blessing of Christian Science to those around you!]

CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

Christian Science
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for Sunday, June 29, 2014

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

[PYCL 1]
How are we making known the wonderful blessing of Christian Science to those around us?  Why should we?  Do we have to talk about it in order to bless people with it?  Can you list ways to praise God in our daily activities?  What do we get out of it?  (happiness, satisfaction, ideas, skills, affection, etc.)  The Responsive Reading says in part: “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  Then shall the earth yield her increase…”  It seems almost like, if we express our gratitude (praise) for God, if we acknowledge Her activity and power in our experience, the more we do this, the more we see Her abundance (“increase”) around us.  This is not saying that God gives us this good only if we praise Her, like some reward.  Rather, when we are aware and conscious of Her goodness and government we also become aware of the abundance that She is showering on us!  It also seems like, in praising, we are not only acknowledging God's government, but we are recognizing God as the source of all good, rather than matter.  Isn't this a good example of how Science would operate?  If you go through life understanding, for example, how gravity affects your actions, you will learn to set down gently things that are fragile.  You won't assume that such an item will gently float down of its own accord.  I know this is silly, you might think of something better!  But when you understand the way gravity works, you can work in a way that is in harmony with this law and you will find things going more smoothly.  Gravity doesn't suddenly recognize you and offer “extra blessings”, it is just operating.  Yet, God is Love, more than just a law, Love envelopes us in affection and safety and tenderness.  So you may want to emphasize that distinction.

[PYCL 2]
Citation B1 tells us that “Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.”  I like to think that this could be really helpful in solving problems of personal relationships.  These could be sibling, friendship, maybe cabin relations that need uplifting.  What does it mean to be offended?  How do we react when someone offends us or does something that seems mean or unfair?  How could loving God's law help us feel peace in the face of the temptation to take offense?  It occurs to me that if we love God's law, recognizing God's control over all, then we are less likely to feel a personal sense of injustice.  If God is in control, and someone does something not-so-nice to us, couldn't we go back to God's law and ponder: “I know that God is truly governing, not someone's unkind words (or whatever), therefore, the unkindness has no source that is powerful or true, it cannot touch me because I am always surrounded by God's love. Those mean words have no place to stick in my thought, nor can they “stick” to that person, because really, that person also can have no separate mind from God.  God, being Love, can only give us love.  It is error/the devil that argues that there is a person who can offend or hurt us.  Maybe this seems far out there, but it's certainly worth introducing this idea!  Now you could look at this idea in the context of Section 1 which speaks of the Word, the Scriptures.  Are their Biblical examples of overcoming injustice or unkindness in the Bible?  Wow, of course:  Abraham gives Lot the choice of lands, giving him the “better” land, Jacob steals twice from his brother, Esau.  Joseph is sold into slavery by his own brothers, the list goes on, and this doesn't even include the injustices that Jesus experienced.  How, in each case did the law or Word of God bring blessings?

[PYCL 3]
Perhaps the most important concept to bring across about Christian Science and about Jesus' mission is that Love is the heart and soul of each.  We can't bring this message in words either.  How can we transmit this heartfelt warmth that we feel for God and man through our own study of Christian Science?  Start by talking about the story of Jesus healing the leprous man.  Clearly Jesus didn't have to touch him! Explain that leprosy is a really gross looking disease, not something you'd want to touch.  People avoided any contact with lepers in those days; in fact they were isolated from the population.  So it was astonishing that Jesus reached out and touched him!  Why do the kids think that he did that?  I think it was to transmit his love and God's love to that man, who certainly felt unloved and isolated from all human contact.  Imagine how that felt to him?  Could you imagine living in a world where no one ever touched you, even to tuck you in at night, etc.?  What might keep us from expressing love for others?  (What kept people from expressing love toward the leper?)  Fear!  Can we ask God to help us get over our fears of being loving to people that might be different than ourselves?  How might we express God's love, can they make a list?

[PYCL 4]
I love the conviction that the apostles expressed when they sent for Peter to heal Tabitha/Dorcas.  They had already washed her, laid her out, and were mourning her.  I can't imagine that Peter, even one town over, came to her side in less than a couple of hours.  Yet they sent for him with an expectation of healing, and Peter showed up with a confidence in the power and continuity of Life being manifested.  It does bring to mind an account (shared in Mary Baker Eddy Christian Healer) where Mrs. Eddy spends something more than an hour by Calvin Frye's side, after he had clearly passed, praying and firmly declaring the truth about him until he finally stirred and eventually came fully conscious.  He showed up, on time, at his post the next day.  Can you imagine 'sticking to it' next to someone who has, to every appearance, passed away, for over an hour, without giving up?  You can do that when you understand that there is a Science behind Life, the law of Life for His expression man!

[PYCL 5]
You might be able to have an interesting discussion about church from this lesson.  Jesus 'church' was clearly founded on healing.  He pretty much shredded anything about church that was based solely in tradition with no love of God infused in it.  How is Mrs. Eddy's church reflected in this?  What is church for us?  If we don't like going to Sunday School, what can we do to make it more like what Jesus envisioned.  See if they can find anything in section 4 to help with this answer.  Christian Science is meant to elevate, lift up Christianity.  How do we see this happening?  If we don't see it, then what should we be doing so that such inspiration is filling our experience? Could we bring more of our doubts and questions and inspirations to our Sunday School classes, to see if they can leaven our experience there?

[PYCL 6]
You can also address the true “mission” of Christian Science, to heal sin.  You may want to use other words, such as seeing truer versions of ourselves, overcoming character qualities that are not Godlike, whatever seems helpful.  Why would healing sin be the real mission, rather than sickness?  Isn't it because when we overcome sin we are really seeing the powerlessness of error over us?  Once we see that then we have easier victories over sickness!

[PYCL 7]
I guess I'm coming up short with fun activities that illustrate these ideas! But maybe these thoughts will spark some of your own!

Until next week, happy Sunday!






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