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[PYCL: Make the Bible & Christian Science come alive by knowing Christ healing today!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

Christ Jesus
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for March 2, 2014

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

[PYCL 1:  Make the Bible & Christian Science come alive by knowing Christ healing today.]
You could talk together about why we read the Bible.  Is it applicable to our lives today? If so, how?  Then look at the Golden Text and Responsive Reading together and discuss how this applies to us today.  Have we “seen” and “testified” “that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”?  How have we seen the Christ active and present in our experience?  We can talk about healings that we have had here but let's bring into the discussion something of what role the Christ plays in healing.  Isn't this Christ how God is communicating to us?  Isn't the Christ God's presence and power in our lives, the understanding that we get from God of man's nature and of God's nature? (S3)  Knowing how we are seeing the Christ today is making the Bible a living book and making Christian Science a living religion.  So maybe share healing today; you could also bring in a selection of current healings from our periodicals.  You can look for some that are engaging to whatever age group you have.  You could write some up as a collection from your Sunday School class and maybe even send them in for publication.  Often the Sentinel publishes groups of comments or healings from a Sunday School class, so you could share how this has been done and see if they are interested in doing something of this nature.  Notice that in the Hebrews portion of the Responsive Reading (R.R.), there is this phrase: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”  It would appear that Paul is talking here to an audience, explaining how God spoke to him, even after Jesus' ascension.  But we can also see that God is speaking to us today “…by his Son…” do your pupils think this is true?  How does His son speak to us?  What's an “eyewitness” (B1)?  Are we eyewitnesses to Christ today?

[PYCL 2: Discuss Jesus' mission & each one’s “light” from God that expresses His fullness.]
There are at least four references to Jesus' “mission” in this lesson.  What do they know about a “mission”.  They may think in terms of “spy missions” or something.  But that's a place to start.  What was Jesus' mission? (S1, S3, S20, S28).  You could also put this word into concordworks.com and see what comes up if you have a tablet or phone that is capable. (A subscription to this site is $5.00 per month, I think, if you haven't purchased the program outright to put on your computer).  Can you put all these citations together and see if they are all the same or are they different in some way?  Do we have a mission?  What has Jesus asked of us?  Is our individual mission the same from one person to the next?  This morning I was talking to my oldest son about this.  I think it is fair to say that our “light” from God shines individually and uniquely so that each of us is necessary and vital to the fullness of God's expression of Himself.  With the littler ones it might be fun to put together a little “spy mission booklet” and have each one's mission inside for that week.  You would maybe come up with the mission together, or you could come up with an idea before hand, maybe based on what you know of each child.  I often send my boys to school with a “mission”.  For example, we might talk about thinking about how we can be unselfish in some way, and then can you tell me an example from your day that showed how you were unselfish.  This is sometimes successful and sometimes they completely forget.  But if I persist, they will eventually get in the car at pick up time, and excitedly tell me how they were unselfish in some way when “thus and such” happened.  Our theme this week has been being focused on the present, enjoying the present, and not looking forward to the next or later event in the day.

[PYCL 3: Help pupils see that healing is a natural occurrence rather than supernatural.]
What is a healing? Is it a “supernatural” event where either you have prayed “well enough” to get God's attention or where God intervened on your behalf?  Or is it a “divinely natural” happening based on the laws that Love has created to embrace Her creation.  Is it similar to the way gravity sticks us to the earth's surface, or is it a sudden and inexplicable lack of gravity?  Think together about how Jesus came to teach us that God really created man and governs man.  How do Jesus' teachings help us see that healing is a natural occurrence rather than supernatural. (S6, 83)

[PYCL 4: Make a paper “chain” of names of Bible characters & of pupils, teachers, family…]
If we are hearing, seeing, “testifying” to the presence of the Christ today, then we can relate to the way Jesus' disciples dropped what they were doing to follow him right away.  Can we do this too?  To make sure of how the Christ is present today we can take citation S12 and make an “actual” chain comprised of paper links with the names of each Bible character that represents someone who witnessed the presence of the Christ, even before and after Jesus was on earth.  It says in this passage that this “chain” unites “…all periods in the design of God.”  So go into the present.  Include maybe yourself as their Sunday School teacher who has shared examples of Christ healing in your life, their mom or dad and themselves, any siblings or friends who've shared this Christ healing in their own lives.  Hopefully the chain will be pretty long and maybe each can bring one home.  You can cut rectangles of colored construction paper and for the littler ones you can write the names on each link, the older children can write the names themselves.  Bring a stapler and pre-cut paper.  Each Bible character followed Christ, and we can continue this “…chain of scientific being…”

[PYCL 5: Take matter entirely out of the equation by applying Spirit's blessings & laws.]
Maybe look at the story of the man by the pool of Bethesda in section 5 and try to see something new about it. Why is it particularly included in this lesson?  One thing that I enjoyed this week was to think of the way that it represents a narrative of how man tends to see that matter either stands in the way of blessing, or can give us an “edge” in our lives.  This man waited by the pool for 38 years.  He apparently lacked family or friends to put him in the water, or he lacked money to hire someone to put him in at the right time, or maybe he was born into a class that wasn't respected, or a race that wasn't valued.  There is always a way that matter can seem to help or hinder.  Often we think that we don't even deserve to have a healing, we think that we have to be “better” somehow, older, smarter, nicer…  But in reality, Jesus showed that the Christ heals by a law of God that applies to everyone and is governed by Love, not by matter at all.  He took matter entirely out of the equation!  Can you think of how we sometimes put matter into our healing attempts?  Do we ponder why everyone else is sick just now and wonder if that's why we are feeling ill?  Would that be a way of thinking that matter either prevents or influences how we feel?  Maybe that's why Jesus asked the man that question before he healed him.  Maybe he realized that the man had been a prisoner to matter's “fortunes” for so long that he didn't even know that Spirit's blessings and laws even existed.  Jesus certainly woke him up to that! I think Jesus also showed that the healing Christ is available to all, not any class or level of education, or age, etc. This is probably part of the reason the Pharisees chafed at the idea of him healing on a Sabbath.  His healing works applied to everyone and didn't follow a church procedure.

[PYCL 6: Practice cultivating spiritual thought to lift the mystery of Christian healing.]
I love that section 6 points out that Jesus' healing power, the goodness of God, and God's nature and character are not mysterious.  Talk about healing, does it seem like a mystery to them?  Does it seem erratic and unpredictable?  How much do they think of things “of the Spirit”?  How much do we cultivate spiritual thought?  It is a practice, like any other, so let's practice thinking spiritually!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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