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PYCL: Show how the Bible & Jesus' life teachings encourage an active way to worship! (1)
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Sacrament
for January 12, 2020

By Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO
Kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com 314-406-0041

Pycl #1: It's important to address what sacrament is, what sacraments in traditional Christian churches are. You can stick with the major sacraments of baptism and Eucharist. There are others in the Catholic church, but these two will do for our purposes. How are they performed in other Christian churches, how do we think of them? In answering these questions, we will get right away to the heart of theme in this week's lesson: How do we best worship God? This should in no way be a comparison to other churches! Rather a way to show that the Bible, and Jesus' life and teachings really do encourage an active form of worship, rather than a merely symbolic one. He did, however participate in symbolic acts. Can the students find some in this lesson? Why did he do these things? (There may be several valid reasons).

Pycl #2: I've been asking myself all week: "What am I offering to God today?" Do the students have any answers to this? (Golden Text). Discuss what an offering is. Bring them a small treat of some kind. Intentionally hand the treat to each student and ask them if this offering means anything? Could it symbolize your affection for them? Your desire to help them have a good time while learning more about how to worship God? Since we are not bringing God a "treat", what are we bringing, or offering? Based on the first Pycl, is our offering a "thing", or an action?

Pycl #3: What about "kneeling" and "bowing down"? Have them try these things literally. What do they think these actions symbolize or represent? How do they feel when they are either kneeling or bowing? Do they feel like they are in a position of confidence? Are they thinking of their "own" greatness when they are coming up to someone bowing or on their knees? It represents a kind of humility.

Kneeling is an action that can show that we know that God is the only "I or us". That we are not a separate pathetic being, but neither do we have a separate self that can be vying with God. God made man as reflection, as expression. We cannot do what God does not do, but that means we have unlimited potential! Our humble understanding that we are not the source and that God is, means that all good is accessible to us.

Pycl #4: I had a lot of fun this week thinking about what the "…infinite tasks of truth…" are (S7). It is truth with a small "t". What do the students think a "task of truth is"? I got pretty excited (nerdy, I know), when I noticed in citation S20 where Mary Baker Eddy says: "It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error."

Are the tasks of truth perhaps the "truth of spiritual being" which heals the sick and casts out error, or lies? If so, then what is our task? It is to heal! Again, this points to the need to be actively worshiping right?!

Pycl #5: What about discussing the elements of the Eucharist? They are laid out in citation S22. Notice that the cup is the "cross", the really awful experiences that all of us face at times. But that very cup comes with the "wine" or "inspiration of Love" to meet these challenges. Should we then work on welcoming a challenge as an opportunity to see and feel that inspiration of Love? Maybe that's a bit much for the younger ones, but it's a beautiful thing to observe.

Again, this all implies action. Then you can think together about the symbolism of baptism from the third section. Water can wash us, make us clean. We want clean water to drink, or take in. So, baptism is about purity. Purity, it is pointed out in this section, is essential for progress. Why?

Pycl #6: Bring a small backpack or bag. Bring some heavy items (blocks, stones???) that you can put labels on, either write on or label with tape and marker. Together think about the kinds of thoughts that make us feel like we are separate from God. Write these things on the items that you are then going to place in the pack, or bag. These can be things like being afraid of the dark, being angry at a sibling, feeling sad, or lonely—they can think of things. These feelings make us feel like we are separate from Love even though we are not, ever!

Then, look together at citation S16 where it says: "Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God,…" As we think about what makes us feel like we are one with God or close to Love, or Truth…. we can take one of those heavy items out of our bag or pack!

Hopefully we can make quite a list of lovely things that prove our oneness with God. These are ways of worshiping God too! It's fun to notice that our spiritual growth, a kind of progress depends on ridding ourselves of these beliefs of separation, and as we empty our bag of the weight/error, we find our travelling to be faster and easier!!

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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