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[PYCL: Sing to Life by your cheerful energy, grace, speed, strength… (1)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“God”
for the week ending Sunday, January 7, 2018

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

Pycl #1: It might be fun to ask the children how they can "sing" to God in whatever they are doing. What does it mean to "sing to His name"? You will want to address the way the Bible uses the word "name" as identity, rather than a title. What is God's name? You can work the synonyms for God into this. How do we sing to Life? Might this be through our cheerful energy, grace, speed, strength (work in the Responsive Reading here!), and so on? When we sing to Soul maybe we notice the details of beauty around us in nature, shadows on a building, leftover Christmas lights in a neighborhood, ice on a creek. (You can actually do some of this together right there in your Sunday School!) Singing to Love we are aware and grateful for the love of our family in every detail, in our meal, our transportation to an event, in some time cuddling in a lap, laughing together over a game or some TV in the evening. You get the idea. The singing part is our conscious awareness and even our public acknowledgement of what we are experiencing from God. We can strengthen this consciousness and make it a lifelong habit that will, no kidding, bring much more consistent joy and what we might call "mental health" into our experience as we grow!! So we might as well get a better understanding of this kind of "singing"!!

Pycl #2: Citation S1 and the end of citation S6 are a great combination to share with younger children. You can draw a big circle to illustrate the "center and circumference" idea. Help them imagine this "circle of Love" as both a safe haven outside of which nothing exists, inside of which they are ever included, right at the center and embraced throughout. Use the circle as an illustration of infinity—no beginning, no end. They can certainly work on memorizing the definition of God in citation S2 along with this idea. Don't these synonyms hint at the completeness of God's nature, like that circle?

Pycl #3: How does God speak to us? What language does God "use"? Will it ever be in a way that we don't understand? To put it another way, would it ever be loving for Love to speak to you and you not be able to understand it? So how do we go about listening better? What does it mean to be "still"? What is the story of Babel about really? What kind of "knowledge" is worth pursuing? Do we just sit around and study the Bible and Science and Health all day? Or is it more a matter of understanding how it is that God permeates all reality and we can discern God's voice and presence when we are conscious of our being as reflecting God? (When we are focused on ourselves: "how can I be happy", "how can I get what I want", "how can I have the most fun?" we can be sure we are not being conscious of the way we are reflecting God, nor are we listening much for the joy and satisfaction that is in place for us as His reflection.) Consider sharing a clear example of hearing God's voice that brought healing or harmony into your life.

Pycl #4: The idea of being "still", touched on above, is a difficult concept for busy children of all ages. What does that mean? Do we just hold physically still? That might seem obvious, but this is a challenge in any era, though it might be considered even more so in an age of constant electronic entertainment and distraction. Any moment spent without sound or visual stimulation can seem like a moment of total deprivation. Keep in mind though, that every age has had its challenge, this just seems like ours. What does it mean to shut the "door of the erring senses"? Is there somewhere Jesus speaks of this? You can share the fact that his "closet" really translates as "storehouse", so it would be filled with all the ideas, inspiration, freshness that we need! It isn't like looking at a blank sheet of paper and trying to think of something to write—or hoping God will somehow fill the silence.

Pycl #5: If your students are old enough (older than pre-school-kindergarten-first grade?) consider a conversation about citation S9, where "The objects of time and sense disappear in the illumination of spiritual understanding, and Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded." I love the fact that time is a human measurement, it is not a fact. That doesn't seem like reality, any more than it looks like the earth rotates around the sun. But nonetheless, time is the measurement of repetition. It is not a solid, substantial thing. With this in mind, we can have a lively look at what a "day" is. What does this understanding bring to our expectations for each day, whatever it holds in store, whether a tough day at work or school, or the most fun trip? A day is governed by God alone. What unfolds to us when we are conscious of this must be in accord with God's goodness and light. Depending on age and your inclination, this is a fun time to introduce some of the more interesting ideas surrounding consciousness and the latest ideas of physics at the atomic level. Then you can talk about the story in citation B9 about being "born again". Isn't this a "time" question in some ways? Doesn't it speak to God's day? This is a great example of how Christian Science and Jesus himself bring thought and consciousness to a new, more spiritual level!

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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