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[PYCL: Translate everything you do into Christly actions! (1) Sacrifice a material sense of how things should go, for a spiritual, active sense of service and blessing to man and God! (4)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

on January 8, 2017

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

Pycl #1: Rick will give you a pretty good "run down" on the standard meanings of sacrament in this week's CedarS Met, . But the essence of what we are learning this week—once you define Sacrament and why we study it—is that we should translate everything we do into Christly actions. This is how we live to express our awareness of God's goodness and power in our lives. What are some things we "say" in Christian Science that could be better put into action? For example: we say "God is Love" and see it on our church wall—what actions do we express that show that to be true? Can the pupils suggest some things that they say in Sunday School that could be put into actions more often? Make a list; it could be specific to each child or a class list that you keep on the wall in your space. These should be simple day-to-day things—things that a child can do. You may want to look at the suggestions that John (the Baptist) makes in citation B9 and you could think together about what Jesus suggests when he tells the disciples to "cast your nets on the right side…" That is an action as well. We aren't going out fishing with nets any time soon, at least not most of us, what would that mean to us today? If you don't know someone who is hungry or who needs a coat (and you have an extra)—what are you being asked to do? How can you be "satisfied" with your "wages". It can be fun to help young children understand symbolism. They start to see it everywhere when they understand it.

Pycl #2: One meaning of communion can be a shared religious experience. (This is not the most common meaning.) It's lovely to think of all the shared experiences we have when we think in terms of Bible stories and what they represent in our lives today. You could just take the stories from this week's lesson. You can include the mention of the Children of Israel and their 40-year passage to the Promised Land, it is mentioned in the Responsive Reading. How do we think of God when we think of ourselves as experiencing these great Biblical moments? What if we were the ones throwing that net on the right side of the ship, or it was us with Jesus at any one of the healings he performed? If we really think of these examples in the present tense, we may find that we feel a real sense of that "communion" with our Father-Mother. Can the children think of some stories, in or out of the lesson that they can see as "shared" with those who are in the Bible? Can they think about some of these stories in modern terms—this is how we can see them as "shared", rather than happening once in the past, to "other" people. You may have an example in your life with which you can "get the ball rolling".

Pycl #3: Why do we kneel in communion in the church service on Sunday? What are we doing while kneeling? How does it differ from when we say the Lord's Prayer earlier in the service? (Look at the Manual p. 126, #12) You could invite your class to try this together. What do they think about while they "commune" with God? Is this different from how we might "pray" to God at another time? Is it hard to keep your thought still and just listen to what God might be telling us rather than filling in the "blank space"? How can we practice this? (I know this can be complicated by ambient noise in the Sunday School, but you can just keep it to 20 seconds or so).

Pycl #4: The second section speaks of a "new song" and a "new creature", it also speaks of being a "living sacrifice". How do we make our actions express such things and what does it mean to "make our bodies a living sacrifice…unto God". I think maybe we are being asked, in this lesson in general, to sacrifice our material sense of how things should go, for a more spiritually active sense of service and blessing to man and God. So, in Section 2 we have the Passover story. How can we express our willingness to be ready, walk away from our "homes" and be obedient to God's leadings at any moment? Or, in the story of Peter and the disciples heading back to fishing, how can we be willing to throw those mental "nets" on the right side, gather the true "fish" that Jesus wanted us to gather—healing and helping mankind (become "fishers of men")—rather than persisting at that "toiling in the dark"(S15) or trying to accomplish materially. You could bring in some small representations of nets, or just fabric pieces—even bed sheets. Do you think we might see the disciples' nets as the material things that trap us into forgetting our true purpose? You can have the children (young ones of course) try "casting the net" on the right side as you talk about what that represents. Why did the nets fill up for the disciples when Jesus told them to do this? Why were they empty when they went out all night? What does this say about our true purpose as God's children?

Pycl #5: Most Sacrament lessons seem to deal with the suggestion that people/mankind likes to establish rituals based in important moments in Biblical history, and then we forget to put those stories into action. We just perform the ritual and are satisfied with a "feeling" rather than taking that ritual to heart and putting it into action. Rituals are not a big thing for children, so I'm not sure they see this as an issue. What can we share with this age that will strike a chord? What about how we structure Sunday school? Do we just "go through the motions" when we say the Lord's Prayer? How about the Scientific Statement of Being? How can we be more engaged in these prayers?

Have a fun Sunday!

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