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PYCLs: Start learning a synonym song. Review the Commandments.  Be shepherds.  Act out the Good Samaritan.
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

for Sunday, July 30, 2023

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO • 314-406-0041

PYCL #1: Our third week of synonyms to add to our project!

So far we have Life and Truth. This week we can add Love to the growing list of synonyms we are learning for God. What makes Love different from the other two? Add a cardboard “train car” with qualities to your growing train, or another few labelled things to your mobile, or branches to the tree you are drawing or building, or whatever your project is! Even if you haven’t started one, you can do that this week. There are no limits to ideas of what to do!

PYCL #2: Start learning a synonym song. Here is a link to the Solo Committee’s song about the names for God. You could learn this over the next few weeks and share it with your Sunday School at the end of the synonym lessons. There’s another synonym song set to the tune of “Do(e), a deer” from the “Sound of Music.” We have recordings of it from our first and second session when the Whippoorwills sang it for the morning “prac talk”. One time was on Saturday morning at the end of the first week of Session 2, if you are looking for a precise time. I’m sorry I don’t have a link to the tune and words!

PYCL #3: Review the Commandments.

Our Golden Text tells us that the commandment that God gave us is “Love God and love each other”. Then in the Responsive Reading it tells us what God requires of us, which is like what He “commands” us to do: “…fear the Lord thy God, walk in all his ways, and love him, serve God with all our heart and all our soul.” (Not an exact quote, I reduced it, but you can find it in Deut. 10:12) And we also have: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” 1John 5:2. How is the command to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves like the Ten Commandments? See also citation B23 from Romans 13:8-10 which gives us a run down of the last five Commandments and summarizes them “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Why are the first five Commandments summarized by “love God”, and the second five summarized by “love thy neighbor as thyself”? Let them look at these Commandments and these two phrases and see if they notice why they are summed up as the “Two Great Commandments”. Even the really young ones can be led through this exercise with a little more coaching than the older ones.

PYCL #4: Be shepherds.

Bring in a large stuffed sheep or other animal. Bring in a walking stick or a cane, since that has a little “hook” on the top. Talk about what shepherds do. Read citation B3 from Ezekiel 34:15, 16.

Find other shepherding passages in the Bible. Why do we see so much shepherding in the Bible?
How does being a good shepherd illustrate God as Love?

Talk about what shepherds do, how they use the crook of their tall staff to guide sheep that are straying, or to chastise some of the intransigent ones. Show them how they can “herd” the little stuffed sheep or other animal gently with the cane or walking stick you brought. You can put a rolled kerchief or rope around a smaller sheet or piece of fabric over their head to represent a shepherd’s outfit too. The kerchief/rope wraps around their brow to the back of their head and the sheet tucks underneath it.

Talk all about how Love “shepherds” us.
Hymn 330 speaks of the King of Love who is our shepherd…

PYCL #5: Act out the Good Samaritan.

This story is in Luke 10:25-37/cit. B19. Explain why Jesus’ use of the Samaritan as the rescuer would have been shocking or even offensive to the Jewish listener. Explain why the priest and Levite did not stop. They would not have wanted to become unclean from touching the man’s blood. There was an official, time-consuming, process of purification required after coming into contact with blood for any Jew wanting to enter the Temple or be in society. Also Jesus is showing the need for our religion to reflect genuine love rather than simply religious “law” without that kind of love. Once the children understand the story, have them dress up and act out the story. One of them can even be the donkey on which the Samaritan rides to the inn.

Of course the other story in this lesson that is meant to illustrate the universal nature of Love is in Section 3, cit. B15/Mark 7:24-30 where Jesus heals a foreign woman’s daughter. This section emphasizes Love’s universal reach. No one is unworthy. It is based on a deeper understanding of what God is as Love. You can compare this to the way that rain, when it falls, does not choose one person over another standing next to that person! It falls on all equally who are experiencing that storm.

I particularly love, in this context, Mary Baker Eddy’s admonition in citation S16/391:7-9, 29-32 where she tells us not to submit to disease but to rebel against the symptoms. We should contradict the complaints from the body, because these are claims that Love is not “pouring down good” on all of us at all times. These are lies that tell us that we are not “worthy” or “smart enough” and so on, when “Love is impartial and universal in its adaptations and bestowals.” (cit. S14/12:27-29,31).

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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