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Celebrate Sacrament-- spiritualized & lived!

Kerry Jenkins, C.S., House Springs, MO
Posted Monday, January 3rd, 2011

[Celebrate the healing power of Sacrament-- spiritualized & lived!]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson
for January 3-9, 2011 on "Sacrament"
by Kerry Jenkins, C.S. of House Springs, MO [with bracketed italics by Warren Huff]
 
[Editor's Note: The following application ideas for this week, and the Possible Sunday School Topics that will follow, are offered primarily to help CEDARS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and demonstrate the great value of daily study and application of the Christian Science Bible lessons year-round, not just at camp! You can sign up to have them emailed to you free -- in English by Monday each week, or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION in French thanks to Pascal, in German thanks to Helga or in Spanish thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio. YOU CAN SIGN UP at www.cedarscamps.org/newsletters]

Most of us have an idea of what Sacrament means, but I thought it might be helpful to give a quick dictionary definition for those less familiar with the specifics. One definition in Webster's Dictionary is: "A formal religious act that is sacred as a sign or symbol of a spiritual reality; esp. one believed to have been instituted by or recognized by Jesus Christ." 
 
The Golden Text of this lesson sets the stage with the call to "worship the Father in spirit and in truth:" and throughout the lesson we find different examples of how this is done.  Spiritual worship means seeing the different rituals Christ Jesus participated in or initiated as symbolic of the active Christ spirit or Holy Ghost, bringing healing and understanding to his disciples and, more broadly, to mankind.  Jesus always encouraged us to focus on the works, the activity of the Christ, not on set Church rules or laws; he always turned us to see the spirit behind the laws of the Church.  It is perfect then that the Responsive Reading is comprised of a moving letter from Paul's to the [early Christian] Church at Ephesus.  [This summer we are eager to learn these lessons --and to practice them in a very moving way-all along the shores of our meaningful Mediterranean Sea and its islands that are being built this winter as fun, spiritual classrooms in CedarS Bible Lands Park.] Now as then, Paul's words are powerful and encouraging, praying for our spiritual well being, our inspiration, that we "might know the love of Christ..." and "be filled with all the fullness of God".  And he finishes with a blessing for the glory of the church "by Christ Jesus throughout all ages". It is a beautiful letter to us today whether we are church members yet or not, every bit as moving and encouraging!  [Another moving and encouraging start to our New Year comes from the Board of Lectureship in their new format for the "Daily Lifts"--including today's kickoff of the year by Christian Science Lecturer Chet Manchester that you can hear by clicking the link to "Love Meets Every Need"]
 
Section 1[Christ's spiritual Baptism-- Live in "holy awe" of its transformative power!]
The first section focuses on the sacrament of baptism.  Jesus encourages us to rethink the traditional views of purity when he heals the 10 lepers that call to him from afar (probably as close as they dared considering their outcast status!). They had a true baptismal experience [-without any water.  Dick Davenport has quipped that some Christians choose full immersion to baptize; other sprinkling; but Christians Scientists choose "dry cleaning"-like Jesus did with the lepers. During Sacrament week this summer, which includes July 4th, CedarS will demonstrate the winnowing, "dry cleaning" baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire-and of fireworks too! (see B2 and Matt. 3:11, Luke 3:16] 
In citation S1 Mrs. Eddy compassionately writes that the baptism of Spirit, [God], washes the body... this spiritual baptism doesn't just purify our thought but as Jesus proved with the lepers, it touches our bodies as well.  This is such a tender promise that these spiritual ideas are not too high for us to experience, but are the presence of the Christ touching our consciousness.  And further, the following citations from Science and Health confirm that we see and demonstrate our true purity [and get the most from baptism, and from each sacrament] through our rethinking and active work as Christians--not just in a church ritual.  Jesus showed through his "demonstration of Love" what we must do as his followers.  It is important to remember that our own "demonstration of Love" doesn't need to be some spectacular example.  
Children often give us the simplest and most wonderful illustrations of this sort of purity.  Recently our family was struggling with an aggressive spate of physical challenges that were keeping kids home from school and me home from choral performances. While I was praying one afternoon my six year old, Huck, asked me what I was praying about.  I explained and he immediately offered to help.  He got out his own set of books, went straight to Exodus 20 where he knew the Ten Commandments were, and began reading them.  He then got out his hymnal and sang his favorite hymns.  Of course I was a bit distracted by his careful out loud reading (he's still a beginner reader) but I recognized that, more than a touching example of a little boy's simple trust in the efficacy of prayer, it was a message to me to trust that his own understanding of God's goodness, of the Christ presence, was powerful to turn around the situation that we were struggling with.  He was able to return [spiritually baptized] to school the next day and finish out the week before Christmas vacation, including singing in his Christmas concert on the last evening.
 
Section 2: [Christ's spiritual Eucharist -- Live in "holy awe" of its transformative power!]
The ritual that is addressed here is the sacrament of the Eucharist, the sharing by Jesus of the bread and the wine at the Last Supper before he was crucified.  I found citation B4 easier to understand in different translations; and the New Living Translation is especially illuminating.  Essentially this is a letter from Paul to the church members in Corinth [on the Grecian Peninsula of the Mediterranean] concerning their observation of the Passover supper (the same supper at which Jesus shared the bread and wine many years previous).  Paul upbraids them for not really being "interested in the Lord's supper.  For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others.  As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk.  What?  Don't you have your own homes for eating and drinking?  Or do you really want to disgrace God's church and shame the poor?"  And the last part of this citation is given new light a paraphrase in The Message: "You must never let familiarity breed contempt." (In other words, rituals without the right thought and action behind them are empty).  "Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe."  If we approach the sacrament, this symbolic act of our Master, with "holy awe", then we can expect great things, true healing activity!  Also from his letter to the Corinthians Paul makes a distinction between the leavened bread and "the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." Of course the unleavened bread is representative of the Passover bread that the children of Israel had to bake in haste before escaping Egypt, [crossing the Red Sea just ahead of the chariots to the Sinai Peninsula. The stage for this Exodus is represented geographically on the south shores of the Mediterranean in CedarS BLP.]  But here it represents also the simplicity, purity of thought, and the action taken at a time of desperate need.  Mrs. Eddy, I think, echoes this desperate need in citation S7 where the disciples are feeling a great despair over the prospects of their Master.  This pure and simple truth that he shared with the unleavened Passover bread was meant to give them spiritual sustenance in their time of need.  This was a bread that was meant to comfort, heal, a bread of Scientific demonstration, not a bread to be lost in a dead ritualistic tradition.  Our partaking this week of the Sacrament celebration is more on the grounds of demonstrating the great healing truth's of the Christ, than in commemorating a sacred event.  [As we approach the sacrament, this symbolic act of our Master, with "holy awe", then we can expect great things, true healing activity!
 
Section 3: [Christ's spiritual Foot-Washing -- Live in "holy awe" of its transformative power!]
The ritual that we see in this section is not often practiced today, though it is done!  This is the ritual of Jesus washing his disciple's feet.  This was such a tender act of love.  Jesus is focused even in this agonizing time on the disciples, and, more broadly, on mankind.  Through this act of love and devotion he illustrates the great need to humbly love one another.  He makes it known that only in loving one another as he has loved us, are we truly following him in deed.  Citation S11 has that familiar and much-loved statement about "What we most need..." This covers the territory if we wish to properly show our love for Jesus and our devotion to his mission.  It is through our own transformation of thought and action that we show our right worship of the Father and our proper love of His son.  In citation S13 Mrs. Eddy brings on the challenge of not just desiring to do better (as we all do), but putting those desires into daily practice by "taking up the cross".  In other words, it is not enough to "fervently desire" growth in grace, we must take it farther and make our desire "expressed in patience, meekness, love and good deeds". (my bolding).  How many ways can we find this week to figuratively wash another's feet?  What does that mean to us?  This is an act of deepest humility and love, not usually an act that one might look forward to.  It is certainly something to ponder!  Some years ago, when I was a member of a small isolated church, I had taken on the task of music committee chairman.  It was a task I was suited for, being a musician, but it required a significant amount of work to get organists; and usually the ones I did find were really not good musicians.  Most of the reason for this was due to the extremely low quality of our organ.  At the end of my rope after months of calling different people to fill in and trying to sing with accompanists who could barely learn a hymn much less a solo, I abandoned the organ and brought in a little upright piano from the Sunday School.  Of course I worked it out with the Sunday School as this left them with a barely adequate electronic keyboard.  Still this seemed like an answer to prayer when I was able to locate a fine pianist from the local university.  The music she played was of good quality, meeting the "recognized standard of musical excellence" mentioned under "music" in The Manual of the Mother Church.  She was easy to work with and could play a wide variety of solo repertoire that I enjoyed singing.  After many weeks of quality music passed, one Sunday, an older member very impressively and threateningly backed me up to the wall in the church after the service and let me have it with the proverbial "both barrels".  He and his wife had apparently donated the piano for use in the Sunday School and he was very angry that we had disrespected their gift by moving it into the Church.  He was also angry that I hadn't asked his wife to play the organ (I had, she refused); and he went on from there.  I was so surprised I really didn't have much to say other than to apologize and assure him that the piano would go back to the Sunday School right away.  After a good cry, (only because I wasn't used to being yelled at that way), I set about praying about what I needed to do.  I did move the piano back of course, but I also instantly forgave that member, knowing that he merely felt helpless and had expressed himself with unnecessary force because he mistakenly thought that I had knowingly run roughshod over his wishes.  But I went beyond that, because I was deeply disappointed with the change that appeared to be inevitable, and would cost me untold hours on the phone searching for organists again.  But as I humbly quieted my thought, resting in forgiveness and hope, instead of despair (or at least disappointment), I was able to move ahead in my prayer that the music was a Manually-based part of our service.  It was more than a pretty accompaniment to our church service.  In fact it comprises more than 30 minutes of the service if you include prelude, postlude, offertory, solo and three hymns.  So I had a right to expect this need to be met with grace.  The upshot was that I located two organists who were classically trained and for whom the pay was a blessing that allowed them to overlook the poor quality of the instrument.  They played for quite some time until our church voted to purchase a lovely grand piano which has made it easy to obtain and retain excellent musicians ever since; and as an added benefit, the church now hosts piano recitals and small concerts of all sorts because of the nice instrument they have.  In some small way I feel that this was one of those opportunities for me to wash another's feet.  It came in the form of needing to be willing to give up what seemed like such a hard-won victory in locating a regular pianist and then having to go back to a really awful organ.  It was necessary to do this to help the disgruntled member to feel loved and respected; and I had to do it with understanding and grace.
 
Section 4: [Christ's love & yielding in the Garden -- Live in "holy awe" of its healing power!]
In citation B8 we find Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Here Jesus famously asks if this bitter cup might pass from him, but also affirms his yielding, that not his own will, but God's be done.  If there was ever a better example of humble love for mankind, it was encompassed in this moment in history.  His willingness to live his life in utter devotion to mankind even to the point of healing the ear of one of the arresting soldiers when one of his disciples rashly cut it off was beyond anyone's comprehension.  The disciples couldn't even understand this until after his resurrection.  The sacrifice was so immense that as Mrs. Eddy points out in citation S15 that it must have proceeded from divine Principle, Love.  I found it interesting to ponder what Mrs. Eddy says in citation S18 when she talks about the warfare between the spiritual idea and perfunctory religion.  The spiritual idea, represented by Christ Jesus, was an idea of action and blessing; and it made ritualistic religion look bad, look empty.  It was this conflict that brought the Pharisees to the conclusion that if they killed that representative of clear-sightedness, and spiritual vitality, then they wouldn't look so ineffective.  But as we know, "Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs."  There is no killing this man.  We can find healing on a smaller level through our own yielding of will. We can endeavor to give up our desires and allow them to "...be moulded and exalted, before they take form in words and in deeds" as Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health on page 1.  This exaltation of our prayers/desires, is a process of dropping human will and listening for the good that God always has in store for us.  My daughter had a very quick healing of all the symptoms of a bladder infection by simply letting go of a strong desire she had to attend a wedding that she had wanted to attend.  Not only was she healed completely in less than a day, but she was able to carry out the plans for the weekend that she had so been looking forward to. God's plan for us is always good, but we have to be humble enough to know that His plan may not be our plan.
 
Section 5: [Christ's Call at the Morning Meal -- Live in "holy awe" of its transformative power!]
Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene.  (B11) It brings to my thought the purity and humble desire for growth that she embodied.  This desire was expressed in her actions and allowed her to be the first to witness Jesus resurrection.
Jesus met his disciples at the sea where they had gone back to their old jobs, apparently thinking that everything that he had taught them was for naught.  (B12) This seems to parallel the tendency many of us have to focus on whatever our current task or job is without regard for the great work that was Jesus' life!  It's certainly easy to do.  The demands of our days are great and the tasks endless (at least if you are anything like me!).  But there is an overriding call to action, the action that Jesus demanded that we take to heal, to grow in understanding, to bless mankind, to repent (rethink).  This is what he finally taught his disciples as they came to shore after a disappointingly fruitless night of fishing.  He demanded that they cast their nets on the "right side".  That is he was asking them to engage in the fruitful work of following their Master in deed.  This morning meal that is described in the Bible is the higher Sacrament that we honor, the real demand to follow Jesus' path.  I found a lovely "new year's" resolution in citation S20: "We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love.  We must "pray without ceasing."  (S20) This is certainly a resolution worth regarding.
 
Section 6: [Christ's spiritual Church & membership -- Live in "holy awe" of its healing power!]
Finally we have the Church and church membership to address in our study of worship.  It seems a likely place to conclude since many of us think of church first when we think of worship.  The early Christian church is portrayed in citation B15 as a place of some mobility as they practiced their worship not only in the "temple" but also in "...breaking bread from house to house...with gladness and singleness of heart."  I love that sense of a church without walls.  It is very challenging to be strangled by ritual if you have no stationary place to worship.  It is interesting that after Jesus' ascension comes the establishment (over time) of the church.  It is as if the lack of confinement to matter embodied in the ascension could be paralleled with a more vital and spiritual sense of church.  And then the question is how to keep church open to the freshness of revelation, and not limited by any ritualistic or traditional sense of procedure.  I think this is done, once again through an active worship, a worship that is comprised of healing!  If we want to revolutionize the world, we must, as Mrs. Eddy tells us in citation S24, do the works of our Master.  Interestingly, she originally wrote that a requirement for membership in her church was a proof of healing.  She didn't include that in her Manual.  But we can see where she did include this in Science and Health (S22). "We can unite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love,--casting out error and healing the sick."  Again here we have the active requirements of discipleship.  This is the opposite of ritualized worship.  This is the living, breathing, active, Christly worship that Jesus demanded.  [Enjoy your week of being like a new-born--living in "holy awe" of the transforming, healing power of putting into practice a more spiritual sense of Sacrament!]
 

[PSST-Start your New Year spiritually transformed from the inside out!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on
Sacrament for January 3-9, 2011
By Amy R. Evans (and Tom) , St. Louis, MO
 
A sacrament can be defined as an outward symbol of an inward, spiritual transformation or occurrence.  As Warren noted in this week's MET, Christian Scientists do not baptize with water, but rather with the Spirit.  He compares this spiritual baptism to "dry cleaning."  How then do Christian Scientists commemorate an inward, spiritual transformation or sacrament?
Citation S11 has some ideas on expressing our prayers by "...patience, meekness, love, and good deeds."  How about healing?  How does this differ from a weekly ritual with bread and wine?
 
PSST for Golden Text (GT) and Responsive Reading
How do you worship God?  In the GT John writes, "for the Father seeketh [true worshipers] to worship him."  What does John mean?  What does it mean to be a "true worshipper"?  Are you being "true" to what you believe?  Are you honoring God in your daily actions?
Look at each of the verses in the Responsive Reading.  What do they mean to you individually?  Some things to consider-what does it mean to be rooted and grounded in love?  What is the fullness of God?  How are you filled with it?
 
What exactly is "this cause"?  To know the love of Christ (v. 19)
Sunday School teachers, you might breeze through Ephesians 3:1-13 where Paul gives some background on how he came to "know the love of Christ."  How do we come to know it?  We have all heard Eph. 3:18-19 many times before which talks about the extents of the love of Christ: "breadth and length, and depth, and height..." but what relevance does this have to our lives?  How does this description of the volume of love fit us individually, collectively...?
 
PSST for Section 1
This section is all about baptism.  What's significant about it?  Why are we baptized?  How are we baptized?  What does purity have to do with baptism?  In what ways are we cleansed?  An obvious way to be cleansed is the example of Jesus healing the lepers (B3).  What might need to be cleansed in our thought?  Imagine being completely washed clean, in thought and body.  How would that make you feel?  Fresh, new, alive?  Citation S3 refers to repentance, spiritual baptism and regeneration.  Give examples of each of these.  Why are they important to our spiritual progress?
 
In citation S2 Mrs. Eddy points out the fact that Jesus life was so important that the entire Roman calendar we use today is based on his birth.  We know this, yet she uses this fact to emphasize Jesus' lack of ritualism.  Sometimes even the prayers of Christians can seem like a ritual: "...in Jesus' name we pray."  How can we keep from ritualizing our prayers?  My family repeats the Daily Prayer from the Church Manual p. 41 at dinner fairly often, but I don't see it as a ritual.
In a sermon, a minister once asked his congregation to remember their baptism.  The church then passed around a small bowl of water while sprinkling some on each other and repeating, "Remember your baptism."  They were instructed to think about serving and blessing others.  The sermon that day was on baptism as a call to action.  Because everyone there belonged to a community of faith, they were expected to serve their fellow brothers and sisters in the community.   How can our prayers be a call to action instead of simply a repetition of memorized verses?
 
PSST for Section 2
In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians (B4), he is commenting on the behavior of the wealthier, privileged church members towards the poorer, working class church members particularly in vv 21-22.  The "Lord's supper" was a formal event in the early Christian church.  People came together to commemorate the entire meal, but rich people could get there before the poor, working class church members who had not finished work yet.  By the time they arrived, all of the good stuff was gone.  The rich people essentially had a big party.  They ate and drank so much that they were not just full, but drunk.  One commentary* links a phrase in 1 Cor 11:21 "His own supper" to the phrase "His own belly is his god" in Php 3:19.  The people who arrived early and ate all of the good stuff could not have thought about the spiritual feast that the meal represented.  They were too busy worshiping their stomachs!  In v 22 Paul says, couldn't you have done that in your own houses?
 
In this light, what insights can you come up with when reading citation B4 again?
How do we keep and honor the feast?
 
*(Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset, and David Brown)
 
PSST for Section 3
We continue with the Last Supper when Jesus finishes the meal and washes his disciples' feet in this section.  What example do we have from Jesus?  How can we serve and give unselfishly?  What does it take to wash someone's feet?  What about the disciples?  What kind of humility did it take on their part to have Jesus (their teacher) wash their feet?  Are we willing to let others serve us?  What are some ways to follow Jesus' example?  How can  we model that same humility and unselfishness?
 
 
PSST for Section 4
This section gives us some of the back story leading up to the crucifixion.  What was going on in the garden of Gethsemane that night?  Are we willing to let go of our plan, our will, and trust God completely, even when we don't like what might come next?  Jesus surely knew what lay ahead for him, but he did it anyway-["all the rugged way". (Hymn 304)]   What do you think he needed in order to do that?  What about the disciples that fell asleep while Jesus was praying?  Would you be able to stay awake that whole time?  Do you every get tired when praying or studying?  What temptation is that?  How do we address it?  How do you think Jesus was able not only to forgive, but also to heal one of the men who came to take him away?  Citation S17 has a marginal note of "The holy struggle" between the flesh and the Spirit and of its destination as "the new understanding of spiritual Love."  [Like a coach or fitness trainer, help your students to see that the result of the struggle is the feeling and proof of "God with us" in demonstration-which is well worth the effort.]
 
PSST for Section 5
This section addresses Jesus' resurrection.  Who do you connect more with, Mary, who went straight to the tomb after the Sabbath was over, or Peter, who went right back to fishing after he thought that Jesus was gone?  Are we always searching for the Christ, or do we occasionally get dismayed and seem to lose our faith?  Read citation S19.  How do we have that same type of change within our thought as the disciples did?  Think about how they must have felt after Jesus' crucifixion.  What would you have done if you were in their shoes?  Are we ready now to "take up the cross" (S20)?
 
PSST for Section 6
What happened after the resurrection?  What did the disciples do after Jesus ascended?  Did they go back to fishing (again)?  Of course not!  How can we follow their example in citation B15?  Are we ready to go out and preach and heal, like Jesus directed?  Look at the definition of Church in citation S23.  What does that mean to you?  What is built on the "structure of Truth and Love"?  The sixth tenet is found in citation S25.  What's important about this tenet?  What does it have to do with sacrament?  What is the result of this "solemn promise"?  What are some ways that you live this tenet in your daily life?

 
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 [Camp Director's Note: This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 10-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "Mets" (Metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians. (To keep the flow of the practitioner's ideas intact and to allow for more selective printing "Possible Sunday School Topics" come in a subsequent email.) These weekly offerings are intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff. Originally sent JUST to my Sunday School students and to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "mets" are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension and background as well as new angles (and angels) on the daily applicability of some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e.B-1 and S-28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "Met" (Metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the Bible (B-1 thru B-24) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-30). The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist. The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one. We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor.]
 
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