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PYCL: 1. Be a noticer! 2. Clear obstructions for being f2f with God! 3. Don’t be listless!

Kerry Jenkins, C.S., House Springs, MO

[PYCL: 1. Be a noticer! 2. Clear obstructions for being f2f with God! 3. Don’t be listless!]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“God”

on January 3, 2016

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

Pycl #1: How can we be "noticers"? Moses noticed the burning bush that wasn't getting burned up by the flames. What messages are we getting from God that we "walk right by"? How can we symbolically take-off our shoes, really see the holy times in our lives and stop to talk to God, or ask God about them? Sometimes I think we see these holy times best in nature, but there are many times where we experience them when we interact with people, even strangers on a phone. Can the kids think of any times like that in their lives? Can we think together about how to be more perceptive about God's presence in our lives?

Pycl #2: What does it mean to see God face-to-face (f2f)? How about as "a friend"? (Responsive Reading) Are the kids familiar with "Face time" or "Skype"? Maybe you could talk about how we can "Face time" with God if you don't think that is too silly. Work with this idea in conjunction with the Beatitude in citation B9. Why does purity help us see God? You can try the clear vs. dirty water illustration with two glasses of water. Have them describe everything they can about each glass. (It's clear, you can see through it, it lets light through it, it is drinkable, it can help us when we are thirsty, it is clean and fresh, it can magnify things when you look through it…) Those are some ideas for the clear water, you get the picture! Now what do those descriptions represent spiritually? Is the First Commandment an example of being pure in heart? (See citation B7.) Another quick "face to face" thought is that if we are talking to someone on Face time or working to see God face to face, we have to make sure there is nothing between us and God, or us and the person we are talking to. You could briefly think about what we might be tempted to allow to block our "view". How do we clear the way?

Pycl #3: I mention this in the Met this week, but you could make a list together of all the things that God is. There is quite the list in Section 1, but you could just do this freely from what you all know and from other sections of the Bible. Some things from this section: "head above all", creator, Maker, husband, shepherd, redeemer, protector, I Am, infinite and so on [—as well as the synonyms in the definition of God (S2)—so no need to ever feel list-less!].

Pycl #4: What are the "footsteps of Truth"? Trace some of the kid's feet and write what such footsteps might be on each foot print. They can cut around them if you want. Where do these footsteps lead according to citation S7? What is Mary Baker Eddy talking about when she says "Horeb height"? With the really young kids you could make a path around the Sunday School to follow. You could include some of the other classes if that works for your Sunday School. Have each pupil ask one of the Sunday School students in each class to share their thoughts on what these footsteps might include.

Pycl #5: Maybe discuss the kingdom of heaven. What is a kingdom? How is it governed? How is God's kingdom different from a kingdom here? The word "reign" is mentioned in citations S12 and S16, what does that mean? I like thinking of the kingdom of heaven as the place where harmony is in charge (reigns). It is a place where we see that God is all the "omni's" and that man then must be perfect. Where is this kingdom?

Pycl #6: Share the story of the blind man. How did Jesus see God here? How did everyone else? They were looking for a Godly reason for the man's blindness! Jesus revealed that God's gift of sight, understanding, clarity, is freely bestowed and never withheld for any reason from His idea. I thought it was interesting to note, though I don't know if this is something interesting to share—the Pharisees declare that the formerly blind man must be Jesus' disciple but that they were Moses' disciples. Back when the Jews followed Moses out of Egypt, they were questioning whether Moses was sent by God. Sometimes we need to work to recognize and value the gift that God has given us or we may miss His blessing and be blind to present good. These Pharisees certainly missed out on a pretty big 'burning bush' when they thought Jesus was a random sinner.

Pycl #7: A little like the way Jesus put mud on the blind man's eyes and had him go and wash it off, so, the story of Cornelius reveals how a dogma can be cleared away to have a purer view of God and His relation to man. (Here you have more fuel for the discussion of how we can't allow anything to muddy our view of God, to come between us and God.) Read this story together and discuss it. Can this happen today? How can religion and religious beliefs that are not actually anchored in Love keep us from seeing God clearly? You can certainly link this to the story in the last section where Paul is preaching to the Athenians. [Note that Cobbey Crisler has cool insights on these stories that are in W’s PS #1 and posted online as new Downloads.]

Have a great Sunday [—and a supremely Happy New Year]!

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