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PYCL: Obey every God-inspired impulse! (1) See how Love crowns, encircles, protects! (4)

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

[PYCL: Obey every God-inspired impulse! (1) See how Love crowns, encircles, protects! (4)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“God”
on January 1, 2017

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

Pycl #1: If you think of the "earth" (Golden Text) as God speaking to us right where we are in our thought, it might be interesting to ask the pupils how God is speaking to them each day. Can you bring a list of how you feel that God is speaking to you? Then maybe that can initiate such a conversation. I always think that keeping a record to revisit, maybe on the divider in your class, if you have one, would be fun. That way you can check back now and again and see if this idea (or another) develops into something more. It is crucial that we learn to understand the everyday ways that Mind is speaking to us. When we feel led to give someone a hug, to listen without interrupting, to be obedient when we don't really want to, do something without being asked and so on. These are all impulses that we get because we reflect divine Love. They (these impulses) are pretty constant in our lives really. If we start to think of them as God's voice to us, we start to realize that we really are one with God, truly reflecting His actions. Some other thoughts that might spring from this: Does God speak more to some than others? If not, why do we sometimes feel like we don't hear God? Are we maybe, thinking that He is supposed to speak to us in the way that He did Moses? Does God speak to grownups more than children? Do we have to be some kind of specially dedicated Christian Scientists to hear His messages? (Or is He "...pouring forth more than we accept?" p.2 S&H)? Think of a spring of water. It just bubbles up, it doesn't care if you are there or not, if the person standing in front of it has done a good job being kind that week or not. God certainly loves and so on, so this is not a perfect analogy, but it is helpful for the children to grasp that God's goodness is never, ever, withheld from His children. That spring pours out water, but we have to be there with a container to receive it. We have to know where that abundance is. So, while good is always pouring out, if we don't have an awareness of its divine source, or we don't "go" to that source, we may not be aware and consequently not benefit from that goodness. Maybe you could use the water fountain in your church to illustrate this. Even take a trip there with the littler ones to illustrate this point. Of course, you will want to discuss the story of Moses too, while talking about this. (B2) How did he come to hear God so clearly? How about Jesus? What did we learn about him particularly last week that made him hear so clearly?

Pycl #2: Since the subject is God, we are learning about Him, who He is and how we relate to Him. If Moses took a nation from worshiping God in matter to Spirit, (S3), what does worship in matter look like? What does worship in Spirit look like? How do we worship God in Spirit in a day to day way? (You may need to look up "worship" and see if you can get a good sense together of what that means, practically.) Is worship gratitude? Cheerfulness? Grace? Is it the recognition that, in these expressions of Him, we are recognizing that we can "of our own selves, do nothing"?

Pycl #3: Another practical question, from citation S5 this time, How does the First Commandment "demonstrate Christian Science"? I'm not going to fill in the blank here. Just a good question to ask ourselves and for the children to ponder. Of course, you will need to think deeply together about what the significance of the First Commandment is. What does "demonstrating" Christian Science look like?

Pycl #4: I mention this in CedarS Met this week, but I love that passage in citation S23 about how God crowns our year with goodness. You can share the translation of the word "crown" from the Hebrew. The idea of God encircling, protecting our year. Have the pupils make crowns as you talk about how that circle can be symbolic of the infinite way that Love encircles each of us, protects us, makes our lives prosper, each and every year. You can bring in paper or other materials for them to attach one to another. Each piece can represent qualities of Love or Mind or another synonym that truly does "encircle" our year and our individual lives with prosperity, joy, health and so on.

Pycl #5: If God doesn't "know" about the bad things that happen to us, then how can He be loving, all-knowing, and so on? Get out the flashlights. Have each one turn one on underneath the table which might be covered in a thick cloth so that it is darker underneath. Does the light from the flashlight "know" that the darkness is there under the table? Can the darkness "resist" the light from the flashlight? Does the light have to "battle" the dark to shine out? You can also do this exercise in a church closet of some kind—anywhere that the flashlight beam can be really seen. You can really take this any place that it goes. It is another interesting analogy for God's powerful goodness that knows nothing else but its own goodness. This relates nicely to citation S13 which tells us that death is unknown to Life.

Pycl #6: I also like the thought that is emphasized in Section 3, that God is unchanging. This can be confusing because we might think that would be boring. But, as I mention in CedarS Met this week, that is not really the case. If there is something in your church or outside that you can bring your class to, or a little sculpture you can bring into class, try this exercise. Have two pupils stand on opposite sides of the object and describe it in turns. Do they see the same thing? Probably not (unless they are looking from above). In the same way, we are always completely reflecting God, each of us. But we may not immediately perceive the fullness of this reflection, because we are only seeing a part of it at any given time. Play with this if it holds their interest. And because God is not a small object or sculpture, the facets of His expression are infinite and ever unfolding to us! It's like an infinitely detailed and beautiful landscape!

Have an awesome Sunday and New Year!

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