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PSST - Practice stillness. State counter-facts to roarings. Quiet thought. Hear God.

Merrill Boudreaux, CS -- St. Louis MO

[Practice stillness. State counter-facts to roarings. Quiet thought. Hear God.]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

God” -- June 27-July 3, 2016

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, CS
pegasus6524@gmail.com 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text – How does one practice stillness? Ask students for examples in nature of stillness. Example: a lake that looks like glass, leaves on trees when there is no wind blowing. What is the benefit of quieting thought, of “listening for Thy voice”, meaning God’s voice? Read together Hymn 136 (below) from the Christian Science Hymnal. What are some aspects of stillness or results of stillness in this hymn? As we work through the rest of the lesson, let’s explore still listening and its results.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – Wow, God is thinking of us and thinking thoughts toward (about) us. What thoughts is God thinking about (toward) us in the RR? What phrases directly counter the argument, “I can’t hear God”?

“…ye shall call upon me… and I will hearken unto you.”

“…ye shall seek me, and find me…”

“…he understandeth and knoweth me….”

Who are we that God should hear us? See in the RR, Psalm 100:3,4. These truths about listening and hearing God’s voice are everlasting and endure to all generations. This means you also.

What is a major prayer that you can use, found in Mary Baker Eddy’s poem, “Feed My Sheep”, also found as Hymn 304 in the Christian Science Hymnal (below)?

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Answer the question posed in citation B-1. What does citation B-2 call upon you to do? What is prayed for in citation B-4? What are the properties of light as it relates to our consciousness? There are 166 references to light in Science and Health. Using a Concordance, ask students to select a few that help relate to light illuming consciousness. Read together Hymn 119 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below). Remember to declare we are not ignorant of God and She is not ignorant of us. See the definition of “God” in citation S-1.

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What was Elijah doing in the cave? Read aloud his experience in citation B-9. Notice with all the roaring he heard the still, small voice. Ask students to list some roarings that sometimes try to invade their thought to take priority over listening. Then ask them to state the counter-fact for these roarings. Use the passages in this section from Science & Health as aids to stating counter-facts. Who are you and what are your abilities as listed in citation S-12?

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – There are some interesting words in the Bible portion of this section of where individuals have traditionally gone to listen for and hear Gods voice. What are they? Holy temple, sanctuary, in the morning (before the noises of the day intrude on thought – this is also a good reason to study the daily lesson sermon at the start of your day), closet, in secret.

What is the promise assured in the last line of citation B-15? See also Isaiah 65:24. Ask students to share ideas about these key words from the Bible in the S&H portion of this section, especially citations S-14 and S-17.

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – Trusting God assures peace (B-16).

God always gives us the victory over the noise/roarings claiming we can’t hear Her voice. What was the counterfeit claim in the story in citation B-18? It is too late, you were dealing with other things while the daughter was dying. Even when Jesus arrived, those standing by were derisive and laughing at him, “You plan to do what, you fool, she is already dead.”

What was the counter-fact? What does it mean that “…he put them all out…”? What did “Be not afraid” have to do with this healing?

Read together citation S-23. This is a great memory opportunity.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Another statement as to listening is found in citation B-20, verse 33. This is expanded upon with the Mary and Martha story in citation B-22. Once again we are called upon to not let the cares of the world deny us the desire and ability to listen. Does it mean we should ignore or avoid chores of the day, or does it mean that even when doing our chores we can still be joyful and listen for God’s voice? Can we still make spiritual progress and acknowledge God and obey God even when doing the dishes, sweeping the floor, dusting the furniture, or walking the dog? Can we find divine glory while undertaking these tasks? (S-28)

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Where do we find God in the midst of our day? We can listen for God’s voice in quiet thoughts, maybe in a song, in the beauty of nature all around us, in the joy of a friend’s laugh, or the smile from mom or dad (B-23). The blessing in citation S-25 that is unto God is equally unto you as one whom God knows and of whom God is always thinking. The result? Thoughts of peace.

Read together Hymn 276 from the Christian Science Hymnal (below).

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Hymn 136:

I love Thy way of freedom, Lord,

To serve Thee is my choice,

In Thy clear light of Truth I rise

And, listening for Thy voice,

I hear Thy promise old and new,

That bids all fear to cease:

My presence still shall go with thee

And I will give thee peace.

Though storm or discord cross my path

Thy power is still my stay,

Though human will and woe would check

My upward-soaring way;

All unafraid I wait, the while

Thy angels bring release,

For still Thy presence is with me,

And Thou dost give me peace.

I climb, with joy, the heights of Mind,

To soar o’er time and space;

I yet shall know as I am known

And see Thee face to face.

Till time and space and fear are naught

My quest shall never cease,

Thy presence ever goes with me

And Thou dost give me peace.

Hymn 304:

Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep, How to gather, how to sow,—How to feed Thy sheep;

I will listen for Thy voice, Lest my footsteps stray; I will follow and rejoice All the rugged way.

Thou wilt bind the stubborn will, Wound the callous breast, Make self-righteousness be still, Break earth’s stupid rest.

Strangers on a barren shore, Lab’ring long and lone, We would enter by the door, And Thou know’st Thine own;

So, when day grows dark and cold, Tear or triumph harms, Lead Thy lambkins to the fold, Take them in Thine arms; Feed the hungry, heal the heart, Till the morning’s beam;

White as wool, ere they depart, Shepherd, wash them clean.

Hymn 119:

Holy Spirit, source of gladness, Come with all Thy radiance bright; Lift all burdens and all sadness; O’er Thy children shed Thy light.

Let the Love that knows no measure, Now in quickening showers descend; Bring to us the richest treasure Man can wish or God can send.

Send us Thine illumination; Banish all our fears at length; Rest upon this congregation, Spirit of unfailing strength.

Hymn 276:

Peace be to this congregation; Peace to every heart therein;

Peace, the earnest of salvation; Peace, the fruit of conquered sin;

Peace, that speaks the heavenly Giver; Peace, to worldly minds unknown;

Peace, that floweth as a river From th’ eternal source alone.

O Thou God of peace, be near us, Fix within our hearts Thy home;

With Thy bright appearing cheer us, In Thy blessed freedom come.

Come with all Thy revelations, Truth which we so long have sought;

Come with Thy deep consolations, Peace of God which passeth thought.

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