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PSST - PSST: Be instruments of God’s Love…meeting each other’s needs

Merrill Boudreaux, CS -- St. Louis MO

[PSST: Be instruments of God’s Love…meeting each other’s needs (4)
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs)
for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

“Love”
for July 27-August 2, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.
pegasus6524@gmail.com • 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT) – What a comforting statement in the Golden Text – “‘I have always loved you,’” says the Lord” (Malachi 1:2).

Ask students to share what that statement means to them. What comfort do they find in that statement?

Read together an expanded view in Jeremiah 29:11: “...I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” What is God’s expectation for us, for our lives?

See also Isaiah 40:1: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” Link together these words: loved you, expected end, comfort ye.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – Is God’s love and comfort only to the house of Israel? Who are the people of God? Are you among them? See Responsive Reading verse 19 (Isa 63:19): “We are thine:”

Read together Hymn 356 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

To Thee, O God, we bring our adoration,
To Love divine, in whom we live and move;
For Thou hast shown to us our perfect selfhood
In Thy loved Son, whom Jesus came to prove.

We are Thy children, Thou our Father-Mother,
And we would ever follow Thy behest:
Help us to understand Thy holy counsel,
For in obedience lies our active rest.

We, now redeemed through Love, return to Zion,
Singing to Thee our deeply grateful praise;
For we are Christ's, and Christ is Thine, O Father:
His joy remains in us through endless days.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What father and mother qualities are mentioned in this section? How is God like a father and mother to you?

  • With an everlasting love
  • Thou wast precious in my sight
  • One whom his mother comforteth
  • Tender mercies
  • Be called the sons of God

Read together Hymn 500 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here). Pay particular attention to the Refrain.

I awake each morn to a brand-new day,
Singing Hallelujah! as I go on my way,
For my heart is fixed on this one guarantee:
The Love that is All holds me tenderly.

REFRAIN
Tender mercies, oh tender mercies,
Tender mercies are holding me.
Tender mercies, oh tender mercies,
Tender mercies are holding me.

I can walk with Love through the valley of fear,
Singing Hallelujah! O, my Savior is here!
For my empty longing no hope can fulfill,
But Love meets all need and bids want be still.

REFRAIN

So no matter the need and no matter the threat,
I'm secure in Your love, no fear, no regret.
Can there be a sweeter comfort, a grace more divine,
Than the thought that Your love is here and is mine?

REFRAIN

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – What was Job’s prayer in Citation B7, “Oh that I knew where I might find him” (Job 23:3). Do you, like Job, desire to know God?

Citation B8 tells us the Lord is nigh to us: “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (Psalms 34:18). What does the word “nigh” mean? Right here, right now.

What is the promise in Citation B8, Psalms 34:22: “none of them that trust in him shall be desolate”? This is a good memory opportunity. Remember you are never alone, never left on your own.

Read together Citation S7 (Science & Health 13:2): “Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals.”

What are the abundant qualities Love gives to us? See Citation S12 (SH 272:4-5): honesty, unselfishness, loving, meekness

Read together Hymn 382 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

What is thy birthright, man, Child of the perfect One;
What is thy Father's plan For His beloved son?
Thou art Truth's honest child, Of pure and sinless heart;
Thou treadest undefiled In Christly paths apart.

Vain dreams shall disappear As Truth dawns on the sight;
The phantoms of thy fear Shall flee before the light.
Take then the sacred rod; Thou art not error's thrall;
Thou hast the gift of God— Dominion over all.

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – What do you think is meant in Citation B11 (Matt 14:14), “Jesus… was moved with compassion toward them…” How did Jesus show compassion in the scripture story in Citation B12 (Matthew 20:30-34)? Do you know of any personal experiences where compassion was shown to someone? What was the result? If you were the one showing compassion, how did you feel when showing compassion?

Read in Citation S14 (SH 494:10), “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” How does Divine Love meet the needs of everyone? In, as, and through man (you). Look for opportunities this week to meet someone’s need and share that next week. Read together Science & Health 366:30,

“If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter. The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.”

Are you a “genuine” Christian Scientist? How do you know?

Citation S19 (SH 248:3) is another good memory opportunity: “Love never loses sight of loveliness.”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What was Jesus’ answer to the lawyer’s question in Citation B17 (Luke 10:25), “…what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Read together the scripture story in Citation B17 (Luke 10:25-37). This story is often referred to as the story of the Good Samaritan. Do you think he was good? Why? How did he show compassion? How did he demonstrate Divine Love meeting every human need?

Read the prayer often attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi:

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.”

In addition, see what Mary Baker Eddy provides as a test of all prayer in Citation S23 (SH 9:5).

“The test of all prayer lies in the answer to these questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of this asking? Do we pursue the old selfishness, satisfied with having prayed for something better, though we give no evidence of the sincerity of our requests by living consistently with our prayer? If selfishness has given place to kindness, we shall regard our neighbor unselfishly, and bless them that curse us; but we shall never meet this great duty simply by asking that it may be done. There is a cross to be taken up before we can enjoy the fruition of our hope and faith.”

Look to Citation S25 (SH 518:15),

“The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good.”

Note the marginal heading to these lines: “Assistance in brotherhood.”

The Lesson has taken a turn: After assuring us of God’s love for all Her children, we are now called upon to be instruments of that Love, showing compassion, brotherhood, meeting each other’s needs.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What is the prayer of unity from Paul in Citation B22 (Romans 8:35-39)? You can afford to comfort, to act with brotherly kindness, to show human affection. None of this is “poured forth vainly” as stated in Citation S27, SH 57:22.

Read Hymn 179 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here):

Love one another, -word of revelation;
Love frees from error's thrall, -Love is liberation.
Love's way the Master trod;
He that loves shall walk with God.
Love is the royal way.

Love knows no evil, neither shade of sadness;
Love casts out every fear, lifts the heart to gladness.
Love heals our every ill,
All the law does love fulfill.
Love is our answered prayer.

Love now is dawning over every nation;
Showing true brotherhood, publishing salvation,
Love bids all discord cease.
Conquering hate, enthroning peace,
Love, Love alone is power.

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – Here is another good memory opportunity in Citation S32 (SH 578:16): “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [LOVE] for ever.”

If you have goodness forever, then you can give goodness, you can be good.
If mercy is yours forever, then you can give mercy and be merciful to all – forever. Why?
Because you “dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [LOVE] for ever.”
Christian Science is anchored in the scriptures.

Read what Mary Baker Eddy tells us is the doctrine of Christian Science in Science & Health 304:9: “This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man — governed by God, his perfect Principle — is sinless and eternal.”

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