Does God really know who I am?   Leave a comment

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Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity.”  (Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy)

Susan Collins, CSB, from New York explores the idea of our unique spiritual individuality and identity in this Daily Lift, listen here


What is the Christian Science Sunday School all about?   2 comments

DSCN5820For students, it’s about discovering how spirituality is relevant in your life—how it fits into every day and shows up in everything you love to do. It’s an environment where you feel totally supported. You can ask the hardest questions with your peers and teacher as you work out how to apply spiritual truths to your own experiences. It’s an opportunity to look together for meaningful answers to the stuff that comes up in your lives.  And it’s open to anyone under age 20.

For parents, ​it’s about giving your child a solid moral foundation—a spiritual framework that will help them face questions about who they are, their value, and their purpose. It’s an environment where each student is welcomed with love, respected, and encouraged to discover their relationship to God. 

For teachers, it’s where the love of Christian Science – the love of thinking and living spiritually – extends to embrace the youth in our community.  It’s diving deep into the timeless lessons of the Bible.  It’s exploring together the spiritual laws that apply to any situation.  And it’s nurturing the innate healer in everyone. 

What’s taught in Sunday School?

Each Sunday School class is designed to meet the students’ needs. Students are taught in small discussion groups with others of similar age and ability. The lessons in all classes are based on the Bible. Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is used to help students explore the deeper meanings of the Bible. Instruction is based around the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus.

Central to the teachings of Christian Science is the understanding that God is Love. God is seen in every act of kindness, of loyalty, of generosity, of compassion. Hence, Christian Science is a religion of tolerance. Acceptance of the individual differences that enrich our communities is central to the understanding of God who is unconditional Love.

Christian Science also teaches that God is Principle. Valuing Principle means that qualities such as order, punctuality, lawfulness, honesty, discipline are encouraged in students.

Gradually students will also come to know God as infinite Mind, as Spirit, Soul, Truth and Life. They will discover that living the qualities associated these terms enriches their lives and brings harmony, satisfaction and improved health. These are the qualities that make life work. Armed with them, our children are better equipped to cope with the many challenges that will face them in this modern world.

The Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra is always ready to welcome new students. It is located with the church on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton. To contact the Sunday School superintendent, please ring 02 6273 1715. We would love to welcome you.

“God, good, guards, guides and governs”   Leave a comment

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    “On a summer vacation, I was feeling especially proud and assured as my motorcycle galloped the sinuous blacktop in the hills of Northern California. I put the bike on cruise control, and was feeling invincible and on top of the world. ”

The writer, Waji Danoun recalls his experience how he lost control of his bike and plunges into an abyss but is wonderfully protected when he reaches out to divine power to protect him and his “affection for God grew in spontaneous immensity.”

Reflecting on this incident and the fragility of the human ego, he ponders this quote by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, who writes in the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, on page 322: “The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.”

Read his experience in this ‘Spiritual short’ from the January 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal, “A humbling experience” here

 


The Grand Necessity of Existence   Leave a comment

shutterstock_71074087Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Barton (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets).  At these meetings short readings are followed by time for members of the congregation to share how they have been helped and healed through prayer.  Everyone is welcome.  If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday, please join us.

The topic for the readings this week was:  The Grand Necessity of Existence.  These words were taken from a passage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p560: 13-15):

the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man.

She goes on to give the definition of the Kingdom of Heaven as:

The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme (SH 590: 1).

In the Bible Jesus gives many descriptions of the Kingdom of Heaven.  In one he says:

 the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearlsWho, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.  (The Bible – Matthew 13: 45, 46)

and …

The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (The Bible – Luke 17: 20, 21).

This recording is of the readings on this topic of The Grand Necessity of Existence.

New Year’s resolution: Christ going ahead   Leave a comment

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Go forward confidently and listen here to this Daily Lift by Madelon Maupin who tells about her experience of being helped when losing her path and being inspired by a Bible verse, assuring us that Christ is going ahead of us, everywhere and at all times.

 

Posted January 4, 2019 by cscanberra in Daily Lift

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Christ, the universal Light!   Leave a comment

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Christmas being the season of Light, Fujiko Takai Signs explores the qualities of light, that is a symbol for the Christ.

Mary Baker Eddy defines Christ as “The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error. “

(Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures)

Listen here to how each of us are part of that light.

Posted December 25, 2018 by cscanberra in Daily Lift

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Invitation to an Inspirational Talk   Leave a comment

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Dear Friends,
This Christmas Eve we are sharing with the world a free talk entitled “Celebrating Jesus and the faith that heals” given by Nate Frederick, CS a member of the board of lectureship at Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in New York City.

Imagine Jesus joined you for Christmas this year. Wouldn’t you feel loved and inspired to the core of your being? Well, join us this Christmas Eve to explore how the spirit of Christ, the Godliness that Jesus’ embodied, is always with us (and can be understood today as a universal Science).

In NY: Holiday organ music begins at 6:50 pm, followed by musical performers at 7:00 pm. Mr. Frederick’s inspirational talk begins at 7:30 pm.

In Australia the time for this event is 25th Dec 10:50 am for the organ music and 11.30 am. for the talk.

If you aren’t able to attend in person, join us for the live online webcast of this event wherever you are at http://thirdchurchnyc.com/

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