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/

From darkness to light   Leave a comment

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“As the much-loved Christmas account goes, a radiant star flickered persistently in the deep shade of night to guide the wise men to the baby Jesus.

We all need a guiding light when we find ourselves in a dark place…..”

The writer tells of her experience when she felt lonely, sad and without hope after her husband had passed on. But during the night of Christmas Eve she had a transformative experience of reaching out to divine Love and was comforted with these words from the Jewish Publication Society’s 1917 version of the Hebrew Bible, Tanakh, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Deeply considering the meaning of these words, she was able to grasp those “thoughts of peace” toward her and the mental darkness disappeared.

You too can be led by this guiding star to peace and healing this Christmas season.

In a Christmas message, Mary Baker Eddy, discoverer of Christian Science and founder of the Monitor, wrote, “The star that looked lovingly down on the manger of our Lord, lends its resplendent light to this hour: the light of Truth, to cheer, guide, and bless man as he reaches forth for the infant idea of divine perfection dawning upon human imperfection, – that calms man’s fears, bears his burdens, beckons him on to Truth and Love and the sweet immunity these bring from sin, sickness, and death” (“Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,” p. 320).

This contribution by Michelle Boccanfuso Nanouche was published in The Christian Science Monitor’s ‘A Christian Science Perspective’  read the full article here

Never Expect Delays   Leave a comment

asphalt automobile buildings carsDo we expect delays of Good?

When looking for a job, a relationship, health or even our closeness to God?

This Daily Lift by Patrick McCreary urges you to:

“Acquaint yourself with him, now, and be at peace. Thereby good shall come unto you.” Job 22:21 (WEB)

Make God your first acquaintance and feel safe, inspired and secure through unlimited Love

Listen to it here

 

 

Posted December 11, 2018 by cscanberra in Daily Lift

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Sunday School   Leave a comment

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Sunday School – Nurturing Qualities that Make the World a Better Place

All are welcome in our Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra which is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton and operates from 10.00-11.00 am every Sunday.

 If you are wondering what the benefits of Sunday School are in this secular world follow the link and hear how this ex-Sunday School student found support and direction in her troubled life through regular attendance at Sunday School.

With the support of the teachings, and the teachers, at the Christian Science Sunday School depression left, reckless behaviour ceased and grades improved.

The full text of this article by Katherine Ellis, titled Sunday School Saved Me, was first published in the Christian Science Sentinel of 24 April 2017. It is now available here: click here

 

Posted November 12, 2018 by cscanberra in Sunday School

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