First Church of Christ, Scientist, Canberra   Leave a comment

Located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

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Sunday Services and Sunday School are at 10.00 am. Wednesday Testimony Meetings are at 6.15 pm. Both these sessions are available via telephone: Dial – 02 6102 0608 and use meeting code: 60970#

Posted February 25, 2021 by cscanberra in Christian Science Canberra, Church

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Spiritual Healing – Available to All   1 comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic of Spiritual Healing.

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Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p390: 20).

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Every Wednesday at 6.15pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Canberra (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton). At these meetings short readings on a particular topic 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.

Eye Health Restored – Cataract Gone   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

Early last year I needed to have my reading glasses replaced and this meant having an eye examination for a new script.  At the end of the examination the optometrist informed me that I had a cataract forming on my left eye.   He said that he wouldn’t recommend any treatment at that point but in a year I should look at having it removed.

At first I was tempted to feel concerned about this situation.  I had quite a few friends who had had cataracts surgically removed and although they had all said it was a fairly straight forward procedure, it was not something that I had ever contemplated doing.  I have always handled problems, both physical and otherwise, through prayer.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is my textbook for life.  In it, Mary Baker Eddy writes: Mind, not matter, is causation. … You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness (p208: 25).  She goes on to say:  The physical affirmation of disease should always be met with the mental negation. Whatever benefit is produced on the body, must be expressed mentally, and thought should be held fast to this ideal (p392: 11).  I thought on these ideas and every time my eye situation came into thought I claimed my spiritual perfection and denied the necessity for giving in to this verdict.  This brought me a sense of peace and within a short time my eye stopped bothering me and I forgot to think about it anymore.

Recently when I again visited the optometrist for new glasses I was told that my eyes were perfectly healthy and there was no sign of a cataract.  Christian Science is teaching me that the body is the representation of my thinking – what I believe about it is what I will experience.  By learning to see myself as spiritual, not material, I can overcome beliefs of limitation or ill-health

Safe on the Australian Waters   Leave a comment

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A Daily Lift by Sharon Rooker-Brade, a Christian Science nurse.

Australian waters are well known for their sharks. In this 3 minute talk Sharon describes how her encounter with sharks on the open waters of a bay in Western Australia ended harmoniously.

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A new 3 minute inspirational talk is shared each day Monday-Friday. To listen to more click on the Daily Lift tab in the menu above.

Money Worries – A Thing of the Past   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

When I was growing up money always seemed to be in short supply.  There were many, many evenings when my mum had only toast and Vegemite for dinner because there wasn’t enough food to go around.  As a child I watched my mum, who was normally a strong, calm woman, weep because there was no money for the electricity or to pay for the groceries.  This left me feeling scared and as though life was jeopardous.  I felt as though I was vulnerable to forces outside of my control. 

As an adult I seemed to take many of these fears about finances and supply with me.  Even though I had full employment, and sometimes more than one job, for many years I felt as though I was always borrowing from Peter to pay Paul; shuffling money around in order to pay the most pressing bills.  There came a time when the burden of school fees and a mortgage was more than I could manage and we sold our house and moved to a smaller place further out.  Still there never seemed to be quite enough. 

In my study of Christian Science I had learned that all right ideas were God’s and that God as the divine Father-Mother supplied all that was necessary for those ideas to come to fruition.  I had also learned that supply and demand were a part of the one Principle (a synonym for God) governing all; they were reciprocal and inseparable processes.  One day I sat myself down and decided that it was time to let go of this false fear.  I asked myself whether I really believed these spiritual statements and believed that God was my loving parent who knew and responded to my needs, or not.  I had, over the years, had many other healings both of physical and work-related problems that showed me that God was real, and that the love of God was a principle to be counted on.  I reviewed the evidence I had of this divine care and I decided that I did really trust in these truths.  When I reasoned like this the fear seemed to melt away and it felt as though this huge burden of many years had been lifted off me.

From this time on I never again struggled to pay the bills.  The money coming into the home had not changed and the outgoings remained the same but somehow when bills arrived there was always enough to meet them.  Nowadays, I don’t worry at all about how much is, or isn’t, in my bank account.  I know, because I have proved it, that if there is a need God will meet it.  I have discovered that divine Love (another name for God) has a multitude of ways in which to meet the human need.  This sense of God’s sure supply has given me a freedom that allows me to be generous towards others, to support worthy causes and so share Love’s wonderful abundance.  I continue, every day, to be grateful to God, and to Christian Science which teaches me the power of spiritual reasoning.

Demystifying Spiritual Healing   Leave a comment

A lecture by Beth Packer, international speaker and full-time Christian Science practitioner of healing

This lecture describes through explanation and examples how we can find security in an insecure world through the power of spiritual healing.

Demystifying Spiritual Healing

Saturday 5 June, 2021 – 2pm AEST

Live in-person: Tura Beach Library
15 Tura Beach Drive
Tura Beach, NSW

The replay of this lecture is now available on:

facebook.com/ChristianScienceMerimbula

Original Christianity – loving, practical, universal   Leave a comment

What would Christianity of the kind that Jesus, the original Christian, lived be like if it were practiced today?  Original Christianity simply loved; it loved gently, powerfully, universally.  It met the human need right where that need was without judgement or limitation.  It acted with the deepest, genuine humility – Jesus said, ‘Of my own self I can do nothing.’  It was not political.  It had no robes, rituals or riches.  

It loved with a divine love so transforming that it healed, or solved the human need, no matter what that need was – poverty, sorrow, sickness.  It gave us an understanding of God that was not humanistic.  ‘God is Love’ (The Bible – 1 John 3:23) lifts our sense from a limited, masculine, judgemental, far-off, traditional concept, to one that envelops us in a feeling of infinite closeness and care.  To truly practise Christian worship we must live love for Love is the law of life that will bring, ‘on earth peace, good will to men.’  This is the type of worship that is at the core of Christian Science practice. 

Real love reduces fear and that is the love that is most needed right now.  It is needed for the current economic and public health crisis as well as global concerns about racial injustice.

The Bible quote “God is love” appears near the front of almost every Christian Science church, including in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, the headquarters for the denomination. 

To the degree that we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind — to that degree will our hearts and hands be moved by Christ to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters.

Our church is committed to spiritual healing, which endeavours to see the image of God in everyone. “Great charity and humility is necessary in this work of healing,” wrote church founder Mary Baker Eddy. “The loving patience of Jesus we must strive to emulate.” Healing can’t be approached dogmatically, Christian Scientists emphasise.  Christian Scientists are always free to make their own health choices.   Healing is about giving gratitude to God, who is love, and learning to acknowledge more of this saving presence. 

The Christian Science church in Canberra has at its heart a great love for its community and shares an understanding of God that has brought healing and happiness to the lives of many.  Anyone in need of some love and prayer, is welcome to come and visit.

(This article was contributed by Beth Packer, a Christian Science practitioner of healing and an international speaker on Christian Science and spiritual healing.)

Walking the Talk – on a Walk   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Joy Booth

In this 3 minute talk Joy talks about how she quickly overcame aches and pain while exercising by reminding herself of her true spiritual identity.

A new 3 minute inspirational talk is shared each day Monday-Friday. To listen to more click on the Daily Lift tab in the menu above.

Healing of an Eye Injury   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

A few months ago I was attempting to pump some oil from a bottle that had a plunger top.  The plunger was jammed and I gave it a hard bop to unstop it.  This caused a very large glob of oil to shoot straight into my left eye.  The pain was instantly intense.  I immediately tried to wash it out but the oil was made not to wash off easily in water.  For a few moments I struggled with the extreme sensation.

As a student of Christian Science I have studied the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy all my life.  There are many passages from these texts I turn to in order to bring me calm in times of challenge.  Although I didn’t remember the exact words of this passage from Science and Health, I did remember the substance of it.  It states:

When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, “I am hurt!” Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.

Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be (p397).

I turned my full attention to this idea and straight away I felt calm and the pain quickly stopped.  As the day wore on though, my face began to swell, I lost vision in that eye and it closed over.  The next day my face was in an even worse state but there continued to be no pain.  I held to the view of myself as a spiritual idea and not simply a mortal body.  I continued to pray.  It felt as though this situation was some kind of bad dream from which I was waiting to wake up.  The following morning I was no better and if I pulled my eye open I could see nothing.

I spent this morning studying the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson (passages from the Bible and Science and Health).  There was one sentence from Science and Health that stood out to me:  … the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real (p530: 27-29).  When I read this I realised I had been thinking of myself as a dreamer – someone who was dreaming this bad dream.  This passage was telling me there was no dreamer.  If there is no dreamer there can be no dream.  I loved this idea.  I understood it in a way I hadn’t done before.  Suddenly I felt joyous and happy, and I forgot to think about my face anymore.  I had planned to meet a friend for coffee that afternoon so I kept the appointment and I met up with her.  We talked for over an hour.  Not once did she mention my face.  I looked in the mirror when I got home and I realised that all was normal – even my vision was normal.  That night I attended a big family dinner – no one could even tell which eye had been at issue. 

I continue to be immensely grateful for what Christian Science is teaching me about my true spiritual nature and of my dominion over the claims of this material world.

How are you praying about the situation in India?   Leave a comment

With news reports continuing to come in about the increasingly desperate situation in India with COVID-19, the editors of the Christian Science Sentinel reached out to colleagues from India to ask how they were praying. Annu Matthai, a full-time Christian Science teacher and healer from Bangalore responded:

In the face of a global pandemic, it can be tempting to feel helpless and hopeless. We might even wonder, Can prayer really help? Yes, it can. Here in India in the midst of what seems to be overwhelming lack, loss, and fear, I’ve found help in the Bible: “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalms 61:1, 2). 

Through my study of Christian Science, I’ve learned that God is infinite, all-powerful, ever-present Love. This is the “rock” to which we can all turn and on which we can stand when feeling overwhelmed. …

Click here to read the full article by Annu where she describes how she prays and the good that she sees unfolding in her country.

Listen here to a 3 minute talk by Annu Matthai describing her prayer for India.

Forgiveness   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (The Bible – Luke 6: 37)

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (The Bible – Matthew 5: 43-45)

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Every Wednesday at 6.15pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Canberra (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton). At these meetings short readings on a particular topic 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.

This recording is of Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings on the topic of Forgiveness.

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