Archive for March 2016

Infinite Possibilities – Lecture Replay   Leave a comment

338749403[1]Unlock the power of resurrection in your life:  an on-line lecture by Chet Manchester

What does resurrection mean to you?  For many, it is a Biblical event that is celebrated once each year, yet we know its significance is far greater.  A deeper understanding of the resurrection can bring transformation and healing to our lives and the world.

Listen to a replay of this lecture on-line now at:

http://thirdchurchnyc.com/blog/infinite-possibilities-unlock-the-power-of-resurrection-in-your-life/

What Does Easter Mean to You?   Leave a comment

shutterstock_175048484What does Easter mean to you?

This question was put to shoppers by a local television reporter. Most people said that Easter means a public holiday, an extended weekend, time off work to go camping. Others said it means Easter eggs and hot cross buns. Others spoke of its religious significance, and one woman said that for her Easter means sadness, a period of mourning. Christ Jesus had been crucified. Her Lord had suffered and died. For her, it was a tragedy.

I used to think that way, too, until I realized that to focus thought only on the crucifixion is to lose sight of the real meaning of Easter. The cross was only part of Jesus’ experience, and it was not the end of the story. … Read more …

This article, What Does Easter Mean to You? by Beverly Goldsmith, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available through JHS-online.  Beverly is a freelance writer from Melbourne.  She writes on the connection between spirituality and health.

 

Easter Readings   Leave a comment

DSCN3880The Easter Story – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

The Bible readings give an account of the Easter story as recorded in the Book of John.

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science: The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us. Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  The Easter Story.

The photo is of the Garden of Gethsemane taken in 2012.  The olive trees are thought to be about 2000 years old.

The Easter Message   Leave a comment

Dramatic sky scenery with a mountain cross and a thinking person. A symbol of heavy inner struggles. Where to go? What do you say?You probably know this story: A few discouraged followers of a beloved rabbi went to his tomb at first light to tend to his remains and discovered the stone at the entrance rolled away. Instead of his body, they found two angels, who, according to the Biblical account of St. Luke, said to them, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:”

Yes, the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is familiar to most of us. What is not so well known is that the Easter story predates Christianity and has appeared in many cultures in many forms throughout history. (Even the name “Easter”, which derives from the name of a dawn goddess, Eastre, and the vernal festival celebrated in her honour, is a relic pointing to its primordial roots.) What this tells us is that the Easter message resonates deeply in the human consciousness, and it speaks to us now as it has for millennia—of light dispelling darkness, of despair turned to hope, and ultimately of life overcoming death.

Reflecting on the symbolic meaning of this story, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, wrote, “My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes. With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 299).

Perhaps this Easter we should ask ourselves, what hope have we buried that needs resurrecting. Is it a relationship we have given up on? A friendship? A marriage? Or is it something we believe beyond our reach? A better education? A meaningful job? A home? And what sort of stone must be moved out of the way? Weariness? Pride? Fear? Something outside our own thinking?

Easter reminds us that countless generations have struggled with life’s questions before us and have found comfort in its message. The wisdom they have gleaned is that we won’t find anything by fixating on the tomb. “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” But by gaining a deeper sense of and trust in life—by looking upwards to its higher ideals and, most of all, to its joys—we can find renewal.

This article was contributed by GG of Canberra.

Easter in Canberra   Leave a comment

ChristianChurchIf you are in Canberra over the Easter period please join us:

Wednesday Testimony Meeting –  23 March 6.00-7.00 pm

There will be short readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy followed by testimonies from the congregation.  Listen to people tell of how they have felt the influence of the Christ in their lives.

Sunday Morning Service – 27 March 10.00-11.00 am

Christian Science churches around the world will all have the same readings from the Bible and Science and Health that are inspired by the Easter story.

Following  the Sunday service there will be an Easter hymn-sing.

Everyone is welcome to attend all of these activities.

Easter and the Most Important Thing We Could Ever Know   Leave a comment

allison-phinney[1]… There’s much that is appealing about Easter time even for people who aren’t sure what they think about the Bible’s account of Jesus’ resurrection.

But there is a great deal more to Easter than the way it is generally observed.  More is involved even than a religious faith in life after death.  The Easter message tells of the true nature of our lives right now.

If we feel buried in some impossible mess, Easter has much to say to us.  It tells us that we can do better, that we can find a way out and a way to go forward. Read more …

This article, Easter and the Most Important Thing We Could Ever Know, by Allison (Skip) W. Phinney Jr was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is currently available on JHS-online.  In it Skip talks about Jesus’ message to the world that man is truly spiritual – a message that was proved by his resurrection.

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