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Love One Another   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic: Love One Another

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Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

(The Bible – Romans 12: 10, 18, 21)

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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.

True Happiness   Leave a comment

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Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, – these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p58)

Passports and Travel Documents Recovered   2 comments

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

A few years ago, my wife and I and our two daughters flew from Canberra to Cape Town in South Africa to spend Christmas with my family.

We set off from Canberra without any problems and landed somewhere in Australia – I forget where – to connect with our international flight to our next stop in Johannesburg. Wherever it was, we were delayed and very late taking off.

We arrived in Johannesburg very late – about midnight – and missed our connection to Cape Town, so the airline arranged for us to fly the following morning and put us up in an airport hotel for the night.

We collected our luggage and walked out of the airport terminus to wait for the shuttle bus to take us to the hotel feeling tired, hungry and harassed. When we arrived at the hotel and were in the queue to check in, I couldn’t find my small backpack with all our passports and travel documents and knew I’d left it at the airport terminus where we boarded the shuttle bus.  My immediate feeling was despair because Johannesburg was known as a crime capital and I’d previously misplaced things there and never had them returned.

My wife and I follow the teachings of Christian Science, and when I told her what had happened, she immediately started to pray, as we are taught in Christian Science, to know that God’s presence is everywhere, so there is no room for anything else. We talked about God’s nature as only good, loving, honest and caring and as being the only qualities that everyone, everywhere could express. I began to feel a lot less fearful.

The shuttle bus was still bringing people to the hotel, so I boarded it, continuing to pray, and returned to the airport terminus pick-up point. I asked the people waiting there if they’d seen my bag and someone said they thought someone had taken it to the hotel.

When I got back to the hotel, there was my wife, with my bag, and the person who had found it. We thanked her and quietly thanked God for his tender, loving care.

I am very grateful for the way Christian Science teaches us that we can always pray to God in times of need.

Mary Baker Eddy writes in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (pp 12,13) “In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.” Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.”

A Recipe for Peace   Leave a comment

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Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

(The Bible – Luke 6: 27, 28)

Prayer   Leave a comment

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Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p15)

A Powerful ‘Daily Prayer’   Leave a comment

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

This article was originally published in the August 2021 edition of the Christian Science Journal. In it the author explains how her son endured several years of severe bullying by a work supervisor. However, when he turned to prayer for a resolution there was an immediate and permanent turn around in the situation.

Now, three years later, even though my son has moved on to another position, these two still have a warm and supportive relationship. My son counts him as a close friend, a confidant who can be relied on, and someone who values him as a person.

Click here to read the full text of this article where the author explains the spiritual reasoning that led to this happy resolution.

The Perfection of Reality   Leave a comment

Action Better Than Words   Leave a comment

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Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p3 by Mary Baker Eddy)

Posted August 13, 2021 by cscanberra in Consciousness, Gratitude, relationships, Values

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Gratitude   Leave a comment

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Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p3 by Mary Baker Eddy)

Posted August 11, 2021 by cscanberra in Consciousness, Gratitude, Happiness, Supply, Values

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An Example of Love’s Protection   Leave a comment

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

One dark, very wet night, I was scheduled to attend a Church meeting in Barton, ACT. There was a forecast for heavy storms which might include hail. Our area had been affected by hailstorms the year before and, prior to going to the meeting, I had consciously acknowledged that as attending the meeting was a “right activity” all those attending, and all those in the vicinity of our Church, could know that they and their property (including their cars), are safe.

There was indeed a storm and heavy rain whilst we were at the meeting and when we were leaving it was still raining steadily. I put my papers and handbag on the boot of my car whilst I rummaged for my car keys and then my passenger and I drove towards home. When we had travelled for about 9 km, I stopped at red traffic lights and when the lights turned green I drove on. Suddenly, the driver behind me started flashing his headlights and hooting his horn. My first thought was that I had done something wrong. I checked that my headlights were on and I knew that I hadn’t been speeding and had stopped in good time at the red light. However, the car behind me persisted in trying to get me to pull over. I took the off ramp to the hospital and stopped the car. The other car pulled up in front of my car and we were not sure what the safe thing to do was. A passenger from the other car got out and ran black towards my car, so I got out. She wanted to let me know that my wallet was on the top of my car’s boot. It had stayed there safely for the whole journey despite several turns and changes of speed!

I was grateful for the alertness of these complete strangers and their kindness and persistence in letting me know about my wallet (which incidentally contained my driving licence, my credit cards and other important cards). The thing that has stayed with me most following this experience is the feeling of God’s protection.

I have learned through this and many other situations, that God, Love, is always with us and that we can trust in his care.

I love the promise from one of our hymns:

His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.”

(Christian Science Hymnal – Hymn 209 (Verse 2)

and also this promise,

Good thoughts are an impervious armour; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.”

(The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy p210: 7–11).

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