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A Desire to Love   Leave a comment

Though I may speak with moving words,

Which can inspire the human heart,

But have not love to seal their worth,

They are but sham and empty art.

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Though I may give my worldly goods

Without a thought of self or gain,

Unless they bear the fruits of love,

They are as clouds without their rain.

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Though I may search the deepest books,

Companion with the wisest men,

God’s loving voice still calls to me,

It bids me turn and look again.

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Now I would learn to know this Love

Through meek and patient ministry,

Until my life has grown anew

And Love is All-in-all to me.

(Hymn 588 from the Christian Science Hymnal – words by Fenella Bennetts inspired by I Corintians 13)

Bethlehem   Leave a comment

Sing, ye joyous children, sing,
Glorious is the Christ, our king,
Truth has come again to earth,
Through the lowly Saviour’s birth.
Men and angels, anthems raise;
Hymns of joy and shouts of praise.
Hear th’ angelic song again:
Peace on earth, good will to men.
Sing, ye joyous children, sing,
Glorious is the Christ, our king.

When the stars together sang,
Then the Truth triumphant rang:
Be there light; And there was light.
Gone are chaos, fear and night;
Truth hath rolled the mists away;
Dawns on earth harmonious day.
Hear th’ angelic song again:
Peace on earth, good will to men.
Sing, ye joyous children, sing,
Glorious is the Christ, our king.

Hymn 310 from the Christian Science Hymnal

What We All Share   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by David Brown

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In this short podcast, What We All Share, David talks about a comment made by a listener that made him more aware of the good that is in all of us.

The True Nature of Man   1 comment

God is infinite omnipresent Spirit.   (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p223:7)

Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. (Science and Health p475:8)

If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is infinite. (Science and Health p550:21)

Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual. (Science and Health p468:12)

Love That Doesn’t Judge   3 comments

Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

(The Bible, NKJV, I John 4: 7, 8, 20)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

(The Bible, NKJV, – Galatians 3: 28)

The Grace of God   Leave a comment

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God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

(The Bible – II Corinthians 9: 8)

Governed by Divine Law   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings

This recording is of the readings on the topic: Governed by Divine Law

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1: 17)

God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p384)

Miracles – Divine Law in Action   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings

This recording is of the readings on the topic: Miracles – Divine Law in Action

The Sea of Galilee at sunrise.

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The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God’s unchanging law.

There is to-day danger of repeating the offence of the Jews by limiting the Holy One of Israel and asking: “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” What cannot God do?

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p134)

Readings on Peace   1 comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings

This recording is of the readings on the topic: Peace

Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love. (p264)

Revenge is inadmissible. (p22)

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

All One in Love   1 comment

‘Love’ what a word!

Isn’t it Love that makes us happy?  Isn’t it Love that heals our hurts and fears?  Isn’t Love the thing that at every stage of our lives we need in order to flourish and thrive, not just survive?

Isn’t it Love that makes life worth living?  Isn’t it Love and only Love that can bring ‘… on earth peace, goodwill to men’?

Golden Rule

Love is what unites us all.  No matter what our religion or philosophy, Christian, non-Christian, atheist, sectarian, Love is at the heart of us all. In fact, most great spiritual thinking has the Golden Rule as a core value.

Judaism says, ‘What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbour.’

Buddhism – ‘Hurt not others with that which hurts yourself.’

Sikhism – ‘Treat others as you would be treated yourself.’

Islam – ‘Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.’

In the Christian Bible, Christ Jesus says, ‘… all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do even so to them.’

Love for one another is at the core of all of them.

However, this Love that is such a core principle, has to be more than mere human affection.  So, what then is it?

What Does the Bible Say?

The Bible does tell us very clearly when it says in 1 John, ‘God is Love’. 

For many, that term ‘God’ is variously thought of as the non-physical, all good, supreme Being; the governing benevolent power in our lives and of the universe.  Too often though, we can also overlay our sense of God with all sorts of human traits and limitations.  But, to think of the supreme, wholly good, governing power of all things, as Love, lifts our thoughts of God beyond the human into something far greater; it lifts it into the realm of the divine.  It takes away a sense of the distance and unknowability of God, the humanness and variability, and brings it to the here and nowness, the closeness of Love, of what we already know within the core of ourselves. 

A Powerful Force

It makes Love a powerful force in our lives.

Love is the true essence of all religion.  This is certainly true of Christian Science. I grew up in Christian Science, but you can’t inherit an understanding of what a religion has to offer. There has to come a point when you decide for yourself that its ideas and Principles are right and good. 

Personal Experience

For me it was this sense of God as Love, that helped me see its worth.  Like most of us, I went through a period where I felt lost and alone, and very unloved, but it was the inner voice that kept telling me how much God loved me and knew me, that blew away the darkness and brought me into the light – the light of feeling loved.  It literally transformed me.

In fact, the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, has made Love an essential quality for being a Christian Scientist.  She said, “Christian Scientists, their children and grandchildren to the latest generations, inevitably love one another with that love wherewith Christ loveth us; a love unselfish, unambitious, impartial, universal, — that loves only because it is Love.” (Pulpit and Press p21:1)

Original Christianity

It’s a high ideal to live up to, but no less a standard than Jesus set for original Christianity. Original Christianity loves without discrimination; unites and never divides; values a person by the quality of character not material riches. This original standard is at the heart of Christian Science.

Find Out More

If you would like to know more about this religion of Love, please meet us at our Sunday Services (10.00 am) and our Wednesday Testimony Meetings (6.15 pm).  We are located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.  Sunday School for students up to the age of 20 is also at 10.00 am – new students are always welcome.

This article was contributed by Beth Packer who is a full-time Christian Science healer.

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