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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

You’re Included in the Resurrection Morning   Leave a comment

Jesus’ victory over the grave is, of course, the central event of the Easter story. But there are many other inspiring aspects of this narrative as well. For me, the resurrection morning spotlights the ability we each have to rededicate ourselves to serving God. And for us, this may mean rising above character flaws and accepting forgiveness. Simon Peter is the preeminent example of this. 

Peter was one of Jesus’ first disciples, a humble fisherman. He had the great privilege of being invited by Jesus to follow and learn from him. But working alongside Jesus didn’t make Peter a flawless student.  … We can all relate to Peter. Although we strive to be steadfast students of Christ Jesus’ teachings, sometimes our shortfalls feel like an obstacle to our most well-intentioned work. …

This Easter season, realize your potential to rise above whatever the obstacle to your mission is. Through Christ, the true idea of God, you can lay aside shortfalls and missteps and see that you, along with everyone else, are included in the redemption of resurrection morning.

This article was contributed by Annette Dutenhoffer who shares with us a spiritual perspective on Easter that holds renewal and redemption for us all. The full text of it can be found in the April 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal. Click here to listen to or read the full article.

Posted April 13, 2022 by cscanberra in Christ message, Easter, JSH, Renewal

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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.

The Closeness of God   Leave a comment

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God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

(The Bible – I John 4: 16)

Posted December 26, 2021 by cscanberra in Brotherhood, Christ message, God, Love

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Why a Manger?   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Brian Webster

In this 3 minute podcast Brian comments that a manger is perhaps the most humble resting place for the child that was heralded as the Messiah that could be imagined. This, he says, is an example to us that if we are to draw close to God we too must be humble – humble enough to put aside our own wishes and listen to the divine message.

Click here to read or listen to the full article, Why a Manger?, by Brian published in the December 13 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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.

Real Christmas – All About Love   Leave a comment

Christmas is one of the most important events in human history.  That’s a big statement to make. It’s a big statement because the real Christmas relates to Christians, Muslims, Eastern and Western religionists, believers and non-believers.  The real Christmas message is relevant all year round, not just on one day.  So, what’s so big and important and relevant about Christmas?

It’s all about the underlying message that Jesus’ birth ushered into the world.  Yes, the details of the story are important. That whilst Joseph and Mary were travelling she gave birth to Jesus in a stable (which was actually a cave rather than a barn).  His birth had been long prophesied – he was the one who would save the Jewish people from oppression.  But it’s the underlying message that’s of the greatest importance, both then and today.  It’s important because Jesus’ birth was the beginning of a life lived with such love and dominion that it transformed the experience of the people around him, and its legacy is still felt and celebrated over 2000 years later.

Jesus’ mission was to show us what makes life work right for us.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like such a big statement but look at the effect he had on the people around him. He turned poverty into overflowing abundance; ill health into full health; bad sinful behaviour into good honest character.  His life was entirely motivated by love – love for God and love for his fellow man.

Jesus was revealing a different dynamic aspect to life that was not obvious to the senses but one that could bring practical healing solutions to life’s problems. He understood the tangible power of spirituality.

What is spirituality?  Simply, spirituality pertains to things of the spirit, or the non-physical.  It’s all those qualities of thought that are good and true. It’s ideas that make life work right for us, like kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, intelligence, creativity, happiness.  

Spiritual thinking cares for all, never harming man nor beast nor the environment.  It’s living the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes that Jesus, Moses and others have given us.  These rules, when understood and lived, make our lives happy and successful.  But here’s the big difference in Jesus’ message to us.  If we think these are human qualities they are liable to human frailty and failure.  Jesus showed us that these spiritual ideas and qualities have a divine source, not human.  They’re sourced in God and so have divine authority and power.

The principle that Jesus continually turned to was divine, not material.  He revealed to the world a non-physical power; a spiritual force for good, that could and did meet all human need.  He revealed to us that the true governing harmonising power underpinning our experience was God, but he showed us an entirely different way of thinking about that term God.  He showed that the true concept of God was Love, as the Bible states.  He showed us the true power or Principle in our lives and in our world, that makes existence harmonious, well and peaceful, is Love, divine Love.

At Christmas, and all year round, don’t we all know, Christian, Muslim, Eastern, Western, believer and non-believer, that it is Love that makes the world go around.  It’s Love that makes life worth living, it is Love and only Love that can bring ‘on earth peace, good will to men.’

This article was contributed by Beth Packer a member of the Christian Science Church in Wollongong.  You can study these ideas in depth in the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  You would be most welcome to attend our services (details are at the top of this page.)

The Promise of Christmas   Leave a comment

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O peace of the world, O hope in each breast,
O Bethlehem star that ages have blest,
A day of fresh promise breaks over the land,
Gaunt warfare is doomed, and God’s kingdom at hand!

(Christian Science Hymnal 236 by Irving C Tomlinson)

God is Love – Can We Ask for More?   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic: God is Love – Can We Ask for More?

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God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (The Bible – I John 5: 16)

“God is Love”. More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p6: 17-18)

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (The Bible – I John 4: 11)

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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.

Wisdom   Leave a comment

… the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

(The Bible – James 3: 17)

Posted September 15, 2021 by cscanberra in Christ message, humility, Peace, Tolerance, Values

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Grace – God’s Unconditional Love Meeting the Human Need   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic: GraceGod’s Unconditional Love Meeting the Human Need

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prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

(The Bible – Malachi 3:10)

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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.

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