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“Church can heal divisions,” Christian Scientists say at annual meeting   1 comment

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The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, is headquarters for the Christian Science denomination and the church and grounds are undergoing renovation.

By Kevin E. Ness 

Given the looming challenges the world faces—strife, corruption, climate crisis, health care costs—Christian Scientists at their church’s annual meeting in Boston reaffirmed their faith that the things of the Spirit are what the world most needs.

Church members indicated their commitment to proving “the reliability of practical Christian healing.” Among the experiences shared was the healing of cancer by a former military pilot. “As a pilot, you get used to turning situations over to God, he said. “I felt God’s love—the warmth. My skill set was to rely on God, not be a cancer patient.” The healing was confirmed in follow-up examinations by U.S. Veterans Administration doctors.

 

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Christian Scientists attend the annual meeting of their denomination in Boston. There are local Christian Sciences churches and societies throughout Australia in the major cities.

Presiding over the meeting was new church president Fabián Smara of Argentina. The newly elected readers,— who conduct church services at the Church in Boston are from Nigeria and the United States. The Church of Christ, Scientist, has branches in some 70 countries, and members throughout the world participated by watching the live stream of the meeting in local churches, Christian Science reading rooms, or from their homes.

Kevin E. Ness is manager of Christian Science Committees on Publication for The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. Australia has 30 local Christian Sciences churches and societies in major cities around the country.

Posted June 17, 2019 by cscanberra in Church

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How I Came to Christian Science   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

shutterstock_167122277This article, How I Came to Christian Science, is by Fran who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She shares the events that led her to the study of Christian Science.

Just over 25 years ago I experienced the worst day of my life.  Up till then I had always been a pretty obedient, happy, traditional church goer.   I was even a Sunday School teacher.   This day left me with only shock, horror and such immense grief.  These all combined to make me decide, “Well if that’s God, I don’t want any more to do with any of it”.  A bit later from somewhere I dredged up enough humility to question was it me or God that had led me to this point?

I had a peripheral knowledge of Christian Science gathered from watching, and often arguing with, a few family members.  At this stage I felt lost and desperate enough to try attending a Christian Science church service here in Canberra (which was not my home city at the time).  My first visit didn’t last very long as I knew I was about to break down; I quietly left. However, a vigilant usher noticed me and whispered to a practitioner in the congregation – a Christian Science practitioner is someone who supports others through prayer.  I was sitting in my car hunched over the steering wheel howling when I became aware of this lady sliding into the seat beside me.  Hers was an unforgettably special and loving presence.

After talking for while she extracted a promise from me to visit her home.  However, I had to cancel because of the onset of severe migraine.  She offered to pray for me for this.  Not only was the relief immediate but now some 25 years later I can declare with joy and gratitude I have never had another.  My following visits to her were instructive, up-lifting and above all filled with love, and gently led me into serious study of this practical Christianity.

Through my study of Christian Science I now understand God as Love and I know that He is not the cause of tragedy, or inharmony of any kind.  He is in fact the force that protects and saves us.  How immensely grateful I am to God for what I now know I have within me to share.

Love – Weekly Bible Lesson   Leave a comment

Weekly Bible Lesson:  27 July – 2 August 2015

Subject:  Love

$ dreamstime_6602712 - CopyThe Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, have been designated the Pastors of Christian Science.  They are our only preachers.

Each Sunday Christian Science churches around the world share the same sermon on one of 26 topics. The sermon consists of readings from the Bible followed by passages from the textbook that explain and corroborate the Bible texts. The world-wide community of Christian Scientists study these passages during the week prior to each Sunday and endeavor to use the spiritual truths contained therein to enrich and heal their lives.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 

(I Corinthians 13: 4)

 

This recording represents the Lesson for the week 27 July – 2 August on the subject:  Love

 

The Christian Science Church in Canberra holds Sunday services at 10.00 am each week.  Everyone is welcome.

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