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Thanksgiving Service in Canberra   Leave a comment

DSCN4967 - Copy (2)This service is an occasion for members and visitors to give thanks for the blessings in their lives.  There will be brief readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. These readings will be followed by hymns of praise and thanks.  Then a large part of the service will be set aside for testimonials and thanks giving.

If you are in Canberra on the Thursday 24 November please join us at 6.00 pm for an hour of gratitude and joy.  We are at the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

This recording of the Thanksgiving readings represents the sermon that will be read in all Christian Science Thanksgiving Services around the world.

What are the Benefits of Gratitude?   Leave a comment

shutterstock_158694080We invite you to listen to What are the Benefits of Gratitude? by Joel Magnes.  Joel is a full-time Christian Science healer.

This 20 minute pod-cast is part of the Sentinel Watch series.  In this question and answer session Joel responds to questions on the topic of “What are the benefits of gratitude?” He explains how an understanding our true spiritual identity opens the door not only to feeling grateful, but to experiencing the blessing of God’s love in our daily lives. … Click here to listen.

 

Giving Thanks: God’s Realness in Our Lives and the Healing it Brings   Leave a comment

shutterstock_62913514by Thomas Johnsen from the November 2016 Christian Science Journal

At a time of great need in our family several years ago, I happened to pick up at the local Christian Science Reading Room a little pamphlet with the meaningful title “Triumph of Good.”  The pamphlet reprinted a number of articles and testimonies of healing from this denomination’s publications, including two testimonies originally published in this magazine in 1955.

Testimonies of healing have been published in this magazine and the denomination’s other religious periodicals for more than a century.  Most are modestly written.  The testifiers are ordinary people from a wide range of backgrounds and educational levels.  Their primary motive in writing has usually been simple gratitude—to give thanks to God.  As when a stone is tossed into a quiet lake, the effects of such genuine thanksgiving ripple outward, often bringing encouragement and spiritual inspiration at just the points when we need it most.  This was my experience that day at the Reading Room. Read more

In this article, God’s Realness in Our Lives and the Healing it Brings, Thomas Johnsen talks about how his sense of gratitude to God helped to bring about a significant healing for a family member.

Why is Gratitude Important?   Leave a comment

shutterstock_100804129We invite you to listen to Why is Gratitude Important? by Susan Booth Mack Snipes. Susan is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher.

Why is Gratitude Important? is a 20 minute podcast in the Sentinel Watch series.   It is an inspirational interactive question and answer session with Susan who responds to several questions on the topic of “Why is gratitude important?”  She explains how an understanding of God’s love and goodness can remove the barriers to feeling grateful and reveal the good that is already there.   Click here to listen.

Posted November 13, 2016 by cscanberra in Christ-ideas, Gratitude, Love, Thought

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Thanksgiving Service in Canberra   Leave a comment

Join us for an Evening of Giving Thanks – Thursday 24 November 6.00-7.00 pm

ChristianChurchThis service is an occasion for members and visitors to give thanks for the blessings in their lives.  There will be brief readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.  These readings will be followed by hymns of praise and thanks.  Then a large part of the service will be set aside for testimonials and thanks giving.

If you are in Canberra on Thursday 24 November please join us at 6.00 pm for an hour of gratitude and joy.  We are at the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

Gratitude for Healing – Headaches No More   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_171402770This article, Gratitude for Healing – Headaches No More, is by Barbara who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She relates how she has found permanent freedom from headaches through prayer and spiritualisation of thought.

Recently I read a beautiful expression of gratitude from a student of Christian Science who related how he had been healed of headaches.

It reminded me that I too had been healed of headaches so many years ago that I had really almost forgotten about it, and that healing has been permanent.

I was a fairly new student of this Divine Science at the time, and had never before experienced an instantaneous healing.  My job was such that I was continually dealing with the public, and it was important to be pleasant and attentive at all times.  That is not easy with a throbbing head.

I thought about God, the one and only power, and asked myself if I thought that He could have a headache.  The answer was no, I did not believe He could.  So then I asked myself again if I could possibly have something that God did not have, and certainly could not give me, and remain pure and loving.  The answer was still no, and at that moment I was entirely free of any pain.  That freedom has been mine for more than fifty years now.

Having said that, I cannot claim that the feeling of a headache coming on has not knocked at the door of my consciousness, but it has gained no admittance.  I have confronted it in various ways, such as “get thee hence, Satan”, to use the words of Jesus (Matt 4:10).  Satan is a Hebrew word signifying an adversary, an enemy, an accuser; or simply I would say, “I don’t do headaches” which is not very scientific, but I know that I do not have to cover the same ground again, and what God has done is done forever.

In obedience to the teachings of Christian Science I take the advice given in the textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy where Mrs Eddy says, “Stand porter at the door of thought.  Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realised in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously” p392: 24-27.  Similarly, to quote the Bible again, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).

Through the study of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook I am assured that ‘with God, all things are possible’.

Gratitude for Protection   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_62922805This article, Gratitude for Protection, is shared by Barbara who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  In it she describes her introduction to Christian Science and a significant instance of protection during a bush fire.

Recently I read a verse from the Bible which I will quote in part, “Whatsoever things are of good report; … think on these things” (Phil 4:8).  This verse reminded me of how much good I have to be grateful for in my life.  I have come to recognize that our Creator, God, (ever present good) is the one and only source of all harmony for all of His children.

In my case, this has come about through the teachings of Christian Science as given in the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Many years ago I became interested in these teachings through witnessing a remarkable healing which my mother had.  At this time, she was suffering from a nervous break-down with strong suicidal tendencies.  She herself had heard of Christian Science through her brother who had been healed of a broken neck, and was leading a normal life.  She sought the help of a Christian Science practitioner, one who prays, as Jesus did, for the recovery of the sick, or of any inharmony in one’s life.

Gradually literature such as the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal began to appear in the home, as well as the textbook.  At first I started to read these, wondering if I could help my mother, and to find out what it was that she was studying.  I was so taken by the logic of what I read, that I could not stop reading.  This was my introduction to the teachings of Christian Science, and since then I have had daily proof of the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, good.

Apart from daily blessings there have been potentially life threatening experiences where the acknowledgement of God’s law of harmony has saved me and others from grim situations.

One such situation which I would like to share with you is being protected in a bush fire.  My husband and I were living rurally at the time, and there were out breaks of fire in the district in a number of places.  On this particular day the fire was roaring up from the gully towards several properties and fanned by a wind that seems to drive the fire forward.

The usual precautions had been taken to protect the house, like the grass being cut short around the home, gutters filled with water and buckets of water in place.  The only water available was precious tank water.  The rural fire brigade must have been elsewhere attending to other fires, and the fire fighters on our property had only wet bags on the ends of long handles to beat the flames as they engulfed the bush and the grass.

The picture was so overwhelming that I did not seem to be able to get a thought that would calm me, and I well knew that it had to be a message from God.  I felt like a little child, and the prayer for little children written by Mary Baker Eddy, which I had taught to my children rescued me.  It says “Father, Mother, God, loving me, Guard me when I sleep, Guide my little feet up to Thee.”  What I got from that was a trust in God that He would guard and guide and all would be well.

Almost immediately we had people as it seemed, just come from everywhere, to assist.  Our house and the fire were a goodly distance from the main road, but people just came down the house road with all manner of helpful things.  One man came in a small utility truck with a tank on the back full of liquid which he sprayed from a pump.  We later found that it was an insecticide, but it helped douse the flames.  Others came just as they saw the smoke from the main road.  Another man who lived further along the road eventually left us to go and check out his own property, and there were others, and more stories.

Both properties closest to the fire were saved, and of course those further up the hill were also out of danger.  There was no loss of life in the vicinity, praise be to God.  To me, this is indeed “good report”, and I love to “think on these things”.

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