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									“A New Heart I will give you, and a New Spirit I will put within you”
                                                              Ezekiel 36:26

                 The Holy Spirit

                                             November 2005

A New Heart - A New Spirit - A New Christianity
 New Spirit is a publication of The New Church in Canberra, Inc.
                    New Spirit
                    A ministry of the New Church in Canberra

Spiritual Guidance / Newsletter:
                Rev. David Moffat, minister
                PO Box 934, WODEN ACT 2606
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                email: david.moffat@newchurch.org.au

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                                         Mrs. Heather Byrnes
                                         Mr. Mark Marchant

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                          - a new Heart, a new Spirit, a new Christianity -

        Contact Details............................................................................ 2
        From the Editor............................................................................3
        The Holy Spirit: A sermon.............................................................4
        KIDSpirit presents Joseph, King of Dreams.......................................8
        A Liberating Truth.........................................................................9
        Alternatives: Meridian Energy Therapies........................................12
        Bookwork: True Christian Religion, paragraph 138..........................13
        What’s On?............................................................................... 14
        Mission Statement & Statement of Faith..........................................15

From the Editor
As you read this edition of NEWSpirit. you will notice a number of special activities
taking place this month. Our ROADSHOW visits Gorman House on Tuesday
evening the 15th November. Also, KIDSpirit is screening the DREAMWORKS film,
Joseph, King of Dreams. Please make every effort to come along and support these
events, using the enclosed flyers to invite any friends and family who may be

In the last few weeks, some members and friends of our group have made the
comment to me that they would appreciate a visit, but they have been hesitant to
voice that need because they know how busy I am. Whilst I certainly appreciate the
concern for my well-being and that of my family, I wanted to take this opportunity to
emphasise that my ministry is very much centred upon the people who make up our
community, and I find the greatest blessing in working to improve the lives of those I
come into contact with. Ministry is all about spiritual growth - that is what I
understand by the line in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your kingdom come, your will be done,
as in heaven, so upon the earth.” You could say pastoral care is the life blood (or
mother’s milk) of my work.

So I urge anyone who needs my assistance in any way to contact me at the earliest
opportunity. Be assured that I will find space for you in my timetable, and that I will
do it in such a way as to preserve the sanity of us both!

Many blessings.


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The Holy Spirit: A sermon
READINGS: John 3:1-21; Ezekiel 37:1-14

Having grown up within the New Church, I find that my knowledge of the Holy Spirit
has been sketchy at best. In our zeal to teach that God is one, not three separate
persons, I think the Holy Spirit has often been a difficult topic of discussion. We are
unsure how we should talk about it, whilst preserving the essential unity of God.
Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit is a Biblical principle we cannot ignore. And it has
been while reading and studying John’s gospel that the Holy Spirit has come into
focus for me. So I want to look particularly at Jesus;’ conversation with Nicodemus
in John chapter 3, drawing from it three things I have learned about the Holy Spirit.

What is the Holy Spirit?
There are two particularly important words in our Bibles which are translated as,
“spirit”. The Greek word is “pneuma”, the Hebrew, “ruwach”. Both may also be
translated, “wind” or “breath” (the Greek gives us the English word, “pneumatic”).
These words give us a vital clue to the nature and function of the Holy Spirit. In
Genesis chapter 2, the culmination of the creation story, God creates man on the
sixth day, giving him the “breath of life” (verse 7). In our first reading this morning,
we heard the same thing occur: Ezekiel sees a valley of dry bones, brought together
and enclosed with flesh, yet they do not truly live until they are given breath (Ezekiel

These passages show us that wind in the natural world corresponds to the Holy
Spirit - that is, they teach us something about God. They teach us that just as the
drawing of breath causes the physical body to live, so the activity of the Holy Spirit
in the human soul brings us spiritual life. We can affirm this by reading verse 14 of
Ezekiel chapter 37: “I will put my Spirit in you, and you shall live.” (read verses 11-
14 for the full impact of those words). Jesus used this same analogy in John 3:8
when he said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but
cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of
the Spirit.”

It is endlessly fascinating to me that as human beings, we seem to need adversity in
order to grow. But the Holy Spirit is active in the face of adversity and crisis. We
read in Matthew’s gospel:

          "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise
         as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will
         deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will

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         be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them
         and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how
         or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you
         should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who
         speaks in you. (Matthew 10:16-20; also Mark 13)

Now, these words certainly have a natural, historical reality to them. As far as we
know, every one of the disciples died at the hands of persecutors determined to
stamp out this new Christian faith. The apostle John was the only exception. But
they also apply to us, and they really hit home when we read them spiritually. You
see, when we begin down the road of faith, part of us is resistant. When we first
entertain thoughts of belief, our worldly reasoning kicks into action with its doubts and
challenges: “Surely the things claimed for this many Jesus are just not possible?
Surely it is all just a nice fairy story, a myth? How can we believe something so
clearly imaginative? That is for simple fools to follow, we are so much more
knowledgeable these days!” We think ourselves so clever, so rational, yet it is not
actually our rationality which opposes the new teaching, it is our will. Our old
motivation senses the changes this new belief could effect in us, and stirs our mind
to defeat the fledgling belief with natural arguments. But in every person who meets
this crisis, a secret weapon is already waiting in the wings: the Holy Spirit. If we are
prepared to follow its leading, these objections can be answered in time. And in so
doing, our lives can be transformed. The Lord provides us with all the tools we will
need to bring about the happiness of heavenly life.

It is spiritual fruit which indicate the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, not
spiritual gifts.
Peppered throughout John’s gospel we find very many strange responses to
questions, and Nicodemus comes in for his fair share. On the surface, Jesus seems
to have been adept at avoiding the question. In fact his answer, here as always,
points to deeper realities. When Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a
teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is
with him,” (John 3:2), Jesus replies, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) Nicodemus must have
been puzzled by this response, and it continues to intrigue readers today. To
explain this further, let us turn to the writing of Paul.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul lists the gifts of the Spirit as, the word of wisdom, the word
of knowledge, faith, healings, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds
of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:8-10 - there is no
indication that this is an exhaustive list, by the way). Then in Galatians chapter 5,
he lists what he calls the “fruit of the Spirit”: love, joy, peace, long-suffering,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22,23).

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In my few years in ministry I have met many amazing people and witnessed many
of the gifts of the Spirit. Sometimes I have been left wondering why a particular
person has been given a particular gift, when they seem to me (in my limited
capacity to judge) to be living a life which is far from spiritually mature. If you have
seen the film Amadeus, you will have seen the composer Salieri contemplating
much the same problem - why is this young upstart Mozart able to produce the most
sublime, uplifting music when he is so plainly an immoral brigand?! Surely the fine,
upstanding, religious Salieri is a much more suitable recipient for such a gift? Surely
such gifts go hand in hand with righteous maturity? No, they clearly do not. Salieri
is driven to the depths of depravity because he made the wrong assumption. Gifts of
the Spirit are nothing more than abilities we may possess. Like all true gifts, they
come without a price. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes one thing quite
clear: it is by the fruit of their lives that we may get some insight into the spiritual
character of another, not their abilities.

         Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but
         inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.
         Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so,
         every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree
         cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that
         does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by
         their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:15-20)

My error is also made on a grand scale by many modern churches. Many believe,
even demand, that the true sign of the working of the Holy Spirit is an ability to speak
words of prophecy, or in foreign tongues. But nothing could be further from the truth.
The reality is that the Holy Spirit is active in the life of every single individual on this
planet. Spiritual gifts are given to some, but each gift should be focused upon the
production of spiritual fruit in our lives. Every spiritual ability or gift is given to the
end that our lives may be abundant with love, joy, peace, etc. These are the true
result of what Swedenborg calls regeneration, termed “rebirth” in John chapter 3.
Spiritual maturity may be observed only in these fruit, not in any psychic or spiritual

This was Nicodemus’ mistake. He assumed that Jesus must have been “a teacher
come from God” purely on the basis of the miraculous signs he performed. It is true
that Jesus appealed to these signs at times, but here was a man who was ready for
deeper teaching: “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” No
gift can show us the spiritual character of another. A person may well be given the
gift of prophecy or healing - the question is, to what end does he use it?

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The Holy Spirit cannot be bottled.
For my final point we will return to Jesus’ words, “The wind blows where it wishes,
and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)

Like many of you, I receive a regular stream of emails from friends - words of
wisdom, jokes and the like. Very often these simply annoy me, but on the odd
occasion, I find some inspiration. Recently I received one such email, claiming to be
an address given by Steve Jobs, CEO and cofounder of the Apple computer
company. He talked about his college experience. Having some time spare, Jobs
cast around his college handbook, looking for a course he thought he would enjoy,
and settled upon calligraphy. He related how he learned all about serifs (the fancy
bits on some letters and fonts), and kerning (the unique spacing between certain letter
pairs). Years later, when Apple began to produce computers, he brought this
knowledge of calligraphy to the computers he and Steve Wozniak designed. This
one college course, taken on an off chance, was responsible for our modern
computers being able to set their type in an attractive, readable fashion.

This is the way of the Holy Spirit. You cannot plan that sort of creative initiative.
You can only be open to its possibilities and act upon them when they present
themselves. It reminds me of the story of Moses, when he asked to see God. The
Lord said that he could only see him in the back (Exodus 33:12-23). It reflects the
way we see the Holy Spirit’s activity in our lives. I can look back over my life and
recognise the Lord’s guidance in my journey. I can see all the unique experiences
which have brought me to this point. But when I look to the future, I cannot see
where I will be in five or ten years time. Yes, I can plan and I can guess, but
nothing substitutes for simply being open to Divine inspiration and leading. It is just
as well: the Lord has a future planned out for us which exceed even our wildest
imaginings, if only we will trust and follow Him.

Now, I am afraid that even knowing this, I get impatient. I meet individuals who are
so obviously miserable, who I fervently believe I can help, but who are
nevertheless closed to any possibility other than what they see in front of them. To
me, the truth seems blindingly obvious, yet they are unable to see or accept it. The
same is true of the church sometimes. I have so many ideas which I know are
worthwhile, so many insights into how the church must move ahead, but sometimes
it seems to me that no one is prepared to listen or accept my suggestions. But I
forget one important thing: it is not my job to effect change in the life of any individual
or organisation, it is the work of the Holy Spirit. And it may be me who needs to

Only the Lord can know the true spiritual state of any person. Only He can see what

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a person needs in order to grow at any given time. I may think I know, but I cannot
do this with any certainty. We are taught that every person is only given to know a
truth which he can maintain to the end of his life. So before a person is ready to
accept and practice a truth and all its implications for their lives, he is protected from it
by shear ignorance. This is a mercy, because to learn something and still go
against it is a great curse. Furthermore, to see all of my faults would be a great
weight I would be unable to bear. This being the case, I have to accept that the
Lord’s timing is crucial to a person’s spiritual development. Many experiences may
be needed, many lessons may have to be learned before the principles I hold so
dear can be fully recognised and practised. I either cooperate with that, or I stand in
its way. My impatient insistence that any person or group should learn what I have
to teach them is arrogant in the extreme. I can hear the Lord’s words to Nicodemus
ringing in my ears, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not know these things?”
(John 3:10)

In conclusion, here are today’s main points again. The Holy Spirit is the activity of
God within every person, striving towards our spiritual growth. We should be careful
not to confuse any ability with spiritual maturity, which can only be observed in the
fruits of the spirit. And we cannot predict or control the Holy Spirit’s action in our lives
or in that of any other person.

         “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he
         cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
         and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you,
         ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear
         the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is
         everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)

KIDSpirit presents Joseph, King of Dreams
On Sunday 6th November KIDSpirit is being held at the special time of 6:00pm, for a
special event. By arrangement with Con Dios Entertainment, we will be screening
Joseph: King of Dreams, with the vocal talents of Ben Affleck, and produced by the
creative team responsible for Prince of Egypt.

You are invited to bring your friends along for a Barbecue tea followed by the film. A
gold coin donation is requested from each person attending.

Please contact David Moffat to secure your place.

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A Liberating Truth
“Those who believe good to be from the Lord turn their faces to Him and receive the
enjoyment and blessedness of good.” (Divine Providence, paragraph 93)

What a liberating truth it is to learn and to acknowledge that all good is from the Lord
alone and nothing from any person. Perhaps the most liberating aspect of this truth is
that it removes self-conceit and self-consciousness from our lives, from our thoughts,
feelings, attitudes and actions.

When we live the truth that all good is from the Lord and nothing from human beings,
we become confident of receiving ever more and more good from the Lord. This is
because the Lord’s good is infinite whereas our perception of good is always finite.
We do not have to worry about receiving the good we shall need in our lives. All the
good we shall ever need is from the Lord and the Lord will always provide the good
we need in all our circumstances and situations.

Always human beings are receptacles of life, the life which originates from the Lord.
Every atom of life, from the smallest particle to the largest mountain, is from the Lord
who created everything we shall ever need. So we do not have to take any care for
the morrow for the Lord always provides for our needs.

All we have to do in order to receive good from the Lord is to acknowledge the Lord
as our Eternal Creator, Master and Deliverer, to learn from His Word how we should
live our daily lives and then to live our daily lives according to the Lord’s
Commandments. Only the Lord’s Word can prepare us to live a heavenly life while
we live our lives on earth. The Lord’s Word must become the momentum which
guides our every thought, action, feeling and reflection.

A time for reflection is one of the tools the Lord provides for our regeneration. We are
not required to reflect all day long. Doubtless the time needed for reflection varies
from person to person. Most certainly we all need some time for reflection. By
reflecting on our states, our longings, our endeavours, we can see where we are
focussing our life. After reflection, we can pause and change our focus. We can look
to the Lord for guidance and leading. Then, like the eagle, we can be renewed in the
Lord’s strength. (see Psalm 103:5).

Our lives are made up of a huge number of segments. From morning to night, from
year to year, we are experiencing changes. In order to survive, we have to do
certain things at certain times. As every housewife and every househusband
knows, we just cannot leave the dishes forever. They have to be done some time.

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We learn from the Divine Revelation that the Lord’s love is constant with every
human being. The Lord’s love is always present with us. The Lord’s love is still with
us even if we turn away from the Lord. When we turn away from the Lord we do not
receive his loving guidance. We never need to turn away from the Lord’s loving
guidance. All we have to do is to recognise that the wish to turn away from the Lord
is from evil spirits, certainly not from the Lord. (See AC 6206).

The Lord looks to our eternal welfare and happiness. In our daily states we always
experience a feeling of time. For one thing, our bodily requirements remind us at
appropriate times of the need for nourishment. We know we need rest and recreation
from our daily labour.

When we look to the Lord and endeavour as if of self to live as the Lord would have
us live, always acknowledging that the motivation and power is from the Lord, then
we truly become receptacles of life from the Lord. Then we can acknowledge from
the heart that every atom of good we can ever experience is from the Lord.

This truth liberates us from self-conceit, self-consciousness and simultaneously from
regarding others with contempt. This is because we recognise and acknowledge
from the heart that all the good that every human being can ever experience is from
the Lord. When we see ourselves and others as receptacles of good from the Lord,
this truth helps us to be united with all our fellow citizens. We are united because all
the good we shall ever experience is from the Lord. The Lord is the one and only
Source of Good.

So we learn to go about our daily work and our daily interactions with our fellow
citizens with humility, not conceit. Our hearts and minds become inspired with the
longing to do good to others, not from ourselves but from the Lord. All this comes
about by acknowledging from the heart that all good is from the Lord.

When we work for the benefit of others what we are really doing is communicating
with others the good we have received from the Lord. Then our primary concern is
to be actively engaged on working for the welfare and happiness of others. So we
become humble receptacles of the Lord’s good which ceaselessly works for the
eternal welfare and happiness of all people.

“Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.”
(Psalm 37:3)

Bill Hall
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“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.”
(Psalm 41:13)

“This communicative perception has its beginning in the fact that the Lord wills that all
goods should be communicable, and that all may be affected by mutual love, and so
be happy.” (Arcana Caelestia, paragraph 1388)

“The reason that evil is fastened onto man is that he believes and persuades himself
that what he thinks and does is from himself, and in this way makes it his own. If he
believed as is really the case, then evil would not be appropriated to him; for the
moment that evil flowed in, he would reflect that it was from the evil spirits with him,
and as soon as he thought this, the angels would turn it aside and reject it. For the
inflow from the angels is into what a man knows and believes, and not into what he
does not know and does not believe; for that inflow is not fixed anywhere except
where there is something belonging to the man.” (Arcana Caelestia, paragraph 6206)

Even the common articles made for daily use become endowed with beauty when
they are loved. (Soetsu Yanagi)

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. (St
Francis of Assisi)

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. (Mark Twain)

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

I am not afraid of tomorrow because I have seen yesterday and I love today.

Happiness is found around you
In the simple and the plain.
Do not search through halls of splendour
Nor seek to reach the heights of fame.
Stand upon a hilltop high,
Feel free and full of peace.
Sense the presence of a Friend
Whose love will never cease. (Mary E Allen)

Stella Green
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Alternatives: Meridian Energy Therapies
Discover how you can achieve optimal well-being!

Energy Healing is a totally natural approach. "Energy" has become a new age
buzzword, but not many people realise "meridian therapies" like acupuncture and
shiatsu, are also forms of Energy Healing. Yet, they are based upon the time-
honoured principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which states that life force
energy, or Chi, moves through the body in channels called meridians. In recent
years, an exciting development has brought together Western understandings of mind
and emotion with Eastern understandings of energy. The result has been the birth of
a number of new, meridian-based energy therapies, which use tapping instead of
needles or pressure to release emotions, change negative thoughts, and move past
limiting beliefs.

Meridian Energy Practitioners, Angela Cartland and Lesley Levy will discuss and
demonstrate how to address the imbalances in your body's energy system. Such
imbalances may be chronic or only arise in certain situations. For example, a
person with a height phobia may be perfectly okay until they go near the window of
a building several stories off the ground, at which point they will feel intense anxiety.
When this is happening, the energy flow through one or more meridians is disrupted.
Working directly on the energy imbalance, using gentle, simple techniques, will often
bring rapid and long lasting results.

This talk, which will cover energy checking for "polarity reversals" and dealing with
food cravings, will introduce you to kinesiology muscle testing and energy tapping
techniques. It will be followed by a one-day workshop on Saturday, 12 Nov. which
will teach participants how to use Meridian Energy Therapies on a self-help basis.

When: 7.30pm-9pm, Tuesday, 1 November

Where: Cosmic Rainbow, 5 Hall Street, Lyneham (opposite the Ampol Service

Cost: $5.00 (Refreshments provided).

To book your place contact:
Angela Cartland, Tel: 0403 070 285 angela.cartland@pobox.com
 Lesley Levy, Tel: 0412 99 3371 bodywise01@optusnet.com.au

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Bookworm - True Christian Religion, para. 138
On entering the spiritual world, which generally happens on the third day after death,
all ordained priests, who have had a fairly correct idea of the Lord our Saviour, are
first taught about the Divine Trinity; and in particular that the Holy Spirit is not God in
His own right, but when mentioned in the Word means the Divine activity which
proceeds from the one omnipresent God. The reason why they particularly need to
be taught about the Holy Spirit is that most of those who claim inspiration fall after
death into the crazy fancy that they are themselves the Holy Spirit. Another reason is
that many in the church, who while in the world believed that the Holy Spirit spoke
through them, frighten other people by quoting the Lord's saying in Matthew, that
speaking against what they say by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable
sin (Matt. 12:31,32). Those who after receiving instruction abandon their belief that
the Holy Spirit is God in His own right, are then told about the oneness of God, that
He is not divided into three Persons, each of which is individually God and Lord, as
the Athanasian Creed asserts, but that the Divine Trinity is contained in the Lord the
Saviour, just as soul, body and the power they exert are in any human being. They
are then prepared to receive the faith of the new heaven, and when this preparation
is complete, the way is opened for them to reach a community in heaven which has
a similar faith, and they are given a place to live with their companions, with whom
they are destined to live in a blessed state to eternity.

Now having dealt with God the Creator and the Lord the Redeemer, I must deal with
the Holy Spirit. This subject, like the previous ones, needs to be split up into a series
of propositions, as follows:
(i) The Holy Spirit is Divine Truth, and also the Divine power and activity which
proceeds from the one God, in whom is the Divine Trinity, and so from the Lord God
the Saviour.
(ii) The Divine power and activity meant by the Holy Spirit are, generally speaking,
reformation and regeneration, which lead to renewal, quickening, sanctification and
justification; and these lead to purification from evils and the forgiveness of sins, and
ultimately to salvation.
(iii) The Divine power and activity meant by the sending of the Holy Spirit, with the
clergy takes the particular form of enlightenment and instruction.
(iv) The Lord confers these benefits on those who believe in Him.
(v) The Lord works of Himself from the Father, and not the reverse.
(vi) A person's spirit is his mind, and whatever comes from it.

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What’s On?
Worship Services
Sundays, 10:30am, Function Room, Corroboree Park Community Centre, Paterson Street,
Sunday 13th November, led by Rev David Moffat (KIDSpirit leader: HELP REQUIRED, Coffee:
Sylvia Hicks).
Sunday 27th November, led by Philip Richards, including a celebration of the Holy Supper
(KIDSpirit leader: Sally Visser-Marchant, Coffee: Eleanor Richards).

Divine Love & Wisdom reading group
An opportunity to read and discuss Emanuel Swedenborg's classic work on the being of God,
and the creation and continued existence of the universe.
Fridays 4th & 18th November, at 8:00pm.
Venue: The home of David & Pam Moffat.

KIDSpirit Funday: JOSEPH, King of Dreams
Venue: Function Room, Corroboree Park Community Centre, Ainslie.
Sunday 6th November, at 6:00pm.

Bible Study Group
Don't know your Bible? Do you have questions about the Bible story you can't answer? This
is the meeting for you!
Mondays, weekly, gathering from 7:30pm for a 8:00pm start.
Venue: The home of Cor & Sally Visser-Marchant.

Advanced Study Group
Tuesdays 8th and 22nd November, at 1:30pm.
Venue: The home of Ramsaye & Rose McDonald.

Committee Meeting
Wednesday 9th November, 7:00pm.
Venue: The home of Philip & Eleanor Richards.

Entertaining Angels: Perception
Sunday 20th November, 10:30am.
Venue: Function Room, Corroboree Park Community Centre, Paterson Street, Ainslie.
(KIDSpirit leader: Ada Marchant, Coffee: Heather Byrnes).

Roadshow - Entertaining Angels
Tuesday 15th November, 7:30pm.
Venue: The Fireplace Room, Gorman House Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Let’s
make every effort to welcome visitors with a sea of friendly faces, not just a handful.

- 14 -                                                                            November 2005, NEWSpirit
                       - a new Heart, a new Spirit, a new Christianity -

                      New Spirit
                       A ministry of the New Church in Canberra

Statement of Faith & Mission Statement
The New Church in Canberra exists for the purpose of bringing the people of
Canberra and surrounding region to The Lord God Jesus Christ, by offering quality
spiritual guidance and teaching - based on the Bible and the theological writings of
Emanuel Swedenborg. We hope to achieve this by offering a variety of events and
courses aimed to suit the casual inquirer, those looking for practical guidance in
with everyday issues, those interested in exploring the spiritual underpinning of our
natural lives, and for the worship of the Lord God Jesus Christ.

It is committed to:
      • Promoting the spiritual principles of living for all levels of society - individual,
        community, nation and all humanity - based on the Bible and the theological
        writings of Emanuel Swedenborg;
      • Being an active part of the local and wider community, by living and working
        together as like-minded individuals; and
      • Discovering a spiritual life, which is achievable for all.

Our Faith can be summarised by the following statement:
   1. There is one God, in whom is the Divine Trinity. He is the Lord God the
      Saviour Jesus Christ;
   2. A faith based on a belief and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ can lead to
   3. Evil actions must not be done, because they are the works of the hells and
      come from the hells;
   4. Good actions must be done, because they are the works of the Lord and
      come from the Lord;
   5. These actions should be performed as if they were our own, but we must
      believe that they are done by the Lord working in us and through us.

NEWSpirit, Volume 5, Issue 10.                                                         - 15 -
SHOWING AT: The Functions Room, Corroboree Park, Paterson Street, AINSLIE
                 6:00pm, Sunday 6th November 2005.

A gold coin donation per head will assist with the cost of the venue, food and film.

 Please contact David Moffat (details inside) to secure your place at this
                             special event.


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