Practitioner Moore will discuss the possibilities of prayer
When Christian Science Practitioner and Preacher Elise Moore’s great-grandmother was dying of tuberculosis at the turn of the century in Biloxi, Miss., she was treated by a Christian Science healer.
"She was a devout Christian and when someone had told her that the healing that Christ Jesus did two thousand years ago was still possible today, she grabbed onto it wholeheartedly and was healed," Moore said during a phone call from Nashville, Tenn.
"She lived another 60 years, and that brought the family into the practice of healing and Christian Science, so it was natural for me to accept the healings that Christ Jesus did centuries before."
Also, Moore said that Christian Science is not Scientology.
"Scientology was formed by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s, and Christian Science is a Christian denomination that began in the 1800s, founded by a woman, Mary Baker Eddy, in New England," she said.
Moore decided she wanted to participate in the church’s healing ministry when she was 6 years old.
"I had an aunt who was in the Christian healing ministry and went to stay with her and when the visit was over, I remember leaving while thinking that I wanted to do that," Moore said. "I wanted to help people, too, so it was in my heart from that moment."
Moore will help Park City residents who want to learn more about the power of prayer when she gives a one-hour presentation, "The Possibilities of Prayer," at the Kimball Art Center on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Christian Science Church in Park City.
"It’s a really exciting talk and one of my favorite talks I give about prayer, because it assumes that people who come hear it are already interested and know something about God and interested in their own relationship with him and Christian practice," she said. "They may want to learn how to pray more effectively for themselves and others."
The talk will address two specific methods of prayer.
"I give an analogy using helicopters and machetes," Moore said with a laugh. "But I’m not going to tell you any more about it, because that’s the fun part of this talk."
Moore did say the talk is a nuts-and-bolts presentation about how to pray in difficult situations and how to pray about things.
"It doesn’t matter what denomination someone is and anyone can attend the talk, as long as they are interested in turning to God in prayer," she explained. "I also found that kids ages 8 and up like the talk because it is filled with stories about how kids have been able to pray for themselves."
Moore said there is no wrong way to pray, but there are more effective ways.
"I have found many people get stuck in their own conception of what prayer is and what prayer means," she said. "If they feel like their prayers aren’t effective, then they’ll give up. But if they would just change the manner in which they pray, it will open up the whole relationship with God and that’s what is needed."
The presentation will also be interactive, so the audience members will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences.
"It lasts for about an hour and I think everyone will leave feeling that they can do it," Moore said. "I’ve given talks around the world, but have never given one in Park City, to share some ideas about prayer with people who pray."
Park City’s Christian Science Church will present a talk by Elise Moore, a Nashville-based practitioner and preacher, at the Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.elisemoore.com.
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