The Community of the Risen Lord (CRL) in Canberra began its journey when Bro Lalith Perera was invited to conduct an evening program at St Benedict’s Church in Narrabundah on 29th January 2010. This initial program was supported by CRL Melbourne and CRL Sydney as well as the Missionaries of God’s Love in Canberra. As time went by upon prayer, discernment and guidance received from Bro Lalith, on 12th March 2010, the Lord led us to join the weekly prayer meetings in a house, with four families attending the meeting. We moved to our first venue at St Benedict's Narrabundah, in June 2011 and held our first Four Steps Retreat with Bro Jagath Nanayakkara in September 2012.
In February 2014 with the support of the Archbishop of Canberra & Goulburn Most Rev Christopher Prowse, we held our first weekend Retreat. Amongst other miracles, the most significant was of a Catholic priest who was deeply touched by the Lord and commenced a Charismatic mass in his own church. Whilst preparing for this retreat, we sensed the Holy Spirit leading us to take the baptism of the Holy Spirit into other churches and so we were led to meet Fr Bernie Patterson of St Brigid's Church in Dickson. In April 2014, Fr Bernie opened the doors of his church for our Friday Meetings. Since then as the Lord promised us through Isaiah 43:19, God has been making a way in the wilderness and His people are proclaiming His Praise. The journey continues. The second & third weekend Retreats of 2015 & 2016 were held in St Brigid's Church and two other churches from the north (Kippax) and south (Tuggeranong) spreading the good news of the Lord and a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit poured out to many across Canberra. We had our first Youth/Young Adults Program “Ignited” and the Family Ministry Fellowship in 2016 and by God’s grace we hope to make them annual events.
Each week, through the anointed teaching we are drawn to an intimate relationship with God, instilling in us a desire for prayer, the Word and Sacraments. While we focus on the inner journey, the Lord fills us with the fruit & gifts of the Holy Spirit empowering us to Love & serve like Christ. As a result we have seen the Holy Spirit leading us to take this experience to others through Praise & Worship, Intercessory prayers and programs conducted by Parishes, the CCR, the Divine Retreat Centre and other prayer groups. We are also thankful to God for our servers who have committed their lives to serving selflessly through the ministries of Intercessory Prayer, Kids, Youth, Young Adults, Family, Worship, Resources, Praise teams, Sounds etc. As a result, many of us are experiencing Love, Joy and Peace in our personal lives and in the life of the community. Even as we write this article we sense the Lord directing us step by step to the plans He has for CRL Canberra as we declare by faith the promise in 1 Corinthians 2:9 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
The CRL Canberra weekly Praise and Worship with the live message by Bro. Lalith Perera through Skype is held every Friday at 7.30 pm (7.00pm if there is charismatic mass) at the Parish Hall of St. Brigid’s Church, Dickson, ACT.
email - CRLCanberra@gmail.com
Shahandra/Karen on 0412310364/0402160401