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Bishopdale's community is important for St Margaret's, which is why we have a number of community ministries.
Last Sunday (15 May 2016) St Margaret's Church had a devastating fire which has left us with unusable church buildings. We are blessed to have another building on the same site which was undamaged. 'The Hub' contains our offices and a community area. We will be relocating a number of our activities, including our Sunday service. We will update this site when details of weekly activites are clarified, but we are thrilled to have Sundays sorted already.
We are truly blessed to have had so many offers from the community to accommodate our Sunday Service . This is what we have settled on:
This coming Sunday, 22 May 10 am - we will be at St Margaret's in our other building (The Hub).
Sunday 29 May 10am we will be at St Knox Presbyterian, corner Bealy ave & Victoria St.
Sunday 6 June onwards we are shifting our Sunday operations to Isleworth school hall, just down the road, in Farrington Ave, 10 am every week.
The people of St Margaret’s would like to express their enormous gratitude to the courageous Fire Service. In addition we greatly appreciate the support and professional work of the Police. Thank you to the personnel of both organisations for your dedication and service.
The support of the local community has been amazing and it has been moving to talk to many people as you pass by on the footpath outside the damaged building.
Our prayers are with the wider community as we come to terms with complex feelings including grief, sadness and anger.
We forgive the man who did this and we pray for his restoration and reconciliation.
The ideas on our sign about beauty and ashes come from the book of Isaiah chapter 61 which speaks about the good news of God’s deliverance. In the old King James version the phrasing is poignant:
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Jesus reads from this chapter at the very beginning of his ministry and marks out what defines his mission:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 NRSV)
It is the grace of God in Jesus Christ that gives beauty for ashes. Mercifully for every single one of us he also makes release, freedom and favour available. God bless you.
Rev. Andrew Nicol