This coming Sunday, February 26th, St. Margaret’s will hold our Annual General Meeting, immediately after worship.

The notice sheet for the coming week is available here: Notices 19 February 2017 (pdf).

Every Sunday at 9:30am

  • 219 Hull Road, Mooroolbark
  • Holy Communion on the first Sunday each month
  • Children’s Sunday Activities Program – each week as part of worship

Walmsley Village – Holy Communion every fourth Thursday at 10:30am

Baradine BlueCross Aged Care – Holy Communion every second Thursday at 10:30 am

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Prosperity is a dangerous thing, for it so easily corrupts.
The people of Israel are on the edge of more prosperity than they could ever imagine. They are in danger of being corrupted by the very blessing they crave …

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Notices for this week

Thanks to Rev. Dr. Barry Brown for his background notes to the gospel of Matthew, and reflection on the word.

OTB Matt 2017 16 10 Short

Sermon 20170205 StMsUC

He clutched his chest, just below the sternum, somewhere between his gut and his heart, and what he said next came out through bursts of laughter:

“God! That was the most remarkable thing—falling in love, and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus.”

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This week we again have cause to wonder.

We wonder about how power is used in this world – like the power of sabotage, propaganda and cyber attacks as Moscow has a particular interest in the new President of the United States.

And we wonder more about the world around us.

We wonder about how the goal of success leads to temptation and weaves a web of deceit and distress …

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It is difficult to hear the story of Herod after the bright joy of Christmas. Yet the contrast in the actions of Herod and Joseph speaks into the struggle of humanity which is our own struggle.

Fear and anger are powerful agents that act upon us all. Herod fears a rival to his fragile reign, one that is at the whim of the greater power of Rome. As we have witnessed ugly overthrows of many a prime minister in recent years, we perhaps get some insight into Herod’s own fear.

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You can’t chase divine mystery. You need to allow it to come to you.

Mary knew it. Joseph discovered it. It was true for shepherds and wise men.

Mystery of this form is like a butterfly. It doesn’t work to chase one.

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Christmas Eve at 5 pm – Messy Christmas (see flyer)

Christmas Eve at 8 pm – Candles, Carols and Communion

Christmas Day Celebration at 9:30 am

The stories of the birth of Jesus are not really about a baby. At least we miss the point if we get all sentimental about a cute baby asleep on the hay – ‘no crying he makes’.

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