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Hyde Park Church Dedicates New Building
By Ednor A. P. Davison

Worshipers gathered outside in 20-degree weather to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the dedication of the Hyde Park church [Photo: Ednor A. P. Davison]
Members, guests, and friends of the Hyde Park Seventh-day Adventist Church (formerly Mattapan Seventh-day Adventist Church) stood outside in almost 20-degree weather to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony that signaled the beginning of worship in their new building. This was the continuation of events that began on December 14, 2007, in the auditorium of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Academy on 800 Morton Street in Mattapan, Massachusetts. Sylvan Lashley, Gethsemane church’s pastor, was the speaker for the Friday evening service signaling the end of worship in the auditorium where the church was located for more than 20 years.

With members of the choir in the background looking on, George Bulgin, the Hyde Park church pastor, declared the church open for worship. [Photo: Ednor A. P. Davison]
George Bulgin, the church's pastor, led the congregation into the building shortly after 9:25 a.m., on Saturday, December 15, 2007, after cutting the ribbon and declaring the doors of the church officially open for worship. The procession marched into the church to the hymn “God of Our Fathers,” sung by the church’s adult choir and accompanied on the pipe organ by Fitzgerald Reid, the church’s organist. After Bulgin gave a few brief remarks and a special opening prayer, the day’s events began with superintendent Cecily Williams leading the Sabbath School program.

The church's sanctuary choir debuted their new robes for the dedication service. [Photo: Ednor A. P. Davison]
More than 600 worshipers filled the sanctuary for the first worship service in the building located at 6 Webster Street in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. As individuals entered for worship, they were presented with a program of the weekend’s events along with a bookmark and a pen as tokens of the special occasion. Individuals from sister churches and guests from the community were on hand for this historical moment in the church's history. Also participating were Northeastern Conference representatives, Trevor Baker, president, accompanied by his wife, Eunice; Larry Baily, executive secretary, and Ebenezer Agboka, treasurer. They were joined by Atlantic Union Conference representatives, Donald King, president, accompanied by his wife, Lois, and Carlyle Simmons, executive secretary, accompanied by his wife, Marilyn.

Visiting pastors, other church representatives, and City Councillor Charles Yancy, State Representative Willie Mae Allen, and City Councillor at Large John Connolly were on hand for the symbolic ribbon cutting ceremony. [Photo: Milton Samuels]
The sermon “Pressing Toward the Mark” was presented by George Bulgin. The weekend events culminated with a dedication service in the afternoon. Three local representatives were present for this event: City Councillor Charles Yancy, State Representative Willie Mae Allen, and City Councillor at Large John Connolly. Representative Allen presented the pastor with a citation. The pastor presented all of the representatives with a leather-bound, engraved copy of the book, The Desire of Ages.

The congregation sings along with member of the Praise team during "moments of praise." [Photo: Ednor A. P. Davison]
The church was officially dedicated at the completion of the charge given by Trevor Baker, the Litany by Larry Bailey, and the prayer of dedication by Carlyle Simmons. The program concluded with the pastor recognizing individuals who were instrumental in the purchase of the building and also preparing it for occupancy. A 52-page souvenir journal containing the church’s history its inception as a mission to the dedication of the building was printed for this occasion.

The Hyde Park church, with its more than 300 members, now has the responsibility of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to its neighbors in the Hyde Park community and to continue to nurture the relationship it developed during the years spent in the Mattapan community.