Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.” (Leviticus 25:10)
I remember the summer of 2014 when I was coming from Stockton for an interview with the SPRC of Incarnation. I saw a small, stained-glass window in the narthex. The number “1966” inscribed on the stained glass caught my eye. I knew it was the year that this church was formed, and coincidentally enough, it was also the same year I was born.
I thought that God might have a specific reason as to why He sent me to a church that was born in the same year I was. It didn’t take long to solve the puzzle of the number 1966. Throughout the time of prayer and reflection, I was inspired that God propels us to have a special momentum, a new turning point as we get closer to our 50th year in ministry. God sent me who was born in the same year to help our church to celebrate the year of Jubilee, 2016, our 50th anniversary.
The Jubilee is the year at the end of seven cycles of sabbatical years. It was originally introduced by God when He established the covenant with Israel at Sinai. During this cycle it is a time of great celebration as every person receives back their property and debts are forgiven. Even though Jubilee is currently not observed in modern times, the year of Jubilee has a significant meaning for contemporary Christians as the year of joy, freedom, and renewal.
Celebrate the past 50 years
Since the year of Jubilee is the time of reflection, we have had a chance to review what God has done here with His people of Incarnation. We have been truly blessed with all the wonderful ministries, service projects, inspiring worship, and fellowship as we sing our Jubilee song;
…All the blessings of fifty years,
fruitful, faithful fifty years
Answering God’s call,
loving one and all, being family
Joyfully we recall pastors,
music, youth, Christmas trees,
Crop walks, mission trips, Pads,
nursery school, soup kitchens, Meadows friends..
Yes. This is what we celebrate. We celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout his people and ministries from the last 50 years.
Prepare for the next 50 years
We are aware of the reality. Like many other churches, we are facing challenges and an uncertain future. We believe that God did not build our church only for the first 50 years. Survival is not God’s purpose for His church. We will choose life over death for the next fifty years.
This is why we started the Jubilee project creating new mission and vision statement. As a result we have a wonderful vision and mission statement, “As Loving Hands of God, we worship, we serve, we nurture and we witness.”
Our journey of Jubilee is not done yet. We will continue to work together to bring this dream come true by finding new ways of doing church, reaching out to the lost and transforming our community and the world.
Come and Join
This year, we celebrate our Jubilee. We will proclaim the new beginning of our ministry. God is calling us to this new adventure. Like Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
COME AND JOIN US!