The year 2012 is the fiftieth year since the beginning of St. Stephen’s Congregation. God commanded the children of Israel to observe or celebrate the Fiftieth year as Jubilee. Leviticus 25:8-10:
8And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
9Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
10And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
With Thanksgiving and Praise to God we proclaim that this is our year of Jubilee. The Year of Jubilee was consecrated as a time for release of slaves, restoration of property to the original owners, a year of rest for the land and a time for families to come together in forgiveness and reconciliation. In a word, Jubilee is the year of new beginnings.
I urge everyone to read again, Leviticus 25, Isaiah 61:1-4, and Luke 4:18,19. By God’s grace we have been witnesses to the power of God to release the captives and to set at liberty those who are oppressed. Yet our greatest year is this year, our year of Jubilee.
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Bishop George Dallas McKinney
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