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Why are we called Jubilee?
By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral
As you know, 2022 is Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year – marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom.
I have always admired the Queen and how she openly expresses her faith in God. In her most recent Christmas Speech (2021), she said this: “It is this simplicity of the Christmas story that makes it so universally appealing: simple happenings that formed the starting point of the life of Jesus — a man whose teachings have been handed down from generation to generation, and have been the bedrock of my faith.”
As a young Girl Guide, I once met the Queen in Windsor Great Park, outside the Chapel that she regularly attends when residing at Windsor Castle. It had a great impact on me – she seemed very approachable and interested in speaking to us. She shook our hands, asking us about our weekend of camping nearby.
With so much mention of the Jubilee I have been thinking reflecting on how we came to be called Jubilee Church and what it means. We were planted out from Jubilee Church Liverpool. On their website it says: ‘The meaning of the word ‘Jubilee’ is to celebrate, and we enjoy celebrating God’s goodness when we gather together!’
In the Bible, the reference to Jubilee is about the celebration which occurred every 50 years. After 49 years, if debts were still owed, then they were cleared.
The Bible tells us that the Jews were told not to charge interest on loans they made to poor Jews (Exodus 22:25) and, at the end of every seven years, to grant a release (Deuteronomy 15:1-2). The reason God gives is that there should be no poor.
Then in Leviticus 25:10-12, God gave further instructions to the Israelites for when they have celebrated this Sabbatical year seven times:
“And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of itself nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee. It shall be holy to you. You may eat the produce of the field.”
Our name comes from this and sets out values that we have. As a grace-filled church we want to remember the poor and also we want to give people a second opportunity; we are not looking for perfection but we look to do our best and there is always an opportunity for reconciliation.
We want to serve everyone in the best way we can and see people set free from things that hold them captive – whether spiritual, mental, physical or financial.
As we gather together on Sundays and throughout the week, remember that Jubilee Church is about celebrating our Lord, who He is but also in setting us free from a debt that we could never pay – and so we celebrate God’s goodness to us with joy.
As a Church we would like to join the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year too. (Look out for more details about us hosting a Garden Party on 2nd June).
Nicki Frodsham with her husband Dave
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Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?