We begin where you began, in Genesis, when God created the heavens and the earth. This isn't sarcasm or pedantry. This is deep truth and needed context.
Our shared story runs through God's call and blessing of Abram, the man who would become the great patriarch Abraham. He lived his story the same way we can learn to live ours: through faith in the living God, transformed by God's grace and covenant mercies.
God promised to make Abram a great nation, to give Abram a great name, and to bless the world through Abram. God makes Abram a great nation through the prophet and leader Moses. God gives Abram a great name through the King and prophet David. God sends out his blessings to all the world through Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Jesus founds his church, his community of disciples on mission. And this community fills the inhabited world, including the British Isles. From the ancient and medieval ages, through the reformation and modern periods, through Jesus God stays faithful to his purposes and his people.
Also, through Jesus and through personal faith in him, our stories become part of his story. Our lives become filled with his life.
The Incarnation is not just our name. The Incarnation is the story in which and the strategy by which we are planting this church. We are a community of disciples to Jesus rooted and resident in Bryan/College Station, on mission with college students at Texas A&M and surrounding colleges.
Incarnation is a people who “moves into the neighborhood," with God. In response to Jesus, we are following him in his ongoing mission in practical, tangible, and accessible ways.
We summarize this identity in our simple self-description. Church of the Incarnation: a community of Anglican Christians sharing a vision of Jesus, following Him as Lord, Loving him and all he loves.
This is a summary of our identity as disciples, our practice as Anglicans, our focus on mission, and our goal of love.
Our plant is a mission and ministry of Christ Church, Waco, TX. We are members of the Diocese of Ft. Worth, a founding jurisdiction of the Anglican Church in North America in communion and on mission with with global Anglicans in the GAFCON movement.
Our focus is on mission, God's mission to us and our mission with him.
In his magisterial work, The Mission of God, Christopher J.H. Wright defines mission as, "our committed participation as God's people, at God's invitation and command, in God's own mission within the history of God's world for the redemption of God's creation."
For us this means we focus on what God has done and is doing through Jesus. God is working out his plan "to unite all things in him [Jesus], things in heaven and things on earth" (Eph. 1:10).
Our goal is to become fully human, by grace through faith, enjoying what Jesus shows us in word and deed about true humanity in real life: loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves. This is how Christian disciples are not overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.