Pastor’s Perspective:

December 2022

Pastor Paul Mattson

At Sunday School, the teacher asked, “Who was Jesus’ mother?” 

They all replied “Mary.” 

Then the teacher asked, “Who was Jesus’ father?” 

After a time, one student spoke up. “His name was Virg. Because all I hear about is Virg and Mary.” 

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, the virgin birth is more, much more, than a Christmas story; it is a picture of how close Christ will come to you. The first stop on his itinerary was a womb. Where will God go to touch the world? Look deep within Mary for an answer. 

Better still. Look deep within yourself. What he did with Mary, he offers to us! He issues a Mary-level invitation to all his children. “If you let me, I’ll move in.” 

What is the mystery of the gospel? “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27) 

Christ grew in Mary until he had to come out. Christ will grow in you until the same occurs. He will come out in your speech, in your actions, in your decisions. Every place you live will be a Bethlehem, and every day you live will be a Christ-mas. You, like Mary, will deliver Christ to the world. 

Blessed Christmas to you and yours – Pastor Paul 

Immanuel’s Vision Statement 

A vibrant and diverse community of faith where lives are changed;
Where people of all ages are invited and challenged
To become disciples of Jesus in their daily lives;
Where real people experience healing, help, hope and harmony


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