Pastor’s Perspective:

September 2020 

Pastor Paul Mattson

In Billy Graham’s book “The Holy Spirit” come these opening words:

“An old American Indian legend tells of an Indian who came down from the mountains and saw the ocean for the first time. Awed by the scene, he requested a quart jar. As he waded into the ocean and filled the jar, he was asked what he intended to do with it. “Back in the mountains,” he replied, “my people have never seen the Great Water. I will carry this jar to them so they can see what it is like

And Graham writes, “Attempting to write a book on so a vast a subject as the Holy Spirit is like trying to capture the ocean in a quart jar.”

The same could be said about prayer. Another vast subject.

Prayer will be the subject of our Fall congregational and small group study which will officially begin on September 20 and will continue for 8 weeks/8 sessions. We will be using the book “How to Pray – A Simple Guide for Normal People” written by Pete Greig. Those who have been reviewing the book for us have found it to be very helpful, practi- cal, and meaningful.

Pastor and author Mark Batterson (The Circle Maker) says: “Pete Greig is a respected authority on exactly this kind of praying: simple, honest, straightforward, from the heart. Even when we are asking God for what we want, we’re giving Him what He wants: our hearts. “How to Pray” will get you started on a lifelong, and lifegiving practice.”

Considering the present and unprecedented times in which we live, I cannot think of a better time for us to be a people of prayer.

“How to Pray” is built and structured on the Lord’s Prayer, and has introductions and resources for small group discussion at www.prayercourse.org. And because of the importance of social distancing at this time, this is a study you can do on your own, or with those you live with, or in a small group if you choose. Books will be available for purchase at church.

Looking forward to learning with you – “How to Pray” – in Jesus’ name. 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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