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A Manitoba pastor is releasing a brand new Christmas tune to carry spirits that will have been dampened throughout 2020.

Jake Fretz, pastor of Prairie Alliance Church in Portage la Prairie, says his new tune “Emmanuel God With Us” is in regards to the name Christmas places on the lives of Christians.

“Yearly we have fun how Jesus got here to earth and shared God’s energy and love with us, however lately, I have been reminded that via God’s spirit, Jesus remains to be and at all times will likely be Emmanuel God with us,” Fretz says.

“What amazes me greater than ever is that after we observe Christ’s instance, we, too, can share God’s energy and love with others.”

“As we turned our eyes outdoors of the church and began loving on our neighbour, I really feel our church has come extra alive than ever.”

Fretz says it is very important keep in mind that Christmas is a season past the nativity story.

“Christmas is just not actually about remembering what God has executed, it is also about inspiring us to hitch what He is nonetheless doing right this moment.”

That perspective of sharing pleasure is one Fretz has seen in his personal church group all through COVID-19.

“I have been shocked to see how group members have gathered round each other. How, as a substitute of trying to our personal wants, we begin trying to the wants of our group,” Fretz says. “Individuals who wanted meals, who wanted assist financially. Eating places and native companies that want to remain open.

“As we turned our eyes outdoors of the church and began loving on our neighbour, I really feel our church has come extra alive than ever.”

In a phrase, Fretz says church life throughout COVID-19 has been stunning.

Most stunning has been the quantity of group Fretz has seen their church celebrating.

“In a time the place we thought we’d be isolating and feeling other than everybody, we’re discovering new and artistic methods simply to share the love with each other and simply encourage one another on a weekly foundation.”

The upcoming Christmas season is a time Fretz believes Christians can actually use to stroll alongside Jesus, despite the less-than-ideal circumstances surrounding them.

“I believe our eyes at all times have to be open to what does He wish to do in me? We frequently wish to take God’s love and attempt to share it earlier than we really obtain it, so I would encourage everybody (to) take a second, pause, keep in mind what He is executed for you already and be grateful … thank Him for these issues.”

Then, Fretz encourages believers to look past their very own must the wants of others.

“In spite of everything, He went from heaven all the way down to earth … and He turned human so He might share it with us,” Fretz reminds.

“I believe we get to observe in his instance after we take what we have acquired and start to present it in tangible methods to our neighbours.”




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