One of the names for Jesus is Immanuel, meaning God is with us. Isaiah prophesied it and Matthew tells us it was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus told his disciples that he was sending them into the world as he had been sent and this mission has been passed on to us, to be expressed in our neighbourhoods. The church is the ongoing Immanuel as we fulfill our calling to be ‘God with skin on’ to all around us. Christmas in the ‘burbs… Pretty exciting really!