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Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, September 27:

Monday: Colossians 1

Tuesday: Colossians 2

Wednesday: Colossians 3

Thursday: Colossians 4

Friday: I Thessalonians 1

Saturday: I Thessalonians 2

EDITORIAL: "All the Way to Heaven...or Higher"

I believe that it was in Saul Bellow’s collection of traditional Jewish tales that I read the following story:

In a small Jewish town in Russia several years ago, there was a rabbi who disappeared each Friday morning for several hours. His disciples boasted that during those hours their rabbi went up to heaven and talked to God.

A stranger moved into town and was skeptical about this claim. So, he decided to check it out. He hid and watched through the window as the rabbi got up the next Friday morning. He continued to watch as the rabbi said his prayers. The rabbi went out of view for a few moments but then surprisingly came out of the house dressed in peasant clothes. He picked up an axe and went off into the woods.

The stranger followed at a distance so as not to be seen. Not far from the little village was a small shack. From it emerged an old woman who greeted the rabbi. She talked about her son, who lived with her but was too sick to come out and greet the rabbi. After a few moments, the rabbi went to work – cutting enough firewood for her and her son that week. Then, the rabbi snuck back home.

Having observed the rabbi’s actions, the newcomer stayed on in the village and became a disciple. Whenever he heard one of the villagers say, “On Friday morning our rabbi ascends all the way to heaven,” the newcomer adds, “If not higher!”

Join us this coming Sunday as we study another rabbi who often did such wonderful acts of service and, through the way he did them, made it possible for us to “go up to heaven”.

John Harp

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