The eighteenth-century Polish rabbi, Baal Shem Tov, began what would be called the
Hasidic movement. He was earthy and practical, yet also mystical. After the death of the
rabbi's wife, a teacher related: "The Baal Shem Tov believed that, like Elijah, he would
rise up to heaven in a storm. When his wife died, he said: 'I thought that a storm would
sweep me up to heaven like Elijah. But now that I am only half a body, this is no longer
The divine connection felt between spouses is like the divine connection between God's
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“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”(v. 26)
Hello dear children,
I am so glad to see you this morning. Know why? It's a time for worship. And more than that, I get to tell you good news. The good news from John's gospel today, is about a very special friend who is here with us today.
But first, how many of you have friends? (children respond)
Jenny was having fun. Her friend Martha had brought a graphical calculator into school. Martha had borrowed the calculator from her older brother, who used it for his advanced maths. He'd been off school for a week, so Martha had figured he wouldn't need his calculator for a while. She and Jenny had soon discovered a great bowling game hidden in the depths of the calculator, and Jenny, to her excitement had just reached level three.