Dear <<First Name>>,
Our series on Elijah comes to an end this week, as we hear the story of the end of his life and his ascent to heaven--alongside Elisha, to whom he hands over the mantle of his ministry. This story promises God will safely see Elijah into heaven, and shows Elisha's grief mixed with hope and opportunity.
For us, the story falls alongside All Saints and All Souls day, which invites us to also to remember those who have gone ahead of us to heaven, to remember God's promises to see us safely through the end of this life, and contemplate the legacy of faith we will leave to those who follow.
On Sunday, our Communion service will include time to light candles and name those we have loved and lost, but it will also point us forward into the future, encouraging us in faith to imagine the gifts we can bequeath to those who follow us.
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