1 Thessalonians 2

Merciful God and Father,
we repent because of the sins committed in your name,
especially we ask for forgiveness for the terrible things we do to convert people to our religions.

Such violence we did not learn from you,
or your servant Paul,
who preached the gospel out of pure motives,
seeking the well-being of people who do not know the Saviour,
without ever resorting to compulsion or violence.

May we, like Paul, be able to testify
that we are gentle, and not motivated by the need for praise,
or by greed.

Give us the heart of a mother caring for her children,
giving even ourselves,
that it may be well with the family.

Give us, we humbly pray,
the joy, the crown,
of being a blessing to others.

We pray for the privilege of appearing in your presence on that great day,
with a crowd of brothers and sisters,
a crowd too large to number.

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