1 Thessalonians 5

Dear God of time and history,
we discover that it is futile to calculate when this age will end,
and when the new age will begin.
We will be likely be overtaken by surprise as by a thief in the night, when Jesus comes.

However, if we are watchful and alert,
we will not be overtaken by surprise, unprepared,
for we are children of light, not of darkness,
and we have been instructed concerning how to live as people prepared.

God, urge us to be sober,
to put on the breastplate of faith and love,
and for hope the helmet of salvation,
for you have destined us for salvation, not wrath.

Teach us to be a community of love,
of building each other up.
Instruct us to learn to live at peace with each other,
to admonish idlers,
to encourage the faint-hearted,
to help the weak, and be patient with them.
Show us how to be joyful and prayerful people.

May nothing we do quench the Holy Spirit.

We desire to honor the prophets, to hold fast what is good, and abstain from evil.

Faithful God, keep us faithful until Jesus comes. You can do that. Amen.

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