We offer you our hands, O Lord, to do your work; our lips to sing your praise; a life to proclaim your glory and a heart to serve our neighbour; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
God, without beginning or ending,
may we, your people, keep Jesus as first and last in all we do.
God, in whom we find our eternal rest,
may we allow your Spirit to guide us as we journey.
God who spoke through women and men of faith in every generation,
inspire us by our memory of them.
God of past, present and future,
enable us to trust you as we enter times of uncertainty,
for you are the God we adore. Amen.
Inspired by StF 67
Peter Barber, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District Chair
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
“As you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification.” (vv. 1-3)
“John proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.’” (v. 7)
1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
“But Timothy has just now come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love. He has told us also that you always remember us kindly and long to see us—just as we long to see you.” (v. 6)
Song of Solomon 2:1-4
“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. As a lily among brambles, so is my love among maidens”. (vv. 1-2)
1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
“We sent Timothy, our brother and co-worker for God in proclaiming the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions. Indeed, you yourselves know that this is what we are destined for.” (vv. 2-3)
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
“We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.” (v. 13)
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
“…nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.” (vv. 6-7)