We remember your work that comes from faith, your effort that comes from love, and your perseverance that comes from hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.
1 Thessalonians 1:3
We turn to a letter of St. Paul to a church in ancient Greece, way up in the north on the Aegean Sea. Like Corinth, it was a busy seaport city with bustling trade going on all the time.
As often happens in St. Paul’s letters, he begins by praising the church to which he is writing. Think about it: once there was a community that received this letter for the first time from their dear pastor, Paul. In place of e-mail and letters to individuals, this letter was read aloud to a community, perhaps gathering in someone’s house to worship and pray to the Lord Jesus.
Pray about the three great spiritual gifts from God that we call the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love. Hope is a wonderful extension of faith, being confident that something is really going to happen along the lines of what we believe in. Love is the very essence of God that is radiating out from God through us.
So let’s sit down with all those hearing this letter of St. Paul that will be our focus for six autumn Thursdays.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Steadfast in faith, hope and love v. 3
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the First Week in the season of Autumn/Kingtomtide. Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
For the first six Thursdays, we read 1 Thessalonians.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…