1 Thessalonians 2:17–3:13
 But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with a great desire to see you face to face,  because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us.  For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?  For you are our glory and joy. (ESV)  Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone,  and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith,  that no one is moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.  For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know.  For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.  But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith.  For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord.  For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God,  as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?  Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you,  and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,  so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. (ESV)
Call to Worship
 O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
 O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
 For strangers have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
 Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
 He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies. (ESV)
Prayer of Repentance
God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ, You came among us as light shining in darkness. We confess that we have not welcomed the light or trusted good news to be good. We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst, expecting little and hoping for less. Forgive our doubt and renew our hope so that we may receive the fullness of Your grace and live in the truth of Christ the Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, You have shown us Your faithfulness through Jesus Christ. We praise You for the way that You are growing the faith of Your people at Coram Deo; continue to grow our love for Jesus. And Father, what great joy it is for us to be a part of this body and this Church. By Your grace, continue to grow us so we may better know how to love and serve one another. We pray these things in Jesus name, Amen.
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