2 Thessalonians 2:1–12
 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,  not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.  Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,  who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.  Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?  And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,  in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (ESV)
Call to Worship
 O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
you have been angry; oh, restore us.
 You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open;
repair its breaches, for it totters.
 You have made your people see hard things;
you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.
 You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
that they may flee to it from the bow. Selah
 That your beloved ones may be delivered,
give salvation by your right hand and answer us! (ESV)
 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
 Have you not rejected us, O God?
You do not go forth, O God, with our armies.
 Oh, grant us help against the foe,
for vain is the salvation of man!
 With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes. (ESV)
Prayer of Repentance
O our God, we are ashamed to lift our faces to you, for our iniquities have risen higher than our head, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens. To us belongs open shame, because we have sinned against you. But you are a God ready to forgive. Let us be justified by your grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Let us have the blessedness of those whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; of that man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Heavenly Father, we live in a world full of lies amongst people who are deceived and led astray. But You have given us Your Only Son, who is the Truth and the Word. By Your Spirit, may we see the lies around us that aim to draw us away from Jesus. Empower us through Your Word to live rightly before You in all things, Give us a joy through worshiping You, that surpasses all other joy. You are worthy of all our praise, and we pray these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
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