1 & 2 Thessalonians

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1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

1:1-7  Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.  We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly  remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake.  And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit,  so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

sources songs writers
AOV[1] 130   They'll know we are Christians by our love Scholtes
SOF 876 Jesus, restore to us again, Kendrick
SIS 569/TIS 679/ATE 258/SCE 292  kid-friendly Jesus put this song into our hearts Kendrick
TIS 650/SIS 256 The servant song (Brother, sister, let me serve you) Gillard
DMAC  kids! Every way excellent! music   lyrics   mp3 snippet
P&W 739/SCE 302 Firm foundation Gordon/Harvill

1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8

2:3-8  For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

sources songs writers
DMAC In you alone music  lyrics  mp3 snippet
SCE 348/AOV/ATN 95/TIS 607/SOF 381 Make me a channel of your peace Temple
DMAC That the world might know you music   lyrics   mp3 vocal snippet 
ATW 498/Wild Goose We will take what we offer Bell
AOV[1] 130   They'll know we are Christians by our love Scholtes
SIS 569/TIS 679/ATE 258/SCE 292/SOF 299  kid-friendly Jesus put this song into our hearts Kendrick
TIS 650/SIS 256/SOF 54 The servant song (Brother, sister, let me serve you) Gillard
DMAC Do justice music   lyrics  mp3 snippet

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?  Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever 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, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

note: this scripture "suggests" Blessing songs.  Here are some suggestions.  David

sources songs writers
DMAC May the God of peace (A benediction)
NCYC'99/ATW 494/various For you, deep stillness Mann/Perrin
DMAC The Lord bless you and keep you (Aaronic blessing)
TIS 780 Blessing song Dyson
Benediction/May the kindness of our Lord Jesus Dutney
ATO 415 Traveller's prayer Boucher
TIS 643 I want to walk as a child of the light Thomerson
TIS 781/ATN 90 Father, bless us as we go Mann
SIS 274 The blessing of the Lord Johnson
ATN 95/various Shalom trad.
ATA 194/TIS 779/AOVK 67 May the feet of God walk with you Mann/Podlich

I Thessalonians 5:16-24

5:16-24  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.
sources songs writers
SIS 509/SCE 118/P&W 478/TIS 717 Give thanks Smith
SIS 614/SCE 438/SOF 480 Rejoice! Kendrick
DMAC May the God of peace (Benediction) music   lyrics
SCE 108 Thank you, Lord Jernighan
SCE 88/P&W 828 Faithful God Bowater

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12  

11-12 To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

sources songs writers
SCE 230/SIS 577/P&W 5/SOF 242 Lord, be glorified Kilpatrick
SIS 318/SCE 297/SOF 305 Jesus take me as I am Bryant
SIS 451/SOF 102 Glorify your name Adkins
GGIVES4 We must remember how to pray Coleman/UCA Synod '95 kids
DMAC Send us further on (Here we are) music   lyrics   mp3  

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17  

13-17  But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,  comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word

sources songs writers
TIS 647/ATN 25 Comfort, comfort Mann
SIS 509/SCE 118/TIS 717/P&W 478/SOF 124 Give thanks Smith
HS/ATW 470/SCE[2] In your hands (I'm so secure) Morgan

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 

6-9 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate.

sources songs writers
DMAC   kids! Do it right! music  lyrics
SCE 348/ATN 95/TIS 607/SOF 381/various Make me a channel of your peace Temple
ATO 376 Faith, hope and love Watts
SIS 482/P&W 540/ATO 354/SCE 68/SOF 58 Change my heart, O God Espinosa
SCE 359 More love, more power del Hierro
HS/SCE 515 I give you my heart Morgan


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AOVK As One Voice for Kids Willow Connection/Openbook Publishers
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