The Apostle Paul was a tireless worker among those whom he led to Christ, in ministering to them with great labor and hardship on their behalf. He told the Thessalonicans that he worked both night and day in order that he might not be a burden to them with them having to meet his own needs. This could have referred to his tentmaking activities, the necessity of rising before dawn, and perhaps staying up late into the night, even as he had to do in a number of other cities where he labored for Christ in the Gospel (cf. Acts 18.3). You get the sense that he probably ministered the Word when he could, whether in the day or at night, while he took care of his own needs.This example of focus, dedication, and selflessness formed the basis of Paul’s challenge to them to follow his example. He called them to witness regarding the character of his behavior (“holy and righteous and blameless”) (v. 10), and treatment of them, i.e., like a father with his children, exhorting, encouraging, and charging them to walk in a manner worthy of God, the very same one who called them into his own Kingdom and glory. As disciples of Jesus, our conduct is to be exemplary, worthy of being associated with the name of Jesus Christ, and able to stand up against the accusations of the enemy. This is viable, because the word they received was in fact the Word of God, at work in them, and at work in all believers everywhere.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Father God, who called us in Christ to your own Kingdom and glory, please enable us to stand before you with honor. Help us to be devout in our conduct, righteous in regard to our relationships, blameless and without reproach with those who criticize and scrutinize us. We want to walk worthy in a manner that honors your name. Make it so in our lives, for Christ’s sake, amen.
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, Amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father, And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, Is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen, amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord's Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
--Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Affirmation from the Psalms
O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,  lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.  O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,  if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause,  let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah  Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.  Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.
~ Psalm 7.1-7
Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
Lord Jesus, help me to walk in a manner worthy of your Father and my God, the same who has called me into his Kingdom and glory.