The reading this Sunday is a good reminder of a way to encourage ourselves and each other, especially during this time of not seeing one another. Though Paul, Silvanus and Timothy were far away and unable to meet up (ring any bells?) they still found encouragements from memories of fellowship.
The letter begins like this:
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 labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Services have begun again in our daughter communities of St Gallen, Turgi and Zug.
Let’s remember them all in our prayers.
Our members are in very many places: in our kindnesses and actions, together we act for good on behalf of us all, in the name of Christ. Let’s be encouraged that, far and wide, our members can represent St Andrew’s.
I was surprised at the snow when visiting St Gallen for the service on Sunday and took a picture from the window of the church. Here it is.