– So that you also may know the things about me, what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord will make known everything to you whom I am sending for this thing, that you might know the things about us and be encouraged in your hearts.
Peace to the brothers/sisters and love with faith from God, the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ, with immortality.
O Lord Open our eyes to your presence Open our minds to your grace Open our lips to your praises Open our hearts to your love Open our lives to your healing And be found among us. Amen.
(Stand firm….) with all prayers and petitions by praying at all times by (the) Spirit and to this end, being alert, with all perseverance and petitions concerning all the saints and me particularly – that a word might be given to me when I open my mouth with boldness to make known the mystery of the Gospel. concerning which I am an ambassador in chains – that I might speak boldly as is necessary for me speak.
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
So stand firm by having wrapped around your waist the (belt which is) truth and by having put on the breastplate, which is righteousness, and by having shod your feet with the readiness (to) proclaim the gospel which is is peace. In every circumstance having taken up the shield which is faith, by which you can put out every flaming arrows of the evil one. And receive the helmet, which is salvation, and the sword from the Spirit which is the word of God.
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that thou art – Thou my best thought, by day or by night; Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
From now on, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his might. put on the ‘whole armour’ of God so that you might be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil. Because our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against powers, against the world rulers over this darkness, against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Because of this take up the ‘whole armour’ of God so that you might hold your ground on the evil day and having done everything, stand.
Lord, you have given me so much, I ask for one more thing – a grateful heart.
Slaves, obey your – according to the flesh- lords with fear and trembling with sincerity in your hearts as Christ, not according to ‘eye-service’ or as people-pleasers but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God, from the soul, with wholehearted service as to the Lord, and not humans. -knowing that each person if they do something good, will be received by the Lord whether slave or free.
And the Lords, do the same to them, stopping using threats, knowing that over them and over you is the same Lord in heaven and there is no favouritism with him.
Be thou a bright flame before me, Be thou a guiding star above me Be thou a smooth path below me Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me Today – tonight -forever Amen.
Children, obey [in the Lord] your parents. For this is right. ‘Honour your father and your mother’ – this is the first commandment with a promise – ‘that it might be well for you, and you be long-lived in the land’ And fathers, do not make your children angry, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.
O Love, O God who created me, in your love recreate me. O Love, who redeemed me, fill up in me whatever part of your love has fallen into neglect within me. O Love, O God, who first loved me, grant that with my whole heart, and with my whole soul, and with my whole strength, I may love you.
…being submissive to one another in the fear of Christ: the wives to their husbands as to the Lord, because a husband (is) the head of (his) wife as Christ is also the head of the Church, he is the saviour of the Body but as the church submits to Christ so wives also to husbands (with reference) to all things.
Husbands, love (your) wives as also Christ loved the church and handed over himself for her, so that he might make her holy by the washing with water by the word so that he might present the church glorious to himself not having a spot or wrinkle or anything similar but is holy and without blemish In the same way husbands must love their wives as their own bodies He who loves his wife, loves himself.
For nobody ever hates his own body but feeds and takes care of it. so also Christ and the Church. because we are members of his body.
Because of this a man leaves his mother and father and is united with his wife and the two will be one flesh.
This mystery is great. I am speaking about Christ and the Church.
But each one of you too: let each of you love his wife as himself And let the wife respect (her) husband.
Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
So watch carefully how you walk not as foolish people but as wise people by making the most of the time because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be ignorant, but understand what is the will of the Lord and do not get yourselves drunk with wine which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and songs – of the Spirit singing and making music in your heart to the Lord constantly giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father, being submissive to one another in the fear of Christ…
Grant, Lord, that we may hold to you without parting, worship you without wearying, serve you without failing; faithfully seek you, happily find you, and forever possess you, the only God,blessed now and for ever. Amen
So do not become their partners, for you were once darkness but now are light in the Lord. ‘Walk’ as children of the light. For the fruit of light (is) in all goodness and righteousness and truth, by discerning what is pleasing to the Lord. And do not take part in the useless works (that come from) darkness but rather expose them. For to speak of the things done by them in secret is shameful. But all things illumined by the light are made visible. For everything being revealed is light therefore it says: ‘Get up, O sleeper! And rise from the dead ones, and Christ will shine on you.’
Thank you, dear Jesus, for all you have given me, for all you have taken away from me, for all you have left me.
Thomas More (c.1478-1535)
Then, do not even speak about sexual immorality, any kind of impurity or greed among you, as it is not fitting for saints, and neither obscenity or foolish speech or vulgar talk which are not proper but rather (speak) thanksgiving. For you certainly know this: that everyone who is immoral or unclean or greedy – (greed) is idolatry – do not have an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ, and God. Let nobody deceive you with empty words. for beause of these things the wrath of God is coming on the the children of disobedience.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is discord, union; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy, For your mercy and for your truth’s sake. Amen