Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5

The beginning of the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians.

From Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the people of the church in Thessalonika, who belong to God the Creator and Jesus the Savior, we wish you grace and peace.

We always thank God for you, and remember you in our prayers.  We call to mind before Our God and Creator how you are proving your faith by your actions, laboring in love, and showing constancy of hope in Jesus our Savior.

We know, sisters and brothers beloved of God, that you have been chosen.  Our preaching of the Gospel was not a mere matter of words.  It was done in the power of the Holy Spirit, and with complete conviction. You know as well as we do the sort of life we led when we were with you,

which was for your sake.

The Word of God recorded in the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians