“Stressed Out, or Blessed Out” (Colossians 1:1-14) Sunday, September 2, 2018
Call to Worship
L: God has endowed us with reason, the capacity to know and be known.
P: Therefore let us praise God with renewed minds, fixed upon the Lord!
L: God has given us hearts like God’s own, the capacity to love and be loved.
P: Therefore let us praise God with revived hearts, fixed upon the Lord!
L: God has crafted us for speech, the capacity to speak and be heard.
P: Therefore let us praise God with loud acclamation, directed to the Lord!
Scripture (Colossians 1:1-14)
Our reading comes from the letter to the Colossians.
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,
5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel
6that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.
7This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
8and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.
11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully
12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Stressed Out, or Blessed Out” (Colossians 1:1-14) Sunday, September 2, 2018
“Stressed Out, or Blessed Out”
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