Scripture Reading – Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
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
A – men, A – men, A – men, God we praise you, God we praise you
Praise God for all that He has done
Praise Him for He has overcome
The grave is beaten Love has won
Praise God our Savior Christ the Son
Behold Our God
Who has held the oceans in His hand? Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at His voice, All creation rises to rejoice
Behold our God, seated on His throne, Come let us adore Him
Behold our King, nothing can compare Come let us adore Him!
Who has given counsel to the Lord? Who can question any of His words?
Who can teach the one who knows all things? Who can fathom all his wondrous deeds?
Who has felt the nails upon His hands, bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal, humbled to the grave
Jesus, Savior, risen now to reign
You will reign forever! (Let Your glory fill the earth) x6
Main Text: Colossians 2:16 – 23
16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
Additional Scripture References:
For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,
I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
For in him the whole fulness of deity dwells bodily,
23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Romans 14:14, 17
14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.
17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
1 Corinthians 9:19-21
19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Come and See
Lost in darkness in selfishness and pride, all rebellious and blinded from the light
We made idols in hopes that they would save, all while running far away from grace
Then he called us out of darkness, into his wondrous light
Yes he called us out of darkness, into his wondrous light
Come and see, come and see, come and see what the Lord has done for us
Oh proclaim, all you saints, oh proclaim all the wonders of his love
Though once strangers now we are made his own, founded solely on Christ the Cornerstone
Now the church stands as a chosen race, a holy people call to bear his name
Come Thou Fount
Come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it, mount of Thy redeeming love
Here I raise my Ebenezer hither by Thy help I come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger Wandering from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger Interposed His precious blood
Oh to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be
Let Thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart Lord take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above