Sunday Gathering: March 29, 2020

Text: Colossians 2:1-3

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Scripture Reading – Hebrews 12:1-14
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”

7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Pastoral Prayer 

In Christ Alone
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness Scorned by the ones he came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid; Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine – Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath. Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Be Thou My Vision
Verse 1
Be Thou my vision O Lord of my heart, Nought be all else to me, save Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Verse 2
Be Thou my wisdom, Thou my true word I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father and I Thy true son, Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one.

Verse 3
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise Thou mine inheritance now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

Chorus
O God be my everything, be my delight Be Jesus my glory, my soul satisfied

Verse 4
High King of heaven, my vict’ry won, May I reach heaven’s joys bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my vision, O Ruler of all

Sermon (“The Word and Prayer in Community”)

Main Text: Colossians 2:1-3

1 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, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Other Texts:

Colossians 4:12

12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

Colossians 3:11-16

11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Colossians 2:5a

5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit.

Before The Throne of Gone Above
Verse 1
Before the throne of God above, I have a strong, a perfect plea:
A great High Priest, whose name is Love, Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on his hands, My name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands, No tongue can bid me thence depart No tongue can bid me thence depart.

Verse 2
When Satan tempts me to despair, And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see him there, Who made an end of all my sin.
Because a sinless Savior died, My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied, To look on Him and pardon me To look on Him and pardon me

Chorus

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the One, Risen Son of God!

Verse 3
Behold him there, the risen Lamb, My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I am, The King of glory and of grace
One in himself, I cannot die, My soul is purchased by his blood
My life is hid with Christ on high, With Christ, my Savior and my God With Christ, my Savior and my God

I Will Wait for you (Psalm 130)
Verse 1
Out of the depths I cry to You, In darkest places I will call
Incline Your ear to me anew, And hear my cry for mercy Lord

Verse 2
Were You to count my sinful ways, How could I come before Your throne
Yet full forgiveness meets my gaze, I stand redeemed by grace alone

Chorus
I will wait for You, I will wait for You, On Your word I will rely
I will wait for You, surely wait for You, Till my soul is satisfied

Verse 3
So put your hope in God alone, Take courage in His power to save
Completely and forever won, By Christ emerging from the grave

Verse 4
Now He has come to make a way, And God Himself has paid the price
That all who trust in Him today, Find healing in His sacrifice

Chorus 2
I will wait for You, I will wait for You, Through the storm and through the night
I will wait for You, surely wait for You, For Your love is my delight

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