+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Opening – A Collect for the Renewal of Life (Monday)
O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Morning Reading -Colossians 1:1-14 (NLT)
Greetings from Paul
This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
Introduction: The apostle Paul wrote this letter to Christians living in the small city of Colossae. It was probably written c. a.d. 62, while Paul was in prison in Rome. This was about the same time he wrote Ephesians and Philemon. All three letters were sent with Tychicus and Onesimus.
- Theme: Christ is Lord over all of creation, including the invisible realm. He has redeemed his people, enabling them to participate in his death, resurrection, and fullness.
- Purpose, Paul wrote to warn against false teaching that lessened Christ’s role, undermining the new identity of believers “in Christ, ” and to encourage the believers in their growth toward Christian maturity. He emphasized Christ’s authority over all evil powers. Christians are united with the risen Christ, and therefore they share in his power and authority. Paul also encouraged these believers to fight against sin, pursue holiness, and live as distinctively Christian households.
to God’s holy people
We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse,
who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.
– Colossians 1:2 –
- For their witness to faith in Christ
- For their continuing trust in Christ
- For their self-sacrificing love for other Christians
- For their hope of future blessings in Christ
- For perception and understanding of God’s will for them in Christ
- For the working of God’s Spirit in them to change lives and produce good works
- For practical wisdom and clear discernment in leading their daily lives
- For growth in grace and devotion to Christ
Questions for consideration:
- How does your faith community witness to its faith in Christ? What role do you play in that witness? Please explain.
- Can you think of ways in which your trust in Christ has grown? Please explain.
- How have you expressed self-sacrificing love for other Christians? Please explain.
- How are you growing in your perception and understanding of God’s will for your life? Please explain.
- How has your growing understanding changed how you live your life? Please explain.
Morning Prayer: – Declaration of Faith
Lord, I will trust You, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh new ground with You.
Christ of the mysteries, can I trust You to be stronger than each storm in me?
I determine amidst all uncertainty always to trust.
I choose to live beyond regret, and let You recreate my life.
I believe You will always make a way for me and provide for me, if only I trust You.
I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are still in Your hand.
I will believe You for my future, chapter by chapter, until all the story is written.
“In Jesus Christ We Marvel” – ForeverBeSure
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen