The more we discover and experience of the Almighty, the deeper we are drawn into genuine, whole-life worship.
Worship that doesn’t begin and end with a few songs on Sunday, but shows up in the way we handle conflict, the way we treat our children when we are angry, and what happens in our hearts when we face disappointment.
Worship is about knowing our Savior. It’s about relinquishing all we know of ourselves to all we know of Him.
And letting that be enough.
As we’ve walked through just the first chapter of Colossians this week, it’s our prayer that you have taken up the invitation to know the Master in deeper ways. We pray your appetite for worship has been whetted and that as you look ahead into this weekend, that you won’t lose sight of all He has granted you through the gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let your knowledge of the Holy One guide your heart to worship Him this weekend, and may that worship overflow into every aspect of your everyday!
1) Search back through Colossians 1 and hover over that verse (or verses) that God has used to speak deeply and personally to your heart this week. Write those down on several notecards and post them around your house – then post a picture of your reminder cards on Instagram or on our Facebook Community Page. Take the weekend to memorize them and forever hide them in your heart!
2) We have a new hand-crafted Spotify playlist to help remind you of solid truth this weekend! Let its message draw your heart into worship as you consider the Lord that loves and pursues you!
3) Good community means sharing good food! From the kitchen of Rebecca, check out this yummy Frog Eye Salad and share it with someone you love!
1/2 box (or bag) Acini di Pepe pasta
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
7/8 cup pineapple juice (hint: one small can in a 6-pack)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice (1 1/2 teaspoons)
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained*
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained*
1/2 carton Cool Whip
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup flaked coconut
Combine sugar, flour, and salt in pan. Stir in pineapple juice and egg. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick. (If you don’t stir constantly, you’ll have scrambled eggs in your salad.) Add lemon juice; cool to room temperature.
Boil pasta; drain.
Combine eggs and pasta; mix well and refrigerate overnight in an airtight container.
Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate in airtight container until thoroughly chilled.
*Use canned fruit of your choice. Maraschino cherries are a nice addition, too.
**Makes 1/2 batch
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.18 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. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!