This morning I am beginning a series of sermons on the letter to the Colossians, a series that will continue through the end of the summer. In the ancient, preachers would preach through the scripture verse by verse in a practice called lectio continua. They would preach verse by verse until the congregation couldn’t take it anymore, then stop and pick up where they left off next week. We’re not going to do that. But from now through August, we will journey through this letter to the church at Colossae.