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Here’s the set of songs from our Overflow worship night on May 5, 2013. It was a powerful and beautiful time of worship! I love co-leading with my friends Erik and Sarah Oldberg, who always do an awesome job.

Reading – 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)
“Our God Is Love” (E) [Joel Houston]
“In Tenderness” (A) [Adoniram J. Gordon, W. Spencer Walton, Nate Garvey]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post]
Reading – 1 John 2:1-2 (NIV)
“I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” (E) [Charles Hutchison Gabriel]
“One Thing Remains” (B) [Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle]
“Forever Reign” (A) [Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan]
Communion – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV)
“Sing To Jesus” (F) [Fernando Orgtega, Rich Nibbe]
“Grace Flows Down” (D) [David E. Bell, Louie Giglio, Rod Padgett]
“Nothing But The Blood” (A) [Robert Lowry,  arr. by All Sons & Daughters]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
Reading – 1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)
“To Our God” (A) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Joel Taylor]
“The Stand” (A) [Joel Houston]
“Hosanna (Bridge Only) (A) [Brooke Ligertwood]
“Stronger” (Bb) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding]
“Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)” (Ab) [Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood]
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“Rise (Bb)” [Joel Houston]
Closing Prayer – Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)

This week we began a series about the gospel: “The Gospel: In/Through/Beyond.” Pastor Joe shared about how we are rescued and restored because of the gospel. It was a great call for us to trust the gospel–not only for our salvation, but for our transformation. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“In Tenderness” (G) [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey, arranged by Citizens]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arranged by The Modern Post]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “The Gospel In Me” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]

“Stronger” (C) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]
“Jesus Paid It All” (C) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, Alex Nifong]

Thoughts: This was another great weekend! We sang some of our church’s favorite songs from this year. It was truly enjoyable to sing four renewed hymn arrangements together this weekend, too (maybe that’s why they are some of my favorite songs…). Our church was singing really well this weekend, and it seems that has been a growing trend over the past month or so. God is doing great things in our church. One special thing that Joe shared with us this weekend was the result from our Christmas offering giving.

Our goal was to raise $75,000 for four initiatives:
1) Community Transformation Dinners in an impoverished neighborhood known as Hi-Crest
2) A local sports camp called Doxazo for this same neighborhood
3) An air drop of food & supplies for persecuted Christians from southern Sudan and South Sudan who are in hiding in the Nuba Mountains (
4) The Aquaponics facility in Santiago, Dominican Republic, which will help feed and provide for an entire community living in and around a trash dump (

How did our church respond? We raised over $121,000 for these efforts! I love seeing how generous our church is becoming. God is doing amazing things in an through our church, and I’m excited to see how these ministries are affected as a result. The gospel is going forward! Praise God!

Have a happy new year! If you are reading this, I am especially grateful for your time and for the opportunity to share what the Lord is teaching me and how the Lord is shaping my ministry here at Fellowship. He is faithful. May He richly bless you with more confidence in His gospel and a greater awareness of His presence with you in the new year! Love y’all!

What were your thoughts or experiences on your worship experience this weekend?

This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued our discipleship series, “Ephesians – United in Christ.” In the message for the weekend, Joe shared from Ephesians 5:9-21 about how we are called out of darkness and into the light of Christ; to shine the light of Christ by living wisely and loving deeply in a dark world. It was a great challenge for us to pursue a rich life of following Christ. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

In our singing, we focused on the gospel, and the life that we have been given through Christ. Our response ought to be one of worship and obedience, because He has done great things for us!

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“All Because of Jesus” (B) [Steve Fee]
“Happy Day” (B) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Ephesians 5:9-21” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Christ Is Risen” (Gb) [Matt Maher, Mia Fieldes]
“Stronger” (Bb) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]

“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, Alex Nifong]
“Let Me Sing” (Bb) [Todd Fields]


“All Because Of Jesus” / “Happy Day” – We opened our services this weekend with the combination of these two songs. We went from “All Because of Jesus” right into “Happy Day,” all with the focus of how we have been rescued and made alive by the finished work of Jesus Christ. We have great reason to celebrate and worship!

“Christ Is Risen” – This was our communion and response song to Joe’s message this week. His selected passage from Ephesians included 5:14: “Awake, O sleeper/ And arise from the dead / And Christ will shine on you”, which is the foundation for this song. This verse, according to the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, was probably an early hymn that the Church would sing to celebrate baptisms. This makes sense with Paul’s comments later on singing “songs and hymns, and spiritual songs” in verse 19. This song is a powerful song about the resurrection to life that we have because of Christ. He has brought us out of darkness into His light.

“Stronger” – After the Lord’s Supper, we continued by singing this song together, which speaks of Christ’s victory over sin and death for us. I love singing this chorus together with the church: “You are stronger, You are stronger/ Sin is broken, You have saved me/ It is written, Christ is risen/ Jesus, You are Lord of all.”

“Jesus Paid It All” – From “Stronger,” we went directly into this song, which is one of our church’s (and I’m sure this is true for many other churches) favorites. During our Saturday night services, we only sang the second chorus (or bridge, if you prefer): “O praise the One who paid my debt/ And raised this life up from the dead,” but we decided to sing the whole song on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful moment of worship together.

“Let Me Sing” – We finished our services with this song, which really put the exclamation point on the entire service, tying in all the themes that were emphasized: Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our redemption, walking in the light vs. the darkness, and living a life that shines the light of Christ in a dark world. We finished the song with mostly just the voices, and it was beautiful to hear the church singing these words of dedication and response to Christ: “Let me sing louder than creation to You/ For the pain You bore in Your body/ To bring my soul to You/ Let me shine brighter than the stars in the sky/ An offering of praise all my life/ To You, my holy King!” 

Thoughts: This weekend was a fantastic weekend. We completely rearranged our services, and it was refreshing and energizing. People were confused at first when the band left the platform after only two songs and Joe came up to preach, but we heard many comments about how people were engaged in worship because of the change. I always love singing in response to the proclaimed Word of God, since all of worship is a response to who God is, how God acts toward us, and what God calls us to. It just felt right. The team did a good job with all of the changes this weekend, and I am really grateful for our weekend of worship together. I am so encouraged by how our church engaged throughout the weekend, and all that is happening at Fellowship. I LOVE MY CHURCH!

What were your thoughts or experiences on your worship experience this weekend?

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

(an image of our Ephesians set design, courtesy of our Tech Director, Wyatt Johnston)

This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued our discipleship series, “Ephesians – United in Christ.” In his message, Joe shared from Ephesians 3:14-21 about submitting our lives to Jesus, and asking for His presence to dwell in us, His love to thrive in us, and His character to fill us. This, Joe said, is the greatest prayer we can pray as believers. When these things are a reality in our lives, the gospel will advance through us to others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on the powerful love of God, which surpasses all we can imagine.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“In Tenderness” (G) [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey]
Welcome/Greeting Time

“God Is Able” (B) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]
“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” (B) [Brian Johnson, Christa Black, Jeremy Riddle]

“Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)” (G) [Scott Ligertwood, Brooke Ligertwood]
Message – “Ephesians 3:14-21” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Stronger” (B) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]

“In Tenderness” – We taught this song over a few weekends recently, and this was a refresher weekend for the song. It is quickly becoming one of my new favorites, and it is a great fit as we walk through the book of Ephesians. The chorus captures the heart of God in the gospel very succinctly – “O, the love that sought me/ O, the blood that bought me/ O, the grace that brought me to the fold of God/ Grace that brought me to the fold of God!” I simply love declaring this together with the Church!

“God Is Able”– We sang this song coming out of the welcome and greeting time, and it focused us right in on where we were going this morning. We sang this song in particular because part of our passage this week was Ephesians 3:20-21:

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)

This is a solid staple in our worship song vocabulary here at Fellowship, and it does a great job of building our confidence in the one who is truly able, our Lord Jesus Christ. He conquered sin and death, and He has redeemed us and given us life. There is no one else who has done what He has done, or who could do what He can do.

“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” – This is another fairly new song that we introduced about two months ago. I love the strong declaration that this song makes regarding God’s faithful love. Again, this song builds our hope and our confidence in who Christ is and what He has done/will do.

“Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)” – This is a new song that our NextGen director Erik Oldberg and his wife Sarah introduced last weekend. We continued teaching it this weekend, and one of our newer worship team members, Cindy Gular, led us on this song. It is a very strong and beautiful song, but I’m not sure yet of how it serves as a congregational song in which our people can participate besides the chorus.

As an aside, I also wanted to make a note about using this song: we made one change before we introduced it, in that we adjusted one line of the song. In the second verse, the original recording by Hillsong has the line, “Salvation through repentance.” This elevates a result of saving faith to a causal position with regards to our salvation. We are “saved by grace through faith,” according to Ephesians 2:8-9. Repentance and baptism, which are connected with salvation by Peter in the book of Acts (Acts 2:38), are demonstrations of our faith, but faith comes first. We believe and therefore we are saved. Repentance and baptism are not salvific, meaning they do not cause salvation or result in our redemption. When we truly believe in Christ, we will do those things that are fitting of a saving relationship with Christ, but salvation does not come through those things. They are not the means of salvation–faith is. While most people would not notice or make a big deal about the word “through” in this line, I think it is a huge deal, because it communicates that salvation is somehow in our hands, which is not the case. Salvation is a gift, and nothing we can do can earn it. We simply place our trust in Him as our divine substitute at the cross, recognizing our own sinfulness and desperate need for rescuing. Because of this, we changed the line to say, “Salvation to repentance,” trying to clarify that we repent because we have saving faith. The bottom line is this: as leaders, we are responsible for what we teach our people (and yes, we ARE teaching our people through the songs that we sing together). I want us to be as clear as possible with the message of the gospel. It has been entrusted to us as His Church and we must be crystal clear with it, because the world around us is doing everything possible to muddy up the truth about salvation.

“Stronger” – We sang this song for our response and communion song. We quietly sang the first part of the song (everything prior to the bridge) while the elements were being passed out, and then we sang the bridge and repeated the chorus after we took the elements. I was reminded how much I love this song when we attended the Hillsong Live concert in Kansas City a few weeks ago. It is a solid song about the gospel and what Jesus has done for us, and therefore it was a great fit for the message this weekend and for our time of communion.

This weekend was a good weekend of worship overall. Our team did a great job, and played and sang well together. I felt like the change to colder weather slowed our people down a little bit, but we celebrated the gospel and Jesus was lifted up as a result. I am so thankful for our church, and pray that the Lord continues to point us to His gospel and the salvation that is found in Him alone.  

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

What were your thoughts or experiences on your worship experience from this weekend?

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

(an image of our Ephesians set design, courtesy of our Tech Director, Wyatt Johnston)

This week our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued our discipleship series, “Ephesians – United in Christ.” In his message, Joe shared from Ephesians 2:1-10 that before Christ, we were dead in our sins, but we have been saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone! He has made us alive for the purposes of His kingdom–sharing the good news and doing good for those around us. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on the saving work of Christ on our behalf.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“In Tenderness” (G) [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey, arr. by Citizens]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship
“All Because of Jesus” (A) [Steve Fee]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]

“God Is Able” (A) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding] / “The Stand” (A) [Joel Houston]
Message – “Ephesians 2:1-10” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Messiah” (G) [Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves]

“In Tenderness” – This is a song that we have been teaching our congregation recently. This song is a keeper for us, and it is a great fit for our study of the book of Ephesians as a whole, especially chapter two.

“All Because of Jesus” – We continued after our greeting time with this simple chorus that recognizes the true and sole source of our life – Jesus Christ. This is a song that is very familiar for our church, so we always sing it well together.

“You Have Overcome” – This is one of our originals here, and it seems to be a song that our congregation has latched onto. This song was inspired in part by Ephesians 2:1-10, so it was a beautiful fit with the message this week. Jesus has overcome the power of the grave, and no one else can save us; no one else can raise us.

“God Is Able” / “The Stand” – Though it was impossible for us to save ourselves, Jesus did it for us. He came to rescue us and to be with us forever. He is faithful and true, and His love is steadfast and unfailing. He has done everything we needed for our eternal salvation. What is our response to this amazing gift of grace? One of thanksgiving, of love, of worship with all that we are.

“Jesus Messiah” – This was our response song for the weekend. After hearing the gospel clearly laid out in the message, I wanted to come back to a song that declared and celebrated the beautiful sacrifice that Jesus made for us, to give us redemption, salvation, life, and hope! This song did just that. My favorite part of this song continues to be the bridge: “All our hope is in You/ All our hope is in You/ All the glory to You, God/ The Light of the world.” Amen! Our hope is in no one else.

This weekend was another solid weekend of worship. Our team did a good job leading, and our people were engaged. It’s hard not to get excited about the gospel! When we really reflect on what Christ has accomplished for us through His death and resurrection, I think we would have to fight off the urge to worship Him. This was a weekend where that was the case. I hope this is more often the case than not, because I can think of no greater reason to worship than the gospel.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

What were your thoughts or experiences on your worship experience from this weekend?

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared some biblical wisdom regarding friendship, as we began a new series called “Can You Relate?”. He emphasized the importance of having true, deep friendships in following the Lord. We need people we can trust with all our lives. As he said during the message, “Deep friendships are enduring,” and “I need to be what I want to see in others.” The areas where Joe pointed our focus were availability, acceptance, awareness, affirmation, and appreciation. It was a powerful challenge, especially for someone who leans toward being a “loner” like I do. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused mostly on songs that emphasized the solid foundation and constant presence of Christ with us. He never changes, He never fails, and He never leaves us. He is a shelter and a refuge, and we can trust in Him.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “Beautiful Things” (D) [Michael Gungor, Lisa Gungor]
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]

Welcome/Greeting Time

“Cornerstone” (Bb) [Edward Mote, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, Eric Liljero, William B. Bradbury]
Time of Confession
“God Is Able” (Bb) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding]
“Your Name” (Bb) [Paul Baloche, Glenn Packiam]
Message – “Can You Relate? – Friends” [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering/Response Time
“Forever Reign” (Ab) [Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram]


“Beautiful Things” – We sang this song during the countdown time this weekend. I have wanted to do it for a long time, and it finally worked out and fit well. I love the lyric of this song, as it reminds us that despite the brokenness and sin in our lives and our world, Jesus makes things new and can make beautiful things from the mess. He is the one who can restore and recreate us. This song is written by Gungor, which is an amazingly talented and creative band. They use varying textures and stylings throughout their catalog of music, and it is always an enjoyable listen. If you haven’t heard them, check them out (“Dry Bones” is probably my favorite song of theirs – it’s AMAZING).

“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” – This is one of our church’s favorite songs, and it is a great song to use towards the beginning of a service, as it is a call to worship and to opening our lives to the direction of the Lord. We can trust Him and give Him our lives without fear, because He is faithful and able, and in Him there is hope and promise.

“Cornerstone” – This song is fairly new to our congregation (our NextGen worship director, Erik Oldberg, introduced it last week during our family worship weekend). I had first heard this song before Easter this year, but it had fallen off my radar, and I’m glad Erik brought it back up after the new Hillsong Live release. I really appreciate how this song uses a beautiful and powerful lyric, and gives it a fresh take for a younger generation. In my opinion, “On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand” is one of the greatest hymns (remember that a “hymn” is basically a metered poem of praise to God that was usually set to music at a later time) ever penned. It inspires our confidence in the finished work of Christ alone, and that is the type of thing we need to sing continually, because we tend to drift toward confidence in what we do/have done and toward independence rather than dependence on Christ. I have had this song stuck in my head all week. I look forward to continuing to sing it together with our church.

“God Is Able”  After a time where we confessed sin–things that come between us and the Lord or between us and the people around us–we sang this song and trusted in the Lord’s finished work for us, and in His unfailing love and presence with us. He is with us, He is for us, and He is on our side.

“Your Name” – We haven’t sung this song in a long time (I’m not sure I have even sung it here with Fellowship), but with the subject matter, Sarah singing with us, and the cello, it was a perfect fit. I have always enjoyed this song. It is simple, but once again, it points our confidence to Jesus Christ as our “strong and mighty tower,” “a shelter like no other,” and the only one who has the power to save.

“Forever Reign” – We responded to the message with this song, which sings of the perfect attributes of God, compared with our failings and weaknesses. It is one of our congregation’s favorite songs, and it has become one of mine as well. The bridge is a great moment of dedication: “My heart will sing/ No other name/ Jesus, Jesus.” Before we sang, we committed to opening our lives up to others in one of the areas that Joe spoke about during the message. Then we turned to look to Christ and to commit ourselves to Him, who is the only one who can truly transform us.

This weekend was really simple and enjoyable, because we used a purely acoustic band. Erik and Sarah Oldberg led with me, and we also had a first-time cellist, Laramie Hulse, playing with us. She did a great job for her first time playing with us and getting used to the way we do things, and I’m looking forward to having her play with the team again in the near future. I have to confess that cello is probably my favorite instrument (aside from guitar), because of its powerful warmth and range. If I could find the time to learn another instrument, that would be the one.

We didn’t use our in-ear monitoring system this weekend, and instead switched to floor monitors, and it was nice to hear the congregation singing out in the open. The accuracy and clarity of in-ears forces us to sacrifice a little in the way of hearing the congregation as clearly, while using floor monitors forces us to sacrifice a little in clarity and accuracy. For that reason, it’s not always the best for our team to use wedges, but this week was a perfect week to do it.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

What were your thoughts or experiences from this weekend in your church?


p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we continued our series called “Everything!” Joe shared this week from 2 Corinthians 8:7, which talks about excelling in the grace of giving. You can listen to the entire message here. Also this weekend, our church brought 10% of all of our clothing to donate to the Topeka Rescue Mission. Last weekend, our church brought in 8,345 lbs. (more than 4 tons!!!) of non-perishable goods for the Rescue Mission! It’s a beautiful thing to see the church come together for a cause like this. It’s amazing what we can do together.

For the music this week, I chose songs that helped us focus on how God’s grace for us was demonstrated at the cross, where Christ laid down His life for us, even when we were His enemies.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Happy Day” (Bb) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Mother’s Day Video – “I’ll Need You, Mom”
Welcome/Greeting Time

“Glory To God Forever” (A) [Vicky Beeching, Steve Fee]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
“God Is Able” (A) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]

Message – “Everything: Excel In The Grace Of Giving” [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering Intro

“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [Elvina M. Hall, John T. Grape, Alex Nifong]

“Happy Day”- We sang this song simply for the fact that it recognizes and celebrates the gift of salvation and redemption that Christ has given us through His sacrifice.

“Glory To God Forever” – This song, as I have written about previously, gives expression to what is true worship – offering our lives as living sacrifices of worship to God: “Take my life and let it be/ All for You and for Your glory/ Take my life and let it be Yours.” May this be our prayer as we meet together each weekend and as we go out into our world. May our lives be lived for His glory alone.

“You Have Overcome”– We wrote and taught this song to our congregation a few weeks ago, and this weekend be brought it back for a refresher because it is so new to us. It focuses on what Jesus has accomplished for us and provided for us in His life, death, and resurrection. He has rescued us from sin and death!

“God Is Able”- This song reminds us of God’s faithful presence with us through everything we face and experience in this life. We can trust Him and depend on Him, because He will never change and He will never fail. He will always be with us, as He promised in Hebrews 13:5 (quoting Deuteronomy 31:6): “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’  (Heb. 13:5 ESV).”

“Jesus Paid It All”- This was our response song this weekend, and we sang it to focus again on how Jesus gave first because of His grace toward us. Our response to Him and to others ought to imitate that grace and generosity. He has done great things for us, and He has been so merciful and gracious toward us; let us also have grace and mercy for those around us, and let us lay down our lives for Christ and for our neighbors.

This weekend was a good weekend spent worshiping together. The songs worked well with the message and with each other for a cohesive idea, and I felt that our congregation connected well in worship this weekend. I am so grateful for what the Lord is doing in our church. He is so faithful! May we continue to grow into a generous church!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. I am so thankful for my Mom and for my bride, Diane. They are the two  greatest mothers I know!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!