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This weekend we continued in the fourth week of our series, “Obedience,” and Joe shared about David’s life, leadership, and heart for God from 2 Samuel. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan:

“Made Alive” (C) [Brian Eichelberger, Zach Bolen]
“Glorious One” (C) [Steve Fee]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “Obedience: Devotion” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Forever Reign” (Ab) [Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan]
“You Are God Alone” (Ab) [Billy Foote, Cindy Foote]
“Lord of All” (A) [Kristian Stanfill]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was another great weekend of services. Joe’s message was challenging for all of us, as he called us to be faithful and responsive to God throughout our lives, and to leave behind the emptiness that so often comes from living by our own will. Our team did a great job throughout the weekend. We began our services by celebrating Jesus and His finished work for us as we sang “Made Alive” and “Glorious One,” which is one of my longtime favorites that we haven’t sung much here at Fellowship since I’ve been here. It was great to sing it together this week. Sarah Oldberg led us powerfully on “Forever Reign” and “You Are God Alone,” and the church engaged well as we responded to Joe’s message with these songs. We closed out our weekend with a powerful declaration of God’s sovereignty and surpassing worth in “Lord of All.” I wanted this to be a moment where we could intentionally set our eyes on Jesus as Lord of all, and commit our way to respond to Him and His leading throughout our days. I love this song, and still maintain that it’s a song that the Church (big “C”) needs to sing, because it carries a truth that resonates powerfully in the heart of every believer: “There is none so high and holy/ King of kings, the One and only!”

Your turn: what were your experiences, observations, or take-aways from these past two weekends?

– Bill

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This weekend was the first in our series called, “The Story.” Our pastor Joe shared about how we all need to be clear about the message of the gospel so that we can share it with others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “True Love” (C) [Phil Wickham]
Welcome
“In Tenderness” (G) [Nate Garvey, Adoniram Judson Gordon, W. Spencer Walton]
“Before The Throne Of God Above” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “The Story: Know The Story” [Joe Hishmeh]
“You Alone Can Rescue” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“This Is Amazing Grace” (Bb) [Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, Phil Wickham]
“Made Alive” (G) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was incredible. It is probably stating the obvious, but I absolutely love singing about the gospel and the finished work of Jesus for us. This series is all about that, and this weekend was one where we could sing a bunch of our favorite songs together. It was a powerful service, and I was moved by the amazing grace and love of Jesus for us. He has done great things! It was an awesome way to end 2013 together.

Your turn: what were your experiences, observations, or take-aways from these past two weekends?

– Bill

This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, concluded our “Deep and Wide” series, and shared the results of how we came together as a church to advance the gospel in our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“In Tenderness” (G) [Nate Garvey, Adoniram J. Gordon, W. Spencer Walton, played by Citizens]
“Let Me Sing” (Bb) [Todd Fields]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “Deep & Wide Recap” [Joe Hishmeh]
“All Creatures of Our God and King” (D) [St. Francis of Assisi, David Crowder, William Henry Draper, Brent Milligan]
“Wonderful Maker” (G) [Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman]
“Son of God” (G) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a solid weekend with our congregation. Kip Kraisinger co-led, and he and our team all did a great job. We also introduced the glockenspiel to our services for the first time, and Stacy Krueger did a great job with it on “All Creatures of Our God and King,” especially for her first time ever playing the instrument. It was a nice textural addition to our instrumentation, and I look forward to being able to utilize it more in the future. The back half of the service was a nice reflective time where we focused our worship toward God primarily as our Maker. “Wonderful Maker” holds a special place in my life as a worshiper, because it was the first song that had the obvious absence of self in the lyric–it was all about who God is and what He has done. It served as a turning point in my leading, where the emphasis shifted from songs about me and what I was going to do for God to who He is and what He has already done for us. There is a place in worship for offering our lives and essentially making vows to the Lord, but the emphasis must be on Him first. “Wonderful Maker” helped turn my focus in that direction, and I am very grateful for how the Lord used it in my life as a young worship leader. “Son of God” was a great way to close our services, because, in a way, it encapsulates the work of Christ for us from beginning to end, and in doing so it gives us words to worship Him and to magnify His surpassing worth. It always resonates with our congregation, and is a powerful moment of worship together.

Throughout the weekend, I felt a little “off.” No matter how much sleep I had over the past week, I continued to feel very tired. It could possibly be due to a cold or allergies, but I’m not sure. Whatever the cause, I felt a little “foggy” as a result. It can be challenging to lead well when feeling like that, but those are also some of the most beautiful and powerful moments in leading, because we have the opportunity to see God’s power made perfect in our weakness in a very tangible way. It is in those moments that we find ourselves even more dependent on the Spirit of God to work in our lives and in the lives of those we lead, and that is not a bad place to be. I’m thankful for how He continues to move and grow us as a congregation, and that He allows me to be a part of what He is doing here in Fellowship.

Next weekend, our NextGen worship director, Erik Oldberg, will be leading our weekend services with a team of students, and it’s going to be a great weekend! Don’t miss it.

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?

This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued in our seventh week of our series, “Deep and Wide,” and shared how the followers of Jesus celebrate the goodness of God, the grace of God, and the gospel of God in their lives. It was a joyful weekend together, and a great reminder to celebrate often what God has done for us. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Countdown Song – “Follow You” (G) [Ben Rector]
Video – Ethiopian Church – Ernie Frey

“Rejoice” (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
“Made Alive” (C) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
Greeting Time
Video – Student Ministry – Nick Strobel
Sharefest Video
Announcements
Message – “Deep & Wide: A Follower of Jesus… Celebrates” [Joe Hishmeh]
Elder-led Prayer – Alan Wynne

Offertory song – “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
Dedicatory Prayer
“Follow You” (G) [Ben Rector]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This past weekend was a great celebratory weekend together. Our team did a fantastic job, and the church was very engaged in every part of the service. It was powerful and beautiful. I love my church, and I love celebrating together what Jesus has done!

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?

This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared the the fifth and final message in our series, “Positive Identity,” where he taught how we are significant in Christ. He shared how God has given us gifts and abilities for the purpose of advancing His kingdom, so we all have a part in God’s mission here on earth. We grow in significance when we serve the King and His kingdom. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Kingdom” (A) [Kristian Stanfill]
“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Positive Identity: Significant” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
“How He Loves” (Bb) [John Mark McMillan]
“Made Alive” (C) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a great finish to a fantastic series for our church. We all need to be reminded how Jesus has changed our status. We are loved, forgiven, accepted, secure, and significant because of Jesus!

For our singing this weekend, we sang about being  a part of the mission of the Church and the love of God which gives us value and purpose in life. We opened our services with “Kingdom,” which declares in the chorus “We are the kingdom of God/ We are an army of love/ We carry truth to the world/ We are the kingdom of God.” It was very fitting for Joe’s message this weekend, and I thought it set the tone for what we were after in each of the services. We continued with “Everlasting God,” which is one of our church’s favorite big-picture songs, worshiping the everlasting God for His unchanging goodness and care for us. After the message, we responded first with “Your Great Name,” which sings of how God reaches all of us in different places, and gives us a new identity in Him. For all He is and all He has done for us, He is worthy of all our worship! We then went immediately into “How He Loves,” where we took the opportunity to acknowledge our struggles and weaknesses and to actively receive God’s unfailing love for us. After we prayed, we finished our services with “Made Alive,” which was an uplifting send-off for each of our services.

It was a fantastic weekend in all. Our team did a great job and worked hard to serve the congregation well. Also, Joe’s message was a great call to service and significance because Christ. I am excited to see how our church responds in serving over time in response what Joe shared. It would be a life-changing experience for the individuals and for our church.

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?

This weekend, our lead pastor shared the the first message in our series, “Positive Identity,” where he taught how we are loved in Christ. He said that how we view God and how we view ourselves contributes to how we see the world around us. It was a powerful reminder of the love of God for us. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Unleashed” (F#m) [Warren Barfield, Scott Krippayne]
Welcome

“Happy Day” (B) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Musth Cycle Video/ The Bridge Promo – Chris Stewart of The Bridge
Message – “Positive Identity: Loved” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Take All of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]
“This Is Amazing Grace” (C) [Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle]
“Made Alive” (C) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a solid weekend. I am very excited about this series, which I believe will give our church a clear picture of our identity in Christ. I saw the truth of Joe’s message really land in lives over the weekend, and I can’t wait to continue this week!

For our singing this weekend, we opened the pre-service time with “Unleashed” by Warren Barfield for the countdown song. We sang this song because it simply focuses on the overwhelming love of God for us, regardless of where we are or the decisions we have made. This one is just a blast to play with our team, as well. We then began the service with “Happy Day.” One of our new leaders, Trent Raines, led us in this song, and he did a great job. After Joe’s message, we responded with “Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am),” which is a beautiful rewrite of the great hymn, “Just As I Am.” We sang this because I wanted our congregation to take a moment to reflect on the decision to come to Jesus just as we are, recognizing that He loved us before we ever made a hint of a move toward Him. We followed this with a new song for our church, “This Is Amazing Grace,” which is a great co-write between Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, and Jeremy Riddle. I love the lyric of this song, and it moves me more and more as I sing it: “This is amazing grace/ This is unfailing love/ That You would take my place/ That You would bear my cross/ You would lay down Your life/ That I would be set free/ Jesus I sing for/ All that You’ve done for me.” Amen! We then finished our services by celebrating what Jesus has done in singing “Made Alive,” which has quickly become one of our church’s favorite songs.

This weekend also happened to be the last weekend for one of our core team members and drummers, Jordan Hymon. He and his wife Ashley are moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music, and I felt that this weekend was a great send-off. Jordan is an extremely talented man, and a great teammate and coach at the same time. He has poured into countless students of our NextGen student bands, and he has helped set the environment of humility, encouragement, and excellence on our team. I will truly miss him here, and I know that God will continue to use him in a great way in his future endeavors.

All in all, it was a fantastic time of worship together. I already can’t wait for next weekend!

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?

This weekend, we were in the fourth week of our series through 2 Timothy – “Lead In Christ.” In his message this week, our adult discipleship pastor David Hinkle shared about guarding our hearts from things that would exalt us, and pursuing things in our lives that exalt Christ. It was a great reminder and challenge to seek Christ with all that we are, beause He is the only one who is worthy, and the only one who satisfies. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Made Alive” (C) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
“Hosanna” (D) [Brooke Ligertwood]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Lead In Christ: Guard Your Heart – 2 Timothy 3:1-9” [David Hinkle]
“Forever Reign” (A) [Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This was yet another great weekend (I know–I say that a lot…)! David’s message was very challenging, Becky Tindell did a great job co-leading with me, our team as a whole did a great job, and the church sang well. It was one of those weekends where things in the music that we didn’t even expect connected well with the message. It serves as a reminder that God is the one who ultimately leads His people to worship Himself. If we seek Him and prepare as well as we can with His leading, He does more than we could ever ask or imagine. It’s a beautiful thing when we are able to really catch it and see some of the ways in which He moved! I really love each of the songs we sang this week. In particular, it was great to bring back “Made Alive” for a refresher. That song is always enjoyable to sing together with our congregation in celebrating the beauty of the gospel and Jesus’ gracious love for us.

– Bill

What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?