Posts Tagged ‘Brian Johnson’

This weekend we continued our series, “Obedience,” and Joe shared about how we are called to follow Jesus in all situations. Whether we are experiencing crisis or success, we are to follow His leadership and submit to Him, rather than seeking out our own means for trying to save ourselves. Only Jesus can deliver us. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “Kingdom” (A) [Kristian Stanfill]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “Obedience: Calling” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion Song – “Carried To The Table” (A) [Leeland Mooring, Marc Byrd, Steve Hindalong]
“One Thing Remains” (Bb) [Christa Black, Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle]
“You Never Let Go” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great weekend together. Our team did a fantastic job. Trent Raines co-led with me this weekend, and he led powerfully during our communion time with “Carried to the Table,” which is a perfect communion song. Also, one my guitar students, Brynn Baker, played lead guitar for the first time as part of our weekend service team, and she knocked it out of the park. She continues to step up and do a great job wherever she is serving (at 13 years of age!!! I had just picked up guitar at 13 years old, and she would play circles around an 18-year-old version of me…). Her playing was definitely a bright spot for me this weekend, especially when she nailed the lead part on “Kingdom,” which is one of my favorites. “Before The Throne” continues to be a song that really resonates with our congregation. I prefaced our singing of it by reminding us that even our worship is acceptable to God only because of Jesus’ finished work for us, and not because of anything we have done or can do. Jesus is everything for us! We finished our time together with two songs that called us to trust in Jesus and His faithfulness: “One Thing Remains,” and “You Never Let G0.” These two songs are simple declarations and powerful reminders for the Church to sing together, and it was a fitting way to respond to Joe’s message this week.

At some point in the near future, I hope to take some time to write about my recent trip to the Philippines with the Trash Mountain Project. It was both challenging and inspiring, and I’m still processing much of what I saw and experienced. The Lord is doing great things there, and He is raising up some amazing leaders to advance the gospel in some of the darkest parts of the world. Please pray for them as they fight the good fight!

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

– Bill

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As followers of Jesus, we are guided by the Word of God and the Spirit of God. This was the message from our Family Pastor, Brian Tryhus, as we continued our series titled “Faith.” It was a great reminder for us to look for guidance in the right places. You can listen to or watch the entire messages and services here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “Lead of Love” (G) [Aaron Tate of Caedmon’s Call]
Welcome
“I’ll Fly Away” (G) [Albert E. Brumley]
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “Faith: Guided” [Brian Tryhus]
“It Is Well” (Bb) [Philip Paul Bliss, Todd Fields, Horatio G. Spafford]
“One Thing Remains” (Bb) [Christa Black, Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle]
“Rejoice” (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
Dismissal
Post-Service – “”Lead of Love” (G) [Aaron Tate]

Thoughts: This was a solid weekend of worship with our church. It was one of those weekends where I felt the Lord was strong in my weakness. The lyric that stuck with me throughout the weekend was from “Lead of Love”: “Looking back I can finally see/ How failures bring humility/ Brings me to my knees/ Helps me see my need for Thee.” That resonated with me this weekend. During the message in the first service on Saturday night, I was having a conversation with my wife and keeping my eye on the timer for the message. When it said four minutes left, I quickly headed upstairs, only to hear music playing and to find the speaking pastor, Brian, in the stairwell. Needless to say, I panicked. Kip did a good job covering and getting the band started without me, and I tried my best to quietly head out to my position on the platform and join in. Talk about embarrassing! Anyway, that only contributed to how “off” I felt through the weekend. I’m not sure if it was allergies or a slight cold, but I just didn’t feel like I had any energy or focus.

Despite all of that, the team did a great job, and our congregation was really engaged throughout the weekend. I felt the Lord was glorified, and that people responded to the Word of God through the message. Ultimately, the Lord was strong in my weakness. It seems that some of the greatest weekends of worship I experience or witness in our church are those where I feel weakest. I don’t believe that’s a coincidence, either. 🙂

The highlights for me were having my friend Ronnie Murphy on mandolin, singing an older favorite of mine in Caedmon’s Call’s “Lead of Love,” “It Is Well,” and one of our congregation’s new favorites in “Rejoice.” The church has really seemed to latch onto that song. I love the declaration and the energy in that song, and I’m thankful we can sing it together.

So, I leave you with this: what were your experiences, observations, or take-aways from these past two weekends?

– Bill

This weekend, we began our series through 2 Timothy – “Lead In Christ.” In the message, our lead pastor Joe Hishmeh shared from 2 Timothy 1:1-14 about suffering and living our lives for the sake of the gospel. He called us to share, to suffer for, and to guard the gospel, You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“In Tenderness” (G) [Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey, W. Spencer Walton, recorded by The Citizens]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Lead In Christ: Suffering For The Gospel – 2 Timothy 1:1-14” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion
“Nothing But The Blood” (G) [Robert Lowry, arr. by Bill Horn]
“To Our God” (G) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Joel Taylor, recorded by Bethel Live]
“Son of God” (G) [Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran, recorded by Starfield]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a solid weekend. Our team did a great job, and the church sang well together. Because of the focus of the message being on the gospel and laying our lives down for its sake, we focused on songs that declared the truth of the gospel and our confidence in what Christ has done, and therefore how worthy He is of all our praise and of lives lived to worship and serve Him. I love each of the songs that we sang. Also, communion is always a special time of remembering together, and that is heightened even more when we focus so much on the gospel throughout the service.

I am really excited about the new series that we started this weekend, too. I believe it will be a powerful call to be faithful to the gospel, and to be faithful to share it with our world.

– Bill

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

This past weekend, we continued in our sixth message of our series – “Seven.” Two of our pastors, Frank Eschmann and Nick Strobel, shared a challenging word from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 about the importance of honoring God with our health choices. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Made Alive” (C) [Brian Eichelberger, Zach Bolen]
“Hallelujah To My King” (C) [Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche]

Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Seven: Health – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20” [Frank Eschmann & Nick Strobel]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (D) [Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Louie Giglio]
“To Our God” (A) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Joel Taylor]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook, arr. by Dustin Kensrue]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a great weekend. Our team did a solid job leading throughout the weekend. We brought “Made Alive” after teaching it for consecutive weeks a few weeks back, and it was a great way to start our our services. Becky Tindell co-led this weekend, and she did a great job leading us on “Hallelujah To My King” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).” “To Our God” was a new song for our congregation that we introduced it at our Overflow worship night a few weekends ago. It was written by Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, and Joel Taylor from Bethel church out of Redding, CA. I’m really enjoying this song right now, as a simple song of worship that declares the surpassing worth of Christ because of who He is and what He has done. I’m looking forward to singing it again soon with our church. We finished our weekend with “Before The Throne,” which is quickly becoming one of our church’s favorites. It was a great way to close the weekend.

Because of the message this weekend regarding health, and the tendency that we all could have towards shame and guilt, we sang primarily about grace of God and the finished work of cross for us. Our response to the Word of God should not be out of shame, guilt, and fear, but instead it should be out trust, love, and worship of God. That’s what we tried to emphasize through what we sang this weekend.

– Bill

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

This past weekend, we continued in our fifth message of our series – “Seven.” Our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared from Philippians 2:3-4 about the importance of having healthy friendships in following Christ. The best way to have great friendships is to be a great friend–one who loves like Jesus has loved us. Joe called us to being available, building up, accepting, enduring, sharpening, and understanding in our friendships. It was a great call for us, and it was something I needed to hear this weekend. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]

Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Seven: Friends – Philippians 2:3-4” [Joe Hishmeh]
“One Thing Remains” (Bb) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black]
“How He Loves” (Bb) [John Mark McMillan]
“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a great Mothers’ Day Weekend. Joe’s message was very challenging, and our times of singing were really moving. It was highlight to sing “One Thing Remains” and “How He Loves” together again. I really enjoy both of those those songs because they portray the love of God for us so uniquely and powerfully.

Since Joe was talking about friendship and how our relationships ought to reflect the gospel and how Christ gave Himself up for us, you can see that we sang primarily of Christ’s unfailing love and grace for us. I believe when we sing of true character of God, we are also in a sense calling ourselves to reflect that character in our own lives. What we praise, in some way we also desire to be. If we want to love like Christ, let’s worship Him for His amazing love for us, which He demonstrated at the cross.

– Bill

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

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)

For our tenth week of our 2 Corinthians series – “Purpose In Christ,” our family pastor, Brian Tryhus, preached through 2 Corinthians 11-12, and taught about how we as believers need to handle trials and difficulties in our lives. He challenged us to recognize our own weakness, and to find our strength in Christ alone. It was a powerful reminder to all of us. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “Beautiful” (C) [Phil Wickham]
Welcome/Call to Worship
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
Greeting Time
Child Dedications
Announcements/Trash Mountain Documentary Trailer

Message – “Purpose In Christ, pt. 10” [Brian Tryhus]
“It Is Well” (B) [Horatio G. Spafford, Todd Fields]
“Always” (B) [Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram]
“One Thing Remains” (B) [Christa Black, Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great Palm Weekend celebration. Our team did a great job! We also had two brand new team members: Matthew Gonzales on drums and Dawn Phoenix helping with background vocals. It was great to see them connecting with the team and finding their fit in ministry. I loved how everything connected in our services, and the songs we sang this weekend were some of my favorites. It had been a while for all of the final three songs, so it was refreshing to sing them together with our congregation once again. I am so grateful for what the Lord continues to do in our church. I’m am really pumped about Good Friday and Easter this week! It will be our best one yet!

– Bill

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