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This week we began our celebration of Advent and our new series, “Simple Christmas.” Pastor Joe Hishmeh shared about God’s plan of redemption for us, and how the only way for us to receive this redemption is to step down from our pride and trust in the finished work of Christ. It was a great way to begin Advent. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Joy To The World” (C) [Isaac Watts, arr. by Bill Horn]
“Salvation’s Chorus” (G) [Todd Fields]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Simple Plan” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]
“In Christ Alone” (E) [Keith Getty, Stuart Townend, arr. by Bill Horn]

“Here I Am To Worship” (E) [Tim Hughes]
“Cannons” (chorus only) (E) [Phil Wickham]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great weekend. Joe’s message was a powerful to trust completely in the work of Christ and to step down from our pride that He might be more exalted in our lives. The band did a great job this weekend, too. I threw a lot at them, with some new songs and some old songs done in new ways. We introduced Todd Fields’ (of North Point) “Salvation’s Chorus” to our church this weekend, which is a song that I have wanted to teach for a while. It is a great song for celebrating our redemption in Christ. Also, we introduced Brenton Brown’s update of “Just As I Am,” entitled “Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am),” which is a beautiful song for communion. Cindy Gular helped lead this one, and it was a great moment. From there, we introduced my new arrangement of “In Christ Alone.” The team did a great job of developing their parts, and I was pretty happy with the results. I look forward to singing this arrangement again soon with the church. I simply love the words of this song. All in all, it was a great weekend. The church was singing pretty well, and I loved some of the creativity the team showed this weekend. I love my church and my team! It is such a blessing to serve here.

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

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This weekend, Joe preached about increasing our ministry in and to our families. At the end of the day, this is our primary responsibility as believers in Jesus Christ. We need to be building our families around the gospel of Christ, and that truth ought to permeate all of our family relationships. The message was out of Deuteronomy 6, where Moses is telling the people of God to dwell on the truth of how God redeemed them, and to recount it to their children and their children’s children at every opportunity, from morning until night. I was really challenged to be a better husband and father, and a more faithful spiritual leader in my home. It was a little tricky to find solid songs that have a specifically “family” angle to them, but we focused on the holiness of God and how He redeemed us, and therefore our proper response is obedience and trust, spending our lives to further His kingdom and to give Him the glory He deserves.

Here’s our set from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship – Rev. 15:3-4
“Holy Is The Lord” (G) [Chris Tomlin]
“Cannons” (G) [Phil Wickham]
“Our God” (G) [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves]
“Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
Message – “Upgrade: Family” [Joe Hishmeh]
Response – “All To Us” (Bb) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Matt Redman, Matt Maher]

“Everlasting God” – We opened in our pre-service time with this song. Not much needs to be said about the song itself. It is one our staples here, and our people connect well with it. We used this song because it emphasizes God’s eternality, and sheds light on the fact that He is very different from us, and worthy of our worship. Also, He uses His great power to hold us up and strengthen us to accomplish His purposes on this earth.

“Holy Is The Lord” – This is a simple, straightforward song about the holiness and glory of God. We sang this song because the passage Joe preached from in Deuteronomy 6 speaks of God’s holiness as a motivator for our obedience and dedication to Him and His purposes. He is worth following.

“Cannons” – This is a song that I haven’t sang in over 8 months. I love this song and its message. Even transposed down a full step to the key of G, it is still on the high side, hitting an E in the melody on the bridge. Tuning it down more would really change the way we play it (especially on guitar), but I may consider doing that, because this song is worth singing. I prefaced this song by mentioning a quote from A.W. Tozer, who says in The Knowledge Of The Holy, “God is as far above an archangel as He is above a caterpillar.” The archangel and the caterpillar actually have more in common in that they are both created things and both distinctly “not-God.” It is from the chapter on God’s Transcendence, and it really opened my eyes more to how “other” God really is. He is much different from us, and there is really no comparison. This idea was really fitting for all that we sang this week, but this song in particular tied in: “You are holy/ Great and mighty/ The moon and the stars/ Declare who You are/ I’m so unworthy/ But still You love me/ Forever my heart/ Will sing of how great You are.” This chorus points out that we are unworthy to stand in His presence, much less be heirs together with Christ. However, God has loved us and made a way for us where there was no way.

“Our God” – We sang this song because it speaks of God’s “other-ness,” when it sings, “There’s no one like You/ None like You.” It speaks of God’s greatness and power, and again points us to His surpassing worth. Because of who He is, the only appropriate response is to follow Him completely, loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

“Because of Your Love” – This song brings the rest of the songs into greater focus, as we sing about how this same God who is above any other is the one who laid down His life to redeem us. It makes the reality of the gospel even more astonishing, in my mind, to think that the one who gave Himself up for us is the one who shaped the universe and the galaxies. This song is a song of dedication, and points us to obedience as we sing together, “Lord, You gave Your life for me/ So I will live my life for You/ All because of Your love.” His giving prompts us to give our lives to Him in obedience. We used this song to tie the message and the rest of the songs together, in that the reason we obey and sacrifice and make disciples is that God gave first.

“All To Us” – This song speaks of Jesus as our “precious cornerstone” and “sure foundation,” and we felt that this was a fitting way to respond to Joe’s message this weekend. We need to build our homes and our lives on the only sure foundation, Jesus Christ.

It was a good weekend of worship. I am so thankful for our community and what God is calling us to do here. The team did a fantastic job in each of the services, and I felt that God’s people were engaging Him in worship the entire weekend. I was happy (and surprised) that I was able to finish all the services without any major vocal issues, despite being sick as a dog the whole weekend. I’m beat now, though, and I’m going to go take a nap or something!

I hope you had a good weekend of worship. Check out The Worship Community’s Sunday Setlists to see what other leaders and worshipers experienced this week in their communities. Have a great week!

In the Son,

Bill

Here’s our set from yesterday:

“Faithful One” [original]
“Say, Say” [Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Chris Tomlin]
“Our God” [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, et al]
“Hosanna” [Brooke Fraser, arr. by Starfield]
“Cannons” [Phil Wickham]
Message – “It’s Your Serve–Be Missional” [Pastor Jay]
INV – “Mighty to Save” [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding]

This week, the focus of the morning was “Be Missional,” so I took the angle of God’s glory and fame, and our call to spread the news of His salvation and glory to the world. We often think of worship as merely something that happens within the church for the benefit of the church. However, when we worship the Lord like He deserves to be worshiped–in spirit and in truth–we are declaring the truth, which has transformational power. This affects not only the church, but also anyone who witnesses it. Moreover, if we live our lives for the purpose of worshiping our King, we are essentially telling others the truth of His greatness. Worship then results in us being missional, as we seek to exalt Jesus in everything we do. We will tell other people about Him, and love people like Him. We will seek opportunities to get more people involved in worshiping Him by placing their trust in Him, because He deserves the worship of every single being on this earth. In short, true worship will result in the mission of the church being fulfilled. As Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).

I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were.

In the Son,

Bill

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Here’s our set from yesterday:

“Rise and Sing” [Steve Fee]
“Hosanna” [Brooke Fraser, arr. by Starfield]
“Glorious” [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Our God” [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and Jesse Reeves]
“Cannons” [Phil Wickham] w/ tag: chorus of “Let My Words Be Few” [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
MESSAGE: “Catching a Glimpse of the Glory of God, Pt. 2” [Dr. Jay Dennis]
INV: “Let My Words Be Few” [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
OFFERTORY: “Indescribable” [Laura Story]

This week was another great day of worship with Church at the Mall. Pastor Jay continued his message about the glory of God, and we led in that direction with the music. The glory and awe theme ran throughout the music, because when we see God in the truth of who He is, we cannot help but see ourselves more clearly. Such was the case for Isaiah, as Pastor Jay shared in his message from Isaiah 6. When Isaiah saw the Lord, high and lifted up, with the temple shaking and filled with smoke, and God’s glory overwhelming everything, Isaiah’s response was one of dread and fear, recognizing his own sin and unworthiness of standing in the presence of God. Because of Christ, our response can be a little different because we may not fear for our lives, but we should still see our own lives clearly and recognize God’s grace and mercy all the more. We have no right to stand before God and enter into His presence. It is only because He made a way for us where there was no way. He redeemed us and adopted us and made us free. As a result, we can stand before God without fear, but we should never forget who we were or how desperate we are for His help and grace.

One could argue that it begins and ends with worship–we worship God for who He is and lift Him up in our praise, exalting Him and recognizing His surpassing worth and glory; then we see how unworthy and undeserving we are of His love, grace, and mercy; finally, we worship Him even more because of what He has done for us.

May we continue that cycle in our lives, worshiping Him wholeheartedly for who He is, seeing ourselves more clearly and honestly, and responding to Him with thanksgiving for all He has done.

The last few lines of “Indescribable” say it well: “Incomparable, unchangeable/ You see the depths of my heart/ And You love me the same/ You are amazing, God.”

I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were.

Bill

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This Sunday was a great day of worship! God presence was very tangible in our midst, and as the Word was preached, I think people’s lives were changed. One lady was saved, and then baptized at the beginning of the next service. It was  beautiful thing to witness.

Here’s our set from yesterday:

“Kingdom” [Kristian Stanfill]
“Salvation’s Chorus” [Todd Fields]
“Our God” [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels]
“Jesus Messiah” [Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves}
“Because of Your Love” [Phil Wickham]
MESSAGE: The Psalm 119 Method for Reading and Studying the Bible – Pastor Jay
INVITATION: “Nothing But the Blood” [Matt Redman]
OFFERTORY: “Cannons” [Phil Wickham”

While there is a lot of stuff weighing heavily in my life, I felt great about this morning. It seems to me that God is most at work and most present when we are weakest and most dependent on Him. Sounds like the Scripture, doesn’t it? (2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV): “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”) I have witnessed the truth of that statement firsthand over the past few weeks. God is most glorified when He gets all the credit for something, not when we put on a good show and people think it’s all because of our own abilities – that’s my $0.02, at least.

Yesterday was one of those mornings. Everything did not go perfectly – the click battery died, we lost tempo a few times, etc. – but God was in the midst of it, and He was working in all of our lives. I am excited for the future as God continues to show me what it means to depend on Him completely. I am a slow-learner. I don’t struggle much with faith or trusting the Father, but I struggle greatly with depending on Him. I tend to lean toward independence. I am comfortable when the ball is in my court and I can make the decisions and make things happen. To be honest, I enjoy getting recognized  for those things, too. However, God does not receive glory when I go my own way and do things in my own strength. He receives the most glory when He is the source and the lifeline for everything we do as believers. In reality, nothing of any eternal benefit happens in our own strength. After all, it is “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zech. 4:6).

I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were.

May God bless you with the knowledge of His presence, and with complete dependence on Him, that He may receive all the glory.

Bill

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(Well, I just typed most of a post, and hit the track pad with the palm of my hand, clicking on a link and erasing everything I’d typed. This one may be shorter…)

Here’s our set for this week:

“Faithful One” [original]
“Cannons” [Phil Wickham]
“Indescribable” [Laura Story, Jesse Reeves]
“Lord of All” [Kristian Stanfill]
“You Never Let Go” [Matt and Beth Redman]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” [w/ add. chorus by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Jesse Reaves, et al]
“Your Name” [Paul Baloche and Glenn Packiam]

This week, we did something different. We went ALL acoustic. Every instrument was an acoustic instrument. Corey played the cajon (Spanish for “box”), Melanie played piano, Sal played high-strung acoustic (which has nothing to do with coffee), our friend Zack Nethercutt played cello, and Andrew and I played acoustic. It was fun to wail away on our guitars, like it should be done.

This week took me back to my roots, when I started getting involved and then leading worship in music over 15 years ago. It was never a well-produced band with electric guitars, drums, keyboards, and bass. It was usually just three to seven acoustic guitars and possibly a djembe for percussion. Its value was not in the production or the performance. It was in the sincerity and the intimacy. This is what this weekend was like for me. It was a return to the heart of the matter and the central focus of worship- Jesus Christ. That was my purpose in the whole thing, and judging from what some people have told me, they got it. I had two comments from the morning that confirmed this. One of the pastors said that by the time we finished, God was glorified. That is the mother of all compliments for a worshiper. I told him, “That is what I live for.” I want nothing more than all of us to say that God was glorified when all is said and done. I don’t care that people enjoy the music, if they miss God and His glory in the whole thing! I care about doing it well, but that is not the end goal. The end goal is ALWAYS the glorifying of our Lord Jesus Christ. The second comment was from one of our people, who said that it really helped to put things in perspective. That’s what I hoped for. It’s all too easy to get used to having all the big production, with the loud drums and guitars, and the driving, energizing music, and to think that is what is necessary to engage God in worship. This morning was a necessary break from the pattern to jar us all back on track. The point is to glorify God, not rock and roll (even though I love that part of it, too.)

Two things stood out to me about the morning. The first was Zack on cello. He did a fantastic job, and his passion for his instrument really came through. We had a ton of fun playing together, and I can’t wait to get him back in there and playing again soon. The second thing was the people singing. I have never heard our church sing so loud! The youth have added so much to our service, too. It was awesome to hear all of their sweet voices lifting praise to God. There was a moment at the end of “You Never Let Go” where everything dropped out it was just the cello and our voices, and it was so beautiful.

It was a great day for our worship team and for our church, in my opinion. I hope we can do it again soon. I am thankful for Pastor Jay supporting me in taking a chance and trying something different. It was a beautiful thing. I hope you had a great week of worship, wherever you were. Next week, we’re going to continue to try some new things, just to keep us all on our toes!

Glory to God!

Bill

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This morning was a great morning! While it took us all a little bit to shake off the cool morning weather, we got there, and God was glorified! The focus this morning was essentially, Praying for People in Authority. We had Rob Schenck, a minister to the U.S. Supreme Court, as our special guest. He is involved in some amazing ministry to government officials in Washington D.C., and has some stories, most of which he can’t tell to anyone. It was a blessing to hear of one such story, where he had the opportunity to share with most of the judges from the D.C. area, and he talked about the ten commandments, and took the opportunity to preach the gospel. He then invited them to receive the gift of salvation, and many received Christ then and there. It was pretty amazing to hear how he is being used to impact officials for the kingdom of God. You can see his ministry’s page here.

Here’s the set:

“Salvation’s Chorus” [Todd Fields]
“God is Alive” [Steve Fee & Eddie Kirkland]
“Hosanna” [Brooke Fraser, arr. by Starfield]
“I Stand Amazed” [arr. by Chris Tomlin]
“Cannons” [Phil Wickham]
INV “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” [add. chorus by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglie, et al]
OFFERTORY “Only a Word” [original]

We continued to teach “Salvation’s Chorus” and “God is Alive” this morning. Both of these songs have great energy and content, and I think the church is really taking hold of them. This morning was a little sluggish as we started, and it felt that we were fighting to get the people engaged. I would attribute it to the weather. Floridians are generally not big fans of colder weather, and we move a lot slower when it does arrive. This morning was one of those mornings. It was in the 50’s when everyone was in transit to the facility. Oh well.

After prayer, we continued with Starfield’s rendition of Brooke Fraser’s “Hosanna,” which is a great version of a great song. I love the lyric of this song, and the call for the people of God to seek God and pray for His return and for a revolution and revival amongst God’s people. The only thing we changed from their version was the bridge, where we kept all of the original lyric (Starfield cuts the second half: “Break my heart for what breaks Yours/Everything I am for Your kingdom’s cause/As I walk from Earth into eternity”). We then moved into “I Stand Amazed,” which is one of the updated hymns from Passion’s Hymns: Ancient and Modern record. They hymn is known by many other titles, such as “My Savior’s Love,” and “How Marvelous.” I love the content of this song, and I think the modern version is excellent. It sings very well, and hymns have a way of making people sing, simply because of their familiarity.

From there, we moved directly into “Cannons” by Phil Wickham. This song is a ground-breaker for me. Phil Wickham’s worship songs do not song like many other worship tunes. He has a fresh perspective in his lyrics, and his delivery is on par with acts like The Fray, OneRepublic, and Keane. He has become one of my favorite writers lately. This song is certainly no exception to that. The lyric of the chorus is a beautiful expression of worship: “You are holy/Great and mighty/The moon and the stars declare who you are/I’m so unworthy/But still You love me/Forever my heart will sing of how great You are”

“Only a Word” is one of my originals. It is one that I often forget about, but that is always good when we use it. I wrote it on the Amazon River in Brazil, on the way from Santarem to Obidos. It is about the power of God to change things with only a word. The chorus sings, “With only a word stars come blazing forth/Only one verb, and darkness is no more/Only Your voice can pierce us through, O Lord/This world can be transformed with only a word.” The band was exceptional on this song, and I think it’s the best we’ve ever played it. I’m really proud of our team. They are so good, and I am so privileged to work with them and to share this ministry with them. God is really bringing us together, and I’m excited about where it’s heading.

Jay’s message was right on, and Rob Schenck was a great guest speaker. His testimony was very powerful, and he’s just a really funny guy. He has been influential in the lives of some of the most powerful people in our country, and he is faithful to Christ’s calling on his life. From what he shared this morning, it’s evident that the guy has some guts, too.

My throat was really tired this morning, and I was concerned that I wouldn’t make it through the service without a major croak, but we made through, and my voice was fine once we were warmed up. Singing for two hours at a benefit show last night was probably not the smartest thing for me to do. However, everything was really tight this morning, and I think everyone came away with a really good feeling about how the morning went. Those are good days, for sure!

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Until next time,

Bill