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This weekend was the second of our series called, “The Story.” This week, pastor Joe shared about how we all need to be live out the gospel so that we can be confident in it as we share 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
“Happy Day” (B) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “The Story: Live The Story” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]
“Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
“Jesus Paid It All” (C) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, add. chorus by Alex Nifong]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was another great weekend. Again, reflecting on the power of the gospel is the greatest motive we have to worship Jesus. He loves us and He gave Himself up for our redemption. He is so worthy of worship!

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

– Bill

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This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, introduced our new series, “Deep and Wide,” where he shared the vision for the new series, and how a follower of Jesus is always used by God when he or she is available. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post]
“Hosanna” (E) [Brooke Ligertwood]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Deep & Wide: A Follower of Jesus is Always Used” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion Song – 
“I Surrender All” (Bb) [Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter, Winfield Scott Weeden]
“Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Brenton Brown, Charlotte Elliott]
“Hallelujah to My King” (C) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]

Dismissal

Thoughts: It was a solid weekend of worship, and a good kickoff to our new series. Sarah Oldberg co-led this weekend, and she always does an awesome job. We also had two brand-new team members this weekend, Eric Dehner on drums and Aron Montaini on lead guitar, and they did great in their first weekend! I love to see our team grow and more people getting involved in leading our congregation in worship!

For our singing this weekend, we sang songs that established our foundation, hope, and security in the gospel (“Before The Throne,” “Hallelujah To My King”), and then songs that helped us respond to God’s goodness and mercy with surrender and obedience (“Hosanna,” “I Surrender All,” “Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)”). I loved the songs that we had the opportunity to sing together, and I love where God is leading us as a church. We are heading out on an incredible journey, and I can’t wait to see what happens, and how we impact our community as a result!

– 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 past weekend, we continued in our fourth message of our series – “Seven.” Our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared about being content with what God has provided for us, and leveraging our resources for the gospel and the kingdom of God, rather than trying to keep up with other people we see. It was a challenging message that called us away from the Keeping-up-with-the-Joneses mentality of the world to the selfless mentality of a Christ-follower. 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]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Seven: Finances – Philippians 4:11” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion

“Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]
“Wonderful Maker” (G) [Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman]
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a solid weekend of worship. The team did a great job, and the church sang out! I am loving “Made Alive.” It is a song that I can’t get out of my head, and it is a great way to get the truth of Ephesians 2 in our hearts and minds throughout the week. I think the church is getting a hold of it, and I look forward to continuing to sing it in the near future. We’re going to rest the song next weekend, and we’ll pick up the weekend after that to continue to teach the song & refresh it for those who don’t remember it as well. “Jesus Take All Of Me” is one of my favorite newer songs for our church, and it was a very meaningful moment during communion in the wake of Joe’s message.

“Wonderful Maker” always holds a special place in my heart as the song that opened my eyes to how selfish I was in worship. This song helped me see just how much I was saying the words “I” and “Me” in worship, and seeking what I could get from God, rather than the glory and praise that I could give to Him because of His surpassing goodness and worth. He alone has effected our rescue, so He alone is worthy of all glory, praise, and honor. This was the first song I can remember singing that didn’t say “I” or “me” in it even once. This song was a game-changer for me that really altered my trajectory as a worshiper and as a worship leader.

I love our church, and I love what God is doing in us!

– Bill

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

This weekend marked the fourth week of our series through 2 Corinthians– “Purpose In Christ.” Our pastor Joe Hishmeh preached via a video he recorded in Ethiopia. He is currently on a journey around the world, visiting many of our mission partners around the world. It was really beautiful to hear him preach from 2 Corinthians  You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:


Welcome
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Video – “Josiah” from Project Amazon
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Suffering in Christ” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]

“Glorious” (C) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Glorious One” (C) [Steve Fee]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was another beautiful weekend with our church. Our team did a great job! Our GO team (missions team) decorated also our lobby to make our people think of Ethiopia, having Ethiopian coffee and African music playing for our background music before and after services. It created a great atmosphere for the entire weekend, helping us to turn our eyes outward to our brothers and sisters around the globe. We started our services with “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” which was a refreshing way to begin. I think it helped ease us into a time of worship together by setting our eyes on blessing the Lord throughout our lives because of His faithful, covenant love for us. We moved from there to “Before The Throne,” which is one of my favorite gospel declarations right now. After that, we went into a video of my friend Josiah from the Amazon basin. I love the video- it’s so well done! Then, we shared Joe’s message from Ethiopia. It was a great challenge to turn suffering and trials into an opportunity for the gospel to move through our lives. We responded with “Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am),” which is quickly becoming another favorite of mine. It’s a beautiful reworking of one of my favorite hymns. We continued then to teach “Glorious” and finished with “Glorious One,” which is a staple for our congregation, and one of our favorites. It was a great way to end the weekend. I am really encouraged from our time worshiping together!

Thanks for reading and being a part of this with me!

– Bill

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

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:

Welcome
“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]
Dismissal

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 (www.SaveTheNuba.com)
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 (www.TrashMountain.com)

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 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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