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This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared the “State of the Church,” where he celebrated what God has been doing in our church, dedicated our church to what God is currently doing, and anticipated the future of our ministry in Topeka and around the world. It is incredible to see what God has been doing and to envision what could happen with our church as we continue to pursue Him. 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]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vicki Cook, arr. by The Modern Post]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “State of the Church” [Joe Hishmeh]
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“God Of This City” (B) [Richard Bleakley, Aaron Boyd, Boyd Aaron, Peter Comfort, Ian Jordan, Peter Kernaghan, Andrew McCann, also sung by Chris Tomlin]
“Lord Of All” (B) [Kristian Stanfill]
Tag of “How Great Is Our God” (B) [Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This was an exciting weekend in our church. We don’t take much time throughout the year to celebrate how God has moved in our church and to dream together about what is possible here. We dreamed and prayed for a major awakening in Topeka, asking the Lord for 18,000 new believers in our county. This wouldn’t be possible with just our church, but would need to involve all the gospel-preaching churches here. It will be amazing to see what God will do.

For our singing this weekend, we sang “Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” to invite God to have His way in us and to celebrate how He has redeemed us. “Before The Throne” was our main gospel-focused song, singing about how Jesus is our divine Substitute and Advocate. I absolutely love the clarity of the gospel in this song. In the middle of the message, after Joe celebrated some of the amazing things God has been doing in our church, we sang “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” We did this just with one guitar and the voices, and it was a great moment this weekend. We responded to the vision for our future by singing “God Of This City,” and its chorus was a great declaration for us this weekend: “For greater things have yet to come/ Greater things are still to be done in this city.” It had been a while since I had sung this song (because it had been played so often at the time), and it felt fresh for me this weekend. We finished the service by singing about God’s sovereign lordship and power in “Lord of All,” and tagged the chorus of “How Great Is Our God.” It felt fitting to end with this, because God is the one who will direct our steps with His perfect wisdom, and who can uphold us as we sacrifice and serve to advance His kingdom.

– Bill

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

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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?

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 was our first week of our new series – “Seven,” which is about the seven marks of an intentional life. Our discipleship pastor, David Hinkle, started us off by preaching through the spiritual area of our lives, coming primarily from Galatians 2:20. It was a powerful challenge with four practices for help us seek and serve Jesus with our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome/Call to Worship
“All Because of Jesus” (B) [Steve Fee]
“Happy Day” (B) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]

Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “The Seven: Spiritual – Galatians 2:20” [David Hinkle]
“Because of Your Love” (E) [Phil Wickham]
“Forever Reign” (A) [Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram]
“Jesus Messiah” (A) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a fantastic weekend. David’s message was a great reminder for our church, and our worship team did an awesome job leading together. I am so thankful to lead beside such amazing people. They love God, they love the Church, and they give their best to point our people towards Christ through our time of singing together. The church sang out beautifully this weekend, especially during the final three songs of the services. It was so much so that I was getting a little choked up at several points (It’s a little hard to keep singing at those moments…). It was amazing. I felt the songs we sang really connected with the central message of Galatians 2:20, and I think it was really powerful all together.

I love my team. I love our church. Praise God for what He is doing in us.

– Bill

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

For our final week of our 2 Corinthians series – “Purpose In Christ,” our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, preached through 2 Corinthians 13, and taught about how believers can pursue peace with one another through “rejoicing, restoring, reaffirming, reuniting, and reconciling.” It was a great challenge to each of us to pursue health in our relationships. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome/Call to Worship – Ephesians 2:4ff
“In Tenderness” (G) [Adoniram J. Gordan, W. Spencer Walton, arr. by Citizens]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ, pt. 11” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion
“In My Place” (G) [Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell]
“Son of God” (G) [Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld, Ed Cash, and Gordon Cochran]
“Our God” (G) [Jonas Myrin, Jesse Reeves, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a good weekend. Our team did a great job, and the church engaged well in each of our worship experiences. Lindsay Kraisinger and Heidi Carlson did a great job leading “In My Place” during communion, which was a beautiful moment. Kip Kraisinger did a great job co-leading on several of the songs, as well. It was great to have a few people to share the leading load this weekend, especially since I was fending off strep throat (which my wife had) the whole weekend. My immune system finally gave in Sunday afternoon, but I’m glad to have gotten through the weekend without too much trouble. Now, it’s time for some rest.

– Bill

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

This weekend, we continued in the second week of our series through 2 Corinthians– “Purpose In Christ.” Joe shared about growing in forgiveness, and how forgiveness can be the demonstration of the victory that Christ has over sin. 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, arr. by Citizens]
“Sing to the King” (D) [Charles Sylvester Horne, Billy James Foote]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Forgiveness” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (E) [Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, John P. Rees]

“Forever Reign” (A) [Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great weekend. Joe’s message was very powerful and challenging, our team led well, and the church was very engaged. Becky Tindell returned to co-lead after her maternity leave, and it was great to have her back. The entire worship team locked in really well and it was a solid weekend musically. I love the songs that we sang this weekend, and I felt like there was a good balance of both energetic songs and reflective songs. Also, our tech team did a great job, with three volunteers running sound, video, and MediaShout for the first time solo. It is really amazing to see how our team is growing and developing. God continues to bring people who have a passion to accomplish the mission of our church together, for which I am extremely grateful. God is doing some great things here, and I truly believe our best days are ahead of us.

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

– Bill

 

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