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This weekend, we concluded our series called “Everything!” Joe shared this week from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, where Paul relates the law of the harvest in terms of generosity and life at large. You can listen to the entire message here. In follow-up to last weekend, our church brought in 15,300 lbs. (more than 7 tons) of clothing for the Topeka Rescue Mission! It’s a beautiful thing to see the church come together for a cause like this. I continue to be surprised and impressed by how God is moving in our congregation.

For the music this week, we continued to sing songs that remind us of God’s faithfulness and sacrifice for us, as well as His great love for us. The last two songs we sang this week focused on responding to the surpassing worth of our great God. He is worthy of all that we have to give!

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]
Welcome/Greeting Time

“Hallelujah To My King” (E) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Hosanna” (E) [Brooke Fraser]
“I Stand Amazed” (E) [Charles H. Gabriel]
“Here I Am To Worship” (Chorus Only) (E) [Tim Hughes]

Message – “Everything: Excel In The Grace Of Giving” [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering Intro

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
Announcements
Dismissal
Baptisms (post-service)

This weekend was a great weekend. I love being a part of this growing church as we pursue our Savior together!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill
p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community! (Congrats on 200 “Sunday Setlists”, guys!)

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This weekend, we continued our series called “Everything!” Joe shared this week from 2 Corinthians 8:7, which talks about excelling in the grace of giving. You can listen to the entire message here. Also this weekend, our church brought 10% of all of our clothing to donate to the Topeka Rescue Mission. Last weekend, our church brought in 8,345 lbs. (more than 4 tons!!!) of non-perishable goods for the Rescue Mission! It’s a beautiful thing to see the church come together for a cause like this. It’s amazing what we can do together.

For the music this week, I chose songs that helped us focus on how God’s grace for us was demonstrated at the cross, where Christ laid down His life for us, even when we were His enemies.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Happy Day” (Bb) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Mother’s Day Video – “I’ll Need You, Mom”
Welcome/Greeting Time

“Glory To God Forever” (A) [Vicky Beeching, Steve Fee]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
“God Is Able” (A) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]

Message – “Everything: Excel In The Grace Of Giving” [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering Intro

“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [Elvina M. Hall, John T. Grape, Alex Nifong]
Announcements
Dismissal

“Happy Day”- We sang this song simply for the fact that it recognizes and celebrates the gift of salvation and redemption that Christ has given us through His sacrifice.

“Glory To God Forever” – This song, as I have written about previously, gives expression to what is true worship – offering our lives as living sacrifices of worship to God: “Take my life and let it be/ All for You and for Your glory/ Take my life and let it be Yours.” May this be our prayer as we meet together each weekend and as we go out into our world. May our lives be lived for His glory alone.

“You Have Overcome”– We wrote and taught this song to our congregation a few weeks ago, and this weekend be brought it back for a refresher because it is so new to us. It focuses on what Jesus has accomplished for us and provided for us in His life, death, and resurrection. He has rescued us from sin and death!

“God Is Able”- This song reminds us of God’s faithful presence with us through everything we face and experience in this life. We can trust Him and depend on Him, because He will never change and He will never fail. He will always be with us, as He promised in Hebrews 13:5 (quoting Deuteronomy 31:6): “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’  (Heb. 13:5 ESV).”

“Jesus Paid It All”- This was our response song this weekend, and we sang it to focus again on how Jesus gave first because of His grace toward us. Our response to Him and to others ought to imitate that grace and generosity. He has done great things for us, and He has been so merciful and gracious toward us; let us also have grace and mercy for those around us, and let us lay down our lives for Christ and for our neighbors.

This weekend was a good weekend spent worshiping together. The songs worked well with the message and with each other for a cohesive idea, and I felt that our congregation connected well in worship this weekend. I am so grateful for what the Lord is doing in our church. He is so faithful! May we continue to grow into a generous church!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. I am so thankful for my Mom and for my bride, Diane. They are the two  greatest mothers I know!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we continued our series called “Everything!” Joe shared this week from Acts 20:32-35 about how “it is better to give than to receive.”. You can listen to the entire message here. Also this weekend, our church brought 10% of all of our non-perishable food to donate to the Topeka Rescue Mission. Next weekend, we’ll be doing the same thing with our clothing – all to demonstrate and practice the idea of giving from what the Lord has already provided for us. That is what He calls us to. I’m excited about what the Lord is doing in our church, and our potential to have a dramatic impact in both our community and our world!

For the music this week, I chose songs that helped establish that every gift and blessing we have comes from God, and greatest gift of all is the one of His Son who went to the cross for us. Jesus was given up, betrayed, beaten, and nailed to the cross for our redemption. His generosity is what prompts our generosity and our giving to the cause of Christ in this world.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“All We Need” (G) [Charlie Hall]
Welcome/Greeting Time
“Desert Song” (D) [Brooke Fraser]
“Son of God” (G) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld]
“Lamb of God” (G) [Original]
“The Stand” (chorus only) (G) [Joel Houston]

Message – “Everything: It Is Better To Give Than To Receive” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion Intro

Communion Song – “Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal

“All We Need”- We brought this song back for our congregation two weeks ago, and we sang it as a refresher again this week. This song is a simple chorus which puts words to the truth that Jesus is all we need. Everything we needed, Jesus is.

“Desert Song” – We sang this song primarily for the last verse, which says, “This is my prayer in the harvest/ When favor and providence flow/ I know I’m filled to be emptied again/ The seed I’ve received I will sow.” The truth is, there are seasons of abundance and seasons of need for all of us. In every season we face in this life, we need to be generous people with what we have – generous with our praise to God, generous with the gospel to the lost, and generous with the resources and talents we have in this life.

“Son of God”- This song is one of our congregation’s favorites. We sang it this week because it states the point directly in the first verse: “Son of God, the Father’s gift of us/ You alone were broken on the altar of love/ Precious Lamb, our freedom’s in Your blood/ It’s in Your blood.” God gave first, and our response needs to be one of true worship, which means that every area of our lives is submitted and given to God for His purposes.

“Lamb of God” – We sang this song because it really pulls from Isaiah 53, where the meaning and heart behind Christ’s sacrifice at the cross is prophesied (and also echoed in 1 Peter chapters 1-3). Jesus laid down His life for us to justify us and redeem us, even though we had strayed and stored up wrath for ourselves before God. He bore the punishment for our sin. The chorus of this song describes the willing sacrifice of Christ for us: “The Lamb of God gave His life/ For our sins, the ransom price/ We were dead, but we are alive/ Bought with the precious blood of Christ.”

“The Stand” (Chorus Only) – We tagged this great chorus at the end of “Lamb of God” because it helped to bracket the message, clearly expressing our response to the grace and love of God for us. He has redeemed us, and the appropriate response is thanksgiving, worship, and sacrifice – not as a means of gaining favor with God (that has already been done for us through Jesus), but as a means of expressing our love to Him for all He is and all He has done. This chorus says it wonderfully: “I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned/ In awe of the One who gave it all/ I stand, my soul Lord to You surrender/ All I am is Yours.”

“Because of Your Love”- This song served as our communion song and as our response song to the Word of God. I thought it fit both purposes really well. The verses describe the sacrifice of Christ for us, and the chorus expresses our thanksgiving and response to that sacrifice: “Because of Your cross, my debt is paid/ Because of Your blood, my sins are washed away/ Now all of my life, I freely give/ Because of Your love, because of Your love, I live.” This, in my mind, is the bottom line for our lives in Christ. He has given us love, life, and freedom through His cross, and we ought to live in that love, life, and freedom for Him and His glory. He was selfless for us; let us be selfless for Him!

This weekend was a solid one. Aside from the Sunday morning service where the temperature changed as people entered the room and my guitar went way out of tune, everything went well. It was a little bit more of a mellow weekend for me, but that is where the set was directed during planning, and all of the songs really established a good foundation for how we ought to respond to the generosity of God. We also had a little bit of fun with the announcements with a little skit from “The General” (David Hinkle) to make people more aware of our Super Kids Super Kamp this summer. He was hilarious, and it was a welcome change to the normal routine of announcements.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we began a series called “Everything!” Joe is talking through the concepts of a generous life and stewardship with all that we have. It was a really fresh and challenging perspective on generosity, beginning this weekend with a focus on the true owner of the things in this world – God owns everything, and we are stewards of what He owns. You can listen to the entire message here. For our singing, I wanted our songs to remind us that we have nothing to fear when we are in Christ. Many times, the thing that keeps us from obedience and generosity is that fear. He is always with us, and we can trust Him with everything we have and everything we are. He is so good and faithful!

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“All We Need” (G) [Charlie Hall]
Welcome/Greeting Time
“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
“You Never Let Go” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
“Always” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram]
Message – “Everything: Where Your Treasure Is, Your Heart Will Be Also ” [Joe Hishmeh]

“I Surrender All” (D) [Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter, Winfield Scott Weeden]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal

“All We Need” – We reintroduced this song to our congregation this weekend. It has been about three years since they had sung it, and it was a great fit for this message series, as it declares that our sufficiency is in Christ and nothing else.

“Everlasting God” – This song remains a staple for us. We sang this song because I wanted us as a congregation to remember that God is from everlasting to everlasting, and that He is our all-sufficient source of strength and hope. 

“You Never Let Go” – We haven’t sung this song for a few months, and I felt that this series was a good time to bring it back. I feel it helps us to remember and declare that God will never leave us or forsake us, because He is faithful and unchanging. Matt Redman has a great gift in writing songs in this vein that really resonate with the Church, and which express great faith and trust in the faithfulness of our great God [e.g. “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Never Once,” “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” etc.].

“Always” – This is another song that we haven’t sung recently, which was also a good fit for the message this weekend. This song really focuses on how we need not fear because of God’s faithfulness and perfect timing. No matter what we face in this life, we will endure and God will see us through. He will be there with us through it all.

“I Surrender All” – We responded to our time in the Word with this song. I felt it was a great statement of faith for us to sing after being challenged to trust God and obey Him completely, even when we feel it is difficult. It is in those times that it truly feels like “surrender,” when we have to let go of things that we hold dear or things on which we feel dependent. That is exactly the type of thing that Joe pointed out in the Word this weekend. I tried playing it differently than I had before, in my favorite open tuning, DADGAD. I thought it turned out rather pretty (everything sounds good in DADGAD if one can find good chord voicings…). I will definitely use that again. I was inspired to take a look at some other hymns to try in this tuning, too. I’ll keep you posted.

This weekend was another solid and very enjoyable weekend of worship. We also had OVERFLOW on Sunday night, which is our night of worship. I may post the set list from that worship gathering as well, in case people are looking for the info.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we began a series called “Everything!” Joe is talking through the concepts of a generous life and stewardship with all that we have. It was a really fresh and challenging perspective on generosity, beginning this weekend with a focus on the true owner of the things in this world – God owns everything, and we are stewards of what He owns. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“All Because Of Jesus” (Bb) [Steve Fee]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship
“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
“God Is Able” (A) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding]
Message – “Everything: Everything Comes From God” [Joe Hishmeh]

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Jason Ingram]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal

“All Because Of Jesus” – We opened our services with this song, as it tied last week and this week together. We celebrate the life that we have because of Jesus Christ – because He died in our place and was raised from the grave for us – and we also thank Him because He is the giver of all that we have, even our very breath. As James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (ESV).

“Unchanging” – Because of the focus of the message series, and the fact that this week was foundational for the whole thing, I wanted us to sing songs that help us to trust God more in all areas of our lives. This song comes from Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” and Revelation 1:8, “‘I am the Alpha and Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and is to come, the Almighty.'” Jesus is unchanging, and that is the reason we can stake our lives on who He is and what He says. He will never change, and we can trust Him.

“You Have Overcome” – This is the third week that we have taught this new song to our congregation. They are singing it well, and I believe this will be a song that we will sing for many years together. This song did not have a specific tie-in to this weekend’s message, other than being a simple, gospel-centered song that helps us exalt Jesus for what He has accomplished on our behalf. He has rescued us. Therefore, He is worthy of everything we have to give in response to His goodness and mercy.

“God Is Able” – This song furthered the idea of “Unchanging,” in that it spoke to God’s faithfulness and trustworthiness. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will never fail. We have nothing to fear in Him.

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” – I felt that this song was a fitting response to Joe’s message this week. God has blessed us so much, and the proper response is that we would worship God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength for all of our days. He is worthy!

This weekend was a solid and very enjoyable weekend of worship. We had our 12-year-old drummer, Anthony, on the team (he always does a fantastic job), and a first-time singer who filled in at the last minute. The team did a great job, and I believe the Lord was glorified by our times of worship. I am really excited about how it all came together. I pray that the content of what we sang together and studied together will take root in our lives outside these walls, because it will be a game-changer in our church, our community, and our world!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!