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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:

“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]

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 weekend marked the third week of our series through 2 Corinthians– “Purpose In Christ.” Our adult discipleship pastor David Hinkle shared about how our sufficiency and adequacy is from God through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. It was such a powerful and encouraging reminder! You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-service – “Glorious” (C) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Our Sufficiency in Christ” [David Hinkle]
Communion – “Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]

“Glorious” (C) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Happy Day” (C) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]

Thoughts: This was a beautiful weekend. We changed our service times to 5 AM & 6:30 PM on Saturday, and 9:15 AM & 11 AM on Sunday, and it seemed like it helped level out the attendance between the four. We began our weekend singing “Glorious” by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown. I loved this song the first time I heard it when Paul Baloche sang it at a worship event I attended. I love the lyric of the song, and the melody has a very unique, almost haunting, feeling to it. It is really just beautiful all around. I have had several people comment about how much they enjoy the song when I told them we would be singing it this weekend. It was a great fit for the weekend’s message, as well. In order to teach it quickly this weekend, we sang it as the countdown song and then again later in the service. I think that helped out overall. “Because of Your Love” was a beautiful fit for this week, connecting the dots between David’s message and communion. “Happy Day” was a high point and a great way to send one another out this week, as we celebrated together the finished work of Christ on our behalf. Communion weekends are always a highlight moment for me and our congregation. I really believe that the extra emphasis on the gospel through communion helps us to remember the why of worship, and we respond accordingly. I am so grateful for our church and the opportunities we have to worship together. I love it!

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

– Bill

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

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’s Sunday Set Lists

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This morning was a great day of worship with Church at the Mall. Here’s our set for today:

“Faithful One” [original]
“Holy is the Lord” [Chris Tomlin]
“Beautiful” [Phil Wickham]
“Revelation Song” [Jennie Lee Riddle]
“Lord of All” [Kristian Stanfill]
Message: “Catching a Glimpse of the Glory of God” [Dr. Jay Dennis]
Invitation: “Never Be the Same” [original]
“Glorious” [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]

This morning everything came together in a beautiful way. I was thrilled that Pastor Jay was going to be spending this week focusing on the glory of God, because there is so much you can do to emphasize that through the worship music. It isn’t difficult to find worship songs that deal with the glory of God.

Pastor Jay had requested that we learn Paul Baloche’s “Glorious,” because it would fit well with this message. This was a song I have wanted to introduce for almost a year now, since Paul played it for the state convention’s Worship Expo which was held at our facilities last year. It’s a captivating song, with a solid lyric and some unique melody ideas. There are points where the melody is almost haunting. I love it.

We also brought back our arrangement of Phil Wickham’s “Beautiful,” which powerfully incorporates the theme of God’s glory through creation, the cross, and eternity. I’ve said this before, but the lyric of the fourth verse always moves me when the church sings it together: “When we arrive at eternity’s shore/ Where death is just a memory and tears are no more/ We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring/ Your bride will come together and we’ll sing, You’re beautiful.”

It all came together well, and I believe God was truly exalted by the church this morning. As we lifted up His praise, we encountered Him in a beautiful and powerful way. God is so worthy.

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


As always, check out and Sunday Set Lists to see what other leaders did this week in their faith communities.