Posts Tagged ‘God of This City’

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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(Currently Listening to Quantity is Job 1, by Five Iron Frenzy)

Here’s our set from this past week:

“Kingdom” [Kristian Stanfill]
“Salvation’s Chorus” [Todd Fields]
“Glory to God Forever” [Steve Fee]
“God of This City” [Bluetree]
“Jesus Paid It All” [traditional w/ add. chorus by Alex Nifong]
Message: “It’s Your Serve–Build an Altar” [Pastor Jay]
INV: “I Want to Love You” [Todd Fields]

This week felt pretty good overall. I love it when the church sings “Kingdom” all together (“We are the Kingdom of God/ We are an army of love/ We carry truth to the world/ We are the Kingdom of God”). I also love the concept of “Salvation’s Chorus,” in that believers have a song that others cannot sing (even the angels), namely the song of the redeemed. We have been rescued from sin and death, and because of this we have much to celebrate. “Glory to God Forever” has become a major prayer of my life–specifically the bridge: “Take my life and let it be/ All for You and for Your glory/ Take my life and let it be Yours.“Jesus Paid it All” is always one of my favorites, as the church celebrates by singing, “O praise the One who paid my debt/ And raised this life up from the dead.” I don’t think we can sum up the reason for our worship more succinctly than that. I think that’s why it’s so powerful a lyric for us to sing. There are certain things that we hear or say that strike a chord within the believer, as the Spirit confirms the truth of those things and stirs us because of it. This is one of those truth statements that provokes that kind of response from believers.

As I approach my last week leading the worship in music for Church at the Mall, many things are flooding my mind as we lead. I look at the students and feel burdened for their future, their leadership, and their ministry in the church. I find myself praying over them as we sing out to God about being the Kingdom of God (“Kingdom”), and asking God to take our lives and let them be all for Him and for His glory (“Glory to God Forever”). I find myself celebrating what God has accomplished in our midst over these past 4 1/2 years. I look out over the assembly of believers and see a huge transformation from the way things were in the beginning of 2006, with nearly half as many people meeting in the old Montgomery Wards, and many blank stares as people didn’t really know what to do with the “music time” of the service. Many enjoyed the music, but did not feel the need or the motivation to participate in it. Many just spectated. Some just dreaded it. As we’ve grown together over these past few years, more and more of us are engaging in the songs and owning them, responding to God with thanksgiving and praise for who He is and what He has done. I see people passionately singing out to God. I see raised hands. I see people dwelling on the truths that we’re singing together. I love it. It is hard to leave something that I have given so much of my life to building. I am so thankful to have been a part of God’s working in Church at the Mall.

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

In the Son,

Bill

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