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This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued in our fourth week of our series, “Deep and Wide,” and shared how the deep and wide follower of Jesus is called to be generous with everything we have. It is always in response to the how  God gave first, in giving His only Son for our redemption. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Video – Aaron and Jessica Catlin, Missionaries to East Asia
“Rejoice” (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
“This is Amazing Grace” (Bb) [Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle]
“Lord of All” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]
Tag of “How Great Thou Art” (Bb) [Stuart K. Hine]
Greeting Time
Video – Family Ministries

Video – You & Two – Scott May
Message – “Deep & Wide: A Follower of Jesus… is Generous” [Joe Hishmeh]
Elder-led Prayer – Greg Pruett

“Son of God” (G) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran]

Thoughts: It was great to be back after a week off for our move (my family and I moved to our new home on the east side of town). It was a little bit of a hectic week getting everything together, but the Lord was strong in my weakness and we had a great weekend worshiping together as a church. We introduced a new song, the team did a fantastic job and was very flexible with some adjustments, and Jesus was glorified through it all.

For our singing this weekend, we sang songs that focused on how God gives first (“Rejoice,” “This Is Amazing Grace,” “Lord of All,” “Son of God”), and some of the songs also focused on His sovereignty and goodness, and our response to all He is (“Rejoice,” “Lord of All,” “How Great Thou Art”). It was a powerful weekend throughout, and it was beautiful to hear the church sing it out.

– Bill

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


This year, we celebrated Easter together at the Topeka Performing Arts Center again. It was quite an extensive event to put together, but it is an incredible experience to see our church all together like that! Joe shared about the true significance of Easter for people in every station. Some need to see it, others need to believe it, others need to lives it, and still others need to give it. We also incorporated a special element of artwork that we used parts of at both Good Friday and Easter services: local artist and teacher Mike Mize painted the major stories of redemption history, and recorded the painting process on a tablet so we could replay his paintings in progress for each of the stories. It was pretty incredible to see.

You can watch the message, the services, and The Cross painting video here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “Beautiful” (C) [Phil Wickham]
Call to Worship
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
Welcome – David Hinkle
The Cross – Video

Message – “Easter Revealed” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale] (with “cardboard testimonies” during the song)
Call to Response/Offering
Reprise of “Your Great Name” (Bb)
“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, Alex Nifong]
“Lord of All” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]/ “How Great Thou Art” (Bb) [Stuart Wesley Keene Hine]
Dismissal – David Hinkle

Thoughts: It is always a beautiful thing when our church comes together in only two services. The church really sang out, and it was overwhelming at times to hear them and see them worshiping Jesus together. A few of the highlights were the cardboard testimonies during “Your Great Name” and our extra drummers playing floor toms during “Jesus Paid It All.” In all, I felt that it was one of best services I have ever been a part of planning. It flowed well from one element to another, and the tech team did a great job of facilitating each element.

Above all, people responded to the gospel – many trusted in Jesus for the first time, and others wanted to reconnect with Christ after drifting. Still others wanted to trust their lives to the same power of God that raised Jesus from the dead. It was amazing!

Our staff team and volunteers did an incredible job with all of the many aspects of putting together off-campus services. It is such a privilege to serve with each of them. I am so thankful for our church!

– Bill

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

This weekend, we focused on John 4:46 – 6:59, looking specifically at the feeding of the 5,000, and how Jesus used what the little boy and the disciples had to perform a miracle to provide for the needs of the people. Joe gave us an important reminder that all God asks of us is what we have, and He can do amazing things with that. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation
“Holy, Holy, Holy” (D) [Reginald Heber, John Bacchus Dykes]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call to Worship (Colossians 1:15-20)/Prayer
“You Are” (A) [Todd Fields]
“Let Me Sing” (A) [Todd Fields]
“God Is Able” (A) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding]
“Lord of All” (A) [Kristian Stanfill]
Message – John 6:16-21 [Joe Hishmeh]
Response Time
“How Great Is Our God” (Bb) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash]
“How Great Thou Art (chorus only)” (Bb) [Carl Gustav Boberg, Stuart K. Hine, Swedish Folk Melody]


“Holy, Holy, Holy”
– We opened our preparation time with this great hymn. You can read some of the history of it here. It always fascinates me how the pieces of a hymn come together. The definition of a “hymn” is simply “a song of praise to God” (Merriam-Webster). People often make the mistake of thinking that hymns were written all at one time, or even all in the same century. Most of the time, however, the lyric was written by one or two persons, and then someone came much later and put the lyrics to a melody that was current at the time. This was the case with this song. The writer wrote the hymn (w

“You Are” – We introduced this song to our church this weekend. I first heard this song from North Point Community Church’s 722 services when Todd Fields wrote it, and I loved it immediately. What stood out to me about this song was the simple and clear declaration of the divinity of Jesus. While many songs describe that truth, there are not many that come right out and say it: Jesus, You are God! For the services this weekend, I thought it was a great way to start out after our call to worship. I prefaced this song by reading from Colossians 1:15-20, which describes in detail the divinity of Jesus, in whom “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”

“You Are”
Todd Fields

Every knee will bow to bless Your name

Every tongue confess that You are King
All for Your glory, all for Your glory
Every tear will soon be wiped away
Every longing heart will see Your face
All for Your glory, all for Your name

You are God, Jesus – Majesty
You are life, Jesus – saving me
You are King, Jesus
All will see that You are God 

And death could not keep You
The grave could not hold You
You are alive, You are alive

This is a powerful and true declaration that we as the Church should make often. Jesus is God!

“Let Me Sing” – I really value this song because it points out many of the reasons we have to worship, such as God’s creating us and giving us breath, the price He paid for our redemption, and His mercy toward us. These are things that we should constantly remind one another of, because they are some of the major reasons we have to worship our King. This week, we tried singing it in A rather than the usual Bb. It required some pushing during the verses, because it gets pretty low, but I thought it was easier for our congregation to sing it out on the choruses.

“God Is Able” – We began teaching this song last week, and we continued with it this week. I love this song, and I think our congregation is latching onto it.

“Lord of All” – This remains one of my favorite all-time worship songs, because it paints such a powerful portrait of the greatness of God and it helps us to respond to that with our worship. I don’t think this song will ever get old for me. Our congregation connects with it as well, so it will remain a strong part of our vocabulary here at Fellowship.

“How Great Is Our God” – We responded to the Word with this song. After talking about God’s power to use what little we have to do amazing things, This was a more fitting response than I anticipated.

“How Great Thou Art” –

This was a great weekend of worshiping our Savior.

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

In the Son,


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Here’s our set from my first weekend on staff with Fellowship Bible Church in Topeka, KS:

Pre-Service – “Kingdom” [Kristian Stanfill]
Call to Worship
“Our God” [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin]
“Glory to God Forever” [Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching]
“How Great is Our God” [Chris Tomlin]
“How Great Thou Art” (chorus only)
“Lord of All” [Kristian Stanfill]
Message – Pastor Joe Hishmeh
“All to Us” [Chris Tomlin]

This weekend went really well for us. It has been a very crazy week for  my family and for me, as we made the 1300 mile move from Lakeland, FL to Topeka, KS from Monday night through Wednesday, and got here right in the middle of a bunch of snow! Talk about change! God is faithful, and He has seen us through it all. He moved during all four of the weekend services, and He spoke to each of us powerfully through the word that Joe shared about being a missional community and loving the people of this world with the love of Christ. I know I was challenged and called to be godly versus just being normal. I think the chorus of “Kingdom” says it well: “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 hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were.


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