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This weekend, we continued our Romans series, and focused on Romans 5:1-10. In his message, Joe shared about what the life of a believer looks like because of what Christ has done. He talked about how we are now reconciled to God, and as a result we have peace and rest with Him. You can listen to the entire message here. Because of the focus of Joe’s message, we emphasized our new standing with God because of His great love for us. We have hope and life because of Him.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer
“Jesus You” (E) [Bill Horn]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship – Psalm 33:1ff
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
“I Stand Amazed” (G) [Charles H. Gabriel]
“Because Of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham
]
Message – “Romans 5:1-10” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion Song – “In My Place” (Eb) [Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (Eb) [Edwin O. Excell, John Newton, Louie Giglio, John P. Rees, Chris Tomlin]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“Jesus You”
– We sang this song as our preparation song this weekend, because it was written partially from chapter 5 of Romans. The certain hope that we have because of what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf is the focus of this section of Romans and is also the ultimate focus of this song.

“Your Grace Is Enough” – This song remains a staple for us at Fellowship. We don’t sing it as often as maybe we once did, but it is a great song of celebration as we express our confidence in the finished work of Christ on our behalf. His grace is sufficient for us, and we look nowhere else for our salvation. Jesus is the one who has saved us; we did not save ourselves.

“I Stand Amazed” – This song was fitting for this weekend, because it points to our previous status of condemnation before God, our redemption through the work of Christ, and the future hope we have when Christ returns. Our church sings this song well. We may have set the click a little fast early in the weekend, but it was still a great song with which to celebrate our Savior’s great and marvelous love for us.

“Because Of Your Love” – I love how this song declares that living our lives for God’s glory is the fitting response to what He has done for us through the cross. We only have true life because of what Christ has accomplished for us. He endured our pain and our penalty in our place as our substitute, giving His life up selflessly, and now we can give our own lives selflessly for Him and for others.

“In My Place”This was a new song that wanted to introduce for our communion time this weekend. I have been listening to this song for the past year or two, and I finally found my opportunity to introduce it here at Fellowship. I love the lyrical focus and the beauty of this song about the cross. We brought it down from G to Eb, and I think it was much more singable for our congregation in that range. I’m still not sold on whether this song could work in our setting for a congregational song, because there are lot of implied notes that the melody pulls out, such as starting on a major 7 (G)of the chord that the rest of the band is playing (Ab). I think it will still be at least a fantastic communion and preparation song in the future. We’ll see how else we can use it. Here’s the lyric:

“In My Place”
Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell

In my place He stood condemned
He who knew no sin
Became sin for us
That we might become His righteousness

Bearing all my sin and shame
The punishment and blame
He conquered the grave
That we might become the heirs of grace

In my place, Jesus died
The spotless Lamb laid down His life
The wrath of God was satisfied
In my place, Jesus died

Nail-pierced hands, bleeding side,
His body bruised, my God crucified
Crown of thorns, dying cries,
His flesh was torn, my God crucified

Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

CCLI # 5181287 

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” – This was our response song this weekend. This is another great song that we haven’t done very often, and it was a great fit for this weekend. I love singing of our chains being gone and of our newfound freedom in Christ.

On a side note, my wife and I were talking about 2 Chronicles 20 this weekend, and how God called Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah to merely stand before their enemies, who were on their doorstep and about to attack. The people of God went out to face their attackers, and they worshiped the Lord. As they did, God won the victory for them, and their enemies destroyed themselves without the people of Judah lifting a finger against them. They merely trusted in the Lord, and He fought for them. In this passage, there is an interesting correlation between worship and prayer and trusting in the Lord. Really, when we are doing the first two things sincerely and with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, it is because we are also trusting God. When we depend and trust in Him, we get the opportunity to see Him move in powerful ways, and He gets all the glory. I pray that we, as the people of God through Christ Jesus, would trust in the Lord so completely that our worship and prayer together would reflect that. He is worthy of our trust, and He is worthy of our worship–ALL of it.

This weekend was a great time of celebrating the life, hope, and peace that we have because of Christ, and then celebrating through communion together as well. Praise God for the love that led Jesus to the cross in our place to save us!

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!

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This weekend, we returned to finish our heaven series, “Heaven Revealed.”  Joe shared about the purpose of heaven and how we can be prepared for heaven. I really loved spending the time this weekend trying to get our hearts and minds around a clearer vision of heaven. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer
“Jesus You” (E) [Bill Horn]
Call To Worship
“Sing To The King” (E) [Billy Foote, Charles Silvester Horne]
Welcome/Greeting Time
“Happy Day” (B) [Ben Cantelon, Tim Hughes]
“Glorious Day” (B) [
Michael Bleecker, J. Wilbur Chapman]
“Jesus Paid It All” (B) [Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape, Alex Nifong]
Message – “Heaven Revealed, Pt. 2” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Revelation Song” (C) [Jennie Lee Riddle]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“Jesus You”
– We sang this song as our preparation song this weekend. This is an original song that came from a study of the book of Romans, especially chapters three through five. We sang it for the preparation time this week because the song ends by pointing to eternity: “Now Death, where is your sting?/ You send me home, where forever I will sing/ You, Jesus, You.” We have no need to fear death if we are in Christ. Death only sends us to our true home – the presence of Jesus.

“Sing To The King” – This was our opener this week. This song was used because it points to Christ’s ultimate victory, which gives us the promise of a future together with Him in heaven. The focus of this song certainly gives reason for celebration!

“Happy Day” – We sang this song primarily because of the second verse: “When I stand in that place/ Free at last, meeting face to face/ I am Yours, Jesus, You are mine/ Endless joy and perfect peace/ Earthly pain finally will cease/ Celebrate, Jesus is alive/ He’s alive!” Once again, it is because of the salvation we have in Christ that we can look forward in anticipation of the day when we see Jesus face to face. All tears and sorrow will be gone, and we will experience a joy that defies description!

“Glorious Day” – This song is still fairly new to our congregation, being that we only started singing it a few weeks ago. You can read more of my thoughts on the song here. This week, we decided to bring it down another half-step to B to see if it would be even easier for our congregation to sing.

“Jesus Paid It All” – This song is a staple for our church, and we sang it because it celebrates the one who resurrected us from spiritual death – Jesus Christ. He is the reason we have life. He is the one who has saved us. We did not (and could not) save ourselves. We owe all thanks, praise, and honor to Him. He is the one who paid our debt and raised these lives up from the dead!

“Revelation Song” – This was our response song this weekend. It was one that I had planned on doing for this series when we first started talking about it, and when we sang it for the “Heaven Is For Real” event this past Sunday night, it became a natural tie to this weekend as we concluded our formal discussion on heaven in our services this weekend.

This weekend was really powerful, and we experienced the presence of Christ as we worshiped in our services. Our team did a great job, and our congregation sang like crazy, which was exciting to witness. I am overwhelmed by the goodness of Christ in His promise of heaven for us. I can’t wait to see Him face to face.

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 focused on John 19:28 – 20:31, examining the resurrection of Jesus. After reading through the passage, Pastor Joe dealt with some of the arguments for and against the resurrection, and then ended with call to a response of faith and belief in the resurrection. Because of Christ’s resurrection, we can have hope and eternal life. The resurrection is “the summit of the gospel,” whereas the cross is the center of the gospel. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer
“Jesus You” (E) [original]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call to Worship – Psalm 40:1-3

“Sing To The King” (E) [Billy Foote, Charles Sylvester Horne]
“Salvation Is Here” (Bb) [Joel Houston]

“Stronger” (Bb) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]
“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape]
Prayer
Message – John 19:38 – 20:31 – “The Resurrection” [Joe Hishmeh]
Response Time

Offering/Video/Announcements
“Christ Is Risen” (Gb) [Matt Maher, Mia Fieldes]
Dismissal

“Jesus You” – We opened our preparation time with this song. We have done this a few times for the preparation time, and it was particularly fitting for this weekend. We incorporated more of the band this time, but still kept it a little more laid back than my original arrangement. This song helped to point us in the right direction for our services.

“Sing To The King” – Sarah Oldberg led us on this song. I love the powerful declaration of this song. Sarah and the band did an awesome job on this one, and the church engaged in celebrating and looking forward to Christ’s victorious return. Our risen Lord is coming again. We can rejoice because of this fact, and this song helps us to do just that. Although we haven’t sung this song very often, our congregation still seems to connect well with it. I look forward to singing it again.

“Salvation Is Here” – Our church had not sung this song much in the past, and when I was preparing for this weekend, I thought it would be a great fit because of the bridge, which sings, “Salvation is here/ Salvation is here and He lives in me/ Salvation is here/ ‘Cause You are alive and You live in me.” I could tell it was unfamiliar to much of our congregation, but they sang it, and I think they will sing it more when they have more time with it. I love the chorus of this song, as it builds my confidence in what Christ has done and in His Word: “I know my God saved the day/ And I know His Word never fails/ And I know my God made a way for me/ Salvation is here.”

“Stronger” – This song is still fresh for me, and I really value how it expresses the gospel message. I like the unique expression of the chorus, when it sings, “You are stronger, You are stronger/ Sin is broken, You have saved me/ It is written Christ is risen/ Jesus, You are Lord of all.” It captures so many truths of scripture in a few simple phrases. Beautiful. This song helped us to turn the corner to singing more specifically about the resurrection and what Christ accomplished by it.

“Jesus Paid It All” – This hymn remains another one of my favorites. The additional chorus by Alex Nifong is a simple and beautiful expression of praise to Christ because of the gospel. I invited our congregation to lift their hands to exalt our God  and Savior. It was a powerful part of the service this weekend, and one of my personal highlights, as the church participated well on it.

“Christ Is Risen” – After a message about Christ’s resurrection, I think it was a perfect song to respond with. I love how this song declares the victory of Christ over sin and death. It moves me and encourages me as we sing it together. Although our church has only sung it together one weekend before, we are singing it well together.

This was a great weekend of worshiping the risen Christ. Jesus was lifted high and exalted for who He is and what He has done. We tried some different things with the leading of the songs, with Sarah and I trading off verses on a few of the songs (“Stronger” and “Jesus Paid It All”), and I liked how that pulled both the ladies and the men into singing the melody together. I am so thankful to be a part of this team and this church. God is faithful. May we all live a life that reflects the reality that Jesus is no longer in the grave. He is alive!

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 focused on John 14, examining the Holy Spirit and how He changes the way we live and face reality in this life. You can listen to the entire message here. Because of the focus of the message this week, our call to worship came from selections from Psalm 107 (an awesome psalm!), which helps us to remember all the ways God has been with us and for us. It helps us to recall the faithfulness of our God. He is so good to us. I challenged our congregation to focus on things that the Lord has done in our lives, from redemption to walking with us through a difficult time, and to dwell on those moments as we sang out to our God. This was something that the Lord laid on my heart as we were rehearsing. As we were singing “You Never Let Go” and “Never Once,” I found myself recalling God’s faithfulness in bringing my family and I to this church. I remembered God’s faithfulness in our journey after Hurricane Katrina moved us out of New Orleans. As these things were at the front of my mind, I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving and praise because of what the Lord had done. He is faithful. This became the focus of our time of worshiping through singing together. Psalm 107 ends by saying, “Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord” (Psalm 107:43 ESV).

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer
“Jesus, You” (E) [original]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call to Worship – Psalm 107

“Happy Day” (Bb) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
“You Never Let Go” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
“God Is Able” (Bb) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding]
“Never Once” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Jason Ingram, Tim Wanstall]
Prayer
Message – John 14 [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering/Video/Announcements
Response/Closing Time

“‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus” (E) [Louisa M. R. Steed, William James Kirkpatrick]

Dismissal

“Jesus, You” – We opened our preparation time with this song again this week. I want our congregation to know it, because at the very least, it is helpful for us to focus on the gospel and to remember clearly what the Lord has done for us. As the book of Romans lays out clearly, we were dead and without hope–enemies of God–yet Jesus came to rescue us by dying in our place and rising again victorious over sin and death. Because of what He has done for us, our song for eternity will be one that sings the name of Jesus, our redeemer.

“Happy Day” – This song is a great opening song that helps to put the focus immediately on the gospel of redemption. It is very familiar for our congregation, and I think it resonates with many of us.

“You Never Let Go” – This song remains one of my favorites. We haven’t sung this together in a while, so it was good to pick it back up this weekend. I love the reminder in this song of Jesus’ promise to believers, recounted in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” There is great comfort, peace, and assurance in that promise, and it is one that we really need to remember as we make the journey through our lives with Jesus. Because

“God Is Able” – We taught this song a couple of months ago, and I think it was a great fit for this weekend’s focus because of it’s repeated emphasis on God’s continual presence with us. I really enjoy this song, and I think our congregation has connected well with it, so we will continue to sing it together in the future.

“Never Once” – Similar to the previous two songs, this song emphasizes God’s presence with us and His faithfulness to us as His children. When we look back on our lives in Christ, we will be able to look back on our lives and see that God was always with us, and never, at any point, did we walk alone.

“‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus” – We responded to God’s Word with this song. This is a favorite hymn of mine, because it sings about the blessing of the relationship we have with Jesus when we are trusting Him fully. The benefits of knowing and trusting Jesus are the same that the Spirit provides in us, and that is why we sang this song as the response. We will only experience the blessing of truly knowing Jesus through His Spirit when we trust Him.

All around, this was a great weekend of worshiping our Savior. Our team did a fantastic job, and I’m thankful for what the Lord is doing in us.

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 focused on John 12, looking at Mary’s offering of worship as she anointed Jesus’ feet with her costly perfume. Joe preached about dying to oneself in order to come alive to Christ, and giving of our selves to gain more of Christ. In order to grow deeper in Christ, we have to become less. We were all challenged to make Jesus our treasure. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer
“Jesus, You” (E) [original]
Call to Worship
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche]
Welcome/Greeting Time
“Glory to God Forever” (A) [Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching]
“Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
“Son of God” (G) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash]
Prayer
Message – John 12:1-8, 13-20 [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering/Video/Announcements
Response/Closing Time

“Take My Life And Let It Be” (D) [Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan]

Dismissal

“Jesus, You” – We opened our preparation time with this song. This is a song that I wrote as I was studying and teaching through the book of Romans a few years ago while serving in Gainesville, FL. This was the first time we have sung it here at Fellowship, and I thought it was fitting for our time of preparation. The song was written in Gb, but we brought it down to E to make it a little more mellow, and also to make it a little easier to sing with (eventually, as people pick it up). The song has an unconventional structure, so I’m not sure how it will function as a corporate worship song. The change may be beneficial in that it shakes us up from what we consider “normal.” Regardless, I think it is worth the effort, so we’ll try it a few more times to see how the congregation takes a hold of it. I really enjoyed doing this song with just acoustic, vocals, and keys, and I think it worked really well as a preparation song, getting us focused on the gospel. Here’s the lyric:

Jesus, You
Words and Music by Bill Horn

Verse 1
Who can rescue man from sin?

Who can break him from this hopeless prison?
Who can bear the wrath ahead?
Who can make him live, though he’s long been dead?

Verse 2
Who could light the darkest night?

Who could speak a word, that death would turn to life?
Who could heal this hopeless pain?
Who could make it right, and make me live again?

Refrain
You, Jesus, You

Verse 3
Death reigned and all men died

‘Til You paid the promised price
The ransom of Your life
Most holy sacrifice

Verse 4
But the grave could not contain

The Lamb who bore my stain
You died and rose again

Refrain
You, Jesus, You

Verse 5
Now, Death, where is your sting?

You send me home
Where forever I will sing

Refrain
You, Jesus, You

“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” – This was our call to worship song this week, and I think it is perfect for that part of the service. Musically, it begins with sort of a stirring feeling, and lyrically it calls us into greater praise of our God and invites Him to have His way in us because He is the one who saves us. Another reason we sang this song was because the focus passage included Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as King, where the people shouted “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel” (John 12:13). It was the right way to start our services this weekend. This is a favorite among our people, as we always get engaged quickly in singing it together.

“Glory to God Forever” – We only did this song at the 7 PM and 9 AM services, because we had child dedications in its place during the other services. It has almost been two months since we last sang this song. For the focus of this weekend, giving our lives and our resources to grow deeper in Christ, this song was a fitting call for us to offer our lives for His glory as living offerings of worship. Jesus is worthy.

“Because of Your Love” – I love this song because it makes clear the reason for our living a life of obedience. We follow Him, not because we have to earn our way into favor with God (we cannot), but because He loved us with such an amazing love as demonstrated on the cross. Our obedience and our worship is our response to what God has already done for us. I tried to emphasize this thought throughout our time together, both through the songs and in the things I said between the songs. This song is still a little unfamiliar to our congregation, but I think we are starting to sing it better together.

“Son of God” – This is a clear and somewhat comprehensive song of praise to Jesus Christ. It points to Christ’s deity, His sacrifice on the cross, His power, His fulfillment of prophecy, and His unique worth. We connected this song with “Because of Your Love,” emphasizing again that the giving of our lives to God and for HIs purposes is our response to who Jesus is and what He has done for us. This is a favorite of our congregation, and it’s for good reason.

“Take My Life And Let It Be” – We responded to God’s Word with this song. I can’t think of a greater hymn for the purpose of giving our lives to the Lord as living offerings of worship. It covers all the bases: our lives, our time, our hands, our feet, our voices, our lips, our money, and our minds. Our keyboardist, Cory Zipperle, had some great ideas about changing the arrangement up (especially the vamps between verses), and I think it gave it more of a reflective tone. It was a great fit to respond to the message today.

This was a great weekend of worshiping our Savior. Our team did a great job, and our congregation was engaging in each of the four services. I’m thankful for what the Lord is doing in us.

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!