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Well, life has been happening and I have fallen behind on my posts, so a little catch-up is in order. The past two weekends have been some of my favorites here at Fellowship. We have been in the midst of a series titled “Faith” and it has been both encouraging and challenging for our church. On 11/02 -11/03, our lead pastor, Joe, shared how we have been redeemed by the finished work of Christ. This past weekend, 11/09 – 11/10, our Adult Discipleship Pastor, David Hinkle, shared about how God has set us apart for His glory and His working here on the earth. Both of these messages were powerful declarations of the gospel, and it really showed as the church sang in response. You can listen to or watch the entire messages and services here.

Here’s our service plan from 11/02 – 11/03:

Pre-Service – “Song of the Redeemed” (Em) [Charlie Hall, Kendall Combes, Quint Anderson, Brian Bergman, Dustin Ragland] 
Welcome
“Sing to the King” (E) [Billy Foote, Charles Silvester Horne]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “Faith: Redeemed” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion Intro
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (D) [John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, John P. Rees, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio]
Taking of the Elements
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
“This Is Amazing Grace” (A) [Phil Wickham, Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was one of my favorite services of which I have ever been a part. Our team did a fantastic job leading across the board. Kelsey Thomsen rejoined the team to co-lead this weekend after a long break for school in Wichita, and she did a great job in her return. I am so excited to see how everyone stepped up and called our congregation to worship Jesus. The highlights for me were “Song of the Redeemed,” “Sing to the King,” and “You Have Overcome.” It was an amazing weekend!


Here’s our service plan from this past weekend, 11/09 – 11/10:

Welcome
“Holy Is The Lord” (E) [Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio] 
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, The Modern Post]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “Faith: Set Apart” [David Hinkle]
“A Mighty Fortress” (Bb) [Christy Nockels, Nathan Nockels]
“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, w/ additional chorus by Alex Nifong]
“Rejoice” (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was another great weekend of worship. Again, our team did a great job leading us in worship. Becky Tindell did a great job co-leading, especially in leading us on “A Mighty Fortress,” which is an awesome song coming largely from the book of Hebrews. It was a great fit with the message this weekend, along with “Jesus Paid It All.” Together, these two songs encapsulated the emphasis of David’s powerful message: we are set apart to holiness for God’s glory, yet our righteousness before God is only in the finished work of Jesus on our behalf. The highlights for me were “Before the Throne,” “Jesus Paid It All,” and “Rejoice,” which is one of my favorite new songs. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen. The lyric is powerful and moving. In all, it was a beautiful weekend.

So, I leave you with this: what were your experiences, observations, or take-aways from these past two weekends?

– Bill

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This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued in our fifth week of our series, “Deep and Wide,” and shared how the deep and wide follower of Jesus experiences joy when he or she is surrendered to God’s authority, submitted to God’s will, and sacrificing to God’s mission. When we are faithful with what He has given us, God brings us into His joy. It was a great challenge to evaluate whether we are truly experiencing joy. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Video – YoungLife – Andy Vogel
“Rejoice” (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
“Happy Day” (C) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
“Joyful (The One Who Saves)” (C) [Brenton Brown, Jason Ingram, Ludwig Van Beethoven]
Greeting Time
Video – LifeCare Ministry – Frank Eschmann

Announcements
Video – You & Two – Theresa
Message – “Deep & Wide: A Follower of Jesus… is Joyful” [Joe Hishmeh]
Elder-led Prayer – Greg Armbruster

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (Eb) [Edwin O. Excell, Louie Giglio, John P. Rees, John Newton, Chris Tomlin]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was great. Kip Kraisinger and Heidi Carlson both did a great job co-leading, and the team did a fantastic job overall. After introducing the new song “Rejoice” last week, our congregation sang it really well throughout the weekend. I love how the song calls us to rejoice because of who God is, in every circumstance, because He is with us and He is worthy. It’s a powerful lyric for us to sing: “All our sickness and our sorrows/ Jesus carried up the hill/ He has walked this path before us/ He is walking with us still/ Turning tragedy to triumph/ Turning agony to praise/ There is blessing in the battle/ So take heart and stand amazed.” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” was a great way to end our services, while Kip and Heidi helped lead the congregation in singing.

For our singing this weekend, we sang songs that focused on how we can have joy in all circumstance because of who Christ is for us. He is our Redeemer, and He is with us no matter what we face in this life [“Rejoice,” “Happy Day,” “Joyful (The One Who Saves),” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”]. It was an encouraging and hopeful weekend throughout.

– Bill

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

This weekend, we were in the fifth week of our series through 2 Timothy – “Lead In Christ.” In his message this week, our lead pastor Joe Hishmeh shared about how daily trials lead to transformation in our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“I’ll Fly Away” (G) [Albert E. Brumley]
“I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” (G) [Charles Hutchison Gabriel]
“Amazing Grace” (G) [John Newton, Edwin O’Excell]
Greeting Time/Announcements
WWII Veteran Interview Video

Message – “Lead In Christ: Trials – 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Battle Hymn Of The Republic” (Bb) [William Steffe, Julia Ward Howe]

Mail Call for guest WWII Veterans
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a special weekend for our congregation, as we took time before Independence Day to recognize and thank many WWII veterans from our area. The idea was inspired by the Honor Flight film, where WWII veterans were flown to Washington D.C. to see the WWII memorial and other military cemeteries, and then were received home by their communities with a showering of love and thanks for their great sacrifice for us. We sought to do something similar for veterans in our community. Our congregation wrote many notes thanking each veteran for their sacrifice and service, and we handed each of the veterans a packet of these letters. Joe pointed to the sacrifice of these men as a picture of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross. He selflessly laid down His life for us that we could have life through Him.

For our singing, we sang all hymns and did them in a sort of folk/bluegrass style, which was a lot of fun with the team. We also had two of our new team members with us who did a great job this weekend: Ronnie Murphy on banjo and Trent Raines on vocals and acoustic.

– Bill

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

This past weekend, we continued in our sixth message of our series – “Seven.” Two of our pastors, Frank Eschmann and Nick Strobel, shared a challenging word from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 about the importance of honoring God with our health choices. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Made Alive” (C) [Brian Eichelberger, Zach Bolen]
“Hallelujah To My King” (C) [Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche]

Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Seven: Health – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20” [Frank Eschmann & Nick Strobel]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (D) [Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Louie Giglio]
“To Our God” (A) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Joel Taylor]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook, arr. by Dustin Kensrue]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a great weekend. Our team did a solid job leading throughout the weekend. We brought “Made Alive” after teaching it for consecutive weeks a few weeks back, and it was a great way to start our our services. Becky Tindell co-led this weekend, and she did a great job leading us on “Hallelujah To My King” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).” “To Our God” was a new song for our congregation that we introduced it at our Overflow worship night a few weekends ago. It was written by Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, and Joel Taylor from Bethel church out of Redding, CA. I’m really enjoying this song right now, as a simple song of worship that declares the surpassing worth of Christ because of who He is and what He has done. I’m looking forward to singing it again soon with our church. We finished our weekend with “Before The Throne,” which is quickly becoming one of our church’s favorites. It was a great way to close the weekend.

Because of the message this weekend regarding health, and the tendency that we all could have towards shame and guilt, we sang primarily about grace of God and the finished work of cross for us. Our response to the Word of God should not be out of shame, guilt, and fear, but instead it should be out trust, love, and worship of God. That’s what we tried to emphasize through what we sang this weekend.

– Bill

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

This weekend, we continued in the second week of our series through 2 Corinthians– “Purpose In Christ.” Joe shared about growing in forgiveness, and how forgiveness can be the demonstration of the victory that Christ has over sin. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“In Tenderness” (G) [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey, arr. by Citizens]
“Sing to the King” (D) [Charles Sylvester Horne, Billy James Foote]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Forgiveness” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (E) [Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, John P. Rees]

“Forever Reign” (A) [Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great weekend. Joe’s message was very powerful and challenging, our team led well, and the church was very engaged. Becky Tindell returned to co-lead after her maternity leave, and it was great to have her back. The entire worship team locked in really well and it was a solid weekend musically. I love the songs that we sang this weekend, and I felt like there was a good balance of both energetic songs and reflective songs. Also, our tech team did a great job, with three volunteers running sound, video, and MediaShout for the first time solo. It is really amazing to see how our team is growing and developing. God continues to bring people who have a passion to accomplish the mission of our church together, for which I am extremely grateful. God is doing some great things here, and I truly believe our best days are ahead of us.

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 week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued our discipleship series, “Ephesians – United in Christ.” In the message for the weekend, Joe shared from Ephesians 5:1-8 how God calls us to “Love not Lust.” When we settle for lust instead of love, we are selling ourselves short, and accepting far less than God’s best for our lives. It was a powerful challenge to pursue love and our true identity and purpose in Christ. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Because of the drive of the message, we focused on the amazing love of God that never changes, never fails, never leaves us, never forsakes us, and never gives up.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Sing to the King” (D) [Billy Foote, Charles Silvester Horne]
Welcome/Greeting Time

“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” (Bb) [Brian Johnson, Christa Black, Jeremy Riddle]
“Forever Reign” (Bb) [Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
Message – “Ephesians 5:1-8” [Joe Hishmeh]
“The Love of God” (D) [Frederick M. Lehman, arr. by Bill Horn]
“Amazing Grace” (D) [John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, John P. Rees, arr. by Bill Horn]

Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“Sing to the King” – We opened our services this weekend with this great hymn rewrite by Billy Foote. One of our newer team members, Cindy Gular, led us on this one and did a great job. I loved opening with this song, as it set our eyes on our hope: Christ’s victorious return and the consummation of our salvation. As Joe said in his message, “Our lives our best when long-term values are  the basis of our short-term decisions.” When we keep our eyes on our future and our hope in Christ, we live differently.

“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” – We continued after the welcome time with this song, which helps us declare the truth about God’s constant and unchanging love for us. I love singing this song together with our congregation.

“Forever Reign” – This song says a lot about God and His character. I love how it juxtaposes God’s perfection against our weakness in the verses, helping us to see and sing of our great need for Him.

“Your Great Name” – We finished the first part of the service with this song, which points us to the cross and the redemption that we find in Christ alone. He is Lord, and He is high and lifted up, and one day every knee will bow before His throne and confess that truth. My hope for our congregation is that we will confess that truth not only with our words, but with our lives.

“The Love of God” – We responded to the message with this profound hymn about God’s love. I (along with most everyone else who hears this song) particularly love the last verse: “Could we with ink the oceans fill, and were the skies of parchment made/ Were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill, and ev’ry man a scribe by trade/ To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry/ Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.” That is beautifully said.

“Amazing Grace” – We tagged this onto the end of “The Love of God” to finish out our services. We did something we don’t normally do, in that we sang it only with piano. It was a nice moment for us all to hear one another singing this most familiar of hymns together. I feel that it also helped tie everything together from the service: recognizing our own sinfulness, the greatness of God’s love and grace for us, and fixing our eyes on our hope in Christ.

Thoughts: This weekend was a great weekend. Our team did a great job, and I am happy with how each song tied together with the focus. I felt that the church sang well in each of our services, and that people were engaging with the truth of God and His gospel in the songs that we were singing. The weekends are consistently a highlight of my week, as we remember the gospel and praise God for who He is and what He has done for us.

What were your thoughts or experiences on your worship experience this weekend?

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This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared about authentic, biblical community in a message entitled “Authentic Community.” It was a strong challenge to us all to value and prioritize the things that are most important and that will last: God, His Word, and people. One of the best way we can do this is through small groups, where we can share those things–life–together. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on songs that emphasized the Lordship of Christ and the freedom and love we now have because of His grace, which enables us to experience true community.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call to Worship – Ps. 9:1-2

“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
“Lord of All” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]
“How Great Is Our God” (Bb) [Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]

Message – “Authentic Community” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (Eb) [John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, John P. Rees]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“Your Grace Is Enough” – We opened our services with this song, which is one of our staples. We haven’t sung it in a while, but it was fitting this weekend as it emphasizes the grace of God, which is what has brought us together as the body of Christ, and is the only way for us to remain together. We need His grace to shape our hearts and minds and to edify one another in the Church.

“Everlasting God” – This is a song that our church always engages with, and I love it because it pulls directly from Scripture (Isaiah 40). This is definitely a great, yet simple song that is worth singing together. One of our worship leaders, Becky Tindell, led us into this one, and we traded off throughout the song.

“Lord of All” – This song is one of my all-time favorite worship songs. It helps us declare the glory, majesty, and power of our Lord in very simple and beautiful language, and the music adds to those ideas. The chorus is as strong as they get: “There is none so high and holy/ King of kings the one and only/ You are adored, You are the Lord of all!”

“How Great Is Our God” – We tagged the bridge and the chorus of this song to the end of “Lord of All,” because they share a nearly identical chord progression. The two songs were well together thematically as well, so it was a great combination that helped us exalt the Lord well.

“Your Great Name” – We finished our main singing time with this song, which is one of my favorites. I love singing the name of Jesus together with the Church. We started it out very quietly, with Becky leading us into it. It was a beautiful and powerful moment. This song is interesting because the original melody by Michael Neale (the guys’ parts on the chorus and bridge) is now largely considered the harmony because Natalie Grant recorded the harmony (the girls’ parts) as though it were the melody of the song. Because of this, both the men and the women have a clear and strong part to sing, and it makes for a great congregational song. Becky and I each did a verse, and then we sang the respective parts for the rest of the song. This song was the highlight of the weekend for me.

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” – We hadn’t sung this song for a while, but it always connects with our congregation. We sang this song because it celebrates the freedom and love we have in Christ, and those things are what make authentic biblical community a possibility. Jesus set us free and put us together as the body of Christ, and it’s a beautiful thing.

This weekend was really enjoyable for me. There were many moments where I was moved almost to the point of not being able to sing (those are tricky times to be leading…). Our team did an awesome job, and it was truly a blessing to worship together and to point our congregation towards the Lord.

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

In the Son,
Bill

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