Posts Tagged ‘Joy’

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

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]

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?


Here’s our set from this morning:

“Kingdom” [Kristian Stanfill]
“God is Alive” [Steve Fee and Eddie Kirkland]
“Beautiful the Blood” [Steve Fee]
“Lord of All” [Kristian Stanfill]
“True Love” [Phil Wickham]
Message: “5 Love Secrets” by Pastor Jay
Response: “I Want to Love You” [Todd Fields]
Offertory: “Love is Not a Fight” [Warren Barfield]

I was ready for today. I have been looking forward to it on many levels. We had the entire youth group in the service this morning, which was awesome. Today was billed as “I Love My Church” Sunday, where every Connect Group made it a point to bring their friends with them, and to get people to identify what is about their church that they love. Today was also Pastor Jay’s 14th anniversary as pastor of Church at the Mall. My first day as the worship lead for this great church was his 10th anniversary celebration, which means that I have been leading for this church for 4 years today. It’s hard to believe. At any rate, there were a lot of reasons to be excited about today, and it really was.

There were quite a few mishaps, be it technical or performance-oriented. Each of us had a mistake in the band, except for our keyboardist, Amanda and our pianist, Melanie. I got thrown off by a miscue, and proceeded to sing the wrong line in the second verse of “Beautiful the Blood.” We could not, for the life of us, find our groove on “God is Alive” with the click. “Lord of All” was right on (this one continues to be a favorite for me and for our people), and so was “True Love.” Our Pastor was pulling in the parking lot with this song blasting on his car stereo. I love it. It was a perfect fit with his message today. I love how the Spirit makes it all fit together so beautifully.

The biggest technical mishap was at the beginning of the offertory, where we did “Love is Not a Fight” by Warren Barfield, which is anĀ  amazing song. When I went to begin the acoustic-only introduction, there was only noise. Nothing was getting through but static. Of course, at this point, everyone in the room is watching me try and figure it out. I unplugged my mute box send to my tuner, which didn’t help. I then jiggled the XLR cables on either side of the mute box, and it came on extremely loud, because my sound man had boosted it to try and get anything. However, because I unplugged my tuner, it was a different, crazier-sounding static. Meanwhile, our executive pastor, Steve, brought a mic out to put in front of the guitar to go old-school. Right as he got it set up, everything was fixed with my guitar, and we got rolling. I had to say something, so I joked, “Sorry about that!” and everyone (thankfully) laughed along. The song went great after that. It is really a beautiful, honest, and powerful song about love. It was borne out of adversity. See the story here.

It was just that kind of a morning. It seemed and felt like the enemy was trying to interfere with what went on today. God was certainly at work. During the prayer time, Jay called on the men of the church to pray and ask God to help them be the men He has called them to be for their families. Dozens of men came down to the altar to pray in the middle of the service. It was a beautiful thing to witness. The people responded powerfully in worship of our King, and that was also very encouraging and a reminder that it doesn’t depend on everything going perfectly. I struggle with that, because of my perfectionism, but in the end God receives the glory because He is the one who makes the spiritual happen. I cannot manufacture it, nor can anyone else on the team. We can only facilitate. While it doesn’t alleviate our responsibility to lead and to plan, that is truly a freeing thing.

I love my church, and I am so thankful that the Lord has brought me here. Happy Valentine’s Day, by the way.

All the Glory belongs to Him,


p.s. be sure to check out Sunday Set Lists at to see what other churches/leaders did this morning.

This week was a little different mix, because we were in the midst of our church-wide Christmas Celebration, which takes up almost all of our technical resources for several weeks. Danny and I led together for the services, including the praise team and the band. We focused our attention more on carols with a few worship tunes in the mix. Here’s the list:

  • “Joy to the World” (New Arrangement)
  • “Angels We Have Heard On High”
  • “The First Noel”
  • “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
  • “Here I Am To Worship”
  • “O Come, Let Us Adore Him”
  • “Joseph’s Lullaby”
  • “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”

All in all, I thought it was a good morning. I had never heard “Joseph’s Lullaby” before this past week, and I really love that song. It is such a fresh perspective on the birth of Christ and the care of his parents, especially Joseph, for him. It is especially significant for me right now because I have my one-month-old son, and fresh eyes with which to see the incarnation. It’s a beautiful thing. We will probably use the song again at Christmas Eve, and I am considering holding my by while I sing it then. We’ll see. I wasn’t sure I could get through the song that way…

Check out Fred McKinnon’s to see other worship leader’s set lists.

Here’s our set list from this past Sunday. It was a great day of worship, and the acoustic combo was a fun way to deliver it. I hope we can do it again soon.
  • “Joy to the World” (arr. by Bill Horn)
  • “Happy Day” (Tim Hughes)
  • “Blessed Be Your Name” (Matt and Beth Redman)
  • “You Never Let Go” (Matt Redman)
  • “Glory to God Forever” (Steve Fee and Vicki Beeching)
  • “Enough” (Chris Tomlin)
  • “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (arr. by Bill Horn)

I really enjoyed the combination of “Joy to the World” with “Happy Day.” In a way, they bracket the life of Christ and His redemptive work for us. One takes a perspective from before Christ was born, and the other looks from the present backward to all that He accomplished.

“Blessed Be Your Name” is an older but beloved song for the church, and I love how it expresses such confidence in our God despite the circumstances. “You Never Let Go” shares these sentiments. I don’t think anyone captures these ideas better than Matt and Beth Redman.

“Glory to God Forever” is a simple but excellent expression of eternal concepts. Essentially, this is what we should all be about: the glory of God, expressed in everything we say and do.

“Enough” worked really well as the invitation for Jay’s message this week. God is our supply and He is all that we need. He has been so generous to us with His love and grace and mercy, and we ought to do the same for the people around us.

“”O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is quickly becoming one of my new favorite Christmas tunes. I’m pretty happy with this arrangement of it, and I think it has a really cool vibe as an acoustic song. We’ll be doing this a few more times this Advent season.