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This was our sixth and final weekend walking through 1 John together in our “Love In Christ” series. Joe Hishmeh preached about assurance and confidence from 1 John, focusing on the rest and security we have because of what Christ has done. It was a powerful reminder of where we stand with God, and how that changes the way that we live. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused primarily on songs that emphasized our security and sure hope in Christ. We have nothing to fear, because what Christ has accomplished for us is enough.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Sing to the King” (E) [Charles S. Horne, Billy Foote]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call to Worship

“He Has Done It All” (G) [Andy Cherry, Jason Ingram]
“Forever Reign” (Ab) [Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram]
“A Mighty Fortress” (C) [Christy Nockels]

Message – “Love In Christ: Assurance” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“Sing to The King” – We opened our services with this song, which is a favorite for our congregation. Sarah led us on this one, and she always does a great job. I love the lyric and the power of this song, singing of the victory and hope we have in Christ. Jesus wins. End of story.

“He Has Done It All” – We continued teaching this song this week. It fit really well with the focus of the message, as well as the entire message of 1 John, which is why I wanted to introduce it at this time. I think our congregation is starting to get the hang of this one, and I think we’ll be singing it together again in the near future.

“Forever Reign” – This remains a favorite for our church, and Sarah did an awesome job leading us on this one as well. I love how it points out many of the amazing characteristics of our great God. His character is the foundation for our hope in Him. It is because He is true and unchanging that we can trust His promises.

“A Mighty Fortress” – I love this song. Sarah led on this one as well. It is another great reminder of the perfect character of our God. He is faithful, constant, true, and unfailing. And we will be with Him forever. Amen.

“Your Great Name” – We responded to the message with this song during communion. This is a fairly simple song that just exalts the name of Jesus for who He is and what He has done. I love this song, and so does our congregation. It was a sweet moment during communion. Stacy Kreuger did a great job helping lead this song, as well.

This weekend was an acoustic weekend, and I love it when we are able to do this. We had a few technical or musical issues, but for the most part everything came together pretty well. For me, acoustic weekends always renew my focus and brings me back to my beginnings as a worshipper. The youth group where I became a believer and began leading worship eventually was only acoustic guitar(s) and singing, and it was always an intense time of engaging with the Lord. When we strip the music down to the bare bones, sometimes it helps us to focus on the main thing: Jesus.

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 was our fifth weekend walking through 1 John together in our “Love In Christ” series. Brian Tryhus preached about forgiveness from 1 John, focusing on the futility of wallowing in shame and guilt when we sin. Our forgiveness has been promised and secured by the sacrifice of Christ. It was a powerful reminder and challenge to walk in forgiveness with confidence, faith, and hope. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused primarily on songs that emphasized what Christ has accomplished for us, and the standing we have with God because of it. We been declared righteous (justified) in Jesus Christ. When the Father sees us, He sees us through Christ.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

(pre-service) “In The Light” (E) [Charlie Peacock, as performed by DC Talk]
“All Because of Jesus” (Bb) [Steve Fee]

Welcome/Greeting Time
Call to Worship – thoughts from Isaiah 53
“Jesus Messiah” (G) [Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash]
“He Has Done It All” (G) [Andy Cherry, Jason Ingram]
“Son of God” (G) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran]

Message – “Love In Christ: Forgiveness” [Brian Tryhus]
Video – “Forget What You Know (Caedmon’s Call)”
“Nothing But The Blood” (G) [Robert Lowry]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“In the Light”(Yes, it is the one performed by DC Talk in the 90’s). We sang this one for our pre-service countdown because it is a great fit with the book of 1 John, as it focuses on walking in the light as He is in the light. It is a ton of fun to play, and I could see people in our congregation who remembered it singing along. I think it was a great way for our congregation to enter into the worship center this weekend.

“All Because of Jesus” – We opened our services with this song, which is a staple for our congregation. It set the tone for the entire service, as declaring with joy and confidence that we are alive in Jesus.

“Jesus Messiah” – After reciting a few verses from Isaiah 53, we sang this song together. I love the lyric of this song, and I think one of the most powerful moments of it is the bridge, where we sing, “All our hope is in You/ All our hope is in You/ All the glory to You, God/ The Light of the World.” We need to put all of our hope in Christ alone. He is the only way for us to be saved. He is the only way for us to be redeemed. He is our life. This is one of the most significant reasons that He is worthy of all glory and honor and praise.

“He Has Done It All” – We began teaching this song a few weeks ago, and this was the second time we have sung it together. I absolutely love this song. I think it reminds us of the truth of the gospel, and inspires our confidence in what Christ has declared: “It is finished.”

“Son of God” – This is one of our church’s favorite songs, and it was a great way to finish our main set of songs. It is a simple and beautiful expression of worship to our risen King, Jesus. The chorus and bridge sing: “Jesus, O Holy One/ I sing to You, forgiven/ Savior, I’m overcome/ With Your great love for me/ You are worthy/ You are worthy/ You are worthy of all my praise/ You are beautiful/ You are beautiful/ I will lift up my hands and sing.”  I love this song, and our congregation sings it so well!

“Nothing But The Blood” – We responded to the message with this great hymn, which is one of my all-time favorites. I cannot think of a song that more clearly declares the truth of the gospel, and the fact that salvation comes through no other but Jesus. He is the only way of salvation, and He has accomplished it through His blood, which He shed for us at the cross when He died in our place. His sacrifice equals our rescue. My favorite verses are the third and fourth: “Nothing can for sin atone/ Nothing but the blood of Jesus/ Naught of good that I have done/ Nothing but the blood of Jesus” and “This is all my hope and peace/ Nothing but the blood of Jesus/ This is all my righteousness/ Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Amen!

This weekend was an intense weekend of worship. There is nothing I love more than focusing on the cross of Jesus Christ and remembering what He accomplished for us. It always moves me and overwhelms me to think of His grace and love for me. Our team did a great job, and I think we all will walk away from this weekend reminded of the forgiveness and redemption we have in Jesus Christ. When the Father looks at us, He sees us through Christ– as forgiven, justified, and righteous. Praise the Lord for what He has done for 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 was our fourth weekend walking through 1 John together in our “Love In Christ” series. David Hinkle preached about obedience from 1 John, focusing on “chasing Christ rather than checking the box,” and pursuing “godliness, not merely goodness.” I think we were all challenged and called to Christ this weekend. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on songs that emphasized God’s calling on us and His worthiness for our obedience. He loved first and gave first, and our obedience is a response to God for who He is and what He has done.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“I Will Go” (F#m) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld]
Welcome/Greeting Time

“Let Me Sing” (Bb) [Todd Fields]
“Hosanna” (D) [Brooke Fraser]
“Lead Me To The Cross” (D) [Brooke Fraser]
“All To Jesus I Surrender” (aka “I Surrender All”) (D) [Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter, Winfield Scott Weeden]

Message – “Love In Christ: Obedience” [David Hinkle]
Offering

“Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
Announcements/Dismissal

“I Will Go” – This was our opener this week, and it is a strong song of dedication that we have sung a few times over the past year. I love the message of the lyric, and I think it something worthy of being sung often: “I will go, I will go, I will go, Lord, send me/ To the world, to the lost, to the poor and hungry/ Take everything I am, I’m clay within Your hands/ I will go, I will go, send me.” May this be the Church’s sincere prayer to the Lord.

“Let Me Sing” – This song really emphasizes the correct heart and motivation for obedience: because of what Jesus has done in giving His life for our redemption, we respond with all that we are as living offerings of worship for Him and His glory.

“Hosanna” – We sang this song because the second verse and bridge really tied in well with our focus, asking God to break and shape our hearts to align with His.

“Lead Me To The Cross” – This is another great song of dedication, as we look to the cross of Christ, where He also calls us to take up our own cross in following Him. Our own life of sacrifice ought to be modeled after His.

“All To Jesus I Surrender” – We tagged this song onto the end of “Lead Me To The Cross,” as a way to help tie everything together. Jesus is worthy of ALL we are and ALL we have. Let us hold nothing back from Him as He calls us to follow Him.

“Because Of Your Love” – I think this song was a very fitting response song to David’s message (praise God for His direction here). Again, this song emphasized how the Lord gave first, and our response and obedience to Him is because of what He has already done for us: “Because of Your cross, my debt is paid/ Because of Your blood, my sins are washed away/ Now all of my life, I freely give/ Because of Your love, because of Your love I live.”

This weekend was a good weekend overall. I felt that our team led with sincerity and intensity, despite a few loose moments in our playing. I will take that any day. I want our team to lead like they mean it. Sometimes that will result in some less than perfect moments for now, but as we all become more familiar with our vocabulary, that will continue to improve. The bottom line is that we cannot expect our congregation to more excited about engaging with God than we are. That is our challenge–to lead by example, in every area of our lives. I’m really proud of how our team is growing and trying to lead more and more each week.

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, David Hinkle preached about abiding in Christ from 1 John. This was our second week walking through 1 John together in our “Love In Christ” series, and we have been reading through the entire letter each week to become very familiar with it. In his message, David emphasized the certainty and security that we have because of what Christ has done for us, and our resulting relationship and fellowship with Christ. It was a beautiful and powerful reminder of our covenant relationship with God. You can listen to the entire message here. For the music this week, we focused on God’s faithfulness, God’s grace toward us, the finished work of the cross, and the call for us to be completely confident in the person and the work of Jesus Christ. We have nothing to fear in Him.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Faithful One” (G) [Original]
Welcome/Greeting Time

“Hallelujah To My King” (E) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“He Has Done It All” (G) [Andy Cherry, Jason Ingram]
“You Have Overcome” (G) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]

Message – “Love In Christ: Abide” [David Hinkle]
Offering

“You Never Let Go” (Bb) [Matt Redman]
Announcements
Dismissal

“Faithful One” – This is an original song that we introduced to our congregation a few weekends ago. It declares the truth that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). In my mind, this is one of the crucial attributes of our Lord, because it means that He will not change His mind about us when we are in Christ. His Word is binding and unchanging, because it comes from Him. This is the reason that we can trust His promises.

“Hallelujah To My King” – This song is a simple song of praise to God for all that He has done for us. My favorite verse is the second, which sings of God’s amazing grace and mercy in adopting us as sons and daughters, even when we were enemies.

“He Has Done It All” – This is a new song that I have been itching to introduce to our church for a few months. I first heard it February at the re:create conference during our night of worship with several Essential Worship artists. One of them was completely new to me: Andy Cherry. I hadn’t heard any of his songs before that night, but several of his songs really resonated with me, especially this one. It declares with confidence that we are secure in what Christ has done for us. The chorus sings, “Love tells me/ It is finished, He accomplished/ What no one could, He has done it all/ Everything has been made complete/ In Him I belong, He has done it all.”  Unfortunately, it’s not really streaming anywhere for you to hear it, so you’ll have to just pick up the album (it’s worth it, believe me). I love this song, and our church joined in singing it pretty well. I think our congregation will participate in it more as we continue singing it together. This one is a keeper.

“You Have Overcome” – This is an original song that we introduced around Easter, and it is one that is simply about the gospel and what Jesus Christ accomplished for us. He has overcome sin and death and redeemed us to everlasting life. We can place our complete trust in Him; He is so worthy of our praise.

“You Never Let Go” – In response to the message, we sang this song of faith. Regardless of the circumstances we face in this life, God is with us, and He is worthy of our praise. He is faithful to His covenant toward us.

This weekend was a pretty good weekend. I didn’t feel like we were as tight as I would have liked, but we sang songs that centered on the gospel and that pointed our confidence to Christ alone, which is what ultimately matters most. Christ was exalted, and I feel that we were all encouraged by the reminder that Jesus never fails and never neglects His covenant toward us. We can be assured and confident in our Savior!

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!