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As followers of Jesus, we are guided by the Word of God and the Spirit of God. This was the message from our Family Pastor, Brian Tryhus, as we continued our series titled “Faith.” It was a great reminder for us to look for guidance in the right places. You can listen to or watch the entire messages and services here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “Lead of Love” (G) [Aaron Tate of Caedmon’s Call]
Welcome
“I’ll Fly Away” (G) [Albert E. Brumley]
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “Faith: Guided” [Brian Tryhus]
“It Is Well” (Bb) [Philip Paul Bliss, Todd Fields, Horatio G. Spafford]
“One Thing Remains” (Bb) [Christa Black, Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle]
“Rejoice” (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
Dismissal
Post-Service – “”Lead of Love” (G) [Aaron Tate]

Thoughts: This was a solid weekend of worship with our church. It was one of those weekends where I felt the Lord was strong in my weakness. The lyric that stuck with me throughout the weekend was from “Lead of Love”: “Looking back I can finally see/ How failures bring humility/ Brings me to my knees/ Helps me see my need for Thee.” That resonated with me this weekend. During the message in the first service on Saturday night, I was having a conversation with my wife and keeping my eye on the timer for the message. When it said four minutes left, I quickly headed upstairs, only to hear music playing and to find the speaking pastor, Brian, in the stairwell. Needless to say, I panicked. Kip did a good job covering and getting the band started without me, and I tried my best to quietly head out to my position on the platform and join in. Talk about embarrassing! Anyway, that only contributed to how “off” I felt through the weekend. I’m not sure if it was allergies or a slight cold, but I just didn’t feel like I had any energy or focus.

Despite all of that, the team did a great job, and our congregation was really engaged throughout the weekend. I felt the Lord was glorified, and that people responded to the Word of God through the message. Ultimately, the Lord was strong in my weakness. It seems that some of the greatest weekends of worship I experience or witness in our church are those where I feel weakest. I don’t believe that’s a coincidence, either. 🙂

The highlights for me were having my friend Ronnie Murphy on mandolin, singing an older favorite of mine in Caedmon’s Call’s “Lead of Love,” “It Is Well,” and one of our congregation’s new favorites in “Rejoice.” The church has really seemed to latch onto that song. I love the declaration and the energy in that song, and I’m thankful we can sing it together.

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

– Bill

First off, sorry for the late posting this week! This past weekend, we continued in our third message of our series – “Seven.” Our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared about the importance of our calling, and how we are all called to be ministers of the gospel in whatever vocation we have. Every job can present an opportunity for the gospel if we serve with excellence and integrity. His message called us all out to a higher level of serving with our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “Only A Word” (E) [Original]
Welcome
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
“Made Alive” (C) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Seven: Calling – Colossians 3:17” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Take My Life And Let It Be” (D) [Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
“Let Me Sing” (Bb) [Todd Fields]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a beautiful and powerful weekend. The team did an amazing job, and the church sang out! I was really encouraged by the feedback we received regarding the weekend, especially about the new song we introduced: “Made Alive” by The Citizens. I LOVE this song. It feels totally different from most of the music for the Church that is out there, and it is taken right out of Ephesians chapter 2, which is one of my favorite gospel passages. It lays out where we were and where we are now because Christ has brought us back and made us alive together with Him because of His grace, love, and mercy. Singing it really just makes me want to shout out! I can’t wait to sing it again this week. Another highlight of the weekend was when we sang “Your Great Name.” I’m not sure I have ever heard the church sing as loud as they did during that song this weekend. It was overwhelming. Jesus is so good, it’s ridiculous.

– Bill

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

For our eighth week of our 2 Corinthians series – “Purpose In Christ,” pastor Joe preached through 2 Corinthians 9, and taught about what believers receive when we give to God and to others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:


Welcome/Call to Worship – 1 Chronicles 29:11-13
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
“Joyful (The One Who Saves)” (C) [Ludwig van Beethoven, Brenton Brown, Jason Ingram]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ, pt. 8” [Joe Hishmeh]
“10,000 Reason (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
“Beautiful” (C) [Phil Wickham]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great weekend. From the call to worship to the end of the last song, it was a beautiful time of worship in each of our services. We continued teaching Phil Wickham’s “Beautiful” to our congregation. It is a simple and powerful song that helps us declare the glory and power of Christ as demonstrated through creation, redemption, and the final consummation of our salvation. I love it and hope our church continues to take a greater hold of it. It was also great to sing “Joyful” again. It had been a while since we had sung that one. “Because of Your Love” and “10,000 Reasons” were great fits for where Joe went with the message this weekend. They helped us reiterate and sing the truth about giving and generosity in their proper place–as a response to what God has already done for us and given us.

On a side note, I had an issue with a burr on my guitar’s saddle, which resulted in several broken strings–a little frustrating, but not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. My main guitar is getting the frets planed and dressed, so I’ll have to get the issue figured out on this guitar in the meantime…
I hope you had a great weekend of worship! 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 we began our series through 2 Corinthians– “Purpose In Christ.” Pastor Joe shared about purpose in our suffering, and how we can remained focused on Christ in the midst of trials. He encouraged us to live with hope in the resurrection, simplicity around the character of Jesus, and sincerity in our faith and trust in Him. It was a powerful challenge to not be sidetracked by suffering, but rather to use it as a platform for the glory of Christ and His gospel. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Suffering” [Joe Hishmeh]
“It Is Well” (Bb) [Horatio G. Spafford, Todd Fields]

“Always” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram]
“You Never Let Go” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
Dismissal
Baptisms

Thoughts: This was a great weekend. Saturday night’s services were some of the most powerful I have experienced since coming here to Topeka. Sunday morning was a little more of a struggle, which I think was partly due to the much colder weather in the morning. It was beautiful to sing “It Is Well,” “Always,” and “You Never Let Go” – great songs of trust and hope – in response to the Word of God and how it speaks to suffering. I am so grateful for my team, who did a fantastic job, and our church. I love them! It has been an incredible two years so far. I’m looking forward to many more.

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 5:9-21 about how we are called out of darkness and into the light of Christ; to shine the light of Christ by living wisely and loving deeply in a dark world. It was a great challenge for us to pursue a rich life of following Christ. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

In our singing, we focused on the gospel, and the life that we have been given through Christ. Our response ought to be one of worship and obedience, because He has done great things for us!

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“All Because of Jesus” (B) [Steve Fee]
“Happy Day” (B) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Ephesians 5:9-21” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion
“Christ Is Risen” (Gb) [Matt Maher, Mia Fieldes]
“Stronger” (Bb) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]

“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, Alex Nifong]
“Let Me Sing” (Bb) [Todd Fields]

Dismissal

“All Because Of Jesus” / “Happy Day” – We opened our services this weekend with the combination of these two songs. We went from “All Because of Jesus” right into “Happy Day,” all with the focus of how we have been rescued and made alive by the finished work of Jesus Christ. We have great reason to celebrate and worship!

“Christ Is Risen” – This was our communion and response song to Joe’s message this week. His selected passage from Ephesians included 5:14: “Awake, O sleeper/ And arise from the dead / And Christ will shine on you”, which is the foundation for this song. This verse, according to the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, was probably an early hymn that the Church would sing to celebrate baptisms. This makes sense with Paul’s comments later on singing “songs and hymns, and spiritual songs” in verse 19. This song is a powerful song about the resurrection to life that we have because of Christ. He has brought us out of darkness into His light.

“Stronger” – After the Lord’s Supper, we continued by singing this song together, which speaks of Christ’s victory over sin and death for us. I love singing this chorus together with the church: “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.”

“Jesus Paid It All” – From “Stronger,” we went directly into this song, which is one of our church’s (and I’m sure this is true for many other churches) favorites. During our Saturday night services, we only sang the second chorus (or bridge, if you prefer): “O praise the One who paid my debt/ And raised this life up from the dead,” but we decided to sing the whole song on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful moment of worship together.

“Let Me Sing” – We finished our services with this song, which really put the exclamation point on the entire service, tying in all the themes that were emphasized: Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our redemption, walking in the light vs. the darkness, and living a life that shines the light of Christ in a dark world. We finished the song with mostly just the voices, and it was beautiful to hear the church singing these words of dedication and response to Christ: “Let me sing louder than creation to You/ For the pain You bore in Your body/ To bring my soul to You/ Let me shine brighter than the stars in the sky/ An offering of praise all my life/ To You, my holy King!” 

Thoughts: This weekend was a fantastic weekend. We completely rearranged our services, and it was refreshing and energizing. People were confused at first when the band left the platform after only two songs and Joe came up to preach, but we heard many comments about how people were engaged in worship because of the change. I always love singing in response to the proclaimed Word of God, since all of worship is a response to who God is, how God acts toward us, and what God calls us to. It just felt right. The team did a good job with all of the changes this weekend, and I am really grateful for our weekend of worship together. I am so encouraged by how our church engaged throughout the weekend, and all that is happening at Fellowship. I LOVE MY CHURCH!

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

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(an image of our Ephesians set design, courtesy of our Tech Director, Wyatt Johnston)

This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued our discipleship series, “Ephesians – United in Christ.” In his message for the weekend, Joe shared from Ephesians 4:1-16 about unity in the Church. Unity, Joe said, is a sign of Christian maturity and is life-giving for the believer. It was a powerful reminder of the value of unity for our lives and for Christ’s mission for the Church. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on .

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
Welcome/Greeting Time/Call to Worship

“Song of the Redeemed” (Em) [Charlie Hall, Kendall Combes, Dustin Ragland, Quint Anderson, Brian Bergman]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
“Lord of All” (A) [Kristian Stanfill]
“How Great Is Our God” (chorus & bridge) (A) [Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves,
Message – “Ephesians 4:1-16” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Center” (E) [Charlie Hall, Matt Redman]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“Your Grace Is Enough” – We opened with this song because it is both familiar and it reminds us of the all-sufficient grace we have in Jesus. Our standing with God is not by our own merit, but because of His grace toward us.

“Song of the Redeemed”– This was a new song for our congregation this weekend, even though it’s not really new at all. I love the concept of the “song of the redeemed” throughout Scripture–the song that can only be sung by those who have been redeemed and rescued by God. It shows up in Exodus with Moses’ song, throughout the Psalms, and all the way to the book of Revelation, where the redeemed are gathered around the throne in worship in 14:3. Angels cannot sing this song; only those who have been redeemed can sing of God’s redemption.

“You Have Overcome” – We sang this song because it helps us worship by clearly focusing on the gospel: we were dead and lost, but Jesus went to the cross in our place and bore the righteous wrath that we deserved from God, and then Jesus rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Jesus has overcome, and there is no one else who can save us! It is overwhelming to see the church sing it as well as they do. There is nothing more powerful or motivating for worship than the gospel.

“Lord of All”/”How Great Is Our God” – We wrapped up the first section of our singing with this sort of medley. First, we sang “Lord of All” which is one of our church’s favorite songs (which makes me very happy), and then we tagged the chorus and bridge of “How Great Is Our God” to finish up. It was a beautiful moment of exalting God together.

“Center” – This was our response song this weekend, as it is a significant prayer for us to sing to our God: “O Christ, be the center of our lives/ Be the place we fix our eyes/ Be the center of our lives.” If we all truly desire for Christ to be the center of our lives, we will be unified.

This weekend was a great weekend of worship! Our team did a great job, and it was a blessing to worship with our congregation. I think the highlight for me was singing “You Have Overcome” and moving right into “Lord of All”/”How Great Is Our God.” It was really powerful and moving as we simply lifted up our Savior for who He is and what He has done. I love our church!

On Sunday morning, we also had a special guest musician playing before our services: Joe Gavin. Joe is a friend of mine from Lakeland, FL, and he is an incredible fingerstyle guitarist. He has taught me a lot, and it is always a joy to hear him play. He was in town to play for the Trash Mountain Project’s Spoken benefit, and he was kind enough to play for us as well. It was a beautiful addition to the day, and contributed in a great way. If you want to hear more of Joe’s music, his website is joegavin.info, and you can find his CD/MP3s on iTunes and on Amazon. Support his great work!

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

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

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared some biblical wisdom regarding dating relationships, as we continued our series called “Can You Relate?”. In his message, Joe emphasized the importance of seeking wisdom in our relationships and thinking of the big picture of the future rather than only thinking of the presence. It was great, practical wisdom, which is of benefit to all of us, whether we are already married or in dating relationships, because it gives us wise counsel that we can pass on to others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on the holiness and trustworthiness of God. We can trust Him with the people in our lives, as well as their (and our) relationships.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Holy Is The Lord” (Ab) [Chris Tomlin]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship/Confession/Ps. 51:1-2 Reading
“You Alone Can Rescue” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“Cornerstone” (Bb) [Edward Mote, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, Eric Liljero, William B. Bradbury]

Communion
“Christ Is Risen” (Gb) [Matt Maher, Mia Fieldes]
Taking of the Elements
Reprise of “Christ Is Risen” (Gb)
Message – “Can You Relate? – Dating” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Always” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“Holy Is The Lord” – We sang this song as a foundation for our services, in recognizing the holiness and glory of God. When we see God as He is–high and lifted up and greatly exalted–we see ourselves more clearly as those who are desperate for forgiveness and salvation. God’s holiness and perfection is the foundation for understanding our own sinfulness and our need for salvation. This is a song that we haven’t sung much since I have been here, but it is one that holds a special place in my faith journey, and it was great to hear the church singing together on it.

“You Alone Can Rescue” – After our time of confessing the idols in our lives (the things that we have put stock in for our hope, our peace, our trust, etc.), we read Psalm 51:1-2. Then, we sang this song, expressing our confidence in Christ alone for our life and salvation. He is the only one who can heal us, help us, restore us, rescue us, and give us life. His is the only name in which we can trust without fear.

“Cornerstone”  We have been teaching this song to our congregation over the past few weeks, and I think it is taking root here. As I have written before, I love the lyric of “On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand,” and how it expresses confidence and hope in the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. I love singing this together with the Church.

“Christ Is Risen” – This was our communion song this week, and I thought it tied everything from this weekend together. It called us away from sin and toward Christ. It called us to trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross. It called us to hope in His resurrection from the dead. It reminded us of His victory over sin, death, and hell. It called us to life. We haven’t sung this since Easter, and it was good to sing it together again. I love this one.

“Always” – This is another that we haven’t sung in a while (April). I love how this song calls us to courage and confidence in Christ, recognizing that He alone is our hope and salvation. We can trust Him with our lives, with our broken relationships, with our conflicts, with our hurts, knowing that He can heal us and rescue us. This song says it so well. “I lift my eyes up/ My help comes from the Lord.”

This weekend was a solid weekend. We made a few changes mid-stream, which caused some interesting moments, but overall it was a great time of worshiping together. The team did a great job adapting and leading our congregation well. It seems like it has been a while since we’ve had a “regular” weekend of worship, and it was refreshing to get back to leading with the full team again. I loved how well all the songs connected this week. Glory to God for His direction.

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

What were your thoughts or experiences from this weekend in your church?

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!