Posts Tagged ‘Only a Word’

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?

This week our student pastor, Nick Strobel, continued our discipleship series, “Ephesians – United in Christ.” In his message for the weekend, Nick shared from Ephesians 4:17-32 about how we are called to “put off” the old man and “put on” the things of Christ in the new man. He ended with a strong emphasis on participating in biblical community. It was a very challenging message that called us to the likeness of Christ. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Countdown – “Only A Word” (E) [Bill Horn]
“Song of the Redeemed” (Em) [Charlie Hall, Kendall Combes, Dustin Ragland, Quint Anderson, Brian Bergman]

Welcome/Greeting Time
Child/Family Dedications

“Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
“Son of God” (A) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran]
“Nothing But The Blood” (G) [Robert Lowry, arr. by Bill Horn]
Message – “Ephesians 4:17-32” [Nick Strobel]
“Glory to God Forever” (Bb) [Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“Only A Word” – This was our countdown song this week. This is a song that I wrote on my first trip to Brazil when I was on the Amazon River. It is about the power of a single word from the Lord. The idea is that He can change everything with just one word. That kind of power is unmatched!

“Song of the Redeemed” – We began teaching this song last weekend. I love the concept of this song, and especially value the unique lyric of the bridge, which specifically points out our unity around the cross of Christ: “We adore You/ And before You/ Forgiven and redeemed/ All races/ From all places/ Around the cross we sing.” If we don’t continue singing this particular song, I will always be looking for songs that proclaim these kinds of truths, because there are very few that do it well.

“Because of Your Love” – We came out of child dedications in each of our services into this song, and started by emphasizing that everything pertaining to our life and salvation begins with the love that God has for us and demonstrated at the cross. Everything we do ought to be a response to that love. This song communicates that idea very clearly.

“Son of God” – This remains one of our congregation’s favorite songs. It’s a simple, strong, and beautiful song about Jesus.

“Nothing But The Blood” – This was the first time we had sung this arrangement of “Nothing But The Blood,” which I finished up this past week, and which the band helped me flesh out during rehearsal. I really enjoyed how it built and flowed. I look forward to using it again soon. This is most definitely a song worth singing, because it glorifies and gives credit to Christ alone for our redemption and salvation.

“Glory To God Forever” – We responded to the message by singing this song together. We began with the bridge, which is my favorite part of the song by far: “Take my life and let it be/ All for You and for Your glory…” I wanted to make that the emphasis in our response, because the message was calling us to put of our old lives and to put on Christ, that we would reflect His image to the world around us. This song represents that idea well.

Thoughts: This weekend was a great weekend of worship. The team did a good job, and we had a lot of fun worshiping and playing together. I felt that the congregation engaged pretty well in all of our services, for the most part. Highlight moments were during “Son of God” and “Nothing But The Blood.” I’m not sure if we’ll sing “Song of the Redeemed” again…

I need to continue encourage the congregation that clapping, applauding, raising of hands, etc. are all expressions to GOD, and not to the band or anyone else in the room. We gather for His sake, not our own. We sing for Him alone. I have to remind myself that many of our people, like me, did not grow up attending churches like ours (or attending church at all), so it’s important to be clear about those kinds of things. When we have that clear, it removes some of the awkwardness from outward expressions of worship, and frees us to exalt Jesus more completely.

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

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This weekend, we focused on the subject of transformational worship. Joe’s point was that we become like whatever we worship. We are transformed by the object of our worship. When we are worshiping the things of this world, we become more like them, and take on their characteristics. He called us to preparation for worship, presentation of our lives as living sacrifices, and participation in God’s calling on us.

Here’s our set from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “Only a Word” (E) [original]
Time of Preparation (a time of confession and focus in prayer)
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship – Rom. 12:1-2
“Glory to God Forever” (Bb) [Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching]
“The Lost Are Found” (Bb) [Ben Fielding, Sam Knock]
“Lord of All” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]
“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape, Alex Nifong]
Message – “Upgrade – Worship” [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering/Announcements
Response – “Let Me Sing” [Todd Fields]
Dismissal 

“Only a Word” – I’ve wanted to sing this song here for a while. We used it because it sets a good tone for worship by recognizing God’s power to change us and to change the world, and helps us develop an expectation for Him to move in our midst, because “nothing impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). The thought of this song that it only takes one word from God to change everything. Scripture shares the phrase that God said in creation, “Let there be…” That was all it took. I don’t think He needed to say anything, but it simply communicates how easy it is for God to transform our reality. He is able and powerful. I have been reading through Tozer’s The Knowledge Of The Holy, and he repeatedly states the fact that nothing is difficult for God. He never needs to rest after working. He has everything He needs to do anything He wants whenever He wants to do it. Through that book, I have been reminded that God is truly able.

Here’s the lyric from the song:

“Only a Word”
Words and Music by Bill Horn

VERSE 1
With a word You throw the spheres and space is formed
With Your voice You fill the void with light and worlds
With Your arm You carve the ocean from the shore
With a breath You move the dust and life is born

CHORUS
With only a word, stars come blazing forth
Only one verb, and darkness is no more
Only Your voice, can pierce us through, O Lord
This world can be transformed, with only a word

VERSE 2
With a thought You ease the waves and still the sea
With Your hand You touch the blind and let him see
With a song You make the prison doors break free
Everything can change when You say, “Let it be”

BRIDGE
The sun aligns with You
For You are the truth
You are reality
Before everything

“Glory to God Forever” – We prefaced this song with Romans 12:1-2 as our call to worship. I felt it was a good way to start a week that focused on worship, because we need to fight hard to correct the misperception that worship through music is all there is to worship. The proper posture of the worshiping heart is summed up in the bridge: “Take my life and let it be/ All for You and for Your glory/ Take my life and let it be Yours.”

“The Lost Are Found” – This was a new song for our congregation this week. Joe asked if we could teach it, because it really ties into the subjects of worship (the song of the redeemed/Lordship of Christ/making all things new) and outreach (which we’ll be focusing on next week. This is a good song with a simple a strong lyric. I really like what is technically the bridge of the song, which sings, “The lost are found, the blind will see/ The lame will walk, the dead will live/ And You our God, forever You will reign.” In teaching the song, I called our people to remember and look forward to the day of Christ’s return, when He makes all things new and rights all the wrongs in this world. We look forward to this day with hope, and it should change our perspective on daily life.

“Lord of All” – We sang this song because it helps is get a proper perspective on who the Lord is  – the Lord of all and King of kings. I love singing this song together. We had one hiccup in the 3rd service on this one, where our drummer Jordan’s kick pedal broke toward the end of “The Lost Are Found” and was broken throughout this song. Our tech director, Wyatt, was able to grab a replacement from one of our other venues and get it installed for the end of the song. It was a good reminder of what is truly important in our worship services, and it was fitting in the week about worship. The band and technology are nice, but they are extras that can possibly make it easier for us to worship God by connecting our head and our hearts. However, they are by no means essential, and we all ought to be able to worship the Lord just as well without an instrument as with the full band.

“Jesus Paid It All” – We sang this song because there is no greater reason for us to worship than the gospel of Christ. We were dead, and now we are alive in Him. We were enemies, and now we are heirs together with Christ. Could there be a greater reason to be thankful and worship our great God?

“Let Me Sing” – I think this was a fitting response to our pastor’s message this weekend, because it expresses a desire to live a life that worships God greater than anything else in creation. The chorus sings, “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.” I think this sums up my thinking about the entire service. Our greatest reason for worship is the gospel, and the kind of worship God deserves is that which comes from an entire life lived for Him.

We had a good weekend of corporate worship, focusing on the subject of lifestyle worship. I enjoyed how the different elements connected and interplayed. It seems like God made it all fit together to communicate a single message: worship is life.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship!

In the Son,

Bill

p.s. Don’t forget to check out The Worship Community to see what other leaders did this weekend!