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This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared the the fifth and final message in our series, “Positive Identity,” where he taught how we are significant in Christ. He shared how God has given us gifts and abilities for the purpose of advancing His kingdom, so we all have a part in God’s mission here on earth. We grow in significance when we serve the King and His kingdom. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Kingdom” (A) [Kristian Stanfill]
“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Positive Identity: Significant” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
“How He Loves” (Bb) [John Mark McMillan]
“Made Alive” (C) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a great finish to a fantastic series for our church. We all need to be reminded how Jesus has changed our status. We are loved, forgiven, accepted, secure, and significant because of Jesus!

For our singing this weekend, we sang about being  a part of the mission of the Church and the love of God which gives us value and purpose in life. We opened our services with “Kingdom,” which declares in the chorus “We are the kingdom of God/ We are an army of love/ We carry truth to the world/ We are the kingdom of God.” It was very fitting for Joe’s message this weekend, and I thought it set the tone for what we were after in each of the services. We continued with “Everlasting God,” which is one of our church’s favorite big-picture songs, worshiping the everlasting God for His unchanging goodness and care for us. After the message, we responded first with “Your Great Name,” which sings of how God reaches all of us in different places, and gives us a new identity in Him. For all He is and all He has done for us, He is worthy of all our worship! We then went immediately into “How He Loves,” where we took the opportunity to acknowledge our struggles and weaknesses and to actively receive God’s unfailing love for us. After we prayed, we finished our services with “Made Alive,” which was an uplifting send-off for each of our services.

It was a fantastic weekend in all. Our team did a great job and worked hard to serve the congregation well. Also, Joe’s message was a great call to service and significance because Christ. I am excited to see how our church responds in serving over time in response what Joe shared. It would be a life-changing experience for the individuals and for our church.

– Bill

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

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This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared the the fourth message in our series, “Positive Identity,” where he taught how we are secure in Christ. He reminded us that we have nothing to fear any longer in Christ, because in place of condemnation, desperation, and separation, Jesus gives us faith, hope, and love. It was a moving reminder of Christ’s love for us and of where we now stand because of Him! You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“The Solid Rock” (E) [Edward Mote, William B. Bradbury, Charlie Hall, Trent Austin, Kendall Combs]
“I Stand Amazed” (E) [Charles Hutchison Gabriel]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Positive Identity: Secure” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Messiah” (A) [Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin]
“Forever Reign” (A) [Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan]
“This Is Amazing Grace” (A) [Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, recorded by Phil Wickham and Bethel Live]

Dismissal

Thoughts: It was great to be back with our church this weekend after being gone last weekend.

For our singing this weekend, we tried to focus on the finished work and all-sufficiency of Christ for us. “The Solid Rock” celebrates our firm foundation in Jesus. “I Stand Amazed,” “Jesus Messiah,” and “This Is Amazing Grace” all remember and praise Jesus’ incredible, unfailing, and live-giving love for us, demonstrated at the cross. And “Forever Reign” worship Jesus for His perfect love and goodness in spite our own shortcomings. All of these songs bring us to one conclusion – Jesus is our only hope!

– Bill

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

This weekend, our family pastor, Brian Tryhus, shared the the second message in our series, “Positive Identity,” where he taught how we are forgiven in Christ. His big idea was that when we understand how God has forgiven us in Christ, we will then be able to forgive others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Positive Identity: Forgiven” [Brian Tryhus]
Communion
“Nothing But The Blood” (G) [Robert Lowry, arr. by Bill Horn]
“This Is Amazing Grace” (G) [Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, recorded by Phil Wickham and Bethel Live]
“Son of God” (G) [Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran, recorded by Starfield]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a great weekend. Communion was a special moment with the congregation, as always, and everything fit for there well. I felt that the congregation engaged with God through the word and through our times of singing. Brian’s message was a great reminder of God’s amazing grace and the forgiveness we have because of Christ.

For our singing this weekend, we opened our services with “Unchanging” by Chris Tomlin to establish our foundation for trusting and comprehending how God loves and forgives us: His faithfulness. He does not go back on His Word, and His promises are true; therefore, we can depend on what He has said about us because of the cross–that our sins are erased and forgiven, and that we are in right standing with Him because of the cross. After the message for our communion song, we sang the great hymn, “Nothing But The Blood.” The blood of Jesus is the means of our forgiveness, and this was a great fit for both communion and the message this weekend. We continued from there by continuing to teach the newer song “This Is Amazing Grace,” which is a great co-write between Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, and Jeremy Riddle. This week, we dropped it from the key of C down to G, and just kept the melody up throughout. I thought this would be easier for our congregation to sing, and it was definitely easier for me to sing for four services! We then finished our services with one of our church’s favorite songs, “Son of God.” The chorus of this song is where I wanted to land our services: “Jesus, O Holy One/ I sing to You, forgiven/ Savior, I’m overcome/ With Your great love for me.”

It was yet another great weekend of worship together with Fellowship Bible Church!

– Bill

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

This weekend, our lead pastor shared the the first message in our series, “Positive Identity,” where he taught how we are loved in Christ. He said that how we view God and how we view ourselves contributes to how we see the world around us. It was a powerful reminder of the love of God for us. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Unleashed” (F#m) [Warren Barfield, Scott Krippayne]
Welcome

“Happy Day” (B) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Musth Cycle Video/ The Bridge Promo – Chris Stewart of The Bridge
Message – “Positive Identity: Loved” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Take All of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]
“This Is Amazing Grace” (C) [Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle]
“Made Alive” (C) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a solid weekend. I am very excited about this series, which I believe will give our church a clear picture of our identity in Christ. I saw the truth of Joe’s message really land in lives over the weekend, and I can’t wait to continue this week!

For our singing this weekend, we opened the pre-service time with “Unleashed” by Warren Barfield for the countdown song. We sang this song because it simply focuses on the overwhelming love of God for us, regardless of where we are or the decisions we have made. This one is just a blast to play with our team, as well. We then began the service with “Happy Day.” One of our new leaders, Trent Raines, led us in this song, and he did a great job. After Joe’s message, we responded with “Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am),” which is a beautiful rewrite of the great hymn, “Just As I Am.” We sang this because I wanted our congregation to take a moment to reflect on the decision to come to Jesus just as we are, recognizing that He loved us before we ever made a hint of a move toward Him. We followed this with a new song for our church, “This Is Amazing Grace,” which is a great co-write between Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, and Jeremy Riddle. I love the lyric of this song, and it moves me more and more as I sing it: “This is amazing grace/ This is unfailing love/ That You would take my place/ That You would bear my cross/ You would lay down Your life/ That I would be set free/ Jesus I sing for/ All that You’ve done for me.” Amen! We then finished our services by celebrating what Jesus has done in singing “Made Alive,” which has quickly become one of our church’s favorite songs.

This weekend also happened to be the last weekend for one of our core team members and drummers, Jordan Hymon. He and his wife Ashley are moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music, and I felt that this weekend was a great send-off. Jordan is an extremely talented man, and a great teammate and coach at the same time. He has poured into countless students of our NextGen student bands, and he has helped set the environment of humility, encouragement, and excellence on our team. I will truly miss him here, and I know that God will continue to use him in a great way in his future endeavors.

All in all, it was a fantastic time of worship together. I already can’t wait for next weekend!

– Bill

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