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This weekend was the first of our new series, “Obedience.” In this message,  Joe shared about how being on mission with God requires us to be in submission to the Word of God. He called us to “scrap everything” for the daily practice of filling our minds with the Word of God and following God in love. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan:

Welcome
“Rejoice” (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
Greeting Time
Announcements
Message – “Obedience: Mission” [Joe Hishmeh]
“You Are God Alone (Not a god)” (A) [Billy Foote, Cindy Foote]
“Glory to God Forever” (A) [Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching]
“Hosanna” (E) [Brooke Ligertwood]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a fantastic weekend with our church. Joe’s message was a great challenge to follow Jesus more closely, and our church engaged well with both the preaching and the singing. Our team did a great job. We opened with “Rejoice,” celebrating the faithful love, compassion, and mercy of God. We continued with “Everlasting God,” where we acknowledged that our strength to follow comes from the Lord, whose strength and love for us never fails. We responded to the message with Kelsey leading “You Are God Alone (Not a god),” which we sang to focus on the sovereignty and trustworthiness of God. I pointed to this sovereignty and constancy as the reason we can trust the Lord in obedience, knowing that His way is best for us. We continued on with “Glory to God Forever,” where we moved from seeing God’s sovereignty to responding with the offering of our lives for His glory because of His surpassing worth. Finally, we closed with Brooke Ligertwood’s “Hosanna,” which calls us as God’s people to follow Him closely in light of His return and in light of eternity. It was a great weekend, where everything tied together well the team led well.

On another note, this weekend marked my third year here at Fellowship, and it has served as a time of reflecting on all the Lord has done during my time here. I am overwhelmed at the goodness of God and His blessings in my life. He has done great things! 

Next weekend, I will be in the Philippines with the Trash Mountain Project to help equip some local pastors and to minister in several trash dump communities. I may post some notes about the trip when I get back, so be on the lookout. Please pray for us as we seek to build up the Body of Christ there!

Your turn: what were your experiences, observations, or take-aways from these past two weekends?

– Bill

This was our first week of our new series – “Seven,” which is about the seven marks of an intentional life. Our discipleship pastor, David Hinkle, started us off by preaching through the spiritual area of our lives, coming primarily from Galatians 2:20. It was a powerful challenge with four practices for help us seek and serve Jesus with our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome/Call to Worship
“All Because of Jesus” (B) [Steve Fee]
“Happy Day” (B) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]

Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “The Seven: Spiritual – Galatians 2:20” [David Hinkle]
“Because of Your Love” (E) [Phil Wickham]
“Forever Reign” (A) [Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram]
“Jesus Messiah” (A) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash]

Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was a fantastic weekend. David’s message was a great reminder for our church, and our worship team did an awesome job leading together. I am so thankful to lead beside such amazing people. They love God, they love the Church, and they give their best to point our people towards Christ through our time of singing together. The church sang out beautifully this weekend, especially during the final three songs of the services. It was so much so that I was getting a little choked up at several points (It’s a little hard to keep singing at those moments…). It was amazing. I felt the songs we sang really connected with the central message of Galatians 2:20, and I think it was really powerful all together.

I love my team. I love our church. Praise God for what He is doing in us.

– Bill

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

For our seventh week of our 2 Corinthians series – “Purpose In Christ,” pastor Joe preached through 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, and taught that every believer needs to grow in giving, because of the grace, joy, and sacrifice that we receive from God.  You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:


Pre-Service – “Beautiful” (D) [Phil Wickham]
Welcome
“I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” (G) [Charles Hutchison]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ, pt.7” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion
“Son of God” (G) [Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld]
“Jesus Paid It All” (B) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, Alex Nifong]
“Beautiful the Blood” (B) [Louie Giglio, Steve Fee]
Dismissal

Thoughts: It was a fantastic weekend. I love celebrating the Lord’s Supper together with our church, and the songs we sang together were great anthems to sing together. Communion weekends are always powerful moments, as we are even more intentional about focusing on the cross and what Jesus accomplished for us in rescuing us from our sins. It was really moving. “Beautiful The Blood” is becoming more familiar to our congregation, so I look forward to continuing to sing it together in the future. It’s a great anthem about the precious blood of Christ that was shed for us! All in all, it was a beautiful weekend. God is so good to us.

Thanks for reading and being a part of this with me! Sorry it was so late!

– Bill

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

This was the fifth week of our 2 Corinthians series – “Purpose In Christ.” Our pastor Joe Hishmeh preached through a second video message he recorded–this week time India. As I type this, he is somewhere over the northern U.S. headed to Kansas City International Airport, after visiting our mission partners around the world for the last 19 days. I can’t wait to hear more about what the Lord has done in and through him on his journey. This week, he shared about being controlled by the love of God. It was a great reminder that we should not allow any other factor to control our interactions with the people in our lives–only the love of God, demonstrated through the cross of Christ. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:


Pre-Service – “Beautiful the Blood” (Bb) [Louie Giglio, Steve Fee]
Welcome
“Those Who Trust” (Em) [Don Chaffer]
“Our God’s Alive” (Em) [Andy Cherry, Jason Ingram, Dan Muckala]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Controlled by the Love of God (from Chennai, India)” [Joe Hishmeh]
“From The Inside Out” (Bb) [Joel Houston]

“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
“Beautiful the Blood” (Bb) [Louie Giglio, Steve Fee]
Dismissal

Thoughts: It was another great weekend at Fellowship. We introduced (or reintroduced) “Beautiful The Blood,” which is a great song about the gospel. During the service, we incorporated a video background that was created for the song with the lyrics of the song in motion. I loved how that incorporated with the song and enhanced our focus on what we were singing together. That was probably the highlight of the weekend for me. Beginning our service with “Those Who Trust” and “Our God’s Alive” back to back was a great way to start, setting the tone for the service and developing a great energy in the room. (Plus, they’re both a lot of fun to play with the band – I did not account for how little breath I would have as a result of doing the two together, however…)

Our team did a great job throughout the weekend, and the church was singing beautifully all weekend. Praise God for what he’s doing in our church!

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 weekend marked the fourth week of our series through 2 Corinthians– “Purpose In Christ.” Our pastor Joe Hishmeh preached via a video he recorded in Ethiopia. He is currently on a journey around the world, visiting many of our mission partners around the world. It was really beautiful to hear him preach from 2 Corinthians  You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:


Welcome
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Video – “Josiah” from Project Amazon
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Suffering in Christ” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]

“Glorious” (C) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Glorious One” (C) [Steve Fee]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This weekend was another beautiful weekend with our church. Our team did a great job! Our GO team (missions team) decorated also our lobby to make our people think of Ethiopia, having Ethiopian coffee and African music playing for our background music before and after services. It created a great atmosphere for the entire weekend, helping us to turn our eyes outward to our brothers and sisters around the globe. We started our services with “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” which was a refreshing way to begin. I think it helped ease us into a time of worship together by setting our eyes on blessing the Lord throughout our lives because of His faithful, covenant love for us. We moved from there to “Before The Throne,” which is one of my favorite gospel declarations right now. After that, we went into a video of my friend Josiah from the Amazon basin. I love the video- it’s so well done! Then, we shared Joe’s message from Ethiopia. It was a great challenge to turn suffering and trials into an opportunity for the gospel to move through our lives. We responded with “Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am),” which is quickly becoming another favorite of mine. It’s a beautiful reworking of one of my favorite hymns. We continued then to teach “Glorious” and finished with “Glorious One,” which is a staple for our congregation, and one of our favorites. It was a great way to end the weekend. I am really encouraged from our time worshiping together!

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 continued our series: “The Gospel: In/Through/Beyond.” Pastor Joe shared about how the God wants the gospel to move beyond our lives to our world. Every Christian is called to be a part of the mission of God in this world through praying, giving, AND going. It’s not one or two of the three–it is ALL of the above. We need to pray that the gospel would advance. We need to give to support the work of the gospel in this world. And we all need to go and meet people who do not know Jesus yet. We cannot settle for hiding out in the “holy huddle.” It was a great challenge and call to live to expand the kingdom of God with our lives and our resources. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome
“I Will Go” (F#m) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arranged by The Modern Post]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “The Gospel Beyond Me” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]

“Lord Of All” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]
“Glory To God Forever” (Bb) [Vicky Beeching, Steve Fee]
Dismissal

Thoughts: This was a beautiful weekend. Our team did a great job, and it was a lot of fun glorifying God with the songs that we led together. I was a little concerned when I woke Saturday morning, because it felt like I was going hoarse. I am thankful that I had enough voice to lead through the weekend. It was powerful to hear the church singing and responding to the Word of God together, especially after a challenging message and call to go to the nations! I love my church.

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

This week we wrapped up our Advent series, “Simple Christmas.” Pastor Joe Hishmeh shared about our simple purpose of worshipping and glorifying Jesus Christ, and the simple priority of the gospel in and through our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire messages and services here.

Here are our service plans from this weekend:

Weekend Services
Welcome/Call to Worship
“Angels From The Realms Of Glory” (C) [James Montgomery, Henry Thomas Smart, my arrangement]
“Joyful (The One Who Saves)” (C) [Edward Hodges, Henry van Dyke, Ludwig van Beethoven, w/ chorus & bridge by Brenton Brown, Jason Ingram]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Simple Purpose” [Joe Hishmeh]
“What Child Is This” (Em) [William Chatterton Dix, my arrangement]
“O Holy Night” (C) [Adolphe Charles Adam, Placide Cappeau, John S. Dwight, my arrangement]
“Glorious One” (C) [Steve Fee]
Dismissal

Christmas Eve
Call to Worship
“Joy To The World” (C) [Isaac Watts, arr. by Bill Horn]
Welcome/Announcements
“O Holy Night” (C) [Adolphe Charles Adam, Placide Cappeau, John S. Dwight, my arrangement]
“O Come Let Us Adore Him” (D) [Matt Crocker, Autumn Hardman, C. Frederick Oakeley, Ryan Taubert, John Francis Wade]
Message – “Simple Priority” [Joe Hishmeh]
“What Child Is This” (Em) [William Chatterton Dix, my arrangement]
“Silent Night” (A) [Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr, John Freeman Young]
Dismissal

Thoughts: There won’t be much detail this week – I’m technically on vacation… 😉
This was a beautiful weekend, as we celebrated the incarnation of Jesus together as a church family. Our volunteers were incredible, and we had a lot of fun serving our church together. Our weekend services came together powerfully, and our Christmas Eve services were probably the greatest (and most unique) I have ever experienced. Eight services in three days was challenging and rewarding, and the church sang like crazy for most all of it. It was truly incredible. Once again, I really loved being able to sing our Advent songs together for these past four weeks. I love singing these great old songs in new and fresh ways, and to help our church see the gospel in them.

God is so good, and I am so thankful and blessed to be a part of this great church!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas celebration with your family, friends, and your churches!

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?

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

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?

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


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

This week our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued our discipleship series, “Ephesians – United in Christ.” In his message, Joe shared from Ephesians 2:1-10 that before Christ, we were dead in our sins, but we have been saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone! He has made us alive for the purposes of His kingdom–sharing the good news and doing good for those around us. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on the saving work of Christ on our behalf.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“In Tenderness” (G) [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey, arr. by Citizens]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship
“All Because of Jesus” (A) [Steve Fee]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]

“God Is Able” (A) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding] / “The Stand” (A) [Joel Houston]
Message – “Ephesians 2:1-10” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Messiah” (G) [Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“In Tenderness” – This is a song that we have been teaching our congregation recently. This song is a keeper for us, and it is a great fit for our study of the book of Ephesians as a whole, especially chapter two.

“All Because of Jesus” – We continued after our greeting time with this simple chorus that recognizes the true and sole source of our life – Jesus Christ. This is a song that is very familiar for our church, so we always sing it well together.

“You Have Overcome” – This is one of our originals here, and it seems to be a song that our congregation has latched onto. This song was inspired in part by Ephesians 2:1-10, so it was a beautiful fit with the message this week. Jesus has overcome the power of the grave, and no one else can save us; no one else can raise us.

“God Is Able” / “The Stand” – Though it was impossible for us to save ourselves, Jesus did it for us. He came to rescue us and to be with us forever. He is faithful and true, and His love is steadfast and unfailing. He has done everything we needed for our eternal salvation. What is our response to this amazing gift of grace? One of thanksgiving, of love, of worship with all that we are.

“Jesus Messiah” – This was our response song for the weekend. After hearing the gospel clearly laid out in the message, I wanted to come back to a song that declared and celebrated the beautiful sacrifice that Jesus made for us, to give us redemption, salvation, life, and hope! This song did just that. My favorite part of this song continues to be the bridge: “All our hope is in You/ All our hope is in You/ All the glory to You, God/ The Light of the world.” Amen! Our hope is in no one else.

This weekend was another solid weekend of worship. Our team did a good job leading, and our people were engaged. It’s hard not to get excited about the gospel! When we really reflect on what Christ has accomplished for us through His death and resurrection, I think we would have to fight off the urge to worship Him. This was a weekend where that was the case. I hope this is more often the case than not, because I can think of no greater reason to worship than the gospel.

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!