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Here’s the set of songs from our Overflow worship night on May 5, 2013. It was a powerful and beautiful time of worship! I love co-leading with my friends Erik and Sarah Oldberg, who always do an awesome job.

Reading – 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)
“Our God Is Love” (E) [Joel Houston]
“In Tenderness” (A) [Adoniram J. Gordon, W. Spencer Walton, Nate Garvey]
“Before The Throne” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post]
Reading – 1 John 2:1-2 (NIV)
“I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” (E) [Charles Hutchison Gabriel]
“One Thing Remains” (B) [Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle]
“Forever Reign” (A) [Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan]
Communion – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV)
“Sing To Jesus” (F) [Fernando Orgtega, Rich Nibbe]
“Grace Flows Down” (D) [David E. Bell, Louie Giglio, Rod Padgett]
“Nothing But The Blood” (A) [Robert Lowry,  arr. by All Sons & Daughters]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
Reading – 1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)
“To Our God” (A) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Joel Taylor]
“The Stand” (A) [Joel Houston]
“Hosanna (Bridge Only) (A) [Brooke Ligertwood]
“Stronger” (Bb) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding]
“Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)” (Ab) [Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood]
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“Rise (Bb)” [Joel Houston]
Closing Prayer – Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)

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(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?

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This weekend, we continued our series called “Everything!” Joe shared this week from Acts 20:32-35 about how “it is better to give than to receive.”. You can listen to the entire message here. Also this weekend, our church brought 10% of all of our non-perishable food to donate to the Topeka Rescue Mission. Next weekend, we’ll be doing the same thing with our clothing – all to demonstrate and practice the idea of giving from what the Lord has already provided for us. That is what He calls us to. I’m excited about what the Lord is doing in our church, and our potential to have a dramatic impact in both our community and our world!

For the music this week, I chose songs that helped establish that every gift and blessing we have comes from God, and greatest gift of all is the one of His Son who went to the cross for us. Jesus was given up, betrayed, beaten, and nailed to the cross for our redemption. His generosity is what prompts our generosity and our giving to the cause of Christ in this world.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“All We Need” (G) [Charlie Hall]
Welcome/Greeting Time
“Desert Song” (D) [Brooke Fraser]
“Son of God” (G) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld]
“Lamb of God” (G) [Original]
“The Stand” (chorus only) (G) [Joel Houston]

Message – “Everything: It Is Better To Give Than To Receive” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion Intro

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

“All We Need”- We brought this song back for our congregation two weeks ago, and we sang it as a refresher again this week. This song is a simple chorus which puts words to the truth that Jesus is all we need. Everything we needed, Jesus is.

“Desert Song” – We sang this song primarily for the last verse, which says, “This is my prayer in the harvest/ When favor and providence flow/ I know I’m filled to be emptied again/ The seed I’ve received I will sow.” The truth is, there are seasons of abundance and seasons of need for all of us. In every season we face in this life, we need to be generous people with what we have – generous with our praise to God, generous with the gospel to the lost, and generous with the resources and talents we have in this life.

“Son of God”- This song is one of our congregation’s favorites. We sang it this week because it states the point directly in the first verse: “Son of God, the Father’s gift of us/ You alone were broken on the altar of love/ Precious Lamb, our freedom’s in Your blood/ It’s in Your blood.” God gave first, and our response needs to be one of true worship, which means that every area of our lives is submitted and given to God for His purposes.

“Lamb of God” – We sang this song because it really pulls from Isaiah 53, where the meaning and heart behind Christ’s sacrifice at the cross is prophesied (and also echoed in 1 Peter chapters 1-3). Jesus laid down His life for us to justify us and redeem us, even though we had strayed and stored up wrath for ourselves before God. He bore the punishment for our sin. The chorus of this song describes the willing sacrifice of Christ for us: “The Lamb of God gave His life/ For our sins, the ransom price/ We were dead, but we are alive/ Bought with the precious blood of Christ.”

“The Stand” (Chorus Only) – We tagged this great chorus at the end of “Lamb of God” because it helped to bracket the message, clearly expressing our response to the grace and love of God for us. He has redeemed us, and the appropriate response is thanksgiving, worship, and sacrifice – not as a means of gaining favor with God (that has already been done for us through Jesus), but as a means of expressing our love to Him for all He is and all He has done. This chorus says it wonderfully: “I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned/ In awe of the One who gave it all/ I stand, my soul Lord to You surrender/ All I am is Yours.”

“Because of Your Love”- This song served as our communion song and as our response song to the Word of God. I thought it fit both purposes really well. The verses describe the sacrifice of Christ for us, and the chorus expresses our thanksgiving and response to that sacrifice: “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, in my mind, is the bottom line for our lives in Christ. He has given us love, life, and freedom through His cross, and we ought to live in that love, life, and freedom for Him and His glory. He was selfless for us; let us be selfless for Him!

This weekend was a solid one. Aside from the Sunday morning service where the temperature changed as people entered the room and my guitar went way out of tune, everything went well. It was a little bit more of a mellow weekend for me, but that is where the set was directed during planning, and all of the songs really established a good foundation for how we ought to respond to the generosity of God. We also had a little bit of fun with the announcements with a little skit from “The General” (David Hinkle) to make people more aware of our Super Kids Super Kamp this summer. He was hilarious, and it was a welcome change to the normal routine of announcements.

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

In the Son,
Bill

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Here’s our set from this weekend, which was also our baptism weekend at Fellowship:

Pre-service: “Happy Day” [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Call to Worship – Psalm 47
“All Because of Jesus” [Steve Fee]
Welcome/Offering/Announcements/Greeting Time
Focus passage for second set – Ephesians 2:1-10
“Jesus Messiah” [Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves]
“Son of God” [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash, and Gordon Cochran]
“The Stand” [Joel Houston]

Message – Pastor Joe Hishmeh
Baptisms/Testimonies

Response: “Jesus Paid It All” [Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape]

This weekend was my second week leading Fellowship Bible Church in worship, and I thought it went well, and that God was glorified. I have many dreams and ideas for the future of our Worship & Arts ministry, but it doesn’t all happen over night, and I am looking forward to building these things and making these ideas happen here in the near future.

We opened up with “Happy Day” as some people were still entering the worship center. We had to cut this song for the fourth service, because the baptisms went a little long, and our two services ran into one another, creating quite the traffic jam as people were coming and going. This song is fairly new to this congregation, so it was another teaching moment. I used this song during one of my trips up here to interview with the church, and this weekend was the second time they have sung it. With that in mind, it did seem that the people were with it and participating.

The second song was “All Because of Jesus,” and it followed a call to worship, in which the Word of God challenged us in Psalm 47 to clap our hands and to sing praises to our God, the great King over all the universe. I made the comparison between the way we cheer for our favorite sports teams, with loud clapping and shouting, and the way we worship our God. I challenged our people to offer at least as much energy to our God, who is infinitely more worthy than a sports team (especially the Cleveland teams that I root for…).

After the welcome, offering, announcements, and greeting time, we moved into a time of worship focused on the idea of Ephesians 2:1-10, specifically how God made us alive together with Christ when we were dead in our sins and transgressions. We were completely hopeless for eternity before He intervened and rescued us. Because of His great gift for us, we ought to respond with our lives as living acts of worship. The next three songs, “Jesus Messiah,” “Son of God,” and “The Stand,” followed that focus.

“Jesus Messiah” and “The Stand” were both very familiar to the congregation, so they engaged well with it. “Son of God” was new to Fellowship, and is a song that I believe the Church should be singing. It does a good job of describing the story of Jesus, from shaping the stars to fulfilling the prophecy of the Messiah. It wraps it up nicely with a simple, solid chorus (“Jesus, O Holy One/ I sing to You, forgiven/ Savior, I’m overcome/ With Your great love for me”) and bridge (“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”).

Pastor Joe’s message focused on the life of Saul/Paul as an example for us to describe how God’s story has intersected our own story and taken it over, transforming our lives from one centered on ourselves to one that is properly centered on Jesus Christ. After he shared, we baptized people who had signed up and prepared a testimony to share how God had rescued them.

We wrapped it all up with “Jesus Paid It All” as the response song. It’s hard to go wrong with that song, as the hymn does a great job of examining our own weakness and dependence on Jesus for our every need, and the additional chorus by Alex Nifong is a beautiful, concise expression of thanksgiving for what Christ has done: “O praise the One/ Who paid my debt/ And raised this life/ Up from the dead”. This is another song that I believe the Church needs to sing, because of the powerful truth which it contains.

Three of the four services went without a snag. The third service (Sunday, 9 AM) went a little long because some fo the testimonies were longer than we had planned for. It was a moment where we have to remind ourselves of the reasons we gather together. One of those reasons is to see lives changed, regardless of how long it takes. Sometimes our organization and systems can make it easy to lose track of the things of most importance, because we’re concerned about someone complaining or having to change our plans. While I don’t prefer to make a habit of this kind of thing (going 30 minutes over our scheduled time), I am reminded that this morning we were witnesses of God’s amazing grace and power in the lives of His people. I am thankful that He still moves in such amazing ways, and that He still rescues, just as He rescued me.

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

In the Son,

Bill

Sunday Set Lists

Currently listening to Love, by The Julianna Theory

Here’s our set for this past Sunday:
“Hosanna (Praise is Rising)” [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“Your Grace is Enough” [Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin]
“Because of Your Love” [Phil Wickham]
“Glory to God” [Steve Fee]
“Mighty to Save” [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]
“The Stand” [Joel Houston]
INV: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” [John Newton, Edwin O’Excell, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, et al]
“Let Me Sing” [Todd Fields]

This week was a solid weak of worship together. We tried to make things flow together well on our end, and tried to create a little space for people to breathe and reflect, which is something we don’t do very often. I’m not sure I said enough to set it up, but I think it was healthy nonetheless. Pastor Jay’s message was a really poignant one, basically about forgiving the people who have made life miserable in some way. Many people responded at the end of the message, laying situations and relationships at the front to give them over to God and let go. It was a beautiful morning. God is truly at work in our midst, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of it.

I hope you had a great week of worship, wherever you are!

Bill

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Currently watching: Toy Story.

Here’s our set from this morning:

“Hosanna (Praise is Rising)” [Paul Baloche]
“Faithful One” [original]
“Unchanging” [Chris Tomlin]
“We Crown You” [Steve Fee]
“The Stand” [Joel Houston]
Response: “It is Well” [traditional, arr. Todd Fields]

Today was Daylight Savings Time, and we all “sprung forward” and lost an hour. Today is one of those days when it is a little more difficult to get going, and to get everyone else going as well. It turned out to be a great day despite the fact that most people lost an hour of sleep. We started out a little differently this morning, using the pre-chorus of Paul Baloche’s Hosanna,” which sings, “When we see You, we find strength to face the day/In Your presence, all our fears are washed away.” It served as an opportunity to focus, and I think the change made for a good moment. We then went to one of my originals, “Faithful One.” Pastor Jay was focusing on the Holy Spirit and our prayer life this morning, so I went the route of God’s faithfulness and immutability. Tomlin’s Unchanging served that same purpose this morning, and the chorus lyric, “So we raise up holy hands/To praise the holy One/Who was, and is, and is to come,” gives our people freedom/permission to raise their hands and express their praise in that way. This song is one of my favorite Tomlin tunes, because it expresses some great truths in it.

From there, we moved to Fee’s We Crown You, teaching it for the second week. While this song is a great song, I don’t think our people are connecting with it. Maybe it’s too difficult to sing with. Maybe it would serve better as a special/solo kind of tune. I can count on one hand the times that I really thought a song would work and it fell flat like that. “Faithful” by Alex Nifong was another one that did that. Oh well. Sometimes, you never know until you try!

We closed the first set by tagging the chorus of Joel Houston’s “The Stand.” This was the first time we’ve used this tune at all, and people caught on quickly and engaged with the song in a beautiful way. I was a little surprised by that, to be honest. It really is a great lyric, and I have wanted to use it for a while. If you have never heard it, I encourage you to check it out. We’ll definitely make use of it again in the near future.

It was a great day, despite the fact that I was up late working on my Greek homework. Staying up one hour later than normal instantly became two hours late. Like I always say, “You gotta do what you gotta do.” God can move in big ways, even when I am tired and weak, proving once more: it’s not about me. Not even in the least.

I hope you all had a great morning with your churches, and that the Lord is moving in your midst.

Blessings!

Bill

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