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This weekend was the third and final week of our series, “The Story.” In his message,  Joe shared about how and why we to share the gospel in a compelling manner, inviting others to trust in Jesus for their salvation. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “True Love” (C) [Phil Wickham]
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
Greeting Time
Message – “The Story: Share It Compellingly” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
“Lead Me To The Cross” (Bm) [Brooke Ligertwood]
“I Will Go” (F#m) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Allen Salmon]

Thoughts: I believe this weekend was a great weekend for our church. Joe really called us all into sharing the gospel with the people in our lives, because Jesus is worth it. Our singing echoed that same thought, and it was a great call and challenge to each of us as we evaluated our priorities.

We began in the pre-service time the same as we had the previous two weeks, with “True Love” by Phil Wickham. I love this song, because it is a very powerful portrait of the gospel and what Jesus accomplished for us. We then began the service by inviting the Lord to have His way in us as we sang “Hosanna (Praise Is Rising),” which is an excellent call to worship. Later, we responded to Joe’s message with “Your Great Name,” reflecting on the power of the name of Jesus. Jesus changes everything. His name, and His name alone, has the power to save. We continued with “Lead Me To The Cross” to give us words through which to express our submission to the Lord’s call to take up our cross and follow Him in proclaiming the good news. We closed our service with another song in that same vein, “I Will Go,” which is a little bit of a punch in the gut, if we’re honest. It calls us from our comfort and privilege to sacrifice, service, and submission in reaching the lost and needy in our world. Everyone who encounters Jesus has to wrestle with that decision–either they leave following Him more closely, or they walk away further from Him and more committed to being “lord” of their own lives. I called the church to see the surpassing worth of Jesus and what He has done for us, and to respond with living our lives in worship and submission to Him. He alone is worthy!

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

– Bill

This weekend was the second of our series called, “The Story.” This week, pastor Joe shared about how we all need to be live out the gospel so that we can be confident in it as we share with others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “True Love” (C) [Phil Wickham]
“Happy Day” (B) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Greeting Time
Message – “The Story: Live The Story” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)” (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]
“Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
“Jesus Paid It All” (C) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, add. chorus by Alex Nifong]

Thoughts: This weekend was another great weekend. Again, reflecting on the power of the gospel is the greatest motive we have to worship Jesus. He loves us and He gave Himself up for our redemption. He is so worthy of worship!

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

– Bill

This weekend was the first in our series called, “The Story.” Our pastor Joe shared about how we all need to be clear about the message of the gospel so that we can share it with others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “True Love” (C) [Phil Wickham]
“In Tenderness” (G) [Nate Garvey, Adoniram Judson Gordon, W. Spencer Walton]
“Before The Throne Of God Above” (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft]
Greeting Time
Message – “The Story: Know The Story” [Joe Hishmeh]
“You Alone Can Rescue” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“This Is Amazing Grace” (Bb) [Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, Phil Wickham]
“Made Alive” (G) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]

Thoughts: This weekend was incredible. It is probably stating the obvious, but I absolutely love singing about the gospel and the finished work of Jesus for us. This series is all about that, and this weekend was one where we could sing a bunch of our favorite songs together. It was a powerful service, and I was moved by the amazing grace and love of Jesus for us. He has done great things! It was an awesome way to end 2013 together.

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

– Bill

Here’s our set from this week:

“All Because of Jesus” [Steve Fee]
“Say, Say” [Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Chris Tomlin, et al]

Welcome, recognition, announcements
“I Want to Love You” [Todd Fields]
“True Love” [Phil Wickham]

Message – “It’s Your Serve: Tell Your Story” – Pastor Jay Dennis
INV – “I Will Go” [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld]
Parent/Child dedication
Business Meeting

This morning was a good morning – busy, but good. We had lots of elements to this Sunday, as you can see above. It is always a frustration of mine when we have too much to do to take time to worship. I guess it is the nature of the beast, because Sunday morning is the only time the church is all gathered together in one place, and is considered the best option for getting information to everyone in the congregation. I suppose this is probably the case in many places. I don’t think anyone believes it is ideal, but it is what it is. We are working towards getting people to get all their information through the many other available means, and hopefully we’ll get there sometime soon. Until then, we will have days where there are tons of people to mention and announcements to be made, and we’ll make it work as well as we can.

One of the highlights for me today was the Parent and Child Dedication. This is the first time we were able to do this at the 9:30 AM service, where many of our young families attend. This is time well-spent in my opinion. Seeing the young parents dedicating their lives and their children to God with the church family is a beautiful thing. There are so many amazing stories in those families. One couple has been trying to have children or adopt for several years, and they got a surprise call a month or so ago to go to the hospital and pick up their child. It was an amazing moment for that family, and it was beautiful to see them on the platform for the dedication. I, as well as many people in our congregation, are thrilled for them.

I felt like things were a little disconnected, as we did one song we hadn’t done in a long time (“I Want to Love You”) and one that is more a “listening” type of a song (“True Love”). I probably should have had the congregation sit during that last one. It’s a fantastic song with an amazing message, anyway. If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out! It fit really well with Pastor Jay’s message about sharing one’s story to share the gospel, which was primarily about knowing and sharing one’s personal testimony. It is such a useful thing to have prepared, because people will listen to your own story more than they will listen to preaching.

I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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In the Son,


Here’s our set from this morning:

“Kingdom” [Kristian Stanfill]
“God is Alive” [Steve Fee and Eddie Kirkland]
“Beautiful the Blood” [Steve Fee]
“Lord of All” [Kristian Stanfill]
“True Love” [Phil Wickham]
Message: “5 Love Secrets” by Pastor Jay
Response: “I Want to Love You” [Todd Fields]
Offertory: “Love is Not a Fight” [Warren Barfield]

I was ready for today. I have been looking forward to it on many levels. We had the entire youth group in the service this morning, which was awesome. Today was billed as “I Love My Church” Sunday, where every Connect Group made it a point to bring their friends with them, and to get people to identify what is about their church that they love. Today was also Pastor Jay’s 14th anniversary as pastor of Church at the Mall. My first day as the worship lead for this great church was his 10th anniversary celebration, which means that I have been leading for this church for 4 years today. It’s hard to believe. At any rate, there were a lot of reasons to be excited about today, and it really was.

There were quite a few mishaps, be it technical or performance-oriented. Each of us had a mistake in the band, except for our keyboardist, Amanda and our pianist, Melanie. I got thrown off by a miscue, and proceeded to sing the wrong line in the second verse of “Beautiful the Blood.” We could not, for the life of us, find our groove on “God is Alive” with the click. “Lord of All” was right on (this one continues to be a favorite for me and for our people), and so was “True Love.” Our Pastor was pulling in the parking lot with this song blasting on his car stereo. I love it. It was a perfect fit with his message today. I love how the Spirit makes it all fit together so beautifully.

The biggest technical mishap was at the beginning of the offertory, where we did “Love is Not a Fight” by Warren Barfield, which is an  amazing song. When I went to begin the acoustic-only introduction, there was only noise. Nothing was getting through but static. Of course, at this point, everyone in the room is watching me try and figure it out. I unplugged my mute box send to my tuner, which didn’t help. I then jiggled the XLR cables on either side of the mute box, and it came on extremely loud, because my sound man had boosted it to try and get anything. However, because I unplugged my tuner, it was a different, crazier-sounding static. Meanwhile, our executive pastor, Steve, brought a mic out to put in front of the guitar to go old-school. Right as he got it set up, everything was fixed with my guitar, and we got rolling. I had to say something, so I joked, “Sorry about that!” and everyone (thankfully) laughed along. The song went great after that. It is really a beautiful, honest, and powerful song about love. It was borne out of adversity. See the story here.

It was just that kind of a morning. It seemed and felt like the enemy was trying to interfere with what went on today. God was certainly at work. During the prayer time, Jay called on the men of the church to pray and ask God to help them be the men He has called them to be for their families. Dozens of men came down to the altar to pray in the middle of the service. It was a beautiful thing to witness. The people responded powerfully in worship of our King, and that was also very encouraging and a reminder that it doesn’t depend on everything going perfectly. I struggle with that, because of my perfectionism, but in the end God receives the glory because He is the one who makes the spiritual happen. I cannot manufacture it, nor can anyone else on the team. We can only facilitate. While it doesn’t alleviate our responsibility to lead and to plan, that is truly a freeing thing.

I love my church, and I am so thankful that the Lord has brought me here. Happy Valentine’s Day, by the way.

All the Glory belongs to Him,


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This morning, we had our first really “good” morning of the year. People were back from vacation or Christmas break, and there was energy in the room! I felt really good about how everything went, and we only had a few hiccups along the way.

We introduced Phil Wickham’s “True Love,” which is a fantastic song with a fantastic lyric. It provides a beautiful summation of the gospel, and it is done in a very fresh and thought-provoking way. If you haven’t heard it, you need to.

We also brought back a newer song that we taught a few months back, “Salvation’s Chorus,” off of North Point Live’s Louder Than Creation. This is a fantastic lyric with solid, up tempo music. I love this song, even though I get tied in knots trying to keep the lyric straight! I love remembering the idea that the redeemed believers are the only ones who can sing that song to God, not even the angels really get it!

“Let Me Sing” has become one of my favorite songs. 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.” I love the clear statement about how Christ suffered for us, to bring us to God. Beautiful!

Anyway, here’s the set:

“Kingdom” (A) – Kristian Stanfill
“Salvation’s Chorus” (A) – Todd Fields
“Glory to God Forever” (A) – Fee
“Mighty to Save” (A) – Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding
“True Love” (C) – Phil Wickham
Response: “Nothing But the Blood (Your Blood)” (B) – Matt Redman
“Let Me Sing” (Bb) – Todd Fields

It was a great morning of worship, paired with Pastor Jay’s message answering the rest of the 48 questions about Hell. It was powerful stuff. There were several people who came forward at the end of the service to profess their new faith in Jesus Christ. Lots of new life around our church. It’s a beautiful thing.

Be sure to check out other worship leaders’ set lists and comments at Fred McKinnon’s Worship Community.

Glory to God!