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As followers of Jesus, we are guided by the Word of God and the Spirit of God. This was the message from our Family Pastor, Brian Tryhus, as we continued our series titled “Faith.” It was a great reminder for us to look for guidance in the right places. You can listen to or watch the entire messages and services here.

Here’s our service plan:

Pre-Service – “Lead of Love” (G) [Aaron Tate of Caedmon’s Call]
“I’ll Fly Away” (G) [Albert E. Brumley]
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
Greeting Time
Message – “Faith: Guided” [Brian Tryhus]
“It Is Well” (Bb) [Philip Paul Bliss, Todd Fields, Horatio G. Spafford]
“One Thing Remains” (Bb) [Christa Black, Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle]
“Rejoice” (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
Post-Service – “”Lead of Love” (G) [Aaron Tate]

Thoughts: This was a solid weekend of worship with our church. It was one of those weekends where I felt the Lord was strong in my weakness. The lyric that stuck with me throughout the weekend was from “Lead of Love”: “Looking back I can finally see/ How failures bring humility/ Brings me to my knees/ Helps me see my need for Thee.” That resonated with me this weekend. During the message in the first service on Saturday night, I was having a conversation with my wife and keeping my eye on the timer for the message. When it said four minutes left, I quickly headed upstairs, only to hear music playing and to find the speaking pastor, Brian, in the stairwell. Needless to say, I panicked. Kip did a good job covering and getting the band started without me, and I tried my best to quietly head out to my position on the platform and join in. Talk about embarrassing! Anyway, that only contributed to how “off” I felt through the weekend. I’m not sure if it was allergies or a slight cold, but I just didn’t feel like I had any energy or focus.

Despite all of that, the team did a great job, and our congregation was really engaged throughout the weekend. I felt the Lord was glorified, and that people responded to the Word of God through the message. Ultimately, the Lord was strong in my weakness. It seems that some of the greatest weekends of worship I experience or witness in our church are those where I feel weakest. I don’t believe that’s a coincidence, either. 🙂

The highlights for me were having my friend Ronnie Murphy on mandolin, singing an older favorite of mine in Caedmon’s Call’s “Lead of Love,” “It Is Well,” and one of our congregation’s new favorites in “Rejoice.” The church has really seemed to latch onto that song. I love the declaration and the energy in that song, and I’m thankful we can sing it together.

So, I leave you with this: what were your experiences, observations, or take-aways from these past two weekends?

– Bill


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]
“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]


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?

For our eighth week of our 2 Corinthians series – “Purpose In Christ,” pastor Joe preached through 2 Corinthians 9, and taught about what believers receive when we give to God and to others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Welcome/Call to Worship – 1 Chronicles 29:11-13
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
“Joyful (The One Who Saves)” (C) [Ludwig van Beethoven, Brenton Brown, Jason Ingram]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ, pt. 8” [Joe Hishmeh]
“10,000 Reason (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
“Because of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham]
“Beautiful” (C) [Phil Wickham]

Thoughts: This was a great weekend. From the call to worship to the end of the last song, it was a beautiful time of worship in each of our services. We continued teaching Phil Wickham’s “Beautiful” to our congregation. It is a simple and powerful song that helps us declare the glory and power of Christ as demonstrated through creation, redemption, and the final consummation of our salvation. I love it and hope our church continues to take a greater hold of it. It was also great to sing “Joyful” again. It had been a while since we had sung that one. “Because of Your Love” and “10,000 Reasons” were great fits for where Joe went with the message this weekend. They helped us reiterate and sing the truth about giving and generosity in their proper place–as a response to what God has already done for us and given us.

On a side note, I had an issue with a burr on my guitar’s saddle, which resulted in several broken strings–a little frustrating, but not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. My main guitar is getting the frets planed and dressed, so I’ll have to get the issue figured out on this guitar in the meantime…
I hope you had a great weekend of worship! 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 began our series through 2 Corinthians– “Purpose In Christ.” Pastor Joe shared about purpose in our suffering, and how we can remained focused on Christ in the midst of trials. He encouraged us to live with hope in the resurrection, simplicity around the character of Jesus, and sincerity in our faith and trust in Him. It was a powerful challenge to not be sidetracked by suffering, but rather to use it as a platform for the glory of Christ and His gospel. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]
Greeting Time/Announcements
Message – “Purpose In Christ – Suffering” [Joe Hishmeh]
“It Is Well” (Bb) [Horatio G. Spafford, Todd Fields]

“Always” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram]
“You Never Let Go” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]

Thoughts: This was a great weekend. Saturday night’s services were some of the most powerful I have experienced since coming here to Topeka. Sunday morning was a little more of a struggle, which I think was partly due to the much colder weather in the morning. It was beautiful to sing “It Is Well,” “Always,” and “You Never Let Go” – great songs of trust and hope – in response to the Word of God and how it speaks to suffering. I am so grateful for my team, who did a fantastic job, and our church. I love them! It has been an incredible two years so far. I’m looking forward to many more.

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

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

This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued our discipleship series, “Ephesians – United in Christ.” In his message for the weekend, Joe shared from Ephesians 4:1-16 about unity in the Church. Unity, Joe said, is a sign of Christian maturity and is life-giving for the believer. It was a powerful reminder of the value of unity for our lives and for Christ’s mission for the Church. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on .

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
Welcome/Greeting Time/Call to Worship

“Song of the Redeemed” (Em) [Charlie Hall, Kendall Combes, Dustin Ragland, Quint Anderson, Brian Bergman]
“You Have Overcome” (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
“Lord of All” (A) [Kristian Stanfill]
“How Great Is Our God” (chorus & bridge) (A) [Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves,
Message – “Ephesians 4:1-16” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Center” (E) [Charlie Hall, Matt Redman]

“Your Grace Is Enough” – We opened with this song because it is both familiar and it reminds us of the all-sufficient grace we have in Jesus. Our standing with God is not by our own merit, but because of His grace toward us.

“Song of the Redeemed”– This was a new song for our congregation this weekend, even though it’s not really new at all. I love the concept of the “song of the redeemed” throughout Scripture–the song that can only be sung by those who have been redeemed and rescued by God. It shows up in Exodus with Moses’ song, throughout the Psalms, and all the way to the book of Revelation, where the redeemed are gathered around the throne in worship in 14:3. Angels cannot sing this song; only those who have been redeemed can sing of God’s redemption.

“You Have Overcome” – We sang this song because it helps us worship by clearly focusing on the gospel: we were dead and lost, but Jesus went to the cross in our place and bore the righteous wrath that we deserved from God, and then Jesus rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Jesus has overcome, and there is no one else who can save us! It is overwhelming to see the church sing it as well as they do. There is nothing more powerful or motivating for worship than the gospel.

“Lord of All”/”How Great Is Our God” – We wrapped up the first section of our singing with this sort of medley. First, we sang “Lord of All” which is one of our church’s favorite songs (which makes me very happy), and then we tagged the chorus and bridge of “How Great Is Our God” to finish up. It was a beautiful moment of exalting God together.

“Center” – This was our response song this weekend, as it is a significant prayer for us to sing to our God: “O Christ, be the center of our lives/ Be the place we fix our eyes/ Be the center of our lives.” If we all truly desire for Christ to be the center of our lives, we will be unified.

This weekend was a great weekend of worship! Our team did a great job, and it was a blessing to worship with our congregation. I think the highlight for me was singing “You Have Overcome” and moving right into “Lord of All”/”How Great Is Our God.” It was really powerful and moving as we simply lifted up our Savior for who He is and what He has done. I love our church!

On Sunday morning, we also had a special guest musician playing before our services: Joe Gavin. Joe is a friend of mine from Lakeland, FL, and he is an incredible fingerstyle guitarist. He has taught me a lot, and it is always a joy to hear him play. He was in town to play for the Trash Mountain Project’s Spoken benefit, and he was kind enough to play for us as well. It was a beautiful addition to the day, and contributed in a great way. If you want to hear more of Joe’s music, his website is, and you can find his CD/MP3s on iTunes and on Amazon. Support his great work!

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 week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared about authentic, biblical community in a message entitled “Authentic Community.” It was a strong challenge to us all to value and prioritize the things that are most important and that will last: God, His Word, and people. One of the best way we can do this is through small groups, where we can share those things–life–together. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on songs that emphasized the Lordship of Christ and the freedom and love we now have because of His grace, which enables us to experience true community.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call to Worship – Ps. 9:1-2

“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
“Lord of All” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]
“How Great Is Our God” (Bb) [Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]

Message – “Authentic Community” [Joe Hishmeh]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (Eb) [John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, John P. Rees]

“Your Grace Is Enough” – We opened our services with this song, which is one of our staples. We haven’t sung it in a while, but it was fitting this weekend as it emphasizes the grace of God, which is what has brought us together as the body of Christ, and is the only way for us to remain together. We need His grace to shape our hearts and minds and to edify one another in the Church.

“Everlasting God” – This is a song that our church always engages with, and I love it because it pulls directly from Scripture (Isaiah 40). This is definitely a great, yet simple song that is worth singing together. One of our worship leaders, Becky Tindell, led us into this one, and we traded off throughout the song.

“Lord of All” – This song is one of my all-time favorite worship songs. It helps us declare the glory, majesty, and power of our Lord in very simple and beautiful language, and the music adds to those ideas. The chorus is as strong as they get: “There is none so high and holy/ King of kings the one and only/ You are adored, You are the Lord of all!”

“How Great Is Our God” – We tagged the bridge and the chorus of this song to the end of “Lord of All,” because they share a nearly identical chord progression. The two songs were well together thematically as well, so it was a great combination that helped us exalt the Lord well.

“Your Great Name” – We finished our main singing time with this song, which is one of my favorites. I love singing the name of Jesus together with the Church. We started it out very quietly, with Becky leading us into it. It was a beautiful and powerful moment. This song is interesting because the original melody by Michael Neale (the guys’ parts on the chorus and bridge) is now largely considered the harmony because Natalie Grant recorded the harmony (the girls’ parts) as though it were the melody of the song. Because of this, both the men and the women have a clear and strong part to sing, and it makes for a great congregational song. Becky and I each did a verse, and then we sang the respective parts for the rest of the song. This song was the highlight of the weekend for me.

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” – We hadn’t sung this song for a while, but it always connects with our congregation. We sang this song because it celebrates the freedom and love we have in Christ, and those things are what make authentic biblical community a possibility. Jesus set us free and put us together as the body of Christ, and it’s a beautiful thing.

This weekend was really enjoyable for me. There were many moments where I was moved almost to the point of not being able to sing (those are tricky times to be leading…). Our team did an awesome job, and it was truly a blessing to worship together and to point our congregation towards the Lord.

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

In the Son,

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community! (and sorry this is so late!)

This weekend, we continued our Romans series, and focused on Romans 5:1-10. In his message, Joe shared about what the life of a believer looks like because of what Christ has done. He talked about how we are now reconciled to God, and as a result we have peace and rest with Him. You can listen to the entire message here. Because of the focus of Joe’s message, we emphasized our new standing with God because of His great love for us. We have hope and life because of Him.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer
“Jesus You” (E) [Bill Horn]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship – Psalm 33:1ff
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
“I Stand Amazed” (G) [Charles H. Gabriel]
“Because Of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham
Message – “Romans 5:1-10” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion Song – “In My Place” (Eb) [Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (Eb) [Edwin O. Excell, John Newton, Louie Giglio, John P. Rees, Chris Tomlin]

“Jesus You”
– We sang this song as our preparation song this weekend, because it was written partially from chapter 5 of Romans. The certain hope that we have because of what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf is the focus of this section of Romans and is also the ultimate focus of this song.

“Your Grace Is Enough” – This song remains a staple for us at Fellowship. We don’t sing it as often as maybe we once did, but it is a great song of celebration as we express our confidence in the finished work of Christ on our behalf. His grace is sufficient for us, and we look nowhere else for our salvation. Jesus is the one who has saved us; we did not save ourselves.

“I Stand Amazed” – This song was fitting for this weekend, because it points to our previous status of condemnation before God, our redemption through the work of Christ, and the future hope we have when Christ returns. Our church sings this song well. We may have set the click a little fast early in the weekend, but it was still a great song with which to celebrate our Savior’s great and marvelous love for us.

“Because Of Your Love” – I love how this song declares that living our lives for God’s glory is the fitting response to what He has done for us through the cross. We only have true life because of what Christ has accomplished for us. He endured our pain and our penalty in our place as our substitute, giving His life up selflessly, and now we can give our own lives selflessly for Him and for others.

“In My Place”This was a new song that wanted to introduce for our communion time this weekend. I have been listening to this song for the past year or two, and I finally found my opportunity to introduce it here at Fellowship. I love the lyrical focus and the beauty of this song about the cross. We brought it down from G to Eb, and I think it was much more singable for our congregation in that range. I’m still not sold on whether this song could work in our setting for a congregational song, because there are lot of implied notes that the melody pulls out, such as starting on a major 7 (G)of the chord that the rest of the band is playing (Ab). I think it will still be at least a fantastic communion and preparation song in the future. We’ll see how else we can use it. Here’s the lyric:

“In My Place”
Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell

In my place He stood condemned
He who knew no sin
Became sin for us
That we might become His righteousness

Bearing all my sin and shame
The punishment and blame
He conquered the grave
That we might become the heirs of grace

In my place, Jesus died
The spotless Lamb laid down His life
The wrath of God was satisfied
In my place, Jesus died

Nail-pierced hands, bleeding side,
His body bruised, my God crucified
Crown of thorns, dying cries,
His flesh was torn, my God crucified

Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

CCLI # 5181287 

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” – This was our response song this weekend. This is another great song that we haven’t done very often, and it was a great fit for this weekend. I love singing of our chains being gone and of our newfound freedom in Christ.

On a side note, my wife and I were talking about 2 Chronicles 20 this weekend, and how God called Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah to merely stand before their enemies, who were on their doorstep and about to attack. The people of God went out to face their attackers, and they worshiped the Lord. As they did, God won the victory for them, and their enemies destroyed themselves without the people of Judah lifting a finger against them. They merely trusted in the Lord, and He fought for them. In this passage, there is an interesting correlation between worship and prayer and trusting in the Lord. Really, when we are doing the first two things sincerely and with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, it is because we are also trusting God. When we depend and trust in Him, we get the opportunity to see Him move in powerful ways, and He gets all the glory. I pray that we, as the people of God through Christ Jesus, would trust in the Lord so completely that our worship and prayer together would reflect that. He is worthy of our trust, and He is worthy of our worship–ALL of it.

This weekend was a great time of celebrating the life, hope, and peace that we have because of Christ, and then celebrating through communion together as well. Praise God for the love that led Jesus to the cross in our place to save us!

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

In the Son,

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