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(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, Joe shared from Ephesians 3:14-21 about submitting our lives to Jesus, and asking for His presence to dwell in us, His love to thrive in us, and His character to fill us. This, Joe said, is the greatest prayer we can pray as believers. When these things are a reality in our lives, the gospel will advance through us to others. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on the powerful love of God, which surpasses all we can imagine.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“In Tenderness” (G) [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey]
Welcome/Greeting Time

“God Is Able” (B) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]
“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” (B) [Brian Johnson, Christa Black, Jeremy Riddle]

“Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)” (G) [Scott Ligertwood, Brooke Ligertwood]
Message – “Ephesians 3:14-21” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion
“Stronger” (B) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“In Tenderness” – We taught this song over a few weekends recently, and this was a refresher weekend for the song. It is quickly becoming one of my new favorites, and it is a great fit as we walk through the book of Ephesians. The chorus captures the heart of God in the gospel very succinctly – “O, the love that sought me/ O, the blood that bought me/ O, the grace that brought me to the fold of God/ Grace that brought me to the fold of God!” I simply love declaring this together with the Church!

“God Is Able”– We sang this song coming out of the welcome and greeting time, and it focused us right in on where we were going this morning. We sang this song in particular because part of our passage this week was Ephesians 3:20-21:

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)

This is a solid staple in our worship song vocabulary here at Fellowship, and it does a great job of building our confidence in the one who is truly able, our Lord Jesus Christ. He conquered sin and death, and He has redeemed us and given us life. There is no one else who has done what He has done, or who could do what He can do.

“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” – This is another fairly new song that we introduced about two months ago. I love the strong declaration that this song makes regarding God’s faithful love. Again, this song builds our hope and our confidence in who Christ is and what He has done/will do.

“Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)” – This is a new song that our NextGen director Erik Oldberg and his wife Sarah introduced last weekend. We continued teaching it this weekend, and one of our newer worship team members, Cindy Gular, led us on this song. It is a very strong and beautiful song, but I’m not sure yet of how it serves as a congregational song in which our people can participate besides the chorus.

As an aside, I also wanted to make a note about using this song: we made one change before we introduced it, in that we adjusted one line of the song. In the second verse, the original recording by Hillsong has the line, “Salvation through repentance.” This elevates a result of saving faith to a causal position with regards to our salvation. We are “saved by grace through faith,” according to Ephesians 2:8-9. Repentance and baptism, which are connected with salvation by Peter in the book of Acts (Acts 2:38), are demonstrations of our faith, but faith comes first. We believe and therefore we are saved. Repentance and baptism are not salvific, meaning they do not cause salvation or result in our redemption. When we truly believe in Christ, we will do those things that are fitting of a saving relationship with Christ, but salvation does not come through those things. They are not the means of salvation–faith is. While most people would not notice or make a big deal about the word “through” in this line, I think it is a huge deal, because it communicates that salvation is somehow in our hands, which is not the case. Salvation is a gift, and nothing we can do can earn it. We simply place our trust in Him as our divine substitute at the cross, recognizing our own sinfulness and desperate need for rescuing. Because of this, we changed the line to say, “Salvation to repentance,” trying to clarify that we repent because we have saving faith. The bottom line is this: as leaders, we are responsible for what we teach our people (and yes, we ARE teaching our people through the songs that we sing together). I want us to be as clear as possible with the message of the gospel. It has been entrusted to us as His Church and we must be crystal clear with it, because the world around us is doing everything possible to muddy up the truth about salvation.

“Stronger” – We sang this song for our response and communion song. We quietly sang the first part of the song (everything prior to the bridge) while the elements were being passed out, and then we sang the bridge and repeated the chorus after we took the elements. I was reminded how much I love this song when we attended the Hillsong Live concert in Kansas City a few weeks ago. It is a solid song about the gospel and what Jesus has done for us, and therefore it was a great fit for the message this weekend and for our time of communion.

This weekend was a good weekend of worship overall. Our team did a great job, and played and sang well together. I felt like the change to colder weather slowed our people down a little bit, but we celebrated the gospel and Jesus was lifted up as a result. I am so thankful for our church, and pray that the Lord continues to point us to His gospel and the salvation that is found in Him alone.  

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!

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This week our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared some biblical wisdom regarding leaving a godly legacy, as we finished our series called “Can You Relate?”. In his message, Joe shared about how small changes today can have a long-lasting impact, far beyond what we could even imagine today. It was a challenge to be mindful of the impact that we can have on our children and on others around us who are watching our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on the gospel and on giving our lives to Jesus as living offerings of worship and thanksgiving for what He has done and is doing in our lives.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-Service – “In Tenderness” (G) [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey, arr. by Citizens]
“Those Who Trust” (Em) [Don Chaffer]

Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship/Confession
“Let Me Sing” (Bb) [Todd Fields]
“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” (Bb) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black]

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman] / “Glory to God Forever” (G) [Vicky Beeching, Steve Fee]
Message – “Can You Relate? – Legacy” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion
“Jesus Paid It All” (B) [Elvina M. Hall, John T. Grape, Alex Nifong]
Offering/Announcements/Dismissal

“In Tenderness” – This was a new (to us anyway – it was written in 1894) song that we taught during our countdown this week. This is one of my favorite songs for the Church that I have heard this year. It is lyrically profound, while being musically straight-forward, energetic, and extremely catchy. I couldn’t get it out of my head for at least two weeks. This is especially true of the chorus: “O the love that sought me/ O the blood that bought me/ O the grace that brought me to the fold of God/ Grace that brought me to the fold of God!”

“Those Who Trust” – This was technically our opening song this week, and it established a theme for the weekend in declaring that those who build their lives on – and trust in – the Lord will never be moved or shaken, because He is their foundation. He is constant and true, and we can trust Him to be with us no matter what we face in this life. This song is incredibly fun to play, especially with bassist Ben Engstrom and drummer Jordan Hymon, who love to play funk. It just works.

“Let Me Sing” – This song was key for our focus this week, as it put words to the idea of giving our lives as a response to how Jesus gave His life for our redemption. I love this song, and our church connects with it well.

“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” – This was the third week of teaching this song to our congregation. We gave the song a week off last week, and brought it back as a refresher this weekend. This song contributed to our overall direction by giving us assurance and confidence in the unfailing love of God, which in turn gives us freedom to love and give fully.

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”/“Glory To God Forever” – We sang this song just prior to the message this weekend, and it consisted of using all of “10,000 Reasons” and the bridge of “Glory to God Forever.” That really put an exclamation point on where were going this week: “Take my life and let it be/ All for You and for Your glory/ Take my life and let it be Yours.” That idea is where wanted our major emphasis to be this week.

“Jesus Paid It All” – During communion, we sang the traditional portion of this great hymn, and then after we took the elements together as a church, we sang the additional modern chorus (“O praise the One who paid my debt/ And raised this life up from the dead”). It was a beautiful moment of focusing powerfully on the gospel message, and the thanks and praise that are due to our Savior and King for what He has done for us!

This weekend was an incredible weekend of worship. Our team members all did a fantastic job of preparing and leading well. They worshiped sincerely, and pointed all eyes to Jesus, where they belong! Not only was it powerful, it was a lot of fun, too. Everything clicked well, and we were able to really “enjoy the moment” throughout the weekend. I am so grateful for what the Lord is doing in our team and in our congregation.

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!

This week our family pastor, Brian Tryhus, shared some biblical wisdom regarding parenting, as we continued our fourth week in our series called “Can You Relate?”. In his message, Brian called us to be intentional at every opportunity with our parenting. He challenged us to the standard that Moses communicated with the Hebrew people in Deuteronomy 6:4-9, calling us to make it personal, to fight for the heart of our children, to imagine the end (know where we want to see our kids in the end), to create a rhythm, and to widen the circle (inviting others that we trust to be a part of influencing our kids). These concepts have been adapted from a great book, Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on the redemption and the future that we have because of Christ. Just as the people of Israel, we walk most closely with the Lord when we remember what He has done for us, and live in response to that.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Sing To The King” (E) [Billy Foote, Charles Sylvester Horne]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship/Confession
“Hallelujah To My King” (C) [Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche]
“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” (Bb) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black]

“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]

Message – “Can You Relate? – Parenting” [Brian Tryhus]
Offering Intro
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman]
Announcements/Dismissal

“Sing To The King” – This was our opening song this week, setting the stage for the service for us by focusing on the redemption, the future, and the victory that is in Christ. He has bought us with His precious blood, and we are His. All we are, and all we have is His. He is worthy of our everything. Sarah Oldberg did an awesome job leading on this one, as always.

“Hallelujah To My King” – After our time of reflection and confession, we continued with this song. This is another song along the lines of “Sing to the King,” in that it recalls the finished work of Christ and the future hope that we have because of it. As John says in 1 John 3:3, everyone who has this hope purifies himself. Sarah led us on this song as well, and singing it in the key of C rather than the key of E or F gave it a very different feel, and it was great to hear the ladies singing out so well along with Sarah.

“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” – This was the second week of teaching this song to our congregation. I think it really connecting with many people in our congregation. I love the message of this song, as it inspires our confidence in the Lord and what He has done for us. He, and His love, never fails! I think this is another song that will be a part of our regular worship vocabulary here at Fellowship, because it is something we need to believe, sing, and remember.

“Your Great Name” – This was the last song we sang before the message, and it remains one of our congregation’s favorite songs. I love how powerfully it exalts the name of Jesus. We sang this because it focuses on who Jesus is and what He has done, and continues to do, for us. He is good, and He is worthy of all praise.

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” – This was our response song this week, and it was a great fit with the focus of the message. As I said earlier, it is easier for us to follow closely with the Lord when we remember who He is and all He has done and is going to do. He is with us, and we can trust Him with everything we are. I love how the church sings out together on this one.

This weekend was as great weekend of worship. The team did a solid job, and Jesus was the focus of it all, which is the way it should be. We had two of our NextGen team members, Chandler Klamm and Hannah Deardorff, playing with us, and they did a great job. I am so proud of our NextGen team and the leadership that their director, Erik Oldberg, is giving them. God is doing great things in our young people here at Fellowship! God is so good, and it is awesome to be a part of His working and moving in our church. I know that our best days are ahead of us!

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!

This week our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared some biblical wisdom regarding marriage, as we continued our third week in our series called “Can You Relate?”. In his message, Joe called us to the example of Christ and the Church. The three challenges were to You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.

For our singing this week, we focused on the unfailing love of God. He loved us when we were unlovable, and is faithful even when we are faithless (2 Tim. 2:13).

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship/Confession
“Blessed Be Your Name” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” (Bb) [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black]

“How He Loves” (Bb) [John Mark McMillan]

Message – “Can You Relate? – Marriage” [Joe Hishmeh]
Offering
“You Never Let Go” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
Announcements/Dismissal

“Unchanging” – This was our opening song this week, because it laid the foundation for the rest of what we sang and studied in Scripture: God’s faithful, steadfast love for us. It is one that is well-known for our congregation, so we sing it well together.

“Blessed Be Your Name” – We sang this song to continue with the truth that we can trust God no matter what, and that He is always in control and worthy of praise.

“One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” – This was a new song for much of our congregation, and it’s one that I have become pretty excited about over the last week or so. It is a fairly simple song overall, repeating this line in the chorus: “Your love never fails/ It never gives up/ It never runs out on me.” It has been sung and recorded by at least four groups, so look it up. This is one that we will continue to sing in the future, because it a great reminder about God’s love.

“How He Loves” – this is a very familiar song through various avenues, but is one that I haven’t led before with Fellowship. It really resonates with many in our congregation. I enjoy the fresh, unique lyric in the verses, and the simple pre-chorus and chorus. And yes, we sing the Crowder lyric (“unforeseen kiss”). I cannot sing “sloppy wet kiss” without laughing.

“You Never Let Go” – This was our response song this week, as it pointed us once again to the steadfast love of God. His love casts out fear and gives us rest, because He never leaves us or forsakes us. The Lord is so good to us, and we find hope in His unfailing love.

This weekend was a great weekend of worship together. The team did a fantastic job serving the congregation. One thing I was reminded of this week was that I need to leave room in my worship planning for songs that are currently and freshly moving my heart. That song this week was “One Thing Remains.” It has really been encouraging me to trust God more over this past week. I still very much believe that my planning is what I need to do to lead my congregation well, but my leading feels more alive when I am finding and incorporating songs that are speaking to my heart in fresh ways. It made the weekend very special for me. I will definitely keep this tweak in mind as I plan toward the future.

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

What were your thoughts or experiences from this weekend in your church?

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