Fellowship Bible Church - 05/06 - 05/07/2017

This weekend, we wrapped up our generosity series, The Flow of Everything, and we looked at what could be possible if all the church joined together to bless our community and our world with what we have. We also had our annual event, Sharefest, where we partnered with more than 30 churches in the city to bless area schools, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Topeka Rescue Mission by doing much-needed landscaping work and projects. It is always a beautiful picture of the church in action.

For our singing, we focused on how abundantly and graciously God has provided for our redemption through the cross. We concluded our services by celebrating communion together, remembering the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. He has done great things for us!

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Worthy of Your Name" [Passion Worship Band]
"It Is Finished" [The Modern Post/Dustin Kensrue]
"I Stand Amazed" [Charles Hutchison Gabriel]
"Lord I Need You" [Passion Worship Band]
"Jesus Paid It All" [Traditional, Alex Nifong, Passion Worship Band]

It was a great weekend together! I am excited about what the Lord is doing in the Church in Topeka, and it is awesome to be a part of it through Fellowship.

I hope you had a great weekend!

in the Son,

Bill

Fellowship Bible Church - 03/26 - 03/27/17

It has been a while! It's been a busy month, but it's time to get back on the wagon with the blog posts recapping our weekends. This weekend was our next to last in our series through the Sermon on the Mount,  The Way of Life. In his message, Joe talked about the narrow way and the wide way, and the influences that will lead us down one path or the other. This is one of the more difficult teachings of Jesus, but it was a powerful challenge to follow after Jesus because His way leads to life.

Here's what we sang together:

Pre-Service - "I Am Set Free" [All Sons & Daughters]
"The Solid Rock" [Edward Mote, The Dispatch]
"Before The Throne" [Charitie Lees Bancroft, The Modern Post]
"The Lion And The Lamb" [Leeland Mooring, Bethel]
"Lord, I Need You" [Chris Tomlin, Passion Worship Band]

It was a unique weekend for me, in that I was leading from the bass guitar. I have never led a weekend here from the bass, so it was exciting and challenging. It requires a bit of a different mentality and rhythm of playing, so it took some extra focus to do along with singing, but I really enjoyed the stretch. The team did a solid job leading, and it was a great weekend of worship together.

For the songs we sang, we focused on Jesus as the foundation and forerunner of our faith, as expressed in Hebrews 12:1-2. He is everything we need for faith, for life, and for our eternity. He supplies us with the wisdom, strength, and guidance to follow Him. As He says in John 15, we cannot bear any good fruit apart from Him. Those truths directed our singing time together throughout the weekend.

I hope you had a great weekend!

in the Son,

Bill

Fellowship Service Recap - 07/16 - 07/17/16

This weekend we began our series through Paul's letters to Timothy, Keep The Faith. For his message this weekend, Pastor Joe shared about how the Gospel changes the way we interact with others–primarily leading us to love others as Christ has first loved us. It was a great reminder of both the Gospel message for us, and the Gospel impact on our daily lives and leadership.

Here's what we sang together:

"Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" [Elisha Albright Hoffman, Anthony J. Showalter]
"Before The Throne" [The Modern Post]
"Jesus!" [Citizens & Saints]
"Hosanna" [Hillsong United]
"Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)" [Brenton Brown]

It was a great weekend together. The team worked hard and served well, and Jesus was lifted up. I really enjoyed singing "Jesus Take All of Me"–it had been a while!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship, too.

in the Son,

Bill

Fellowship Service Recap - 06/11 - 06/12/16

This was week two of our series through the life of David, Rise or Fall, and Joe shared about how to walk with God when we're waiting. It was a timely message for those who are walking through suffering, sorrow, and trials, and a powerful reminder of how God is at work even when we cannot see it and when we have to wait to see the outcome. He is faithful and good, and working it all together according to His sovereign purposes.

Here's what we sang together:

"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue]
"Everlasting God" [Brenton Brown]
"It is Well" [Todd Fields]
"Always" [Kristian Stanfill]

It was an encouraging and comforting weekend of worship together. There have been several unexpected deaths and illness in our church recently, and it was clear that God was at work in the timing and the planning of the entire service. We needed to hear the words of this message, and we needed to sing the words of these songs together. I'm thankful that the Lord is at work among us and reminding us who He is and what He has done and will do. He will never leave us or forsake us, and He will make all things new and right all wrongs.

May we all be reminded of God's faithfulness and trustworthiness as you walk through trials, through suffering, and through sorrow. He is with us.

in the Son,

Bill

FBC Service Recap - 04/16 - 04/17/16

 

This weekend was the third week of our Decided series, where Pastor Joe looked at the choice in the life of the believer when it comes to reading the Bible. We have to decide daily toseek God through His Word, and not merely scan the Bible for information about God. For the singing this weekend, we wanted to focus on an attitude of humble submission to God's Lordship and leadership in our lives, on what the Bible says about the character of God, and on trusting God's care for us.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

  • "Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
  • "Hail The King" [Citizens & Saints]
  • "Cornerstone" [Hillsong]
  • "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill]
  • "Nothing But The Blood (Your Blood)" [Matt Redman]

Harper Compton and Jack Hishmeh led for me while I was off this weekend, and they did a great job serving and leading, as did the entire team. I'm so thankful for such an excellent and trustworthy team!

Have a great week!

In the Son,

Bill

 

FBC Service Recap - 03/05 - 03/06/16

This weekend, we continued in our Acts series, Mission Possible, where Pastor Joe shared some lessons from Paul's final address to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20. I find this passage to be very powerful, as Paul had shared life with these men, and was giving his parting words to them as he understood that he was heading to his own death. That context makes one perk up and pay attention to what he shared with them.

Here's what we sang together:

"A Mighty Fortress" [Christy Nockels, Nathan Nockels]
"Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
"Lamb of God" [Jason Ingram, Andi Rozier, Meredith Andrews]
"Your Name" [Paul Baloche, Glenn Packiam]
"O Praise The Name (Anástasis)" [Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher]

As I mentioned above, I really love this passage. For our songs, this weekend, we wanted to emphasize the transformation that happens in us when Christ is our all, and we put all of our hope in Him alone. This leads to our faith growing and our priorities being realigned. "A Mighty Fortress" comes from Hebrews 12 where the writer speaks of God as a consuming fire whose kingdom will never fail, and who is worthy of our worship and our lives. "Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" is an invitation for the Lord to have His way in us and to remake us in His image. "Lamb of God" was our communion song this weekend, and focuses on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus for us. "Your Name" is a recognition of the unique saving power of the name of Jesus, and the fact that He is our only hope and refuge. Finally, "O Praise The Name (Anástasis)" is a song we have taught for three weeks now, and it takes us through the story of the cross, and echoes the message of Philippians 2–because of His sacrificial death on the cross for us, Jesus is exalted above every name, and is worthy of all the praise and the glory!

It was a great weekend together, lifting high the name of Jesus like He deserves. He has done great things for us, and He is our only hope!

Have a great week!

In the Son,

Bill

FBC Service Recap - 01/30 - 01/31/16

As we continued in our Mission Possible series through the book of Acts, Joe shared this weekend about the three people we need in our lives, from looking at the life of Paul: Jesus, the person who leads us to Jesus (Ananias), and the person who comes alongside us to encourage us in our walk with Christ (Barnabas).

Here's what we sang together:

Pre-Service - "In Exile" [Thrice]
"Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
"I Stand Amazed" [Charles Hutchison Gabriel]
"Man of Sorrows (In My Place)" [Philip Paul Bliss, arr. w/ additional chorus by Bill Horn]
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" [John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, Chris Tomlin, John P. Rees, Louie Giglio]
"This is Amazing Grace" [Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle]

 

Our team did a great job and it was a really enjoyable weekend of worship together. I'm so grateful for our team and our church!

I hope you have a great wee!

in the Son,

Bill

Service Recap - 11/7 - 11/8/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

For our third weekend of our Rebuild series, Pastor Joe shared about our internal resistance to having our hearts devoted to the Lord. He talked about the value of the daily practices of repentance, dependence, and obedience in rebuilding a heart for God, and being available for His working in us.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Hail the King" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger of Citizens & Saints]
"Sing to the King" [Charles Sylvester Horne, Billy Foote]
"How Can It Be" [Jeff Johnson, Jason Ingram, Paul Mabury, as sung by Lauren Daigle]
"Jesus Take All of Me (Just As I Am)" [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]

It was a great weekend, as we celebrated the Lord's Supper together and looked at the condition of our hearts for God. We sang "How Can It Be" (sung by Lauren Daigle) again, which is one of my favorite newer songs that I have heard. It is an honest and thankful song of worship, looking at all the Lord has done for our redemption and to bring us to Himself, despite all of our sin. He is so good to us. For the Lord's Supper and the response time, we sang "Jesus Take All of Me (Just As I Am)," which is Brenton Brown's modern arrangement of one of my favorite hymns, "Just As I Am." I love the beautiful image of coming to Jesus with nothing but our sin and Him accepting us based on Himself and His work for us. Our salvation is not dependent on us, but on our gracious heavenly Father. He has done great things for us!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship, too!

In the Son,

Bill

Songs We Sing - 10/17 - 10/18 - Fellowship Bible Church

This week we concluded our Unstuck series as we looked at the often uncomfortable subject of "Fun." Joe shared how we can celebrate and have fun because of our joy and delight in the Lord. He pointed out how the entire Jewish calendar revolved around the concept of celebrating the work of the Lord for them. We can have fun in a way that both celebrates the work of the Lord and deepens our relationships with our family and our brothers & sisters in Christ.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

"Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
"In Tenderness" [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey]
"Lord, I Need You" [Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson]
"Great Are You Lord" [Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard]
"It Is Finished" [Dustin Kensrue]

We had a great weekend of worship together. Our team did a great job, and all of our songs celebrated and reflected on God as our strength and our song, as our Father, and as our redemption and life. "It Is Finished" is fixed as one of my favorite anthems. It confidently declares the finished work of God for our salvation, and almost brings me to shouting for joy for what He has done for us. I don't think I will ever grow tired of the truth in that song (although I might grow tired from singing it–I have a hard time holding back when I sing those words!). 

It was great to be back after a weekend off. I absolutely love worshiping with my church family here, and I love experiencing how God is at work in His Church.

This week, I pray that God reminds you of His saving work on your behalf! It is Finished!

In the Son,

Bill

Songs We Sing - 10/03 - 10/04/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

We continued our Unstuck series this weekend with a message on getting unstuck with our finances. We also celebrated communion this weekend, which is always a blessing to celebrate together with our church family. We tried something rather different for us this week, in that all the instruments used are normally used with bluegrass music. It was a blast!

Here are our songs from this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Absent From Flesh" [Isaac Watts, arr. by Jamie Barnes of Sojourn]
"There is a Fountain" [William Cowper, arr. by Zach Bolen of Citizens & Saints]
"I'll Fly Away" [Albert E. Brumley, my arrangement]
"Before the Throne" [Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vicki Cook, arr. by Dustin Kensrue & The Modern Post, modified by us]
Communion - "Nothing But The Blood" [Robert Lowry, my arrangement]
"Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)" [Charlotte Elliott, Brenton Brown]

This weekend was very different and very fun! Our team did a great job all the way around. We used upright bass, banjo, dobro guitar, mandolin, acoustic guitars, and cajon, and it made for a unique feel for the weekend. Also, all the songs we used this weekend are hymns, whether old or new arrangements. This is something I have wanted to try for a while, to see what happens. I love hymns and the value in expression and teaching they bring to the Church, so it was fun to put a bunch of them together in one weekend.

 

Songs We Sing - 09/19 - 09/20/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

This was our second week of our Unstuck series, where we looked at what it means to be "unstuck" in our faith. Joe shared the ways we typically get stuck in faith, and the things God often uses to get us growing again in our faith.

"Made Alive" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
"Desert Song" [Brooke Ligertwood]
"You Never Let Go" [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
"Your Great Name" [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
"Everlasting God" [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]

In talking about faith, we began by focusing on Jesus as the source of the gift of faith, in making us alive together with Him in "Made Alive." We then sang "Desert Song" as a reminder that even if we are faithless, Jesus remains faithful to us, so we don't have to fear. We responded to the message with "You Never Let Go," which continues that idea of God's faithfulness in the midst of trials, and our need to trust Him no matter what we face, because He is with us and cares for us. We then closed out the service with "Your Great Name" and "Everlasting God," both of which proclaim how the Lord is the one who restores us and gives us strength, especially when we are weak.

This weekend served as a gracious reminder that Jesus never leaves us or forsakes us; He is always faithful, even when we have much growing to do in our faith.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship!

in the Son,

Bill

Songs We Sing - 05/30 - 05/31/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

It was great to be back with my church this weekend after a good vacation with my family and friends! We continued in our series through 1 Corinthians, as Joe shared about "staying power" from 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. It was a powerful challenge to be faithful to where God has called us.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

Pre-Service - "I Know" [Brian Eichelberger, Chad Gardner - Kings Kaleidoscope]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
"Everlasting God" [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
"Jesus Take All of Me (Just As I Am)" [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]
"Lamb of God" [Jason Ingram, Andi Rozier, Meredith Andrews]
"Made Alive" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]

We had a fantastic weekend of worship together. We had several of our brass players with us, and they always add something special to the music. We also opened with one of my favorite songs of 2015, "I Know" by Kings Kaleidoscope. It's a phenomenal song that declares our confidence that because of Christ alone, we have the sure hope of an eternity together with Him! I was moved to tears the first time I heard the song, and it continues to minister to me and encourage me today. It was great to play it together and share it with our church family. I'm not sure it will ever be a congregational song that we all sing together (it would have to come down a few steps for that to happen), but I think it is still something we need to hear.

For the rest of our songs, we sang familiar songs that focused on Jesus as our example and our strength to follow. He has saved us and made us alive together with Him so that we might in turn be a blessing to those around us and lead people to Jesus. He is the one who gives us the resources to carry out His calling on each one of us, and we simply need to be available and obedient to that call. 

In all, it was a beautiful weekend of worshiping together with the church! It's good to be home.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship, too!

- Bill

Songs We Sing - 05/07 - 05/08/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

This weekend, we continued in our second week of or series through 1 Corinthians, Grounded. Joe shared a challenging message about the pursuing the wisdom of God from 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16. 

Here are our songs from this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Search My Heart" [Matt Crocker, Joel Houston - Hillsong]
"Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
"Made Alive" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger - Citizens & Saints]
"Lamb of God" [Andi Rozier, Jason Ingram, Meredith Andrews]
"Son of God" [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Gordon Cochran, Ed Cash - Starfield]
"Jesus Messiah" [Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash]

Our team did a great job leading, and we had a great weekend of worship together. We introduced Hillsong's "Search My Heart" in the pre-service slot, which is a song that I have wanted to incorporate since I first heard it. We also continued teaching Vertical Church's "Lamb of God," which is a fantastic song about the cross. I love it, and it has been beautiful to hear the church take hold of it over the past few weeks.

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

If you want to hear more of the songs that we sing with our church, you can find a Spotify playlist of our favorites here.

Also, you can watch our entire service here.

Have a great week!

- Bill

Songs We Sing - 04/25 - 04/26/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

This weekend, we concluded our series, Never, with a message about endurance entitled, "Never Give Up." David Hinkle shared about walking with the Lord through trials, both internal and external from 1 Peter 4.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
"This is Amazing Grace" [Josh Farro, Phil Wickham, Jeremy Riddle]
"It Is Well" [Philip Paul Bliss, Horatio G. Spafford, w/ additional chorus & arr. by Todd Fields]
"Desert Song" [Brooke Ligertwood]
"Everlasting God" [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]

We had a powerful worship gathering this weekend. Everyone experiences trials in this life, so messages such as this one always resonate with us and remind us that we are not home yet. We have a path to walk here that will not always be easy, but Jesus will always be with us, and that brings us great comfort. That was the direction of our singing this weekend. Jesus is with us, He never fails, He never abandons us, He gives us strength to carry on, and He will see us through until we see Him face to face. I cannot wait until that day.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship with your church family, whether it's with Fellowship or somewhere else. May you be reminded today that Jesus is with you!

"The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
He knows those who take refuge in Him."
- Nahum 1:7 (ESV)

EASTER 2015 - Fellowship Bible Church

Easter is always one of my favorite times of leading worship through singing. The only problem is there are about 100 songs I want to sing with the church for those services, and I have to narrow it down to 5 or 6! This year was my favorite Easter to date, by far. We chose to sing songs that were very familiar to our congregation, and some that would likely be familiar to anyone who had been in a church at some point in their past.

Here's our service order for our Easter services

“True Love” [Phil Wickham]
Message Intro - True Story -Joe Hishmeh
“Before the Throne” [The Modern Post - Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by Dustin Kensrue]
“Made Alive” [Citizens & Saints - Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]

Message, pt. 1 - Pastor Joe
Video - Life stories (before)
Message, pt. 2 -Joe Hishmeh
Video - Life stories (after)
Response setup -  Joe Hishmeh

“Jesus Take All of Me (Just As I Am)” [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown]
Response wrap-up, collection of response cards and offering - David Hinkle
“Jesus Paid It All” [Kristian Stanfill - Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John T. Grape]
“This is Amazing Grace” [Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle]

We began with Phil Wickham's "True Love" because it fit really well with Pastor Joe's message, "True Story." It was a great intro to the service, and really summarized the Easter message as a whole. After Joe introduced the message by recounting the true story of the resurrection of Jesus, we continued into The Modern Post's rendition of "Before The Throne," starting basically a cappella with the tag, "Because the sinless Savior died/ My sinful soul is counted free/ For God the Just is satisfied/ To look on Him and pardon me/ To look on Him and pardon me." From there we jumped right into "Made Alive," which is one of our church's favorite songs and a great fit for Easter. I love hearing the church sing this one out! After Joe's message, we sang Brenton Brown's "Jesus Take All of Me (Just As I Am)," which was a very fitting response song for the weekend. I love this arrangement of "Just As I Am," one of my favorite hymns of all time. I think it states beautifully and clearly our deep need for Jesus' redeeming work for us and the fact that He takes us as we are and makes new in Him. After we passed out buckets to take up the response cards and the offering, we closed out our services with Alex Nifong's arrangement of "Jesus Paid It All" and "This is Amazing Grace." In all, it was a beautiful, encouraging, and powerful time of worshiping Jesus together!

I am so proud of and thankful for our team, both staff and volunteers. They worked so hard to pull these services off and to serve our church and our community well. Our tech director, Wyatt Johnston, executed a great plan for all the logistics of the entire event and led his team well. Our worship arts team did a fantastic job in proclaiming the gospel through our singing and pointing people to Jesus. We also had a wonderful crew of people who helped us pack everything up and bring it back to our building Sunday afternoon. Everyone did everything with grace and with excellence. I am so privileged and grateful to serve with such amazing people!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebrating our risen Lord Jesus. He has done it all for us!

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus..." - Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV

Songs We Sing - 03/28 - 03/29/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

For Palm Weekend (that's what we have to call it around here because of our Saturday night services!), we continued in Mark and looked at the choice that Jesus made between the cross and the crowd, and what that looks like for us as His followers.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

"Hosanna (Praise is Rising") [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
"Hail The King" [Citizens & Saints - Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
"You Alone Can Rescue" [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
"Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill]
"Everlasting God" [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]

It was a great weekend of worship together as we looked toward the cross of our redemption!

Songs We Sing - 02/14 - 02/15/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

Happy Valentine's Day! We had a great weekend with our church, looking at what it means to die to ourselves and follow Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.

Here are the songs we sang together this weekend:

"There is a Fountain" (William Cowper, William Gardiner - Citizens & Saints version)
"Hallelujah to My King" (Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown)
"Lead Me to the Cross" (Brooke Ligertwood)
"Your Great Name" (Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff)
"Because of Your Love" (Phil Wickham)

"There is a Fountain" is a great arrangement by Citizens & Saints of a fantastic hymn about the precious blood of Jesus that has won our forgiveness. I think it is something we need to celebrate more often. "Lead Me to the Cross" was a fitting response to the message, and I felt that "Because of Your Love" was a good way to send each other off at the end of the services. Our laying down of our lives for Jesus is only a response to how He laid down His only life to save us. He has done it all for our redemption, and because of that He is worthy of all that we are.