FBC Service Recap - 01/23 -01/24/16

This was our third week in the book of Acts for our Mission Possible series, and in his message, Joe shared about how the early Church endured suffering with the power of Lord working in them.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Suffering Servant" [Dustin Kensrue]
"Before the Throne" [Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vicki Cook, arr. by The Modern Post]
"Desert Song" [Brooke Fraser]
"Always" [Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram]
"God With Us" [Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]

 It was a moving weekend of worshiping together. For our singing, we focused on themes of Jesus as our example of enduring suffering to advance the purposes of God (from Isaiah 53), Jesus as our sympathetic Great High Priest who has gone before us and walks with us (from Hebrews 4), and Jesus as Emmanuel who is always with us and who never leaves us or forsakes us (Matthew 1:23; 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).

As I looked across our congregation while we were singing this weekend, it was almost overwhelming to think of the suffering that some of our people are walking through or have recently walked through, and to see those same people limiting their hands and singing to the Lord, finding their hope and their refuge in Him. I was inspired to worship more because of these dear brothers and sisters. It is a beautiful thing to come together in worship, and part of that is bearing one another's burdens.

May you find your hope and confidence in our faithful High Priest, Jesus.  

in the Son, 

Bill

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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 - 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)

Songs We Sing, 06/21 - 06/22/2014 - Fellowship Bible Church

For our fourth weekend in our series on Hope, Pastor Joe shared from the prophet Jeremiah about remaining faithful in uncertain times, because of our certain hope in the Lord.

For our singing, we focused on songs that reminded us of our true hope in the Lord, even in the midst of trials and suffering. Our hope is secured because of the finished work of Christ for us, and that is something we need to be reminded of daily.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

  • "Rejoice" (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend] - Jesus suffered in our place, and therefore He knows the hurt and the pain of trials and suffering that we experience. Because of this, He is our sympathetic Great High Priest, who knows us, cares for us, and makes a way for us. He goes before us, so we can rejoice always in Him.
  • "I Will Boast" (D) [Paul Baloche) - This song is almost directly from Jeremiah 9:23-24
  • "Your Great Name" (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff] - We were all without hope before Jesus saved us and made us His own.
  • "You Never Let Go" (Bb) [Matt Redman, Beth Redman] - Even in trials, the Lord is faithful and He is with us, so we must keep our hearts fixed on Him and continue to praise Him no matter the situation.
  • "Desert Song" (D) [Brooke Ligertwood] - This song calls us again to faithfulness, in worshiping the Lord in every season of our lives.

It was a solid weekend. Our team did a great job, and it was great to dust off a few songs that we haven't sung in quite a while ("I Will Boast" and "Desert Song"). I'm really enjoying this series as a whole. There have been some powerful and challenging messages about where we find our hope, and how to continue on in hope, even when the situation is grim.

I hope you had a great weekend of worshiping together with a church family, wherever you were! 

Set List, 05/05 - 05/06/12 - Fellowship Bible Church

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

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

Set List, 02/18 - 02/19/12 Fellowship Bible Church

This weekend, we continued our Romans series, and focused on Romans 8:31-39. In his message, Joe talked through the five rhetorical questions in this passage, and reminded us all of God's amazing and unfailing love.  I was really challenged to let go of my past and my old slavery to sin, and to move toward Christ and trust in Him will every area of my life. We have a new life because Christ has loved us, and we don't need to look back. We need to look to Christ. You can listen to the entire message here. Here's our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer "Healing Is In Your Hands" (C) [Daniel Carson, Christy Nockels, Nathan Nockels, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin] Welcome/Greeting Time (Child Dedications - at 5 PM and 10:45 AM services only) "Desert Song" (D) [Brooke Fraser] "Unchanging" (G) [Chris Tomlin] "Our God" (G) [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin] "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" (G) [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman] Message - "Romans 8:31-39" [Joe Hishmeh] "It Is Well" (Bb) [Philip Paul Bliss, Todd Fields, Horatio G. Spafford] Offering/Announcements Dismissal

"Healing Is In Your Hands" - We sang this song as our preparation song this weekend, as we focused on how we are held by the promise of Jesus' powerful and unconquerable love. He is faithful, and nothing will ever separate us from His love (Rom. 8:35). This is such a beautiful song (originally sung by Christy Nockels on the album, Passion: Here For You.), and it does a wonderful job of calling out our trust, faith, and confidence in Christ's unending love for us. Becky Tindell did a great job of leading us on this song.

"Desert Song" - We opened the second music set with this song, and Becky led us here as well. This song declares our faith and trust in the Lord no matter what we are facing in this life. In good times and bad, He is with us, and He is worthy of our praise. This song continues to be a staple of our congregation's worship vocabulary, and our church sings it well together.

"Unchanging" - We sang this song this weekend because it also stands firm on the fact that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13:8 ESV). In we declare the unchanging character and love of God. We can trust and depend on who He is, and that flows out into how He cares for us and interacts with us. Because He never changes and never fails, we can trust the word which He has spoken, saying that He will love us "with an everlasting love" (Jer. 31:3).

"Our God" - This song tied directly to our passage from this weekend, particularly in the bridge where we sing, "And if our God is for us/ Then who could ever stop us?/ And if our God is with us/ What could stand against?" We abbreviated this song for the services with the child dedications, but we wanted to keep this declaration in our services, as we sing out the truth of the scripture passage from this week.

"10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)"This is a song that we began teaching our congregation last weekend as Erik and Sarah Oldberg led our congregation. I LOVE this song. When you hear it for the first time, it feels like you've heard it before. It has a sort of timeless melody to it, and it makes me want to sing it out. The chorus is simple and strong: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul/ Worship His holy name/ Sing like never before, O my soul/ I'll worship Your holy name." Our congregation is singing it well, and I think this will remain a part of our worship vocabulary here at Fellowship.

"It Is Well" - This was our response song this weekend. I have written a lot about this song previously, so I'll keep this short. I love how this song ties a timeless hymn with a new declaration of trust and praise in an added chorus. I think it helps to connect a new generation with a beautiful expression of trust in God's faithfulness - no matter the circumstances.

This weekend was a good weekend overall. We celebrated child dedications with many young families in our church, which was a beautiful thing of which to be a part. We also celebrated baptisms after each service. In one of these baptisms on Saturday evening, a young man baptized his dad after leading him to Christ. What a powerful moment! I love being a part of this congregation and seeing how the Lord is moving.

We had a few technical gremlins show up on Saturday evening with our in-ears and some other things. During most of the service at 7 PM, I was getting shocked every time my lips touched the microphone. Not fun. I have no idea what was happening there. Everything was worked out on Sunday morning, so it's all good.

The bottom line is that Jesus was glorified and exalted because of His great love with which He loved us. He is faithful and unchanging, and we can trust in Him and in His love. He is so good to us!

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

In the Son, Bill

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

Set List, 07/23 - 07/24/11 Fellowship Bible Church

This weekend, we focused on the topic of contentment from Philippians 4:10-13. In this passage, Paul writes that in every circumstance, he has learned to be content. He is able to do this through the strength that Christ gives. Joe emphasized from this passage that our expectations for increase and improved life status (in the west, anyway) makes it easy for us to be discontent with our lives. Our idea of "normal" is faulty. Our idea of normal needs to change, and we need to trust Christ in any and every circumstance in our lives. This subject is something we all need to hear on a regular basis, because it is easy to be drawn away into discontentment and distrust. Our songs for the weekend focused on trust, peace, and contentment, as well as the power and sufficiency of Christ. He is worthy of our lives and our worship, no matter the circumstances. Here's our set from this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Those Who Trust" (Em) [Don Chaffer] Call to Continue Worship - Psalm 95:1-3 "Let Me Sing" (Bb) [Todd Fields] Welcome/Offering/Announcements/Greeting Time "It Is Well" (Bb) [Horatio G. Spafford, Todd Fields] "You Never Let Go" (Bb) [Matt Redman] "A Mighty Fortress" (C) [Christy Nockels] Prayer Message - "An Appraisal of Contentment" [Joe Hishmeh] Response - "Desert Song" (D) [Brooke Fraser] Dismissal

"Those Who Trust" - Taken from Psalm 125, This is a favorite of our congregation, because it celebrates the firm foundation we have in Christ in a very distinct way. It's a lot of fun for our team and our congregation. Our discipleship, David Hinkle, played his trumpet on this one, and he is always a great addition to the team!

"Let Me Sing" - This was our third consecutive week teaching this song, and I loved using it at the top of the service, after the call to worship this week. It was fitting, coming after reading Psalm 95:1-3 together, which repeats the phrase, "Let us..." followed by several commands of worship. I love the message of this song, as it communicates the "why" of worship - we respond in worship and thanksgiving because God is who He is, and because He has done what He has - He has redeemed us!

"It Is Well" - This song, which we have used a few times over this series, was too good a fit for this weekend's message for us not to include it. I think it really echoes the truth of Philippians 4:10-13 in a strong way, and helps us to connect the truth to our hearts and minds. It gives us an simple way to respond to these truths through singing our commitment and trust to God.

"You Never Let Go" - This was another song that we have been teaching during this series, and it was another great fit for the message this week. These two songs have made me see more clearly how certain songs are great fits for a series of messages, and not just a single message. On both of these, it is apparent that much of our congregation knows them, and hardly needs to look to the screens for guidance. It's a beautiful thing.

"A Mighty Fortress" - We haven't done this song in a while at Fellowship (I think the last time was during the interview process), but it is one of my favorites. It is probably my favorite song off of Christy Nockels' solo album. Sarah Oldberg led this song, and she did an awesome job pointing to Christ through it. I had really enjoyed singing harmony with her. I love how they arranged the song because it has some great builds and accents that help focus us on the lyric, which powerfully points to the Lord as God and King, along with many other attributes of His. This is a song that the church needs to sing, much like "Lord of All" and a few others.

"Desert Song" - We responded to the message with this song, because it really sums up and describes what it is to praise God through any and all circumstances. Sarah led this song as well. This song has a very unique feel to it, especially for Hillsong - it almost feels Celtic in a way. At any rate, it was a very appropriate response to the Word, and I think we all walked away from this week challenged by the truth.

It was a good weekend. The team did a great job leading, and participation from the congregation was solid. I believe the focus of the weekend remained constantly on Christ, His gospel, who He is, and what He has done.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship, and that Christ was lifted high! Check out The Worship Community to see what other leaders and worshipers experienced in their congregations this weekend.

In the Son,

Bill

Set List, Sunday 09/05/10 Church at the Mall

We had yet another great day of worship together, as Pastor Jay shared a message about the conviction and drawing of the Holy Spirit. It was a powerful, gospel-centered moment. Here's our set from this weekend:

"God is Alive" [Steve Fee, Eddie Kirkland] "Unchanging" [Chris Tomlin] "Jesus Messiah" [Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin, et al] "Because of Your Love" [Phil Wickham] "Jesus Paid It All" [Traditional w/ add. chorus by Alex Nifong] Invitation: "Rescue" [Jared Anderson] Offertory: "Desert Song" [Brooke Fraser]

Sunday was a sweet day of focusing on the cross of Christ and how He redeemed us by His atoning sacrifice. I never get enough of putting my focus there and reminding ourselves of all that Jesus has done to make a way for us where there was no way. "Jesus Messiah," based on one of my favorite verses, 2 Cor. 5:21 ("He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God") is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I put it off for quite some time (maybe because I was bitter that someone else beat me to using that verse in a song...). Anyway, the declaration of 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" is such a powerful statement, one that needs to become something of a motto for the people of God. We have no hope apart from Him and His finished saving work on the cross. We are hopeless without Him!

We also introduced a new song, "Desert Song," which is a song of confidence and constant praise in our God, regardless of the circumstances. It takes the worshiper through the different seasons of life, from hunger to blessing, and reiterates the expression, "I will bring praise, I will bring praise/ No weapon formed against me shall remain/ I will rejoice, I will declare/ God is my victory and He is here." No matter where we are at in our journey, or what the circumstances may be, God is with His children, and He has not forsaken us. We can rest assured of that fact.

It was a great day of worship. There were many who came forward to be baptized or to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. I am excited about what the Lord is doing in our midst.

I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were.

In the Son,

Bill

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