Fellowship Bible Church - 4/22 - 4/23/2017

This weekend, we began a new series about living a generous life: "The Flow of Everything." it was a great start to the series as we looked at God as the source of absolutely everything we have.

Here's what we sang together:

Pre-Service: "You Are God Alone (Not a God)" [Billy & Cindy Foote]
"Made Alive" [Citizens & Saints]
"Jesus!" [Citizens & Saints/The Northwest Collective]
"Good Good Father" [Housefires]
"Son of God" [Starfield]

We had some challenges to overcome this weekend with team members getting sick or injured (at one point there was the possibility of me leading from the drums– yikes!), but the Lord provided and brought a team together that did a great job serving and leading. 

Fellowship Bible Church - 02/11 - 02/12/2017

This weekend we looked at Jesus' challenge to us to keep our word, both in marriage and in the promises we make. In his message, Pastor Joe shared how marriage and keeping our word is a picture of the gospel and the promises that God gives us through Christ. When promises–especially marriage vows–are kept, they remind us of God's faithfulness in His relationship with us as His people.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

Pre-service - "Nothing But The Blood" [Andy Cherry, Robert Lowry]
"Grace Alone" [Dustin Kensrue, The Modern Post]
"Before the Throne" [The Modern Post]
"Good Good Father" [Housefires]
"Lord, I Need You" [Chris Tomlin]

In our singing, we focused on themes of God's grace for us, Christ being our Atonement and Advocate and Mediator, God's faithful love for us, and our desperate need for the Lord to be our Righteousness. It was a moving weekend together, as we have all been touched in some way by the brokenness and pain of divorce in our culture, and know the deep need we have for restoration, reconciliation, forgiveness, and repentance in our lives and marriages. May God gives us grace and strength to be people who keep our word and reflect His faithful love to the world around us.

in the Son,

Bill

Fellowship Bible Church - 01/14 - 01/15/2016

We had an interesting week, to be sure. There were many weather-related questions concerning the weekend, with a looming ice storm that threatened to hit right in the middle of our Saturday evening services and run through the night into Sunday morning. Because of the potential storm, we pre-recorded the service on Thursday afternoon so we could share it with the congregation just in case. However, we were able to get our Saturday 5 PM service in, but we canceled the remaining services to be safe and to keep our people off the roads as much as possible to prevent accidents due to icy conditions. As it turned out, the temperature danced around the freezing point, and the ice was minimal, but when we had to make the call, there was no way to know that for sure. Hindsight...

All that considered it was a great weekend. David Hinkle's message from Matthew 5:3-12 and the Beatitudes pointed us to the truth that our blessing comes to us externally because of what Jesus has done for us. His life, His righteousness, His character–they are shared with us as we depend on Him and look to Him for our satisfaction and our identity. It was a powerful message of the grace of God and being clothed in Christ.

For our singing, we focused on dependence, on the truth that we are children of God and He is our faithful Father, and on how we desperately need Him to lead us and guide us.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

"All The Poor & Powerless" [All Sons & Daughters]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue/The Modern Post]
"Your Great Name" [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
"Good, Good Father" [Housefires II]
"Lord, I Need You" [Chris Tomlin]

I hope you had a great weekend, whatever weather you were experiencing!

in the Son,

Bill

Fellowship Service Recap - 11/05 - 11/06/16

We had a great weekend continuing our Together series with a message on being "Together in the Word." Pastor Joe pointed us to Deuteronomy 11:18-23 to remind us of the value of keeping the Word of God ever before us as our source and our guide.

For our singing, we focused on songs that reminded us of the faithfulness and surety of God's Word and promises to us, and of what He says about us.

The team did a great job, and it was a beautiful time of singing in worship together in each of our services.

Here's what we sang together:

Pre-service - "The Gospel" [Ghost Ship/Citizens & Saints]
"Before The Throne" [The Modern Post]
"Hosanna" [Hillsong United]
"Good Good Father" [Housefires II]
Communion - "Nothing But The Blood (Your Blood)" [Matt Redman/Charlie Hall]

I hope you had a great weekend! Jesus is King, and He is faithful!

in the Son,

Bill

Fellowship Service Recap - 06/25 - 06/26/16

This weekend, we celebrated and dedicated our building expansion together. We spent our time emphasizing what we come together to do in this space on a weekly basis: declare the greatness of God, thank God for His goodness, respond to the grace of God, seek guidance from God, and reach the next generation for God. It is a special weekend in the life of our church, as we have seen God do great things over the course of our short history, and we also look forward to what He will continue to do in and through us.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

Pre-service: "Lord Have Mercy" [Brady Toops]
"It Is Finished" [Dustin Kensrue / The Modern Post]
"Jesus!" [Citizens & Saints]
"Good, Good Father" [Pat Barrett, Anthony Brown / Housefires]
"O Praise The Name (Anástasis)" [Hillsong]

It was a great weekend together. The songs we sang carried the themes of God's unique worthiness of our worship, His name being above all others, His goodness to us, and His faithfulness. 

Fellowship Service Recap - 05/07 - 05/08/16

We had a great celebration together on this Mother's Day weekend, as Pastor Joe shared a message about Mary of Bethany, and what we can learn from her example about sitting at the feet of Jesus. From the Gospel texts, he reminded us to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen and learn from Him, to express our hearts to Him, and to offer our lives to Him. It was a beautiful picture of the relationship we can have with Jesus when we focus on the main things.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Captivate Us" [Watermark]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue/The Modern Post]
"This Is Amazing Grace" [Phil Wickham]
"O Come To The Altar" [Elevation Worship]
"Good Good Father" [Pat Barrett, Housefires II]
"Sing to the King" [Billy Foote, Passion Worship Band]

It was a beautiful weekend of worship together. We had the chance to honor mothers and to reflect on our own relationship with Jesus. For our singing, we focused on themes of God as our Father who knows us, who loves us, and who has adopted us as His own sons and daughters. For our response time, we introduced a new song, "O Come To The Altar," which I have come to appreciate lately, and I was excited to sing it together this weekend. It has a similar theme to the gospel song "Just As I Am," in that Jesus calls us to leave behind our old lives and simply come to Him to find life. I think it will be one that we continue to sing together for a while. We'll continue teaching it over the next few weeks and reevaluate at that point. "Good Good Father" is a very emotional song that reminds us how God is a perfect Father to us, and how we are His beloved children. It's a song that I feel we can sing only so often because it is so emotionally heavy, but is is powerful when we do sing it together. This weekend, it was very fitting.

Overall, it was a beautiful weekend of worship together. Many people–both staff members and volunteers–worked long hours to get things ready in our new facility for the weekend. The hours of sacrifice by them is more beautiful to me than any building will ever be, though. They worked hard to make room for guests who need to hear the gospel and experience the saving power of Jesus! I'm so grateful for our church, and the opportunity to serve Jesus together with them.

For all of the mothers reading, I hope you had a great Mother's Day!

Have a great week!

in the Son,

Bill

Songs We Sing - 09/26 - 09/27/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

This week, we continued our Unstuck series as we looked at how to be a blessing to our families. From the story of Joseph and his sons, Pastor Joe looked at how to communicate the blessing to our families–especially to our children. It was a great challenge to increase our awareness of how we're blessing our families.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

"In Tenderness" [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey, Citizens & Saints]
"I Stand Amazed" [Charles Hutchison Gabriel]
"Good, Good Father" [Pat Barrett, Anthony Brown -
Housefires II]
"Man of Sorrows (In My Place)" [Philip Paul Bliss, Bill Horn]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]

We had a great weekend of worship together. We centered our singing around the image of God as our good and loving Father, whose love is unconditional, and who sought us out even when we were far away, and who adopted us as His own sons and daughters by His grace. His love for us is the perfect example of how we ought to love one another, and be a blessing to one another, in our familes. The image of God as our Father is one that has always been especially moving to me. My earthly dad has always been abundantly clear that he loves me and is proud of me, so I have never had a difficult time picturing or feeling this kind of love from God. However, it never gets old to me to think that God has adopted me as a son. It is ridiculously beautiful and overwhelming to me that He has made me His own!

"In Tenderness," "I Stand Amazed," and "Man of Sorrows (In My Place)" all looked at the love and grace of God as demonstrated in Jesus' atoning sacrifice for us. "Good, Good Father" is a new song that sings of the truth of who God is as our Father, and who we are because we are His children. The simple but profound chorus sings, "You're a good, good Father/ It's who You are... / And I'm loved by You/ It's who I am..." Letting the truth of those two statements sink into our hearts is weighty and transformative. We concluded our services with Kensrue's "Rejoice," which calls us to rejoice because we are the beloved children of God, and because He never leaves us or forsakes us. He is our faithful Father, and I am His adopted son. And that is a beautiful thing.

In the Son,

Bill