Fellowship Bible Church - 04/29 - 04/30/2017

This weekend, we continued our Flow of Everything series about living a generous life. This continues to be a challenging series as we examine how God has blessed us and how we respond to that blessing with what God has entrusted to us.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

Pre-service - "Worthy of Your Name" [Brett Younker, Sean Curran, Passion Worship Band]
"The Solid Rock" [The Dispatch]
"Grace Alone" [The Modern Post, Dustin Kensrue]
"10,000 Reasons" [Matt Redman]
"Because of Your Love" [Phil Wickham]

We introduced a newer song this weekend, "Worthy of Your Name" which came out of Passion 2017. Several of our college students attended the event and came back talking about the song, so I have been looking forward to introducing it to our church family. There was some thought about incorporating it into our Easter services, but we didn't have enough lead time to do so effectively. It's a tricky song to find the right key for congregational singing because the original vocalist has such a high range. But, we'll keep toying with it to try to find the best key for our church. For the rest of our singing this weekend, we focused on the grace and goodness of God, and called each other (and ourselves) to respond with a life of worship to who He is and what He has done for us. It was a great weekend together!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship!

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 - 09/03 - 09/04/16

This weekend we concluded our Storms series looking at Paul's shipwreck in Acts 27-28. It was a special weekend for me, as it was the first time I have had the opportunity to teach. It was a little step out of my comfort zone in terms of what is familiar, but it was energizing to use one of my spiritual gifts that I don't get to exercise as much as some others. I shared about "How God uses storms for our good and His glory." I also shared about our experience with Hurricane Katrina after these 11 years. We looked at Romans 8:28-39 to see why Paul was so confident that the Lord would see Him through. If you want to watch the message, here's the link: http://fbctopeka.com/sermon/storms-week-4/

Harper Compton, my worship arts associate and right hand man, led us in worship, and he and the team did an excellent job.  

Here's what we sang together: 

 Pre-service - "Suffering Servant" [The Modern Post/Dustin Kensrue]

"Rejoice" [The Modern Post/Dustin Kensrue] 

"It Is Well"  [Horatio Spafford/Todd Fields]

"You Never Let Go" [Matt Redman] 

Communion - "Man Of Sorrow" [Hillsong] 

 

As we sang, I was overwhelmed at many moments as I thought of how faithful the Lord has been. His love has never failed, and He has been with us through it all.  

My prayer is that, as we face the inevitable storms of this life, we would know that the Lord is with us and is working all things together for good for 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 - 04/02 - 04/03/16

This weekend, we began a new series concerning the decisions that a follower of Jesus must make, Decided. For this first week, Pastor Joe led us as we looked at the decision between grace and works. It was a beautiful reminder that our salvation and our standing with God does not rely on our works, but on the grace of God and the finished work of Jesus for our redemption. We are made alive together with Him.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Grace Alone" [Dustin Kensrue]
"Made Alive" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
Communion - "Man of Sorrows (In My Place)" [Philip Paul Bliss, arr. w/ add. chorus by Bill Horn]
"You Alone Can Rescue" [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]

It was a great weekend of celebration and remembering what Christ has done for us because of grace. We were dead, slaves, enemies, lost, hopeless and helpless; yet He made us alive, redeemed us, reconciled us, found us, gave us hope, and did it all for us when we could not. He is so good! 

The team did a great job in serving the church this weekend, as always, and it's a blessing to serve beside them. The services this weekend were simple, clear, and beautiful reminders of the grace of God toward us. It was just what the doctor ordered.

Have a great week, and remember: He has done it all!

in the Son,

Bill

FBC Service Recap - 02/27 - 02/28/16

As we continued in the book of Acts this weekend, Joe shared about Paul's message in the Areopagus in Athens, where he shared the news about the resurrection of Jesus with a group of Greeks who recognized that there was an "unknown god." Paul endeavored to point out to them that the God of the Bible is the Creator, Sustainer, Lord, Father, and Judge of all.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

"Nothing But The Blood (Your Blood)" [Matt Redman]
"Made Alive" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
"There Is A Fountain" [William Cowper, arr. by Zach Bolen]
"God With Us" [Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan]
"O Praise The Name (Anástasis)" [Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]

For our singing this weekend, we primarily focused on how Christ's sacrifice for us is the only means for our salvation. This ties in with the ideas of our new creation in Christ, God as our Father, and judgement, as Jesus was condemned in our place for our sins. From there, we focused on how He is our Emmanuel, God With Us, and how He sustains and upholds us in every moment and every circumstance. Because of all of this, He is Lord of all and worthy of all the praise and the glory. 

It was a great weekend. Our team led well and worked hard to serve the church, and we really enjoyed our time together. It felt like a simple weekend, overall. Nothing to complicated or clever, just leading with our all because Jesus is worthy. There was something refreshing and rejuvenating about that. 

I hope you have a great week!

- Bill

FBC Service Recap - 02/20 - 02/21/16

This weekend, Joe continued teaching from the book of Acts and focused on Chapter 16, where Luke records three specific lives that were transformed by the power of the gospel: a God-fearing woman named Lydia, a slave girl who was being exploited by her owners, and a Philippian jailer. It was a beautiful reminder of how God has rescued and transformed people from every kind of background and made us all part of His body together. 

Here are the songs that we sang together:

"Hail The King" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
"Blessed Be Your Name" [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
"Your Great Name" [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
"How Great Is Our God (chorus only)" [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash]
"O Praise The Name (Anástasis) [Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher]
"God Is Able" [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]

We had a great weekend together. We sang some songs we hadn't sung in a while, along with introducing a new song in "O Praise The Name (Anástasis)" from the team at Hillsong. I really enjoyed singing this together. I wasn't sure how I felt about the song going in, but singing it with the church helped me to connect with the lyric more than the recorded version. We'll continue teaching it over the next few weeks, and we're planning on singing it at Easter together, which should be very fitting, as it recounts the story of the gospel–what Jesus has done and is going to do for our redemption. 

The themes in our songs this weekend were our justification by faith because of the work of Jesus, our hope being in Him alone, His worthiness of praise no matter the circumstances because He is with us always, celebrating the power of the gospel and the name of Jesus, and the sacrifice of Jesus for us. 

The team did an excellent job this weekend, and helped facilitate a great time of worshiping together with the church. I'm so thankful for our volunteers and all that they put in to make our times together rich and meaningful. Above all, I'm grateful the that the Lord uses us and moves in and through us in our times together (often in spite of ourselves!). 

All of our hope is in Jesus! 

Have a great week! 

In the Son, 

Bill

FBC Weekend Recap - 12/26 - 12/27/15

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your families and friends!

This weekend, Brian Tryhus taught from Psalm 23 about how the Lord is our Great Shepherd. He shared how God's people recognize the Shepherd's voice and follow Him, and in doing so, they experience provision and rest.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

In Tenderness [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey / Citizens & Saints]
Made Alive [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger /Citizens & Saints]
You Never Let Go [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]
One Thing Remains [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black ]
Rejoice [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]

We returned to my preferred service order this weekend, with two songs up front and then three songs in response to the Word. While there are several excellent orders for worship services, I prefer this one because it reflects the concept of "revelation and response" in worship. God has revealed Himself in His Word, and that is how we know Him. When we know Him, we can then respond in worship. We have been away from this order for a couple of months, so it was nice to return to it.

In all, it was a great weekend of celebration and worship, thanking God for being our faithful Good Shepherd!

in the Son,

Bill

Christmas Worship Night Set- 12/13/15

This is War [The Modern Post]
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus [Traditional]
O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Traditional, w/ FBC arrangement]
Silent Night [Traditional]
What Child Is This [Traditional, w/ FBC arrangement]
Hark The Herald Angels Sing [Citizens & Saints]
Joy to the World [Citizens & Saints]
O Come Let Us Adore Him [Hillsong]
Go Tell It On The Mountain [adaptation of Crystal Lewis' version]
God With Us [All Sons & Daughters]
Your Name (Christmas Version) [Paul Baloche]
You Alone Can Rescue [Matt Redman]
Great Are You Lord [All Sons & Daughters]
In Tenderness [Citizens & Saints]
He is Jesus [North Point Community Church]

We had a great night of worship together, as we celebrated Advent and looked forward to Christ's eventual return for His Church! My favorite song from this set was "This Is War" by The Modern Post/Dustin Kensrue. It's a powerful and thought-provoking perspective on Advent, seeing it as the Lord's declaration of war against sin and death. Our team did a fantastic job pulling off two of these, and they put in countless hours of rehearsal and preparation to make it happen. I'm so thankful to serve with such a great team!

in the Son,

Bill

Service Recap - 11/21 - 11/22/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

This weekend, I was off, and Harper Compton and Kip Kraisinger did a fantastic job leading in my place for the fifth week of our Rebuild series, where Joe taught about our responsibility in making a difference in our community.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

"Sweetness of Freedom" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
"Made Alive" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
"Our God" [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves]

I hope you had a great weekend of worship, and that you have a great Thanksgiving this week!

in the Son,

Bill

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 - 09/05 - 09/06/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

This week our Discipleship Pastor, David Hinkle, preached about how we are the light of Christ because we have the light of Christ, and how we shine brighter together. It was a call to community and doing life together with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Here's what we sang together this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Absent From Flesh" [Isaac Watts, arr. by Jamie Barnes of Sojourn]
"Sing to the King" [Charles Sylvester Horne, Billy Foote]
Communion - "Man of Sorrows (In My Place)" [Philip Paul Bliss, Bill Horn]
"He is Jesus" [Heath Balltzglier, Matthew Melton, Steve Fee]
"Shine" [Matt Redman]
Post-Service - "Great Are You Lord" [Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, Jason Ingram]

We had a great weekend of worship together. We sang a lot of music! For our countdown, we sang the arrangement of Isaac Watts' hymn "Absent From Flesh" by Jamie Barnes, which is a great lyric and a blast to sing and play. "Sing to the King" is one of our church's staples. "Man of Sorrows (In My Place)" is an arrangement I just finished, of one of my favorite hymns, and this was our first time singing it together. I look forward to sharpening it as we continue to sing it together. I hadn't noticed before working on it, but this hymn is by the man who wrote the familiar music for Horatio Spafford's "It Is Well With My Soul." We brought back "He is Jesus" after a week off as we continued to teach it to our congregation, and it continues to be a great song for us. We finished our services with a send-off of "Shine" by Matt Redman, which tied directly with David's message. After our services, we played out with "Great Are You Lord."

In all, it was a fantastic weekend. Our team does such a fantastic job, and it's a joy to serve the church and to make music together to point people to Jesus!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship, and have a great Labor Day!

in the Son,

Bill

 

Songs We Sing - 08/01 - 08/02/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

Below is a recap of both our services and our worship night from this past weekend. It was a fantastic weekend of worship together! - bh

Weekend Worship Services

"It is Finished" [Dustin Kensrue]
"There is a Fountain" [William Cowper, Zach Bolen]
"Before the Throne" [Charitie Lees Bancroft, The Modern Post]
"Son of God" [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran]
"Rock of Ages" [Augustus M. Toplady, Thomas Hastings]
"Lord, I Need You" [Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson]

 

Worship Night

"Lead Me to the Cross" [Brooke Ligertwood]
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman]
"A Mighty Fortress" [Christy Nockels, Nathan Nockels]
"Great Are You Lord" [Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard]
"Lamb of God" [Jason Ingram, Andi Rozier, Meredith Andrews]
"Jesus Paid It All" [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, Alex Nifong]
"This is Amazing Grace" [Josh Farro, Phil Wickham, Jeremy Riddle]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]
"Made Alive" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
"It is Finished" [Dustin Kensrue]
"Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)" [Brian Johnson, Kari Jobe, Jenn Johnson, Gabriel Wilson, Joel Taylor, Christa Black Gifford]
"He is Jesus" [Heath Balltzglier, Matthew Melton, Steve Fee]
"Your Great Name" [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
"Rise and Sing" [Steve Fee]
"Jesus!" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]

Songs We Sing - 07/04 - 07/05/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

For our Fourth of July weekend, we looked at 1 Corinthians 13, which is most often associated with weddings. However, our family pastor Brian Tryhus examined the passage and showed how it teaches the church how to love one another as part of the body of Christ, and how love is the one gift that surpasses all others and that makes all the other gifts function as they should. As Brian said, "All we need is love."

Here are our songs from this weekend:

Pre-Service - "The Love of God" [Frederick M. Lehman, Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, my arrangement]
"There is a Fountain" [William Cowper, arr. by Zach Bolen]
"This is Amazing Grace" [Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle]
"One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)" [Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black]
"You Alone Can Rescue" [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]
"Rejoice" [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend]

For our singing, we focused on the unfailing love of God, and how He demonstrated His love for us in Christ's sacrificial death for us. His example of love for us teaches us to lay down our lives for one another. Because the Fourth fell on a Saturday night, we only held one service, and we used a very simple team, with Eric Dehner on a cajon-based percussion setup and me on guitar, vocals, and harmonica on one song. It was a great weekend, and it was very enjoyable to strip everything down just sing the songs together.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were, and that you had a great celebration for the Fourth of July.

- Bill

Songs We Sing - 04/11 - 04/12/15 - Fellowship Bible Church

This weekend, we began a new series, entitled Never. In this series, Pastor Joe is going to share about how life in Christ enables us to "Never Give In" (to temptation), "Never Go Back" (to our old lives), and "Never Give Up" (in the face of trials). This week, Joe shared some practical wisdom about temptation. For our singing this week, we focused on Jesus' faithfulness to us as our Great High Priest (Hebrews 4), and how He is all we need.

Here are our songs from this weekend:

"The Mighty Hand of God" [Citizens & Saints - Zach Bolen, Dustin Kensrue, Cam Huxford, Brian Eichelberger]
"Before the Throne" [The Modern Post - Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by Dustin Kensrue]
"One Thing Remains" [Bethel Worship - Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black]
"Always" [Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram]
"You Never Let Go" [Matt Redman, Beth Redman]

The week after Easter always feels a bit like recovery, especially when Easter services are done off-site. There is lingering fatigue and fogginess in the wake of such a significant gathering for the church body. Lots of hours are spent both setting up and tearing down the many pieces that go into such an event. Despite the overall tiredness of our team, we had a great weekend of worship together. Our team did a great job, and the congregation was engaged and worshiping together. I will never get over the joy of hearing the Church sing to Jesus for who He is and what He has done!

The first two songs this weekend really established the foundation for where we were going this weekend, in that our standing with God is dependent on the finished work of Jesus and not our own ability to "get it right." Instead, we seek to honor God and reflect Him with our lives because of who He is and what He has done for us. Our confidence is in Him—not ourselves.

The final three songs were practice for us, giving us the opportunity to trust the Lord in the midst of our struggles and difficulties. All three are powerful expressions of faith and trust in Jesus, who is faithful and constant no matter what we're facing. He is God with us, and we do not have to be afraid of reality any longer. We can move forward in confidence that He's got us, and that He will never let us go.

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!

Worship Gatherings, 10/25 - 10/26/14 - Fellowship Bible Church

This was our second week going through Paul's letter to the Colossians together as a church. Our family pastor, Brian Tryhus, shared from Colossians 1:15-29 (one of my favorite passages) about being set on the authentic gospel, in the person and work of Jesus. It was a great weekend all together.

Pre-Service - "Death In His Grave" (D) [John Mark McMillan]
"Jesus!" (A) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger]
"Before The Throne" (E) [Charitie Lees Bancroft]
"Center" (D) [Charlie Hall, Matt Redman]
"Man of Sorrows" (D) [Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood]
"Son of God" (G) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran]

We had a small team this weekend, and they did a fantastic job. We sang a few newer songs that we had introduced previously in different environments, like our worship night. "Death In His Grave" is a powerful, poetic look at what Jesus accomplished in His death and resurrection. "Jesus" was a great fit for this weekend, as it draws from the same passage from which Brian taught. "Center" was another one that was really tied in. "Man of Sorrows" is a song that I took a while to incorporate, but it is really resonating with me right now. I love the proclamation of the gospel contained in this one, and I look forward to continuing to sing it together.

All together, I think the service was well-connected, and we were able to respond to God in singing about the very thing we studied - who Jesus is and what He has done.

I really enjoyed this weekend, even if it had a slightly different feel than some other weekends. Jesus was exalted, and I think we were humbled before Him because of who He is and what He has done for us. He is so good to us.