Easter 2019 Heart Prep

This is the Heart Prep post for the Seder Celebration on Friday, April 19th, the Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 AM (At Lynn Grypon Park in League City), and the main Easter Service on April 21st at 10:50 AM (at the church.)

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190421 Heart Prep
Note that a couple of the songs that won’t work on YouTube are linked (below) to a copy on Google drive

Seder Celebration

Medley (two verses of each)
Redeemed (How I Love to Proclaim it)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Jesus Paid It All
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Before the Cup of Praise
Lamb of God

After “Next Year in Jerusalem”
God Rested

Sunrise Service

Resurrection Hymn (See What a Morning)

Matthew 28:1-10 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Love Crucified Arose – Michael Card

At the Cross (Love Ran Red)

“Remember Me” on Google Drive

The Power of the Cross

Main Service

Christ the Lord is Risen Today – Hymn #217

1 Peter 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Christ Arose (Lo in the Grave He Lay) – Hymn #216

Christ is Risen from the Dead – Matt Maher

Glorious Day

It is Finished – Dustin Kensrue

Romans 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Special / Offertory :
“His Heart Beats” on Google Drive

Easter Song – Annie Herring

Heart Prep for Sunday, April 14th (Palm Sunday), 2019

The text this week is John 11:45-53, in which John tells us that Jesus died for the nation and for all the scattered children of God! The worship will focus on the Triumphal Entry. The visual theme is pink dogwood, symbolic of his blood shed for us!

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190414 Heart Prep
John 12:12-19 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” 16His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Hosanna (Praise is Rising)

Rejoice – Dustin Kensrue

Hosanna (Blessed is He Who Comes) – Michael W. Smith

Living Hope

Prayer Transition:
What a Beautiful Name

Closing Worship:
There is a Redeemer

Scripture for Meditation

Romans 5:6-8 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

John 10:11, 15 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 15Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Heart Prep for Sunday, April 7th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 8:1-15, where Jesus tells the Parable of the Soils. The visual theme will be sowing seeds, and the worship theme will be The Word of God, because “the seed is the Word of God” (Luke 8:11)

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190407 Heart Prep


Psalm 29:1-2 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

1 Chronicles 16:34-36 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 35Say also: “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. 36Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!”

Psalm 24:7-10 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! 9Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!

Glory to The Risen King

This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)

Blessed Assurance – #345

Beyond the Sky – Fernando Ortega

Transition To Communion:
Laden With Guilt

Thy Word

Scripture for Meditation

 Hosea 10:12Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

 James 1:21 (NIV) Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which is able to save your souls.

John 12:23-25 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Bonus: As we prepare for Easter, I’m working on a few videos from Andrew Peterson’s “Resurrection Letters, Volume 1.” For some reason “His Heart Beats” and other videos from this album will not work on YouTube. Not a flagged copyright violation, just an unexplained “video not available.” So I’ve uploaded the video to my Google Drive, and the link below is the only way to access it.

“His Heart Beats” on Google Drive

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 31st, 2019

The text this week is Luke 7:36-50, in which a sinful woman anoints Jesus’ feet and receives his forgiveness. The visual theme is anointing, and the worship theme is “The Love of Jesus” – both his love for us and our love for Him.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190331 Heart Prep


Deuteronomy 7:6-9 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”

1 John 4:7-11 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Romans 13:8-12 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12The night is far gone; the day is at hand.

All Things New

Carry Your Love

Yet not I, but Through Christ in Me

My Jesus I love Thee

Song of Reflection
Even Unto Death – Audrey Assad

Closing Worship
Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Scripture for Meditation

Psalm 45:6-7 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 7you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;

Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 24th, 2018

The text this week is Luke 7:18-35, in which John questions the legitimacy of Jesus, but Jesus points to the ministry he’s doing. The worship theme is “Faithful God,” and the visual theme is reeds, from Jesus’ contrasting John with “a reed shaken by the wind.”

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190324 Heart Prep


1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (ESV) 10  Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

Lamentations 3:21-24 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Psalm 27:4-5 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. 5For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Isaiah 25:1 O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Praise to the Lord the Almighty – Hymn #8

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Only A Holy God

He’s Always Been Faithful to Me

Preparation for Prayer:
My Revival – Lauren Daigle

Closing Worship:
Psalm 62

Scripture for Meditation

Luke 4:17-21 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Bonus Song: New music by Christopher Williams
Hear This

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 17th, 2019

The text for this week is Luke 7:1-17 where Jesus is asked by a faithful centurion to heal his servant, and where he raises to live the son of a widow. Jesus is powerful and compassionate, and that is the theme of our worship this week. The visual theme is spring wildflowers because, well, spring. Also as a symbol of life coming back again.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190317 Heart Prep

Psalm 111:1-9 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 2Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. 3Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 4He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful. 5He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. 6He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. 7The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; 8they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 9He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!

Lion and the Lamb

Whom Shall I Fear

Living Hope

10,000 Reasons

Communion Preparation:
Is He Worthy?

Holy, Holy, Holy – Hymn #262

Bonus: New music from “We Will Remember” by Christopher Williams
The River

Scripture for Meditation

Isaiah 40:25-28 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. 26Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. 27Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. 19He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. 20You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 10th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 6:37-49, the second half of the Sermon on the Plain, where Jesus encourages us to examine ourselves and get the log out of our own eye. The worship will focus on Jesus, the rock on whom we build lives that can stand the storms. The visual theme is St. Malo’s Chapel on the Rock outside Estes Park, Colorado

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190310 Heart Prep

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

 Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

1 Peter 2:4-6 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”


O God Our Help in Ages Past

Yet not I, but Through Christ in Me

It is Well

Preparation for Prayer:
Praise You in this Storm

Closing Worship
I Shall Not Want

Bonus Music:
And Let the Beauty – David Jackson

Scripture for Meditation

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Philippians 1:9-11 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Colossians 1:9-10 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.


And Let the Beauty – David Jackson

And Let the Beauty of the Lord
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I do not own the rights to this music. Please support David (if this ever becomes available on CD or digitally).

All imagery is copyright 2018-2019 by Robert J. DeGray. Video shot at locations in Texas and Pennsylvania

Luke Devotional Study – Spring 2019

As we continue our study in Luke in 2019 we are also providing devotional study materials for each week. The March / April booklet is now available.

Here is a link to the PDF Version of the booklet: Luke Study – 2019 Spring Booklet

You can pick up a printed copy at the church. Also available is a small book that contains the English Standard Version text for the Gospel of Luke – and nothing else. We’re excited to make these available.

If you would like to make a donation of $5.00 or so to offset the printing costs (and purchase cost of the Luke book) that would be great.

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

The text this week is Luke 6:12-36, in which Jesus calls the disciples and begins to coach them in his winning-by-losing game plan. The visual theme will be mountain valleys (Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount is “The Sermon on the Plain”), and the worship focuses on the fact that God is gracious and merciful to us.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190303 Heart Prep


Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Hebrews 4:14-16 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Thy Mercy

A Debtor To Mercy Alone

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

For Today

Preparation for Communion
Love Like This – (Daigle)

Closing Worship
For the Glory of the Lord

Scripture for Meditation

Hosea 11:1-9 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols. 3Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. 4I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them. 5They shall not return to the land of Egypt, but Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me. 6The sword shall rage against their cities, consume the bars of their gates, and devour them because of their own counsels. 7My people are bent on turning away from me, and though they call out to the Most High, he shall not raise them up at all. 8How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender. 9I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.

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