Heart Prep for Sunday, June 16th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 9:37-62, where Jesus gives great insights into what it means to follow him. The worship theme is putting him first, and the visual theme is birds in flight (“The birds of the air have nests,” Luke 9:58).

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190616 Heart Prep

Psalm 148:1-14 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! 2Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! 3Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! 4Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! 5Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. 6And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. 7Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, 8fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! 9Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! 10Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds! 11Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! 12Young men and maidens together, old men and children! 13Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. 14He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 27:4 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.

All Creatures of our God and King

Our Great God – Fernando Ortega

Draw Me Nearer

Oceans

Preparation for Communion:
Lead Me to the Cross

Closing Worship:
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Bonus Music: (new on our YouTube Channel)
Peace in the Valley – Jill Phillips

Scripture for Meditation

 John 20:26-29 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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.

Heart Prep for Sunday, June 9th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 9:18-36, in which Jesus is recognized as the Messiah by his disciples, call them to take up their crosses and follow him, and is transfigured before them. The worship theme is “We Have Seen His Glory,” and the visual them is mountain sunrises, reminding us that his glory was revealed on a mountaintop.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190609 Heart Prep

John 1:1-5, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . . 14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Hebrews 1:1-3 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

2 Peter 1:16-19 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Crown Him with Many Crowns – #234

For the Glory of the Lord

Yet not I, but Through Christ in Me

Majesty (Here I Am)

Preparation for Prayer Time:
What a Beautiful Name

Closing Worship:
In Christ Alone

Scripture for Meditation

Daniel 9:25-26 (NIV) “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 26th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 9:1-17, in which Jesus shows that he is the one to depend on in any need. Our worship will focus on the greatness of this savior we can trust. The visual theme will be bread, because in this text Jesus provides bread for the multitudes who seek him.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190526 Heart Prep

Worship

Psalm 138:1-8 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 3On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. 4All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, 5and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 6For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. 7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. 8The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.

Your Great Name

Glory Will Cover the Earth

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great Are You Lord

Transition to Prayer:
Wonderful Merciful Savior

Closing Worship:
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (no video available)

Scripture for Meditation

Luke 9:7-9 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, 8by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. 9Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?”

John 1:6-8 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

John 1:29-30, 34 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

John 3:28-30 “You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 12th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 8:40-56, in which Jesus responds to a father’s plea for his daughter and a woman’s twelve years of distress. The worship theme is “Compassionate Lord.” The visual theme is ancient villages, like those Jesus spent so much of his ministry helping.

Here is a link to the YouTube playlist: 190512 Heart Prep

Compassionate Lord

Psalm 107:1-22 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble 3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; 5hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. 8Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 9For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, 11for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. 13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. 15Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 16For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; 18they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 20He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. 21Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 22And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

Come, Lord Jesus, Come

Mighty to Save

Glorious Day

Sovereign Over Us

Preparation for Prayer:
I Will Wait for You

Benediction:
Only A Holy God

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 5th, 2019

The text for this week is Luke 8:26-39 in which Jesus heals a man possessed by a legion of demons. The worship theme will be the power of this Jesus to effortlessly overcome the enemy. The visual theme will be cliffs, because this incident takes place near some cliffs on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee.


(This photo of the Gergasa cliffs, was provided by Brian Stottlemeyer. Thanks Brian!)

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190505 Heart Prep

Worship

Psalm 31:1-16 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! 2Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! 3For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; 4you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. 5Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. 6I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord. 7I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, 8and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. 9Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. 10For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away. 11Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. 12I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. 13For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. 14But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! 16Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!

A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymn #26

How Great Thou Art

And Can It Be?

God is In Control

Preparation for Communion:
Is He Worthy?

Closing Worship:
Look Ye Saints

Scripture for Meditation:

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Peter 1:6-8 In 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,

Luke Devotional Study – Late Spring 2019

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

Here is a link to the PDF Version of the booklet: Luke Study – 2019 Late 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, April 28th, 2019

The text for this week is Luke 8:16-25, where Jesus teaches us (more) about the benefits of hearing and responding to his word. One of those is security in the storms of life, and our worship theme will be “Safe in the Storm.” Our visual theme will be storm waves.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190428 Heart Prep
Worship

Matthew 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Psalm 18:1-3 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

Psalm 27:4-6 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. 6And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

My Hope is Built (The Solid Rock) – Hymn #404

A Mighty Fortress (Christy Nockels)

Dwell – Aaron Keyes

Give to the Wind Thy Fears

Transition to Prayer:
He’s Always Been Faithful to Me

Benediction:
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Hymn #354

Scripture for Meditation:

Luke 8:11-15 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

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)

Special
“Remember Me” on Google Drive

Closing
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

Closing:
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

Worship:

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

Closing:
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

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