Heart Prep for Sunday, November 17th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 16:16-31, the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, where Jesus shows that we can trust him and turn to him because he is the one who rose from death to rescue us. The worship theme is “Resurrected Lord,” and the visual theme is foggy and misty sunrises, the light of the truth rising over the mists of our doubts!

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 191117 Heart Prep

1 Peter 1:3 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,

Acts 2:29-33 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.

It is Finished – Dustin Kensrue

He Lives

Worship Christ the Risen King (beginning about one minute into the video)

Glorious Day

Preparation for Communion:
Christ is Risen from the Dead – Matt Maher

Closing Worship
In Christ Alone

Scripture for Meditation

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.


Heart Prep for Sunday, November 10th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 16:1-15, where Jesus tells the parable of the shrewd manager, and then gives several other principles for our handling of wealth. The worship theme is the richness of God toward us, and the visual theme is “Golden Autumn,” partly just for fun, partly to connect the gold of autumn to God’s richness.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 191110 Heart Prep

Psalm 145:8-19
8The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. 10All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! 11They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, 12to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. 14The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. 15The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. 18The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

A Mighty Fortress (Christy Nockels)

How Gracious Are Thy Mercies Lord

Good and Gracious King

Yet not I, but Through Christ in Me

Preparation for Prayer
Great are You Lord

Closing Worship:
The Love of God

Scripture for Mediation:

Luke 12:45-46 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful.

Matthew 18:32-34 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.

Matthew 21:40-41 40When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

Heart Prep for Sunday, October 27th, 2019

The text this week is Psalm 134. Todd Cobbs will help us see that understanding who God is will lead us to a place of praise and trust. The worship theme will be “The Greatness of Our God,” and the visual theme will be caves (David was in a cave when he wrote the Psalm.)

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 191027 Heart Prep

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

1 John 1:5, “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.”

Psalm 18:30, “God—His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”

Psalm 116:5, “The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate.”

Psalm 68:19-20, “May the Lord be praised! Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah 20Our God is a God of salvation, and escape from death belongs to the Lord God.”

2 Samuel 22:32-34, “For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God. 33God is my strong refuge; He makes my way perfect. 34He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and sets me securely on the heights.”

Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid?”

Psalm 86:5, “For You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, rich in faithful love to all who call on You.”

Revelation 1:8, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”

We Will Glorify – Twila Paris

How Great Thou Art

Be Magnified


Preparation for Prayer:
The Greatness of Our God – Hillsong

Closing Worship:
Dwell – Aaron Keyes

Bonus Music: (New Lyric Video)
Mercy of the Shears by Caitelen

Heart Prep for Sunday, October 20th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 15:1-32, where Jesus tells three parables to show that God seeks the lost and rejoices to find them. The worship theme is “Extravagant Father,” since it was really the father in the parable of the two lost sons who was prodigal! The visual theme is “Lost Sheep.”

Here is a link to the YouTube playlist: 191020 Heart Prep

Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 Psalm 103:8-13 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

All Creatures of our God and Kingj

Thy Mercy my God

Wonderful Merciful Savior

O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus

Preparation for Communion:
Even Unto Death

Closing Worship:
Arise, My Soul, Arise

Bonus Music: A few “Prodigal” Songs
When God Ran, by Benny Hester (Performed by Phillips, Craig and Dean)
The Two Lost Sons – Caroline Cobb

Scripture for Meditation:

Ezekiel 34:1-4 The word of the Lord came to me: 2“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? 3You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. 4The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.

Ezekiel 34:11-12 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

Ezekiel 34:14-16 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak.

Heart Prep for Sunday, October 13th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 14:1-35, in which Jesus offers the kingdom banquet to those who are willing to give up self-fulfillment. The worship theme is “Come to the Table,” and the visual theme is banquets, buffets and feasts.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 191013 Heart Prep

Isaiah 55:1-3 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Isaiah 25:6-9 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

Rejoice the Lord is King

Only A Holy God

Just As I Am – Hymn #342

Come to Jesus (Untitled Hymn)

Preparation for Prayer:
There is a Mountain – Caroline Cobb

Closing Worship
All Things New

Scripture for Meditation:

 Psalm 147:5-6 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. 6The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

Isaiah 66:1-2 Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? 2All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

Luke 1:51-53 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

Heart Prep for Sunday, October 6th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 13:1-35 in which Jesus teaches about repentance, calling us to gather under the shelter of HIs wings. The worship theme is “Under His Wings,” and the visual theme is a hen with chicks.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 191006 Heart Prep

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass.

Psalm 91:1-4 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

Psalm 36:5-9 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 6Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. 7How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. 9For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.

Whom Shall I Fear

Dwell – Aaron Keyes

Jesus Lover of My Soul – Hymn #466

Jesus, I Come

Preparation for Communion:
Psalm 62

Closing Worship:
Like A River Glorious

Bonus Music: New Lyric Video by Sandra McCracken
We Will Feast in the House of Zion

Scripture for Meditation

 Jeremiah 24:4-7 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 5“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans. 6I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

Joel 2:12-13 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.


Heart Prep for Sunday, September 29th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 12:35-59 where Jesus talks about how we should be prepared for his return. The worship theme is “Coming Again” – which he is! The visual theme is “storm on the horizon,” from Jesus’ comments about the weather.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190929 Heart Prep

Daniel 7:13-14 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Come Lord Jesus Come/All Who are Thirsty

Justice Will Roll Down

Coming Again

Beyond the Sky

Prayer prep:
Dark Before the Dawn

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

Scripture for Meditation

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Heart Prep for Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

The text this week is Luke 12:1-34, in which Jesus tells us what we SHOULD worry about, and what we SHOULD NOT worry about. In the process he reminds us that we have a caring father who meets our needs. The worship theme, then, is “Our Caring Father,” and the visual theme is birds eating, for Jesus says that your Heavenly Father feeds them.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190922 Heart Prep

Psalm 73:25-28 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. 28But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

All the Way My Savior Leads Me

Good and Gracious King

God is In Control

He’s Always Been Faithful to Me

Preparation for Prayer
Everything – Lauren Daigle

Closing Worship
Be Still my Soul

Bonus Video: Brand New Music from The Porter’s gate, and it fits with the text!
Nothing to Fear

Scripture for Meditation

Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 104:1-9 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. 3He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; 4he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. 5He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. 6You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. 7At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. 8The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them. 9You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.

Heart Prep for Sunday, September 15th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 11:33-54, where Jesus challenges the Pharisees, and all of us, to move from dark to light, from hypocrisy to integrity. The worship theme is “Light of the World,” and the visual theme is a lamp shining in a dark place.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190915 Heart Prep

Psalm 104:1-2 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

O Worship the King

Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Who You Say I Am

Glorious Day

Preparation for Communion
Is He Worthy?

Closing Worship:
Fairest Lord Jesus – Hymn #88

Scripture for Meditation

Ephesians 5:8-14 For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10  and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14  for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

1 John 1:5-9 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Heart Prep for Sunday, September 8, 2019

The text this week is Luke 11:14-32, in which Jesus shows (and teaches) that we can have confidence in his greatness. The worship theme is “Name Above All Names,” reflecting his greatness, and the visual theme is “City Beneath the Mountains,” as Jesus talks about both Ninevah and Sodom, “but one greater” than these “is here.”

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190908 Heart Prep

Hebrews 1:1-4 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, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Philippians 2:5-11 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Lion and the Lamb

Blessed Be Your Name

What a Beautiful Name

Preparation for Prayer:
Jesus, Name Above All Names

Closing Worship:
Praise Him, Praise Him – Hymn #106

Scripture for Meditation:
Luke 10:17-24 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 21In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 23Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

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