Heart Prep for Sunday, November 19, 2017

The text this week is Micah 6, where we are called to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” The worship theme is “To be Like Jesus,” since Jesus modeled all these qualities. The visual theme will be “weights and scales,” which Micah uses as a practical example of justice.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 171119 Heart Prep


Shine Jesus Shine

Praise Him, Praise Him – Hymn #106

Beautiful One – Tim Hughes

The Lion and the Lamb – Leeland/Bethel

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Matthew 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

Matthew 12:14-18 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. 15Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all 16and ordered them not to make him known. 17This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

John 8:7-11 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Be Magnified


Oh the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Offertory: (maybe – TBD)
My Song is Love Unknown

Closing Worship:
For the Glory of the Lord

Bonus Song:
To the Dawn – New music by Sara Groves

Your Labor is Not in Vain – Lakewood Church (MN) Thank You

Lakewood Church in Baxter, Minnesota is taking a special benevolence offering for Hurricane Harvey Crisis Response. They asked Katrina Welch to provide a video in support of the offering, and we thought we’d make it public.

Your Labor is not in Vain
By Wendell Kimbrough, Paul Zach, and Isaac Wardell
Vocals: Madison Cunningham and Paul Zach
from Work Songs, released October 6, 2017
© 2017 Porter’s Gate Publishing (BMI), Hymns From the Porter’s Gate (ASCAP), and Porter’s Gate Publications (SESAC).

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the album (“Work Songs”).

The drone footage during the flood was taken in Friendswood, TX by Dan Pacamo (Youtube). All other footage and imagery is copyright 2017 by Robert J DeGray, all rights reserved, and was filmed at locations in Friendswood, League City and Dickinson, TX.

Heart Prep for Sunday, November 12th, 2017

The text this week is Micah 5, best known for the prediction that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. It also says that he will be a mighty shepherd, and this is our worship theme. The visual theme will be sheep on hillsides.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 171112 Heart Prep

Praise the King

Forever Reign

Ezekiel 34:15-16 I 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.

Micah 5:2-5 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. 3Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. 4And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. 5And he shall be their peace.

John 10:14-15 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Luke 15:4-6 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

Sovereign Over Us

Great Are You, Lord

At The Cross

So Long Moses by Andrew Peterson

Whom Shall I Fear

Second Chance

Harvey Update #35 – Painting the Sunday School Building

Bob’s Harvey Update #35
November 9, 2017

Executive Summary: Come on Thursday, November 16th at 5:30 pm. to give input to the selection of colors for the Sunday School Building.

The Crisis Response teams have been working hard in our building, and we’re almost ready to paint. The good news is we have the opportunity to select all new colors for the Sunday School building. The bad news is we need to do it quickly. Here’s the plan:

Next Thursday (November 16th) is our Thanksgiving Community Dinner, at 6:30 p.m. If you have ideas or want input into the colors for the Sunday School building, come early, at 5:30 p.m. We will have a walk through, talk about the various color combinations that have been suggested and see where this self-chosen group leans. Todd, Iva and Bob will evaluate the input and make a decision. Lord willing, the building will be painted the following week.

First, pick up some swatches or paint samples, preferably at one of the big box stores, but Sherwin Williams is also acceptable. Think about the building and bring your preferred set of swatches for the group to evaluate. We feel that we should use at most four and preferably two or three colors for the whole building, so that we can stock just a few colors for touch-up or repainting.

So you’ll want to think about the building and two or three (or four) ‘paint zones.’ To refresh your memory, here’s a list of the rooms in the Sunday School building, starting from the entrance near the sanctuary and using the commonly used names:

Long hall and side halls
C. E. workroom / Awana office
Men’s and women’s bathrooms
2’s and 3’s room
4’s and 5’s room (cloud room)
Conference room (panel room)
Upstairs classrooms
Life room
Can do room
The other classroom (Murray’s classroom)
Men’s and Women’s Bathrooms
Bob’s office
Iva’s office
Todd’s office

Here’s a (serious) example of what three paint zones might look like:
Color 1 – Long hall and side halls, C. E. workroom / Awana office, Men’s and women’s bathrooms, Bob’s office, Iva’s office, Todd’s office, Conference room
Color 2 – 2’s and 3’s room, Nursery, 4’s and 5’s room (cloud room), Upstairs Classrooms
Color 3 – L.I.F.E. room, Can-do room, other classroom

Here’s a much less serious example of color swatches. Please bring yours to the meeting if you don’t want the building to turn out like this:

Important note: If you don’t want to bring color swatches, you can still come to the walk through, but you can only affirm colors someone already brought or suggest changes to their paint zones, not suggest alternative colors.

Heart Prep for Sunday, November 5, 2017

The text this week is Micah 4, where God promises reversal of judgment, restoration of the broken and a kingdom of peace. The worship will focus on the kingdom of peace (and on Jesus – it’s a communion week) and the visual theme will be vineyards in the hills, based on Micah 4:4

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 171105 Heart Prep

Therefore the Redeemed of the Lord

Come, Lord Jesus, Come (All Who are Thirsty)

These Things Have I Spoken Unto You (I think this is the version we’re doing)

For Today (no video available)

Like a River Glorious

Wood and Nails by The Porter’s Gate

Communion Song:
Lead Me to the Cross

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Scripture for Meditation

Genesis 32:24-31 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

Micah 4:6-7 In that day, declares the Lord, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted; 7and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forevermore.

 1 Corinthians 1:21-31 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Wood and Nails – The Porter’s Gate – Lyrics

Wood and Nails
By Keith Watts, Isaac Wardell, and Madison Cunningham
© 2017 Hymns From the Porter’s Gate (ASCAP)
As sung by Audrey Assad and Josh Garrels
on the album “Work Songs”

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the album.

All video copyright 2017 by Robert J. DeGray. A big thank-you to Holiday Acres Tree Farm in Manvel, TX for the use of the venue.

What is the Transgression of My People? – Micah 1-3

Message preached on October 29, 2017 by Pastor Bob DeGray. This video is for non-profit educational purposes only. The brief use of images from copyright material is thought to be ‘fair use’ of the material.

Key Sentence: Do you take sin seriously?

I. God takes sin seriously
II. People often don’t take sin seriously

Harvey Update #34 – A Trinity Team January 7th

Bob’s Harvey Update #35
October 28, 2017

Executive Summary: We’re forming a Trinity team to work with Crisis Response from January 7th to January 12th.

It has been awesome to watch teams coming in from all over the country putting on the green Crisis Response shirts to help our friends and neighbors. I’ve talked to many Trinity folks who have wished they could work with them. And you can.

First, on any weekday you can call the new Crisis Response phone number and let Kat or whoever is organizing for that day know that you’d like to go out with a team. Depending on the work being done that day, you’ll probably be welcome.

But second, and more exciting, we are in the process of forming a team of our own for a missions trip to Trinity Fellowship to help with Harvey Response. We’ve settled on the week beginning January 7th, 2018, the week before college classes resume for most of our students. But the team is not restricted to college types. Anyone who can make themselves available from Sunday night (the 7th) to Friday morning (the 12th) is invited to join the team. We will not be staying at the building, because there will be teams from other states working that week as well. But we will encourage our team to fully participate otherwise – coming in time for breakfast and not leaving until after dinner. So check your calendar and see if you can be available to help that week.

A few other items:
(1) Crisis Response has a new phone number. The number we’ve been using is Katrina Welch’s private phone, and it is being overwhelmed with calls. Also, Katrina will be taking a few weeks off for other responsibilities, Thanksgiving, etc. So they’ve gotten a dedicated Trinity Crisis Response phone, and the number is 832-371-0484.

(2) We’ve reworked the main Crisis Response flyer, mostly to change the phone number but also to reflect the state of the response. Click on the linkTrinity Fellowship On Mission Harvey below to see (or print) the full size flyer. We’ve also created a flyer for the foyer of the church which explains Trinity’s involvement with Harvey response. This flyer is useful for anyone walking into the church and wondering what’s going on, or if you would like to explain to someone how God has called us into this ministry. This new flyer is also linked below.

Harvey Flyer Update 171027 single column

Trinity Fellowship On Mission Harvey

Heart Prep for Sunday, October 29, 2017

The text this week is Micah 1-3. These three chapters lay out the sins of Israel and Judah that were leading to judgment. But God is presented as awesome and mighty, even in judgment, so our worship will focus on the greatness of God. The visual theme will be mountains and night sky, from Micah 1:3-4

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 171029 Heart Prep


Praise medley: (this will be just a verse or two of each!)
O Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down
Great is The Lord
Our Great God
Glory Will Cover the Earth – Justin Rizzo

Psalm 96:1-13 Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. 3Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! 4For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. 5For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 6Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 7Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! 8Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! 9Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! 10Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.” 11Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; 12let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy 13before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Micah 1:2-4 Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. 3For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Theme medley:
How Great Thou Art
Immortal, Invisible
O Worship the King
Awesome God

Great and Mighty – Caedmon’s Call

Benediction medley:
Holy is the Lord
We Will Glorify
He is Exalted

Micah – the God of Judgment and Hope

In November we’ll be learning from the prophet Micah, who saw God’s soon judgment of His people’s sins, but looked forward with hope to God’s rescue through Jesus.

Here’s the plan: (AND – Scroll down for an awesome video on Micah)

Micah, the God of Judgment and Hope

October 29
Title: What Is the Transgression of My People?
Text: Micah 1-3
Worship: Awesome God
Key Sentence: Do you acknowledge sin?

November 5 (communion)
Title: What is God’s Promise?
Text: Micah 4:1-13
Worship: Jesus Our King
Key Sentence: Present and future affliction is followed by God’s promised peace

November 12
Text: Micah 5:1-15
Title: Will Not the Lord Rescue?
Worship: A Future and a Hope
Key Sentence: God’s promise of a rescuing shepherd sustains our hope

November 19 – Micah 6:1-16 What Does the Lord Require of Us?
Text: Micah 6:1-16
Title: What Does the Lord Require of Us?
Worship: To Be Like Jesus
Key Sentence: How will your rescue change your life?

November 26 – (thanksgiving)
Text: Micah 7:1-20
Title: Who Is a Pardoning God Like Ours?
Worship: A God Worthy of Thanksgiving
Key Sentence: Evil times may be coming, but the God of steadfast love triumphs

I really like The Bible Project and encourage you to listen to their great six minute introduction to Micah:

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