New Website: Pictures, Permissions and Content

Help us Build a New Website!
Trinity’s website is not bad, but it’s a bit old, a bit crowded and a bit unresponsive. So we’re in the process of building a new site that will give our online presence a fresh, clean, contemporary look.
We’ve invested a bunch of hours on the background work and architecture for the new site. Here’s an example of what the home page might look like on your laptop:

And on your iPhone:

(Note that this is a rough draft – we expect it to change)

But we need your help in three ways: pictures, permissions and content.

Pictures: One of the best things a church website can do is to use good pictures of real people. Our new website will have information on upcoming events and on all the groups that meet on Sunday and through the week. We could really use some pictures of these things. So here’s the big ask: next time you are at a Sunday School class, a home group, a Bible Study or another Trinity event take 10 pictures and upload them to Bob’s google account. We will cull, edit and use these pictures to make the best website we’ve ever had

Here’s the link:

(2) Permissions: Officially we’re not supposed to put your picture on the website without your permission. This is for your privacy and safety. We really hope you’ll be alright with us using your picture. Just fill out the form (or forms) below and we’ll keep it in our records. You can also fill this out on Sunday Morning if you prefer.

(3) Content: Even more than pictures, we need to have good content on the site and get it right. If you are a Sunday School teacher, small group leader or host, or help lead any kind of group or event, we would like you to check the content on the new site as soon as it goes up and get back to us quickly with questions, comments and suggestions, including typographical, grammatical and editorial suggestions. If you would like to look at the content for your group or event in advance, just contact Bob and he will tell you how!

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.

Imelda Update #1 – September 17, 2019, 6:00 pm

This is not Harvey.

But since Imelda, now a named tropical storm, is going to go overhead tonight and tomorrow, I thought I’d give a quick update.

Executive Summary:
(1) Imelda may bring 5-10 inches of rain, with more if training bands set up.
(2) We’ve made a few preparations at church
(3) Contact us if you need help

Imelda: This storm will come ashore tonight and tomorrow morning. According to Space City Weather (my favorite Houston weather site) “A good portion of Harris County, and coastal counties, will likely see between 3 and 6 inches of rainfall this evening, during the overnight hours Tuesday, and through Wednesday morning. There may also be a narrower band that sees as much as 12 to 15 inches tonight, although it is not clear whether this will occur along the coast, offshore, or somewhere east of Interstate 45. Where this heavier rainfall occurs we probably will see significant street flooding due to extremely high rainfall rates, and potentially water getting into homes.”

Preparations at church: All we’ve really done is clean up in the areas where water sometimes comes in, and set up two sump pumps outside the building in those same areas. Pray that this is enough to keep water out of the building.

We have also cancelled Men’s Prayer for tomorrow and the Connections study for tomorrow. Aside from that, there are no calendar impacts. We’ll let you know if that changes.

Contact us if you need help: Please e-mail, text or call if you have any storm related problems. Lots of Trinity folks and the full Harvey staff are available to help.

In Him


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.”

Gracious Father – Luke 11:1-13

Message preached on September 1, 2019 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: God is a gracious father who gives us what we need.

I. Our father is able (Luke 11:1-4)
II. Our father is willing (Luke 11:5-8)
III. Our father is ready (Luke 11:9-13)

Perfect Love – Josh Garrels

Perfect Love, as performed by Josh Garrels
From the album “Chrysaline”
Performance ℗ 2019 Josh Garrels, Small Voice LLC
Music & Lyrics © 2012 Wesley Randolph Eader

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

All video copyright 2019 Robert J. DeGray, all rights reserved. Video shot on locations in Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

Heart Prep for Sunday, September 1st, 2019

This week we return to the study of Luke in chapter 11, verses 1-13. Jesus teaches his disciples about prayer in the process reveals wonderful truths about His Father. The worship focus is on God theFather, and the visual theme is people in prayer.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190901 Heart Prep

Psalm 46:1-7 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah 4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

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.

A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymn #26

Good and Gracious King

Good, Good Father

Your Love Defends Me

Preparation for Communion:
I Shall Not Want

Closing Worship:
Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Scripture for Meditation

Mark 14:35-36 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Romans 8:14-17 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.


Heart Prep for Sunday, August 25th, 2019

This is the final week in our summer Stewardship series. The text is 1st Peter 4:7-11, and the focus is on being good stewards of the multi-faceted grace that God has poured out on us. The worship theme, based on the last verse of the text, is “That God May Be Glorified,” and the visual theme is chapels in the mountains, which captures both God’s surpassing glory and our stewardship.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190825 Heart Prep

1 Peter 4:10-11 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.

Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Psalm 105:1-3 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 2Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 3  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Rejoice – Dustin Kensrue

Crown Him with Many Crowns – #234

Be Magnified

Yet not I, but Through Christ in Me

Preparation for Prayer:
Glory Will Cover the Earth

Closing Worship:
Look Ye Saints

Bonus: We’ll be watching a bit of this great video from the EFCA about the work of Crossover Bible Church. Can you guess the connection?

Scripture for Meditation
Ephesians 1:3-14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.


Fall 2019 in Luke: The Journey to Jerusalem

The Gospel of Luke

We began to study the Gospel of Luke during Christmas 2018 and we are continuing into 2019. It’s been 25 years since we walked through this wonderful Gospel, so it’s time.

Part 1: The Beginning of the Gospel (Christmas, 2018)
Part 2: The Ministry of the Messiah (January to June 2019)
Part 3: The Journey to Jerusalem (August to November, 2019)
Part 4: The Climax of the Cross (January to Easter, 2020)

Here’s the calendar for the next eight weeks of Part 3: The Journey to Jerusalem

We have a devotional Bible Study Booklet to accompany the messages: Luke Study – 2019 Early Fall Booklet

Date: September 1, 2019
Title: Gracious Father
Text: Luke 11:1-13
Key Sentence: God is a gracious father who gives us what we need.
I. Our father is able (Luke 11:1-4)
II. Our father is willing (Luke 11:5-8)
III. Our father is ready (Luke 11:9-13)

Date: September 8, 2019
Title: One Greater is Here
Text: Luke 11:14-32
Key Sentence: We have great confidence in the greatness of Jesus
Introduction (Luke 11:14-16)
I. He overcomes great evil (Luke 11:17-22)
II. He offers great purpose (Luke 11:23-28)
III. He provides great assurance (Luke 11:29-32)

Date: September 15, 2019
Title: Inside Out
Text: Luke 11:33-54
Key Sentence: Does my heart match my words and behavior?
I. Light, not darkness (Luke 11:33-36)
II. Reality, not pretense (Luke 11:37-44)
III. Faith, not legalism (Luke 11:45-54)

Date: September 22, 2019
Title: What Are You Worried About?
Text: Luke 12:1-34
Key Sentence: The believer worries – about the right things.
I. Worry about fearing God not man (Luke 12:1-12)
II. Worry about foolish priorities (Luke 12:13-21)
III. Worry about needless worry (Luke 12: 22-34)

Date: September 29, 2019
Title: Be Prepared
Text: Luke 12:35-59
Key Sentence: Be prepared for the return of the Lord
I. Watchfulness (12:35-40)
II. Diligence (12:41-48)
III. Understanding the times (12:49-59)

Date: October 6, 2019
Title: The Kingdom of Wing-Gatherers
Text: Luke 13:1-35
Key Sentence: The whole kingdom gathers for rescue under the care of Jesus
I. Not personal righteousness but fruitful repentence (Luke 13:1-9)
II. Not rule keeping, but compassion (Luke 13:10-21)
III. Not focused on few or many, but on wing-gathering (Luke 13:22-35)

Date: October 13, 2019
Title: The Banquet
Text: Luke 14:1-35
Key Sentence: There is only one banquet for those who give up self fulfillment
I. The banquet is for the humble (Luke 14:1-14)
II. The banquet is for those too hungry to make excuses (Luke 14:15-24)
III. The banquet is for those willing to count the cost (Luke 14:25-35)

Date: October 20, 2019
Title: The Seeking God and the Repentant Sinner
Text: Luke 15:1-32
I. Seeking the lost (and repenting) (Luke 15:1-10)
II. The heart of the seeker and the repentant (Luke 15:11-24)
III. The heart of the self-righteous (Luke 15:25-32)

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