Heart Prep for Sunday, June 17th, 2018

The texts this week are pretty much the first three chapters of Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. We’re going to be looking at becoming life-long learners by listening to the wise and the Word. Our worship theme is “Be Thou My Vision” and our visual theme, from Psalm 1, is of a tree planted by streams of water.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180617 Heart Prep


How Great Thou Art

In Christ Alone

Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. 6Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Psalm 19:7-14 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 13Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. 14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Laden With Guilt – Caedmon’s Call

Come to Jesus (Untitled Hymn)

Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad

All is Vanity – Caroline Cobb

Knowing You

All is Vanity – Caroline Cobb – Lyrics

All is Vanity (Ecclesiastes)
Words and music by Caroline Cobb (ASCAP).
Featuring Jill Phillips
Copyright 2017 Sing the Story Music.

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artist by buying the song or the album, “A Home & a Hunger.”

All video except the star time lapses is copyright 2012-2018 by Robert J. DeGray. The star time lapses are all Creative Commons licensed and can be found on YouTube.

Heart Prep for Sunday, June 10th, 2018

The texts this week are Luke 10:38-42 and John 12:1-8, which teach several valuable lessons about hospitality. The worship theme is “At the Feet of Jesus,” which is where Mary is in these texts. The visual theme is table fellowship.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180610 Heart Prep

Is He Worthy?

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Take Me In

Revelation 4:1-11  After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” 9And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Hebrews 10:19-23 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Luke 10:38-39 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.

We Fall Down

How Beautiful

All the Way My Savior Leads Me – Hymn #460

Drawn to You (Audrey Assad)

Take My Life and Let It Be

Heart Prep for Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

This week we begin our new series on Counter-cultural character. The cultural trend we’ll be considering is loneliness, and our text, John 15:12-17 shows us the way Jesus models friendship. The worship theme is “Jesus Loves Me,” and the visual theme is “Summer Wallpaper” for no good reason other than the start of the series.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180603 Heart Prep

Whom Shall I Fear

This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)

Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners

What a Beautiful Name

I’ve Found a Friend, O Such a Friend {an old hymn to a new tune)

Communion Prep:
Oh The Deep Deep Love Of Jesus

Before the Throne of God Above

Bonus: New Music by Caroline Cobb
There is a Mountain

Scripture for Meditation

John 15:12-17 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”

Romans 5:6-11 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. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

1 John 3:16-18 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

1 John 4:7-16 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.





There is a Mountain – Caroline Cobb – Lyrics

There is a Mountain
Words and music by Caroline Cobb (ASCAP).
Copyright 2017 Sing the Story Music.

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artist by buying the song or the album (“A Home & A Hunger”)

All visuals copyright 2014-2018 by Robert J. DeGray. All rights reserved. Most of the video was filmed in the Tatras mountains region of Slovakia. The drone footage was filmed in the Sam Houston National Forest, Texas.

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 27th, 2018

This week we finish Galatians, studying Chapter 6, verses 11-18. We’ll see that the cross of Christ is a door into a new creation. The visual theme is the cross, and the worship theme is “Our Hope is Built on Christ.”

Here is the link to the YouTube play list: 180527 Heart Prep


Rejoice – Dustin Kensrue

It is Finished – Dustin Kensrue

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 3:11-14 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

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.

Galatians 5:13-18 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. 16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Galatians 5:22-24 For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Galatians 6:14-15 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

I Will Sing of My Redeemer

Draw Me Nearer

At the Cross

Glory & Grace – Eric Neider

The Solid Rock – Hymn #404

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 20th, 2018

The text this week is Galatians 6:1-10, which is a call to self-awareness and other-awareness in several specific situations. The worship theme is one another and the visual theme is sowing, from Galatians 6:7-8.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180520 Heart Prep

All Creatures of Our God and King – #64 – verses 1,3 and 4

Fairest Lord Jesus – Hymn #88 – verses 1 and 4

Holy, Holy, Holy – Hymn #262

Isaiah 6:1-7 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Romans 12:1-5 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Build Your Kingdom Here

Blessed be the Tie – Sara Groves

Take Heart my Friend


I Want To Say I’m Sorry – Peterson


O Happy Band of Pilgrims – not available on YouTube (but it should be!)

Rise Up – Andrew Peterson

Rise Up
Words and Music by Ben Shive
©2018 Jakedog Music
℗2018 Andrew Peterson, Centricity Music

I do not own the rights to this music. Please support the artist(s) by purchasing the amazing album, “Resurrection Letters: Volume 1”

All imagery is copyright 2018 by Robert J. DeGray. All rights reserve. Filmed at Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery in LaGrange, Texas. on May 1, 2018

Note: The last video I tried to upload a song from this album it wouldn’t play for anyone but me. I think this one is OK at the moment. Please let me know if this changes.

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 13th, 2018

The text this week is Galatians 5:16-26, which compares the works of the flesh to the fruit of the Spirit. We’ll be worshiping the God who produces his fruit in us, and the visual theme will be “Still Life with Fruit,” especially impressionist versions of that common painting motif.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180513 Heart Prep


Psalm 63:1-4 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

Love Divine All Loves Excelling
Hannah’s version (audio only): Hannah vocal Love Divine

Joy of the Lord – Twila Paris

Like a River Glorious

Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Romans 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

1 Peter 2:15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.

Ephesians 4:1-2 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.

2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Forever Reign

I Am Resolved

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

For Today – David Jackson

Summer Sunday School: Open Discussion of “Rebuilding Ministry.”

We’re excited about all that God is doing and is going to do through Trinity. We want to keep rebuilding the ministry that was flooded out by Hurricane Harvey. We’re asking God to use us to help people plug-in, connect and grow as believers.

This summer we’ll meet each Sunday for an open-ended discussion of the major aspects of ministry at Trinity, from Sunday School to home groups to preaching and worship. These discussions will take place during the Sunday School hour, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Check out the latest version of our 2018/2019 Ministry Plan online for a list of the ministries we’ll consider, and begin praying now that God would show us how to make these ministries effective.

There will be Summer Sunday School for children from pre-school to elementary age during these discussions. Using age appropriate materials from BibleBee, our kids will have the opportunity to learn and memorize some key portions of Scripture in a fun learning environment. If you would like to help with this class, please contact Gail DeGray.

We’ve also planned a very practical summer preaching series that will support our desire to rebuild ministry. It’s called “Counter-Cultural Character Qualities.” We will NOT be talking about politics or even much about cultural issues, but we WILL be talking about the ways believes can follow the Bible to stand out and bring light into our culture. We’ll talk about things like friendship and hospitality, wisdom and humility, generosity and moral courage and rest. Visit the website and click on the ‘against the flow’ banner.

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