Heart Prep for Sunday, December 9th, 2018

The text this week is Luke 1:57-80, where John the Baptist is born and his father links his birth to the dawn of redemption. The worship theme is the coming of the light and the visual theme is (still, again, yay) aurora.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 181209 Heart Prep


The Coming of the Light

Isaiah 9:1-7 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Hymn #133

Born Where the Shadows Lie – Getty

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – Hymn #128

Light of the World – Lauren Daigle

Transition to Prayer:
Behold the Savior

O Little Town of Bethlehem – Hymn #141

Scripture for Meditation
Isaiah 40:1-5 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Luke Advent 2018 Devotional Study

You may have noticed a devotional study in Luke on the back table (and announced in the bulletin) these last few weeks. The copier has issues, so we may or may not have more copies on Sunday. But if you’d like to do this on your computer, phone or tablet, here is a PDF version:

Luke Study – 2018 Advent Bookletj

The study is keyed to Bob’s sermons. There are three days (lessons) of devotional material, plus a few introductory quotes each week. We’re praying that you will enjoy the wonder of Christmas through these familiar passages.

Heart Prep for Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

The text this week is Luke 1:26-56. Gabriel tells Mary that she will receive grace in the form of a baby! And God still calls us to wonder at His gift. The worship is all about Advent, and the visuals are all about aurora. Enjoy!

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist (really enjoyable this week!): 181202 Heart Prep


Hebrews 1:1-14 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. 5For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? 6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” 7Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” 8But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” 10And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” 13And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

Angels from the Realms of Glory – Hymn #131

Canticle of the Turning

He Who is Mighty

Immanuel – Michael Card

Communion Meditation:
Prepare Him Room

Closing Worship:
What Child is This? – Hymn #137

City of David – The Gray Havens

Scripture for Meditation

Luke 1:31-38 “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.”

City of David – The Gray Havens

City of David by The Gray Havens
℗ 2017 Artist Garden Entertainment
© 2017 Artist Garden Entertainment

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by purchasing the song!

All visuals copyright 2018 by Robert J. DeGray. The pencil drawings are available on the internet under Creative Commons licenses

The imagery was created using Doodly

A Short Liturgy for Thanksgiving Day

As I prepared for our Thanksgiving meals today (November 22, 218) I ended up writing a short liturgy to use with our family. I decided I’d share it in case anyone else wanted to use it.

Heart Prep for Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! The text this week is Romans 1:21-23 where Paul talks about the sin of thanklessness. We’ll also explore the blessing of thankfulness! The worship theme is, of course, giving thanks, and the visuals will be Thanksgiving meals.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 181118 Heart Prep

1 Chronicles 16:8-15 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 9Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 10Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 11Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 12Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered, 13O offspring of Israel his servant, children of Jacob, his chosen ones! 14He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 15Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

1 Chronicles 16:35-36 Say 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!” Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

Blessed Be Your Name

Come Ye Thankful People Come

We Gather Together

Oh Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down

Communion Music
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Closing Worship
All Creatures of our God and King

Scripture for Meditation

Romans 1:18-23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Men’s Retreat – November 16-18, 2018

Contact Todd Cobbs As Soon As Possible to sign up.

MEN’S RETREAT 2018—“SOLID” – 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be Alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong.” NOVEMBER 16-18 AT TRINITY PINES

The title of the retreat this year will be, “SOLID”. Our speaker this year, pastor Will Stevens, will encourage us to create and implement an action plan so that we can become men of strong, immovable faith. We will also be blessed by worship leader Jonathan Kittle. Men and young men, please make it a priority to come November 16-18 to Trinity Pines for our annual men’s retreat!

Diligence is a Virtue – Proverbs 12:24 and others

Message preached on October 28, 2018 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: Diligence is a virtue to be cultivated and sloth a vice to be avoided.

I. Outcomes of Diligence and Sloth
II. Attitudes of Diligence and Sloth

Christmas Series: The Beginning of the Gospel

This Christmas and next year we will be studying the Gospel of Luke. 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)

Series Title: The Beginning of the Gospel
Date: November 25, 2018
Sermon Title: Certainty and Continuity
Text: Luke 1:1-25
Key Sentence: The Gospel is the Fulfillment of God’s Big Story
Objective: That we would have confidence in this Gospel record.
Worship Theme: The Gospel of Jesus Christ
I. The Certainty of the Gospel (Luke 1:1-4)
II. The Continuity of the Gospel (Luke 1:5-25)

December 2, 2018
Sermon Title: Remember Wonder
Text: Luke 1:26-56
Key Sentence: God astounds us with the undeserved gift of His Son.
Objective: That we would magnify his love.
Worship Theme: My Soul Magnifies the Lord
I. The Astounding Gift (Luke 1:26-38)
II. Blessed are those that believe (Luke 1;39-45)
III. Our Souls Magnify the Lord (Luke 1:46-56)

Date: December 9, 2018
Sermon Title: Dawn
Text: Luke 1:57-80
Key Sentence: This is the dawn that brings the light of the world
Objective: That we would rejoice to see our salvation coming.
Worship Theme: Expectation
I. Rejoice in the anticipation of God’s grace. (Luke 1:57-66)
II. Praise the arrival of God’s redemption. (Luke 1:67-75)
III. Prepare for the preaching of God’s forgiveness. (Luke 1:76-80)

Date: December 16, 2018
Sermon Title: Good News of Great Joy
Text: Luke 2:1-20
Key Sentence: God has broken into history to be with us!
Objective: That we would rejoice in his presence
Worship: Glory to God in the Highest
I. God has stepped into human poverty (Luke 2:1-7)
II. God has announced his presence (Luke 2:8-14)
III. We glorify God for what he has done (Luke 2:15-20)

Date: December 23, 2018
Sermon Title: He is Faithful
Text: Luke 2:21-40
Key Sentence: To the faithful He shows himself faithful
Objective: That we have confidence in His faithfulness
Worship Theme: To Know the Incarnate One
I. Joseph and Mary were faithful (Luke 2:21-24, 39-40)
II. Simeon was faithful (Luke 2:25-35)
III. Anna was faithful (Luke 2:36-38)

Date: December 24, 2018
Sermon Title: The Beautiful Paradox
Text: Scripture readings from Matthew, Luke and John
Key Sentence: In Jesus God Draws Near
(This will be Scripture and Short Stories emphasizing the paradoxical wonder of the incarnation)

Date: December 30, 2018
Sermon Title: The Passover Plot
Text: Luke 2:41-52
Key Sentence: Jesus understood the priority of his relationship with his Father
Objective: That we make relationship with God the first priority in our lives
I. Passover (Luke 2:41-42)
II. Pursuit (Luke 2:43-45)
III. Priority (Luke 2:46-50)
IV. Plan (Luke 2:51-52)

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