Rooted Conference – June 24, 2017 – Register Now

Trinity Fellowship’s Foster/Adopt ministry invites you to attend Hope For Orphans’ “ROOTED” Conference. Please register now: Rooted Conference Registration

Date: Saturday, June 24th
Time: 9:00 -3:30
Place: Trinity Fellowship – 301 Leisure Lane, Friendswood, 77546
Cost: $15 per couple, in advance. $20 at the door
Childcare and lunch are available by reservation. See details below

Christian families, inspired by the gospel of Jesus Christ, are often at the forefront of adoption and foster care. But for many of these parents there are unique, complex challenges. The ROOTED Conference is a grace-based resource that will help you connect God’s love to your parenting, equipping you with a Biblical framework and practical skills for parenting children who have trauma, hurt, and rejection in their past and other post-placement challenges.

The conference includes teaching from Dr. Paul David Tripp, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Christian Psychologist Dr. Jon Bergeron, and others. The day will offer opportunities to learn, reflect, and interact with other foster and adoptive parents on topics such as “Relating to our Children,” “Building Bridges,” “Spiritual Warfare,” and “The Differing Roles of Husbands and Wives.”

Each registration includes one workbook. Additional workbooks can be purchased for $10 each. Coffee, Tea and snacks will be provided.

Childcare will be provided by Trinity Fellowship’s Slovakia Missions team for a suggested donation of $10 per child. A fun-filled days of skits, games and activities is planned. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance.

Pack your own lunches or purchase your meal from members of Trinity’s GUM missions team (Galveston Urban Ministries). Reservations for meals must be made in advance.

Adult lunch: Deli sandwich on homemade whole grain bun, chips, fruit, a pickle and ice tea. $6.00 donation suggested.

Child’s lunch: PB&J on homemade whole wheat bread, fruit, chips, lemonade and a cookie. $3.00 donation suggested.

Please register now: Rooted Conference Registration

For more information contact Gail DeGray at gsdegray@gmail.com or 281-797-8932.

Here is the conference trailer:

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The text this week is Revelation 21:1-8, the happiest ending of all, when God’s age-long promise to dwell with us comes eternally true! The worship is focused on “Eternity,” and our longing for it, and the visual theme is the New Heavens and the New Earth.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 170528 Heart Prep

Worship:

Revelation 19:6-9 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

Until the Daybreak NOTE: this is not the tune we use, which was written by Hannah Gronseth and is not (yet) available on YouTube. But the lyrics are the same.

Beyond the Sky

Revelation 21:1-4 (NIV) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

Face to Face

When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand

Offertory:
Dark Before the Dawn – Andrew Peterson

Benedictions:
Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand – Indelible Grace

I’ll Fly Away

Bonus Video: I’ll be using this in the sermon

When the Last Tear Falls

Second Bonus Video: Lyric video just completed for the YouTube Channel

In The Night – by Andrew Peterson

Foundations: Summer Preaching Series, 2017

Trinity Fellowship’s history does not cover 25 years, but 2000 years, built on a sure foundation of the apostles and prophets through centuries of God’s work.

This summer our preaching series will look at some of the foundations of our faith, things that extend back to the careful thinking of the earliest church and still impact our lives and our worship today.

Here’s the plan.

June 4 – The Trinity
Title: The Triunity of God
Text(s): Deuteronomy 6:4, Romans 8:15, John 1:14, John 14:16-17, 1 Peter 1:1-2
Worship: God in Three Persons
Key Sentence: We believe in one God eternally existing in three Persons

June 11 – Creator God
Title: Omnipotent Sovereign Creator God
Text: Psalm 104
Worship: Creation Sings
Key Sentence: Creation Points to an Omnipotent Sovereign God

June 18 – The Depravity of Man
Title: How Bad are We, Really?
Text: Romans 3:9-20
Worship: So Great a Salvation
Key Sentence: Apart from Christ people are basically sinful

June 25 – The Nature of Jesus (Incarnate, fully God, fully Human)
Title: Son of God and Son of Man
Text(s): John 1:14
Worship: So Great a Salvation
Key Sentence: If we get Jesus wrong we get everything wrong

July 2 – The Work of Christ (communion Sunday)
Title: The Revelation of God’s Righteousness
Text(s): Romans 3:21-26
Worship: And Can It Be?
Key Sentence:The work of Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, received by faith

July 9 – The Centrality of Grace (sola gratia, fidie)
Title: The Three Cakes
Text(s): Titus 3:1-8
Worship: His Lovingkindness
Key Sentence: Mercy, grace, and faith are a cake worth frosting with goodness

July 16 – Inspiration and Authority of Scripture. (sola scriptura)
Title: The Escape from Interpretive Chaos
Text: 2 Tim 3:14-17
Worship: Thy Word
Key Sentence: Scripture transforms our lives as we continue in what we have learned.

July 23 – The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit John 14 and 16?
Bob is planning to be out of town this Sunday. Todd will also be out of town.
Currently David Jackson is planning to preach on this topic.

July 30 – Sanctification (Colossians 3)
Title: A Faith that is Never Alone
Text(s): Colossians 3:1-17
Worship: Sanctify!
Key Sentence: Your faith walks in Jesus

August 6 – Eucharist 1 Cor 11
Title: The Real Presence of Christ
Text(s): 1st Corinthians 11:17-34
Worship: At the Table
Key Sentence: Christ is really present when we gather for word and ordinance

August 13 – Baptism
Title: Believe and Be Baptized
Text(s) : Acts 8:12, Romans 6:3-4
Worship: From Death to Life
Key Sentence: Obedient believers get baptized? Have you?

August 20 – The Church
Title: There is No Plan B
Text(s) : Ephesians 4:1-16
Worship: Build Your Kingdom Here
Key Sentence: There is no plan b to the messy, wonderful body of Christ

August 27 –Heaven, Hell and Eternity
Title: The Last Word
Text(s) : Revelation 22:1-21
Worship: Come, Lord Jesus, Come
Key Sentence: The eternal last word of our faith is always “Come.”

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 21st, 2017

The text this week is Revelation 20:1-10, in which we see that God has a plan to be faithful to all his promises when Jesus reigns on earth. The worship theme is “Coming Again,” and the visual theme is the sun breaking through!

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 170521 Heart Prep

Worship;

A Mighty Fortress

Revelation 19:6-9 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

The Sands of Time

All Around the World

Revelation 19:11-16 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (this link is of a choir singing the same tune, but different words!)

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that 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.

He is Exalted / We Will Glorify

Offertory:
Restless – Switchfoot

Closing Worship:
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed – Indelible Grace

Glory Will Cover the Earth – Justin Rizzo

Bonus: Cornerstone, by Tim Neufeld, featuring Audrey Assad

Rooted Conference – June 24th, 2017 (Save the date)

Trinity Fellowship’s Foster/Adopt ministry invites you to attend Hope For Orphans’ “ROOTED” Conference. Please save the date. Registration will open soon.

Date: Saturday, June 24th
Time: 9:00 -3:30
Place: Trinity Fellowship – 301 Leisure Lane, Friendswood, 77546
Cost: $15 per couple, in advance. $20 at the door
Childcare and lunch are available by reservation. See details below

Christian families, inspired by the gospel of Jesus Christ, are often at the forefront of adoption and foster care. But for many of these parents there are unique, complex challenges. The ROOTED Conference is a grace-based resource that will help you connect God’s love to your parenting, equipping you with a Biblical framework and practical skills for parenting children who have trauma, hurt, and rejection in their past and other post-placement challenges.

The conference includes teaching from Dr. Paul David Tripp, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Christian Psychologist Dr. Jon Bergeron, and others. The day will offer opportunities to learn, reflect, and interact with other foster and adoptive parents on topics such as “Relating to our Children,” “Building Bridges,” “Spiritual Warfare,” and “The Differing Roles of Husbands and Wives.”

Each registration includes one workbook. Additional workbooks can be purchased for $10 each. Coffee, Tea and snacks will be provided.

Childcare will be provided by Trinity Fellowship’s Slovakia Missions team for a suggested donation of $10 per child. A fun-filled days of skits, games and activities is planned. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance.

Pack your own lunches or purchase your meal from members of Trinity’s GUM missions team (Galveston Urban Ministries). Reservations for meals must be made in advance.

Adult lunch: Deli sandwich on homemade whole grain bun, chips, fruit, a pickle and ice tea. $6.00 donation suggested.

Child’s lunch: PB&J on homemade whole wheat bread, fruit, chips, lemonade and a cookie. $3.00 donation suggested.

Registration will open soon. Please check back for the registration link.

For more information contact Gail DeGray at gsdegray@gmail.com or 281-797-8932.

Here is the conference trailer:

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The text this week is Luke 9:43-62, in which Jesus sets his face relentlessly toward the cross, and encourages us to be relentless followers. The worship will focus on praising Jesus for going to the cross and the visuals will be dusty roads that we are called to walk.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 170514 Heart Prep

Prelude:
At the Cross – Tomlin

Worship Set:
What a Beautiful Name

Via Dolorosa

Second Chances

Mighty to Save

Offertory:
Praise the King – Jaci Velasquez/Corey Voss

Benedictions:
Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

I Will Follow – Chris Tomlin

Psalm 62 – Aaron Keyes

Scripture for Meditation

Luke 9:43-62 (HCSB) And they were all astonished at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all the things He was doing, He told His disciples, 44“Let these words sink in: The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 45But they did not understand this statement; it was concealed from them so that they could not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask Him about it.

46Then an argument started among them about who would be the greatest of them. 47But Jesus, knowing the thoughts of their hearts, took a little child and had him stand next to Him. 48He told them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent Me. For whoever is least among you—this one is great.” 49John responded, “Master, we saw someone driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him because he does not follow us.” 50“Don’t stop him,” Jesus told him, “because whoever is not against you is for you.”

51When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He determined to journey to Jerusalem. 52He sent messengers ahead of Him, and on the way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make preparations for Him. 53But they did not welcome Him, because He determined to journey to Jerusalem. 54When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” 55But He turned and rebuked them, 56and they went to another village.

57As they were traveling on the road someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go!” 58Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” 59Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” “Lord,” he said, “first let me go bury my father.” 60But He told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.” 61Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house.” 62But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

My Song is Love Unknown – Fernando Ortega – Two Tunes

My Song Is Love Unknown
© 1996 by Ferdnando Ortega, Randolph Productions
From the album Night of Your Return

Fernando Ortega wrote a tune for these lyrics in 1996, and it is one of my favorites. In 2017 he released (as a single, soon to be on an album) the same song with a completely new tune. I have done a lyric video (with the same imagery) for each. Feel free to compare this the old tune to the new tune and leave your comments below

The Old Tune:



The New Tune:

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

All imagery is copyriight 2014-2017 by Robert J. DeGray. All rights reserved.

Imagine a World – Slideshow Version

A narrative exploring the question “What would change if a world (or a culture) enthusiastically embraced God’s design for sex.”

I’ve been frustrated with the combination of nonchalance and hypocrisy that our culture displays toward sex. One morning as I was praying about this, trying to get a handle on it, the phrase ‘Imagine a world where God’s design for marriage was enthusiastically embraced” came into my head. This video (and the associated Facebook post) is the result of that thought process. I was amazed at how quickly you can come up with a list of things that change for the better.

Here is the slide-show version of the narrative. The link to the YouTube version and some further notes are below the slideshow.

Here is the link to the narrated Youtube version: Imagine a World

Notes:
(1) Copyright 2017 by Robert J. DeGray. All images are royalty free or creative commons licensed. Details available on request.

(2) I realize that for most of us we’ve already fallen into some or more of the sins or been subject to the evils mentioned. I can’t emphasize enough that there is grace in Jesus for forgiveness and healing. Those who receive that gift of grace, we can enthusiastically endorse God’s design, even though we still live with the consequences of brokenness to some extent.

(3) I also realize that a lot of this is not politically or culturally correct. Many people may see some of these things not as ills but as progress. I have tried to follow the impact of embracing God’s design where-ever it led, even where this conflicted with our culture.

(4) Finally, I realize that this is a very idealized view. Some may say this could never happen. My point is not that all this would work out perfectly in this fallen world, but that so many evils and stresses are the direct result of not following God’s design.

In Christ

Bob

Big Story Prayers – Colossians 1:9-14

Message preached on May 7, 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: God’s Big Story makes a difference in every step we take

Outline:
I. Know, Walk (Colossians 1:9-10)
II. Walk, Know (Colossians 1:11-14)

Imagine a World – Fifteen Things that would Change for the Better

A video narrative exploring the question “What would change if a world (or a culture) enthusiastically embraced God’s design for sex.

I’ve been frustrated with the combination of nonchalance and hypocrisy that our culture displays toward sex. One morning as I was praying about this, trying to get a handle on it, the phrase ‘Imagine a world where God’s design for marriage was enthusiastically embraced” came into my head. This video (and the associated Facebook post) is the result of that thought process. I was amazed at how quickly you can come up with a list of things that change for the better.

Here’s the link to the video. Eventually I hope to post it as a slide show for those who would rather read than listen. Below the video are a couple more notes.

Notes:
(1) Copyright 2017 by Robert J. DeGray. All images are royalty free or creative commons licensed. Details available on request.

(2) I realize that for most of us we’ve already fallen into some or more of the sins or been subject to the evils mentioned. I can’t emphasize enough that there is grace in Jesus for forgiveness and healing. Those who receive that gift of grace, we can enthusiastically endorse God’s design, even though we still live with the consequences of brokenness to some extent.

(3) I also realize that a lot of this is not politically or culturally correct. Many people may see some of these things not as ills but as progress. I have tried to follow the impact of embracing God’s design where-ever it led, even where this conflicted with our culture.

(4) Finally, I realize that this is a very idealized view. Some may say this could never happen. My point is not that all this would work out perfectly in this fallen world, but that so many evils and stresses are the direct result of not following God’s design.

In Christ

Bob

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