Special Offering for Major Maintenance

The General Board and Elders would like to request your prayerful participation in a special offering on Sunday, June 23rd. The goal is to raise $15,000 toward a new air conditioner and resurfacing of the sanctuary roof to remove the horrible stains.

The 20 year old A/C unit close to the library is dead. Due to the heat we’re already experiencing, we need to address this quickly. We have estimates showing the cost of a complete new unit and related ductwork to be about $9000. We have $4200 in Major Maintenance Reserve, but this will not cover even half the cost. The remainder could be taken from cash reserves, but these are already being drawn down by our general giving shortfall.

The roof has stained badly since it was last cleaned, and we need a more thorough approach. Though we haven’t finalized a vendor, we have a preliminary bid of $4800 for a complete cleaning and recoating. Together these two items total a bit less than $15,000, but we are hoping to raise the full amount in order to replenish our Major Maintenance reserve, avoid tapping our cash reserve, and deal with contingencies as they come up.

Please prayerfully consider how generous the Lord is willing for you to be! We do ask that you not reduce or neglect your general fund giving in order to fund this project, as we need those regular gifts to continue regular ministry.

Thank for your help. We are confident in what the Lord is doing among us.

Bob DeGray, for the Elders and General Board

Look Up Colossians 3:1-4

Message preached on June 2, 2019 by Associate Pastor Todd Cobbs. 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: “We can be encouraged as we look up to Jesus every day and in every circumstance, because only by looking up can we have hope in this life!”

I. Salvation in Jesus (Colossians 3:1)
II. Seeking Jesus (Colossians 3:2)
III. Security in Jesus (Colossians 3:3)
IV. Glorified with Jesus (Colossians 3:4)

Paul and Tina Bauer Wedding Video

For those who watched (or tried to watch) Paul and Tina’s wedding live stream, we’ve downloaded the ceremony, edited it slightly and re-uploaded it for better viewing.

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 26th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 9:1-17, in which Jesus shows that he is the one to depend on in any need. Our worship will focus on the greatness of this savior we can trust. The visual theme will be bread, because in this text Jesus provides bread for the multitudes who seek him.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190526 Heart Prep


Psalm 138:1-8 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 3On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. 4All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, 5and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 6For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. 7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. 8The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.

Your Great Name

Glory Will Cover the Earth

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great Are You Lord

Transition to Prayer:
Wonderful Merciful Savior

Closing Worship:
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (no video available)

Scripture for Meditation

Luke 9:7-9 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, 8by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. 9Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?”

John 1:6-8 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

John 1:29-30, 34 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

John 3:28-30 “You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 12th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 8:40-56, in which Jesus responds to a father’s plea for his daughter and a woman’s twelve years of distress. The worship theme is “Compassionate Lord.” The visual theme is ancient villages, like those Jesus spent so much of his ministry helping.

Here is a link to the YouTube playlist: 190512 Heart Prep

Compassionate Lord

Psalm 107:1-22 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble 3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; 5hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. 8Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 9For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, 11for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. 13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. 15Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 16For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; 18they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 20He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. 21Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 22And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

Come, Lord Jesus, Come

Mighty to Save

Glorious Day

Sovereign Over Us

Preparation for Prayer:
I Will Wait for You

Only A Holy God

Heart Prep for Sunday, May 5th, 2019

The text for this week is Luke 8:26-39 in which Jesus heals a man possessed by a legion of demons. The worship theme will be the power of this Jesus to effortlessly overcome the enemy. The visual theme will be cliffs, because this incident takes place near some cliffs on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee.

(This photo of the Gergasa cliffs, was provided by Brian Stottlemeyer. Thanks Brian!)

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190505 Heart Prep


Psalm 31:1-16 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! 2Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! 3For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; 4you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. 5Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. 6I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord. 7I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, 8and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. 9Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. 10For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away. 11Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. 12I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. 13For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. 14But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! 16Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!

A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymn #26

How Great Thou Art

And Can It Be?

God is In Control

Preparation for Communion:
Is He Worthy?

Closing Worship:
Look Ye Saints

Scripture for Meditation:

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Peter 1:6-8 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

Luke Devotional Study – Late Spring 2019

As we continue our study in Luke in 2019 we are also providing devotional study materials for each week. The May / June booklet is now available.

Here is a link to the PDF Version of the booklet: Luke Study – 2019 Late Spring Booklet

You can pick up a printed copy at the church. Also available is a small book that contains the English Standard Version text for the Gospel of Luke – and nothing else. We’re excited to make these available.

If you would like to make a donation of $5.00 or so to offset the printing costs (and purchase cost of the Luke book) that would be great.

Heart Prep for Sunday, April 28th, 2019

The text for this week is Luke 8:16-25, where Jesus teaches us (more) about the benefits of hearing and responding to his word. One of those is security in the storms of life, and our worship theme will be “Safe in the Storm.” Our visual theme will be storm waves.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190428 Heart Prep

Matthew 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Psalm 18:1-3 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

Psalm 27:4-6 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. 5For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. 6And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

My Hope is Built (The Solid Rock) – Hymn #404

A Mighty Fortress (Christy Nockels)

Dwell – Aaron Keyes

Give to the Wind Thy Fears

Transition to Prayer:
He’s Always Been Faithful to Me

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Hymn #354

Scripture for Meditation:

Luke 8:11-15 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

Eli (first person) – Sunrise Service, April 21, 2019

Message presented on April 21, 2019 by Pastor Bob DeGray. This video is for non-profit educational purposes only.

This is a first person presentation by “Eli,” the (fictional) father of “Nathan,” who is a fictional imagining of the thief on the cross who cried out to Jesus. It was presented at the Easter Sunrise Service at Countryside Park in League City TX. Copyright 2018, all rights reserved.

Easter 2019 Heart Prep

This is the Heart Prep post for the Seder Celebration on Friday, April 19th, the Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 AM (At Lynn Grypon Park in League City), and the main Easter Service on April 21st at 10:50 AM (at the church.)

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190421 Heart Prep
Note that a couple of the songs that won’t work on YouTube are linked (below) to a copy on Google drive

Seder Celebration

Medley (two verses of each)
Redeemed (How I Love to Proclaim it)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Jesus Paid It All
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Before the Cup of Praise
Lamb of God

After “Next Year in Jerusalem”
God Rested

Sunrise Service

Resurrection Hymn (See What a Morning)

Matthew 28:1-10 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Love Crucified Arose – Michael Card

At the Cross (Love Ran Red)

“Remember Me” on Google Drive

The Power of the Cross

Main Service

Christ the Lord is Risen Today – Hymn #217

1 Peter 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Christ Arose (Lo in the Grave He Lay) – Hymn #216

Christ is Risen from the Dead – Matt Maher

Glorious Day

It is Finished – Dustin Kensrue

Romans 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Special / Offertory :
“His Heart Beats” on Google Drive

Easter Song – Annie Herring

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