Heart Prep for Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Greetings from Big Bend.

Actually, Gail and I are now in Fredericksburg enjoying a couple of (rainy) days at the Nimitz museum, which I’ve long wanted to see. We’re having a great trip (back in the office next Tuesday) and we’re grateful to Todd and David for preaching and for all who have made it possible for us to get away.

David is preaching from Matthew 11:28-30, showing that we come to Jesus to find rest for our weary, busy, burdened souls. The worship will focus on resting in Jesus, and I don’t know what the visual theme will be, but probably not Big Bend.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 181021 Heart Prep


Like A River Glorious

Psalm 62

Be Still my Soul

Come to Jesus

Communion preparation song:
My Revival – Lauren Daigle

Closing Worship:
Jesus I Am Resting Resting

Scripture for Meditation

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Psalm 23:1-3  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Hebrews 4:9-11 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 86:4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

Psalm 127:2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Relationship Blessers and Stressers -Proverbs 15:17 and Others

Message preached on October 7, 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: The character you cultivate determines the quality of your relationships.

I. Cultivate Character in the Family
II. Carry Character into the Community

Harvey Homeowners Testimonies

On September 20th, 2018 homeowners, staff, volunteers and members of Trinity Fellowship gathered to celebrate one year of rebuilding homes and lives after Hurricane Harvey. Several of the homeowners shared their stories of God’s work.

If you would like to view the full testimonies, follow the links below. You can turn on the captions that YouTube automatically creates to catch more of the words. We hope to finish editing those captions soon.

Elizabeth: https://youtu.be/c8-r72_xvDQ

Karen: https://youtu.be/S4ZXDnDYiKk

Heather: https://youtu.be/gUCPdUtgAo0

Christina: https://youtu.be/X3HPyodtSOQ

Reela: https://youtu.be/5R4JjxMupuQ

Jonathan: https://youtu.be/nnuu3TnXBqw

Heart Prep for Sunday, October 7th, 2018

The text this week is Proverbs 15:17 and other verses from Proverbs that show how the love of God is lived out in our families and communities. The worship theme is “Loved,” by God and by Jesus. The visual theme is houses (especially farm houses), representing the family as the foundation of our character.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 181007 Heart Prep


Romans 5:1-11 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6For 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.

Are You Washed in the Blood

Hosanna (Praise is Rising)

Also, I love this Tim Neufeld / Audrey Assad version: Cornerstone

Your Great Name

Transition to Communion

Grace Flows Down

Amazing Love

Closing Worship:

Carry Your Love

Heart Prep for Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The text this week is Proverbs 14:27 (and others) that show the blessings of the fear of the Lord – especially that it leads to trust. The worship will focus on the God of rescue in whom we can trust. The visual theme is fountains, as described in Proverbs 14:27

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180930 Heart Prep


Psalm 104:1-4 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.

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 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

Lion and the Lamb

Mighty to Save

Whom Shall I Fear

A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymn #26

Scripture and Special Music:

Deuteronomy 10:12-21 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good? 14Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. 15Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. 16Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. 17For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. 18He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. 20You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. 21He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen.

We Choose the Fear of the Lord

Closing Worship:
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Bonus: New lyric video by The Gray Havens
She Waits

New Business Cards: Connect People to Trinity

We’ve just received a brand new batch of distinctive business cards:

You can pick up some of these cards at the back of the church. Take plenty and use them:

  1. Invite friends to church.
  2. Give them to people when you pray for them or talk about your faith.
  3. Post them in offices and businesses that have contact information bulletin boards.
  4. Leave a small pile in offices and businesses that have other piles of cards.

Please don’t leave them where they are not wanted. But you’ll be surprised how many places you can find to spread the word about what God is doing at Trinity.

Heart Prep for Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

The text this week is Proverbs 17:22 and other verses from Proverbs that show how most people are carrying heart burdens and how we can recognize and come alongside those who do. The worship them is the pure, unbounded love of Jesus, and the visual theme is “a cup of cold water,” after Proverbs 25:25

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180923 Heart Prep


Lamentations 3:22-24 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24  “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

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.

Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Jesus I Am Resting, Resting

Good, Good Father

Praise You in this Storm

Transition to prayer:
Jesus Lover of My Soul – Hymn #466

Take Heart My Friend

Scripture for Mediation

Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 18:13 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 27:9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

Proverbs 25:20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Proverbs 15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.

Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Special Music Survey

If you did not get a chance to take the special music survey that Al Jones prepared (and which is available in a paper form at the back of the church), it’s not too late. Here is a link to an online version:

Special Music Survey

Thanks. Please let me know if this works for you – it’s a new-to-us survey provider.

By the way, you can also still take the Worship Song Survey

Rebuilding Trinity – Update on the five initiatives

We (the elders, the general board and, it seems, many others) are excited about the progress we are making in improving Trinity and helping our church to be a place where people can connect, plug-in and grow.

Here is a quick status on the five initiatives we’re pursuing:

(1) Small Groups
Lead: Elders
Mission: To encourage friendship and spiritual growth among the people of Trinity and those who come to be with us through widespread involvement in small groups.
Status: The small group page now lists twelve different opportunities to be involved with a group of people for study of the word, life sharing, and prayer. We encourage you to get involved with one of these groups.

(2) Children’s Education
Lead: Christian Education Committee
Mission: To provide meaningful and Godly education that is accessible for visitors and regular church attendees alike while supporting the teachers and other volunteers.
Status: The C. E. Committee is awesome! Sunday School began on September 16th and the committee is working hard to implement their plans for safety, security and meaningful teaching for all ages.

(3) Worship
Lead: Worship Team
Mission: To lead the people of Trinity into the presence of God by prayerfully chosen, well practiced and relevant worship music.
Status: We are working to shorten the song service and focus on a list of songs that everybody who comes to Trinity can learn, enjoy and worship with. We have also implemented changes to the monthly flow of worship:
Communion – 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
Extended Prayer Time – 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
Fellowship Meal – Last Sunday of each month

(4) Facility
Lead: Facilities Task Force
Mission: To plan and execute maintenance, beautification, and improvement of our facility
Status: The Facility Task Force is working hard to both manage and implement maintenance, beautification and improvement projects in both buildings.

(5) Harvey Response
Lead: Crisis Response Staff
Mission: To work with the people of Trinity Fellowship to be the hands and feet, heart and voice of Jesus as we continue to provide help to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Status: The Trinity Team which worked in the building and home the first week of September did a great job. We will be having a “One Year of Rebuilding” community dinner on September 20th and we hope everyone from Trinity will come.

Online Giving Now Available

We are excited to announce the addition of an online giving option to Trinity’s website. We used online giving via PayPal to collect donations after Harvey, and it worked well. The General Board and Elders debated offering online giving for general donations, because we don’t want to encourage debt. But we recognize that many people are accustomed to paying for things electronically, and find it easier. Many people also use their credit or debit cards to organize their finances without accumulating debt. So we’ve decided to offer the option of online giving.

Here is the link to the giving page: Online Giving.

Please read the details on the page before you click through to PayPal.

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