Heart Prep for Sunday, March 26th, 2017

The texts this week are Luke 19:1-10 and Matthew 20:20-28, in which Jesus tells us why he came: to seek, to save, to serve and to ransom. Our worship theme will be “Ransomed,” and our visual theme will be sycamore fig trees – because that’s where Zacchaeus was when Jesus came to seek him.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 170326 Heart Prep

Prelude:
No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus

Worship:
All Hall the Power of Jesus’ Name – Hymn #97

Rejoice

Grace Alone

Luke 15:1-7 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3So he told them this parable: 4“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Matthew 20:25-28 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus Paid it All – Hymn #210

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior – Hymn #337

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Offertory:
High Noon

Benediction:
Arise My Soul Arise

All Things New

Rejoice – Andrew Peterson – Lyric Video

Rejoice
By Andrew Peterson and Gabe Scott
© 2015 Beronimo Music, Jakedog Music

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the album (“The Burning Edge of Dawn.”)

All video is copyright 2017 by Robert J. DeGray. It was filmed in February and March at locations in Friendswood, Waco and Austin, Texas. All Rights Reserved

Facing Darkness – In Theaters March 30, 2017

When Ebola hit West Africa in 2014, Samaritan’s Purse did what God calls all believers to do: serve those in need. The new documentary FACING DARKNESS tells the ministry’s story—and it’s unlike any movie you’ve ever seen. It’s a true story of bravery … compassion … faith. Most of all, this is a story of hope.

The movie will be shown one night, March 30th at Cinemark 18 Webster (and several other theaters). Please e-mail Bob DeGray (mail@trinityfellowship.net) to sign up, or sign up on Sunday March 19th or Sunday, March 26th at the church.

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 19th, 2017

The text this week is Matthew 17:1-8, in which Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James and John, and we learn to look to him and listen to him. The worship theme is “We Have Seen His Glory,” and the visual theme is mountain sunrises.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 170319 Heart Prep

Prelude:
Show Me Your Glory – Third Day

Worship Set:
Open the Eyes of My Heart

Matthew 17:1-6 After six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Shine Jesus Shine

Hebrews 12:18-24 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Immortal Invisible – Hymn #25

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

2 Peter 1:16-19 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

Glory – Hillsong

Our Great God – Ortega

Offertory:
The Unmaking – Nichole Nordeman

Benedictions:
O Worship the King – Hymn #10

He is Exalted – Paris

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 12th, 2017

The message this week is about the power of Jesus to rescue. We will look at four brief accounts of Jesus’ power and the astonishment he caused. The worship theme is his presence in the storm, and the visual theme is (you guessed the it) storms.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 170312 Heart Prep

Prelude:
Dark Before the Dawn

Worship:
God Moves in a Mysterious Way

Psalm 107:23-31 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; 24they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. 25For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; 27they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. 28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 29He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. 30Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. 31Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!

Jesus Lover of My Soul – Hymn #466

Matthew 8:23-27 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Praise You in This Storm

Psalm 3:3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Psalm 56:8 You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?

Psalm 30:5 Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 43:1-2 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Give to the Wind Thy Fears

Jesus, I Come

Offertory:
Jesus – Chris Tomlin

Benedictions:
I Will Lift My Eyes – Bebo Norman

Your Great Name – Natalie Grant

Bonus Video: (latest from our YouTube Channel)

This My Soul – by The Gray Havens

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 5th, 2017

The text this week is Matthew 16:13-26, where Jesus asks the disciples “Who do you say that I am?” and then reveals his redemption plan. The worship theme is built around their answer, “You are the Christ,” and the visual theme is steeples with crosses (because Jesus says that on this truth he will build his church).

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 170305 Heart Prep

Prelude: (Instrumental)
The Power of the Cross

Worship Set:
Not to Us – Chris Tomlin

Via Dolorosa – Leeland

What a Beautiful Name it Is – Hillsong

The Solid Rock – Hymn #404

Offertory:
Rock of Ages – Dustin Kensrue

Invitation to Communion:
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Hymn #185

Benediction:
Before the Throne of God Above – Shane & Shane

Scripture for Meditation

You are the Christ

Matthew 16:13-26 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

20Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. 21From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Matthew 26:26-29 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

 

 

Rock of Ages – Dustin Kensrue – Lyrics

Rock of Ages
by Dustin Kensrue | from the album The Water & The Blood
©2013 Dead Bird Theology, It’s All About Jesus Music,
We Are Younger We Are Faster Music

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

All visuals are copyright 2012-2016 by Robert J. DeGray. They were mostly shot in the High Tatras of Slovakia, but one or two in western Pennsylvania.

O Help My Unbelief – Indelible Grace – Lyrics

O Help My Unbelief
Words by Isaac Watts, Music by Justin Smith
© 2007 Justin Smith Music
As performed by Andrew Osenga and Indelible Grace on the album “Wake Thy Slumbering Children”

All imagery is copyright 2016 by Robert J.DeGray. The sunset was shot on Galveston Island in June, 2016

Heart Prep for Sunday, February 12th, 2017

The main text this week is Matthew 22.35-40 where both of the greatest commandments show love to be the measure of our maturity. David Jackson will be preaching, and the worship theme will be the love of God and love for God and others. The visual theme will be hearts.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 170212 Heart Prep

Prelude:
Loyal – Lauren Daigle

Worship Set:

Beautiful One

Your Love is Strong – Jon Foreman

O the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus

I Love You Lord

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee – Hymn #1

Blessed be the Tie – Sara Groves

Offertory:
Love – Sara Groves

Benedictions:
By Our Love – Christy Nockels

Even Unto Death – Audrey Assad

Scripture for Meditation:

Matthew 22:35-40 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12For 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. 13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:7-21 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. 17By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Ephesians 3:16-19 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

At Last, the King – The Gray Havens – Lyrics

At Last the King
Written by Dave Radford and Licia Radford – The Gray Havens Music and Ben Shive – Junkbox Music
©2016 The Gray Havens Music

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the excellent album, “The Ghost of a King.”

All visuals are copyright 2017 by Robert DeGray. These were shot at Half Day Forest Preserve in Vernon Hills, Illinois on February 2nd, 2017. You can’t excactly tell from the pictures, but the temperature was 12 degrees F, and a damp wind was blowing. Brrrrh.

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