Heart Prep for Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

The text this week is Galatians 4:21-31. Paul reveals some of the principles that allow us to live in the freedom Christ has won for us. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free,” (Galatians 5:1) and “Freedom” is our worship theme. Our visual theme is “Wide open space,” as an image of that freedom.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180422 Heart Prep
Come, Lord Jesus, Come

Lion and the Lamb

Psalm 18:1-19 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.

 4The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;  5the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

6In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

7Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. 8Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him. 9He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. 10He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water. 12Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.

13The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire. 14And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them. 15Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

 16He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. 17He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. 18They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. 19He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

And Can It Be?

A Mighty Fortress (Christy Nockels)

Wide Open Space – Clear

Glorious in Majesty

Harvey Response Donor Update

It’s been a while since we at Trinity Fellowship updated you on our response to Hurricane Harvey, and our partnership with ReachGlobal Crisis Response. Your generosity is making a huge difference, but there is much more to do. I want to show you some of the work that you’re enabling, and ask you to help again in a way that might surprise you.

Respond to the need at Trinity’s Harvey Response Page (click on “I Can Help”) or EFCA’s Harvey Response Page (click on “Serve”)

All imagery copyright 2018 by Robert J. DeGray. All Rights Reserved

Finishing Galatians

The rest of this spring (2018) we’ll be finishing Galatians, and we’ll embrace Paul’s passionate argument that Christ has set us free.

Here’s the plan: (AND – Scroll down for an awesome Bible Project video on Galatians)

Galatians – Christ has set us free

Before Easter we studied Galatians chapters 1-3. In April and May we’ll finish this wonderful book.

Date: April 8, 2018 (Week 11)
Text: Galatians 4:1-7
Title: The Privilege of Adoption
Key Sentence: In Jesus we are no longer slaves but adopted sons and daughters

Date: April 15, 2018 (Week 12)
Text: Galatians 4:8-20
Title: What Will You Imitate?
Key Sentence: There are many bad role models, but only selflessness honors Jesus
Worship: Come Down O Love Divine (Ortega, Selflessness)

Date: April 22, 2018 (Week 13)
Text: Galatians 4:21-31
Title: Slave or Free
Key Sentence: A merit mentality enslaves, a grace mentality frees
Worship: No Longer Slaves

Date: April 29, 2018 (Week 14)
Text: Galatians 5:1-15
Title: For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free
Key Sentence: Righteousness is not found in religious works but in faith working through love
Worship: How Beautiful

Date: May 6, 2018 (Week 15)
Text: Galatians 5:16-26
Title: Walk by the Spirit
Key Sentence: Only in step with the Spirit can our lives produce godly fruit.
Worship: For Today (and other fruit of the Spirit songs)

Date: May 13, 2018 (Week 16)
Text: Galatians 6:1-10
Title: Radical Community
Key Sentence: God plans to fully bless our pouring out.
Worship: One Another

Date: May 20, 2018 (Week 17)
Text: Galatians 6:11-18
Title: Boast Only in the Cross
Key Sentence: We’ve seen that the grounds of our hope is the cross, not works.
Worship: My Hope is Built!


Thomas (first person) – John 20:19-31

Message presented on April 1, 2018 by Pastor Bob DeGray. This video is for non-profit educational purposes only.

Note that this video has edited captions, turned on by default

This is a first person presentation of the life and resurrection experiences of Thomas the disciple, given at the Easter Sunrise Service at Countryside Park in League City TX. Copyright 2018, all Rights reserved

Heart Prep for Sunday, April 8th, 2018

We’re back to Galatians this week and looking at the wonderful truths of Galatians 4:1-7. God sent his Son to give us the gift of adoption as His sons and daughters. The worship theme will be our cry of “‘Abba,’ Father,” and the visual theme is adoptive families.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180408 Heart Prep


O Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Psalm 23:1-6 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. 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Matthew 6:9-13 “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread. 12Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Mark 14:35-36 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Romans 8:14-17 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

No Longer Slaves

Good, Good Father

Redeemed (How I Love to Proclaim it)

Is He Worthy?

God is In Control

Heart Prep for Sunday, April 1st, 2018 (Sunrise and Main Easter Services)

The text for the Sunrise service is John 20:24-31, the story of (Doubting) Thomas. Thomas will be there to share with us how he went from doubt to faith. The main service will focuse on 1st Corinthians 15:1-20, where Paul grounds the certainty of the Gospel in the certainty of the resurrection. The Worship theme is resurrection, and the visual theme Spring sunrise.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180401 Heart Prep

Sunrise Service (7:00 a.m. Countryside Park, also known as Lynn Gripon Park, League City)

Rejoice the Lord is King

Resurrection Hymn (See What a Morning)

Christ is Risen from the Dead – Matt Maher

He Lives

Worship Christ the Risen King (not available on YouTube)

Main Easter Service (10:50 a.m. at Trinity)

Christ the Lord is Risen Today – Hymn #217

Crown Him with Many Crowns – #234

It is Finished – Dustin Kensrue

Matthew 28:1-15 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.”

 1While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

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

Easter Song – Annie Herring

The Victor – Keith Green


His Heart Beats


Look Ye Saints

His Heart Beats – Andrew Peterson

His Heart Beats
Music by Ben Shive
Words by Ben Shive and AP
℗© 2018 Andrew Peterson, Centricity Music

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the album (“Resurrection Letters Volume 1”).

All video copyright 2012-2018 by Robert J. DeGray. All rights reserved. Video filmed at locations in Texas, except the last clip was filmed in Slovakia.

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 25th, 2018

The text this week is Matthew 21:1-9, the triumphal entry. We’ve looked at this text many times, but this year we’ll recognize that Jesus is the Sovereign Monarch we need. The worship theme will be “The King Has Arrived,” and the visual theme will be the Kidron Valley, which Jesus rode across in the triumphal entry.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180325 Heart Prep


Hosanna (Blessed is He Who Comes)


Matthew 21:1-9 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Mark 11:10 “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

Luke 19:38 “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

John 12:13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

Ride on to Die by Michael Card

Hosanna/Loud Hosanna

All Glory Laud and Honor

At Last, The King


Holy Week Playlist 2018

Each year I make myself a new playlist for Holy Week. I usually do this only on my own iTunes, but this year I decided to replicate it, as much as possible, on YouTube. There are some great new (and great old) songs here.

Here’s the link: Holy Week Playlist 2018

Just as a reminder, we have not four but five opportunities to celebrate Christ’s passion this year:
Sunday, March 25th, 10:50 a.m. Palm Sunday service (His Majesty)
Thursday, March 29th, 6:30 a.m. Community Dinner and Communion celebration (Our Community)
Friday, March 30th, 7:00 p.m. Good Friday service (His Fidelity)
Sunday, April 1st, 7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service at Countryside Park (Our Certainty)
Sunday, April 1st, 10:50 a.m. Easter Worship (Our Certainty)

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Pardon me for being late with heart prep this week: I’ve been up in Pennsylvania enjoying a new grand-daughter. Todd is preaching this week and the text is 2 Timothy 2:1-10, where we’ll see that we are to let the gospel motivate us to action. The visual theme will be the contrast of death and life, and the worship theme will be the praise of the one who gives new life.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180318 Heart Prep

O Come to The Altar (Elevation Worship)

The Great I Am

And Can It Be?


Offertory (and Benediction):
More Than Conquerors

Scripture for Meditation

John 6:35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.

John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

John 10:7 So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep.”

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

John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me.”

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.”

John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper.”


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