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

Message presented on April 11, 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

Remember Me – Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive

Remember Me
Words and Music by Ben Shive
©2018 Jakedog Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
℗ 2018 Performance by Andrew Peterson UMG
(on behalf of Centricity Music (CEY)); Bicycle Music Co.

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

All video copyright 2012-2019 by Robert J. DeGray. All Rights Reserved. Video shot at locations in Slovakia and Texas. The wildflower video was shot in April 2019 near Llano, Texas.

NOTE: For some reason videos from “Resurrection Letters” have been becoming unavailable on YouTube. Not a flagged copyright violation, just an unexplained “video not available.” So I’ve also uploaded the video to my Google Drive, and the link below is the only way to access it.

“Remember Me” on Google Drive

Rise Up – Andrew Peterson

Rise Up
Words and Music by Ben Shive
©2018 Jakedog Music
℗2018 Andrew Peterson, Centricity Music

I do not own the rights to this music. Please support the artist(s) by purchasing the amazing album, “Resurrection Letters: Volume 1”

All imagery is copyright 2018 by Robert J. DeGray. All rights reserve. Filmed at Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery in LaGrange, Texas. on May 1, 2018

NOTE: For some reason “Rise Up” will not work on YouTube. Not a flagged copyright violation, just an unexplained “video not available.” So I’ve uploaded the video to my Google Drive, and the link below is the only way to access it.

“Rise Up” on Google Drive

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.

NOTE: For some reason “His Heart Beats” will not work on YouTube. Not a flagged copyright violation, just an unexplained “video not available.” So I’ve uploaded the video to my Google Drive, and the link below is the only way to access it.

“His Heart Beats” on Google Drive

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 31st, 2019

The text this week is Luke 7:36-50, in which a sinful woman anoints Jesus’ feet and receives his forgiveness. The visual theme is anointing, and the worship theme is “The Love of Jesus” – both his love for us and our love for Him.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190331 Heart Prep


Deuteronomy 7:6-9 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”

1 John 4:7-11 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.

Romans 13:8-12 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12The night is far gone; the day is at hand.

All Things New

Carry Your Love

Yet not I, but Through Christ in Me

My Jesus I love Thee

Song of Reflection
Even Unto Death – Audrey Assad

Closing Worship
Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Scripture for Meditation

Psalm 45:6-7 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 7you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;

Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.

The Passion Week Post

“For”, Seder, and the Criminal’s Father

Easter is April 21st, 2019.  As always, I want to encourage you to make much of this celebration of Christ’s life, his sacrificial death and his glorious resurrection. This is the heart of our faith!

We will have great worship on Palm Sunday, a Seder service on Friday, a Sunrise Service at Countryside Park, and then a buffet breakfast and Easter worship at the church.

We need lots of help pulling together the Seder.  Details below, and contact Iva to volunteer

(1) The theme on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday is the word “For.”

I’ve never done a series on one Greek word before, especially a “little” one. But on Palm Sunday and at the main service on Easter Sunday I’ll be focusing on the little word “huper,” which is usually translated “for” but means something closer to “on behalf of.” We’ll be looking at several of the thirty or so verses where this little work is used in the context of our salvation. Here’s one: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Here’s the plan for Palm Sunday:
Title: For Us
Main Text: John 11:45-53
Additional “for” texts: 1 John 3:16, Ephesians 5:1-2, John 6:51, John 10:11,15
Worship: The Triumphal Entry
Key Sentence: Jesus laid down his life for us
I. Huper Humon . . .
II. He Lays Down His Life For . . .
III.  One Man to Die For . . .
IV. Hosanna . . .

(2) Passover Seder on Friday, April 19th at 7:00 pm

We will be celebrating Passover and the institution of the Lord’s Supper this year with a formal Seder service.  We will look at the meaning and symbolism in Passover, the central holiday of the Jewish year, and seeing how Jesus transformed those symbols into a celebration and re-experiencing of his own sacrificial death.

We need a lot of help to pull this off, as each table needs both individual settings and platters for the ceremonial foods (we will not be having a meal, but will share all the symbolic foods and drinks.

Here is a PDF of the signup sheet, with the remaining list of things you can volunteer to do or bring. Volunteers for Seder

Please call Iva at the church office (281-482-0577) or email her (ivaf@trinityfellowship.net) to volunteer, or use the sign up sheet that will be available on Sunday mornings.  We will try to remove things from this sheet as people volunteer.

(3) Sunrise Service, April 21st, 7:00 am

The Sunrise Service will be held at Countryside Park, also known as Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside Park, 100 Alderwood League City, TX 77573

We’re excited this year to welcome Nathan, the father of Eli, who was one of the criminals crucified with Christ. He’ll give his eye-witness account of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

(4) Breakfast Buffet, April 21st, 9:00 am

Bring something breakfast-y to share and enjoy a time of fellowship. This event will be held at the church.

(5) Easter Message, Sunday April 21st, 10:50 am

Title: If God is For Us
Main Text: Romans 8:31-39
Additional “for” Texts: Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 4:25,  2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 1 Peter 3:18
Key Sentence: Jesus rose triumphant over sin and death for us
I. For Us
II. And Raised
III.  If God is For Us

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 24th, 2018

The text this week is Luke 7:18-35, in which John questions the legitimacy of Jesus, but Jesus points to the ministry he’s doing. The worship theme is “Faithful God,” and the visual theme is reeds, from Jesus’ contrasting John with “a reed shaken by the wind.”

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190324 Heart Prep


1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (ESV) 10  Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

Lamentations 3:21-24 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Psalm 27:4-5 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.

Isaiah 25:1 O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Praise to the Lord the Almighty – Hymn #8

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Only A Holy God

He’s Always Been Faithful to Me

Preparation for Prayer:
My Revival – Lauren Daigle

Closing Worship:
Psalm 62

Scripture for Meditation

Luke 4:17-21 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Bonus Song: New music by Christopher Williams
Hear This

The River – Christopher Williams – Lyrics

The River
Written by Christopher Williams and Rachel Taylor ©2018 BiG ReD VaN Music (ASCAP), Rachel Taylor Popadic (BMI);

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the album (“We Will Remember”)

All imagery is copyright 2012-2019 by Robert J. DeGray. All Rights Reserved. Shot at locations in Texas, Pennsylvania, the UK, and Slovakia.

Heart Prep for Sunday, March 10th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 6:37-49, the second half of the Sermon on the Plain, where Jesus encourages us to examine ourselves and get the log out of our own eye. The worship will focus on Jesus, the rock on whom we build lives that can stand the storms. The visual theme is St. Malo’s Chapel on the Rock outside Estes Park, Colorado

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190310 Heart Prep

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

 Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

1 Peter 2:4-6 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”


O God Our Help in Ages Past

Yet not I, but Through Christ in Me

It is Well

Preparation for Prayer:
Praise You in this Storm

Closing Worship
I Shall Not Want

Bonus Music:
And Let the Beauty – David Jackson

Scripture for Meditation

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Philippians 1:9-11 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Colossians 1:9-10 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.


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