Heart Prep for Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The text this week is Jonah 2, where Jonah records his cry to God as he sank into the sea. The worship theme is “In my distress, I cried out,” and the visual theme is “Inside a Glacier,” because, well, it looked cool and reminded me of what it might look like being inside a huge fish.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 170924 Heart Prep


Lord, I Need You

Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)

Psalm 18:1-6,  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.

Psalm 18:16-19 He 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.

Love Lifted Me

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.

Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

I Will Lift My Eyes

What a Beautiful Name

Closing Worship
Lead Me to the Rock – this song is nowhere to be found on the internet. It’s the one that goes ‘da-da da-da dat . . . .”

At the Cross

Bob’s Community Update 170921

Executive Summary: Community Dinner, Kat Welch at Sunday School, Pizza Lunch

I’ve had the opportunity for almost four weeks to provide updates that have focused mostly on Harvey. That won’t stop now, because by God’s grace we have a long term commitment to helping those impacted by this storm. But we also have a community of faith and a mission from God that has been both reinforced and modified by Harvey. So from time to time I want to do a post that shares some the opportunities we have as a community in a post-Harvey era.

Community Dinner this Thursday. There are many in our community who are familiar with the language of government contracting in which the desired result of the contract is called the deliverable. In our partnership with EFCA Crisis Response I’ve heard several people say that the deliverable of this effort is not rebuilt houses but disciplemaking. The key, I believe, is ‘God-centered relationships,’ with one another in the church, with Crisis Response staff, with teams coming in, and especially with those who invite us into their homes to help.
One way that Crisis Response has fostered these relationships is through the Thursday night dinner, where church people, homeowners and team members can sit down together to get to know each other and to hear what God has been doing. I strongly encourage you to attend these community dinners from time to time, beginning tonight (6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21st, 2017).

Sunday School this Week. We had hoped to start regular classes this week, but we’re still not quite ready. They will start next week (9:30 a.m., Sunday October 1st, 2017). This week we have asked Kat Welch, the Crisis Response team leader in our area, to share with us. She has some marvelous stories about how God has worked in her own life and in the lives of people served by Crisis Response. She also has some great ideas about how people who can’t do construction can still serve and care for people as part of our response. (9:30 a.m. this Sunday, September 24th, 2017)

Pizza Luck lunch this Sunday. In another attempt to move toward normalcy, we will be having our usual end of the month pizza lunch this Sunday after church. (12:30 p.m. this Sunday, September 24th, 2017) We realize that we can’t forget the other ways God has called us to be on mission for him, so we will have short updates from the Galveston Urban Missions team and from Amber Achgill. Please plan to stay!

Harvey Update #30 – Donor Thank You

Bob’s Harvey Update #30
September 16, 2017

A few quick things:

(1) Pray for Oak Creek. They have discovered that the storm did enough damage to require a good deal of sheet rock removal, and their trying to get that done and cleaned up today (Saturday, September 16th) so that they can have church tomorrow. If you are available this afternoon to help, they would appreciate it.

(2) Tomorrow at Trinity we have Sunday School at 9:30 in the sanctuary (last week in the Christian History series) and worship at 10:50. (First week in the Jonah series.) Heart Prep here.

(3) But the main reason for this update is to thank our donors. I did a quick video thank you.

Longing for Eternity – Revelation 22:1-21

Message preached on September 10, 2017 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: Eternity will be all that we long for, so we say today “Come!”


I. Eternal Blessedness and Provision (Revelation 22:1-5)

II. Final Separation of Good and Evil (Revelation 22:6-15)

III. The Lord is coming, the Bride is longing (Revelation 22:16-21)

Heart Prep for Sunday, September 17th, 2017

This week we begin our fall series in the minor prophets with Jonah chapter 1, where a God of mercy pursues wrong-way Jonah with a storm and a fish. Our worship theme is the mercy of God, and our visual theme is stormy seas – last time for a while, I promise!

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 170917 Heart Prep

Prelude: Instrumental

Sovereign Over Us

A paraphrase of Psalm 69:13-17. But as for us, our prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer us in your saving faithfulness. 14Deliver us from sinking in the mire; let us be delivered from the deep waters. 15Let not the flood sweep over us, or the deep swallow us up, or the pit close its mouth over us. 16Answer us, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to us. 17Hide not your face from your servants; for we are in distress; make haste to answer us.

Thy Mercy my God

Before the Throne of God Above – Shane & Shane

Psalm 130:1-8 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! 2O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. 5I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 7O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 8And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Second Chances – Rend Collective Experiment

Draw Me Nearer

Did Christ Over Sinners Weep?

Closing Worship
And Can It Be?

Rise Up O Men of God

Harvey Update #29

Bob’s Harvey Update #29
September 13, 2017, 2100

Executive Summary: Texas Roadhouse! Moisture Meters

We’re really grateful to Texas Roadhouse for providing dinner tonight not only to our Crisis Response team of twelve but to almost all the people in our body who have been flooded out, and to random others (like me). We’re also grateful to the small group that meets at the Cobbs’ for organizing and distributing the meals. Awesome!

Second, here’s a good tutorial from Kevin Watterson on moisture meters and how to decide if your wood is dry.

Finally, don’t forget that we have a community dinner from 6;00 to 9:00 this Thursday (September 14) in the sanctuary. Come enjoy fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and hear from our Minnesota team and from homeowners.

Harvey Update #28

Bob’s Harvey Update #28
September 10, 2017 2130

And so it begins. We’re excited that the first Crisis Response team, from Brainerd, Minnesota, has arrived at the church and is settling in. They will be headed out tomorrow to help as many people as possible. Here’s an image of their workboard:

Pray for effectiveness in the work, great relationships with those who invite this team into their homes and good progress on our own building.

Harvey Update #27

Bob’s Harvey Update #27

September 9, 2017 1900

Executive Summary: I got to fly my drone today. Don’t miss church tomorrow.

Don’t miss church tomorrow. We’re going to finally get the chance to say our belated thank-you’s to Hannah Gronseth.

Here’s the link to the Heart Prep: Heart Prep for Sunday, September 10th (or August 27th, depending on how you look at it.)

I got to fly my drone today at two of ‘our’ streets. Had a little problem with camera settings, but I decided to post it anyway.

Harvey Update #26

Bob’s Harvey Updates #26

September 7, 2017 2000

Executive Summary: Everyone can help build this new ministry on a foundation of prayer

We are excited about the opportunity to partner with EFCA Crisis Relief to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the lives of those who have lost so much in in the Harvey floods.

There are four groups of people involved in this ministry:

  1. EFCA Crisis Relief staff and volunteers, who will lead the rebuilding efforts and work logistical and expertise issues for each house we touch;
  2. The homeowners, who will often provide materials, even if they can’t afford to hire a contractor, but who will also be in need of relational support all through the rebuild process;
  3. the visiting teams from all over the United States who will come in to rebuild these houses; and
  4. the people of Trinity Fellowship who will coordinate hospitality to the visiting teams and staff and also try to develop relationships with the families and individuals who are allowing the teams to come into their homes and work.

You may look at this list and think “I can’t do any of those things.” You may have physical limitations, work commitments or parenting responsibilities that make it hard to be involved with Trinity’s part in this. Or you may have been flooded out of your own home, and be 100 percent invested in your own rebuilding. All of that is ok because the foundation of this ministry is not people or projects, important though those are. The foundation is prayer, and each of us can help build this new ministry on that foundation. Anything we build (or re-build) and any relationships that we establish will only be as strong as the prayer foundation.

One of the ways we will be encouraging prayer is by regular prayer updates on the prayer chain. These updates will have two prayer items that never change

Pray that we are able to show the love of Christ in all our outward relationships. Whether we are visiting with someone who has invited us to help in their home or conversing around the table while serving people dinner, it is vitally important that we show the love of Christ. Pray that it would be so.

Pray that the three groups involved in this ministry would have a great and growing love for one another. The EFCA staff, the visiting teams, and the people and leaders of Trinity Fellowship can glorify God by this love despite stress, tension and differing expectations and views. Pray that it would be so,

In addition to this constant daily prayer reminder, each day’s prayer chain will have one or more specific items to pray for. This might be as simple as the identity of teams serving through the church that week or the specific need of an EFCA staff member, homeowner, Trinity support person or team member.

I want to implore you to commit to praying. If you are not yet part of the prayer chain, let me know your e-mail address and we will add you. If you are, check your e-mail now and see what today’s prayer requests might be.

Just as I Am – Andrew Peterson – Lyrics

Just as I Am
By Andrew Peterson
Copyright 2003 New Spring Publishing, Inc

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artist by buying the song or the album (“Love & Thunder”)

All imagery copyright 2017 by Robert J. DeGray. Filmed at Sevastopol Wisconsin on July 22, 2017.

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