September 21, 2014
"The Third Circle: Think Long"
Circle Making: The Power of Prayer
This Sunday Pastor Joe will bring us to the third circle in our series titled Circle Making with a sermon called “Think Long.” Thinking long is about a shift in our vision from what is immediately before us, to taking an eternal view. It is in the midst of our busy lives to find ourselves moving to the next thing that needs to be done. A better view is to pray with an eye toward eternity because our prayers bear fruit forever.
- Monday Psalm 139:13-18 God’s incomprehensible plans
- Tuesday Daniel 6:1-9 A man who could be trusted
- Wednesday Daniel 6:10-15 An illegal prayer
- Thursday Daniel 6:16-24 Punished for praying
- Friday Daniel 6:25-28 God is to be praised
- Saturday Psalm 5 Praying expectantly
Circle Making: The Power of Prayer
In ancient Israel there was a man named Honi, who was known for his
fervent prayers. When a severe drought fell upon the land, Honi drew a circle in the sand and told God that he wouldn’t move from the circle until his prayers for rain were answered. It’s a powerful story of faith, trust, and the power of prayer.
Join us for a four-week series at TLUMC called Circle Making: The Power of Prayer beginning September 7. We’ll talk about three ways in which we can learn to circle our prayers: 1. Dream Big, 2. Pray Hard, and 3. Think Long. We’ll also learn how to keep circling by integrating prayer into our daily lives.
The recommended book and source for the series is Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker, which our church staff has been reading through this spring and summer. Join us for this great look into the life of prayer.
September 7 - The First Circle: Dream Big
Often we don't pray scary enough prayers. We ask for what is reasonable to expect, rather than what we really need. We need to be able to pray prayers that are much bigger than us, but God-sized.
September 14 - The Second Circle: Pray Hard
Prayer is often about us seeking to find God's will in the world, and our place of entry. This means we need to work for what we pray for. It's not just about asking, but also about partnering with God and entering into his work.
September 21 - The Third Circle: Think Long
Timing is everything, and sometimes God's timing is far different than ours. We can easily become discouraged when prayer doesn't change things as quickly as we would like. We must get into the habit of taking longer look.
September 28 - Keep Circling
Prayer is a discipline for a lifetime. We need to continue to keep the communication open between us and God not only in the crisis, but at all times.
Date: Thursday, September 18 Scripture: Daniel 6:16-24 Verse: Then Daniel answered the king: “Long live the king! My God sent his messenger, who shut the lions’ mouths. They haven’t touched me because I was judged innocent before my God. I haven’t done … Continue reading →
Date: Wednesday, September 17 Scripture: Daniel 6:10-15 Verse: When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went to his house. Now his upper room had open windows that faced Jerusalem. Daniel knelt down, prayed, and praised his God three times … Continue reading →
Pastor Bob Kaylor
Pastor Joe Iovino
NorthGate United Methodist Congregation held its first worship service on March 10, 1991, in an abandoned truck stop at Exit 158 and Baptist Road. The service was conducted by the Rev. Don Bloor, the organizing pastor. We were chartered as a United Methodist Fellowship on August 11, 1991.
Three years later, on March 10, 1994, we were forced to move, because the truck stop was sold to Brookhart's Building Centers. Two area churches offered to church-share with us. The offer to move to the Church at Woodmoor was accepted by the Fellowship, since they were willing to let us use their church building on Sunday afternoons. We met for worship and Sunday School from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. each Sunday. In time, the desire to move worship to the morning hour was instrumental in the congregation seeking another location for the church
Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor is a native western Pennsylvanian, born in Pittsburgh and raised in and around Slippery Rock, PA. He earned a BA in History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986, was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard through Army ROTC in 1984, and served in the 28th Infantry Division.Read more...
Joe is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, and writer serving as Associate Pastor of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church. Joe has a passion for making sure people know that Jesus loves them. He firmly believes that living life in the Kingdom of God is the best way to live. As a sojourner on a spiritual adventure, Joe has a way of finding God in the strangest of places.