September 7, 2014
"The First Circle: Dream Big"
Circle Making: The Power of Prayer
This Sunday Pastor Bob will begin a four-part sermon series called Circle Making: The Power of Prayer. We will begin by looking at how we are called to dream big, because God is willing to provide far more than we could ever dream of. May we be people who are willing to ask God for what we need.
This week’s scripture readings and devotions (devotions.tlumc.org) will prepare us by looking at times when God provided for his people things they couldn’t believe.
- Monday Psalm 126 Like we’d been dreaming
- Tuesday Numbers 11:30-34 God provides
- Wednesday John 6:1-14 More than expected
- Thursday Acts 10:1-8 A regular schedule of prayer
- Friday Joshua 6:1-15, 20 Overcoming barriers
- Saturday Matthew 13:3-9 A great yield
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: Tuesday, September 2 Scripture: Numbers 11:30-32 Verse: A wind from the Lord blew up and brought quails from the sea. It let them fall by the camp, about a day’s journey all around the camp and about three feet deep on … Continue reading →
Date: Monday, September 1 — Happy Labor Day! Scripture: Psalm 126 Verse: When the Lord changed Zion’s circumstances for the better, it was like we had been dreaming. (Psalm 126:1) I’m not always good at asking for what I want. I … 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.