March 9, 2014
"A Lenten Training Program"
Congregational Health Survey
The Jesus Prescription: Health and the Christian Life - Part 1
This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series for Lent, the season of preparation for Easter. The sermons in this series called The Jesus Prescription: Health and the Christian Life, will have us focusing on the connection between our physical health and our spiritual lives. The series will open by having us focus on our own health and needs. This week’s scripture readings and accompanying devotions (devotions.tlumc.org) will have us focusing on God’s plan for our healthy living.
- Monday: Genesis 2:4-9 - Formed from dust
- Tuesday: Jeremiah 1:4-10 - Formed by God
- Wednesday: 3 John 1:2-8 - Be in good health
- Thursday: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 - Our body matters
- Friday: Romans 12:1-2 - Give your body to God
- Saturday: Psalm 147:7-11 - God’s provision
March 9 - April 13
The Jesus Prescription:
Health and the Christian Life
Lent has historically been a time for personal reflection, repentance, fasting, and prayer in preparation for Easter. It’s an opportunity for us to consider how are lives are being fitted for God’s kingdom and what it means to be people who reflect the life of the body of Christ in the world. Our Lenten sermon series is thus focused on health and Christian life, using the prescription of Jesus, who taught and demonstrated to people what an abundant human life is all about.
“The Jesus Prescription” will take us through five key factors that make up the abundant life—our body life, our inner life, our faith life, our relational life, and the life of community. We’ll begin by taking an electronic congregational health survey in worship on the first Sunday in Lent, March 9, which will be administered by RN Cindy Wacker from St. Francis Medical Center and the Church Health Project. Each person in worship will receive a little electronic remote which we’ll use to answer (anonymously) the survey questions up on the screen. The survey will give us a snapshot of the health of our congregation and allow Pastors Bob and Joe to build the sermon series based on some of the responses and on Jesus’ prescription for a healthy life in the Gospel of Luke. The goal of the series is to get us thinking about how we can be truly built up as followers of Jesus and be equipped to serve Him for the long haul.
Here’s a look at the series outline:
- March 9 - The Jesus Prescription (Congregational Health Survey)
- March 16 - Maintaining the Temple - The Life of the Body
- March 23 - The Lonely Places - Caring for Your Inner Life
- March 30 - Moving Mountains - Faith and Health
- April 6 - The Running Father - Healthy Relationships
- April 13 - The Things That Make for Peace - Healthy Communities
Date: Tuesday, March 11 Scripture: Leviticus 11:1-8, 24-28 Verse: Speak to the people of Israel, saying: From among all the land animals, these are the creatures that you may eat. (Leviticus 11:2) As one who has often been on diets, I … Continue reading →
Date: Monday, March 10 Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31 Verse: God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for … 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.