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Why Do I Pray?

A message from
Pastor Gus Davies
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Pastor Gus Davies

Nehemiah 1 (NIV)

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Nehemiah 1 (NIV)

The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:

In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.

3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:

“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

I was cupbearer to the king.

Prayer Focus

May God help our congregation be willing to fully submit ourselves to prayer and fasting for discernment, wisdom, and clarity for our new pastor search. Help us accept the confidentiality of this process and put our full trust in the ones God has placed on our pastor search committee
- Rebecca Lang, Succession Planning Committee Member

"and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. "
- Colossians 1:12

Worship Focus

We worship God who hears our prayers and acts according to His plan and purposes. We have access to the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe who knows each of us by name.

Digging Deeper

THIS WEEK'S Bible study

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What shall we build? A career. A family. An education. Health. Our faith. A reputation. A team. A marriage. A life. A church...

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What shall we build? A career. A family. An education. Health. Our faith. A reputation. A team. A marriage. A life. A church. 

In the beginning, God built. He created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1-26) and filled them with life. God made two human beings in His own image (Gen 1:27) and directed them to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over every living thing (Gen 1:28). But, the first humans believed a lie and disobeyed God (Gen 3:1-7). The result was separation and three curses (Gen 3:14-19), but also a promised Redeemer, who would claim victory over sin and death (Gen 3:15).

Today, as God’s image-bearers, Christians build. We follow Christ, the Rock (Matt 16:15-18), who is the foundation (Matt 7:24-27; Luke 6:46-49) and cornerstone (2 Pet 2:4-10) of the Church. We build and sometimes we re-build. While we do, our job is to stay connected to our Creator and receive our direction from Him as we worship, pray, and read the Bible. By the Holy Spirit, Northland and each one of us can respond to God for the benefit of others and join God in building His kingdom on earth.

Upcoming Weekends

» SEPTEMBER 11-12
BUILD | When Do I Worship? | Worship Pastor Marshall Hall

» SEPTEMBER 18-19
BUILD | How Do I Read The Bible? | Care & Counseling Pastor John Tardonia

Upcoming Worship Services

» SEPTEMBER 11-12
BUILD | When Do I Worship? | Worship Pastor Marshall Hall

» SEPTEMBER 18-19
BUILD | How Do I Read The Bible? | Care & Counseling Pastor John Tardonia

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What's Current

Hearts Wide Open

Tuesdays, September 7 through December 14 at 1 p.m.

Women (50+) who meet weekly to dig deeper into the Scripture together and also involved in service projects. Some of us volunteer with Good News Club or with Nanas, Papas and Friends at Goldsboro and Pine Crest Elementary Schools in Sanford.



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Community of Men

Tuesdays, September 7 through December 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Join a group of men building true friendships and growing together spiritually by following Jesus.  Each man has the opportunity to tell his story in a supportive non-judgmental setting allowing for interaction with men of like-minded care and concern.  Most importantly, we turn to the word of God for instructions and to His Spirit for guidance in learning to be Jesus’ disciples.


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The Art of Marriage

Wednesdays, September 8 through November 7 at 6 p.m.

Let this class help you identify your Top 10 List of what you are doing RIGHT in your marriage. When you're aware of what you are doing right and intentionally repeat those things with confidence, you will enhance your marriage!


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Peacemakers

Wednesdays, September 8 through November 17 at 7 p.m.

Conflict is INEVITABLE! It has destroyed marriages, families, churches, and other relationships. But, it doesn’t have to be destructive. Sign up today to learn the Biblical way to reduce or even eliminate the destructive conflict in your marriage, family, church, and other relationships.


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Monthly Prayer

Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m.

We will gather together as a church family with our pastors and worship team to connect, read scripture, and pray.

Join us for a time of worship and prayer

Stewardship Update

Budget for Fiscal (7/1/21-6/30/22) : $7.5M
As of 9/1/2021
If you'd like to learn more or have questions related to finances at Northland, contact our finance team at FinanceTeam@NorthlandChurch.net.
GIVE NOW

Can giving to God’s work be an act of Worship?

In last week’s sermon, we pondered this question: “What is worship?” I’m a finance guy and a Christian, so worship and giving go together for me. I’m not alone in thinking this way. The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:14-20 NIV, talks about how the act of giving toward the mission of the church is an expression of worship.



  


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Can giving to God’s work be an act of worship?

In last week’s sermon, we pondered this question: “What is worship?” I’m a finance guy and a Christian, so worship and giving go together for me. I’m not alone in thinking this way. The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:14-20 NIV, talks about how the act of giving toward the mission of the church is an expression of worship. 

14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

This passage reaffirms the writings of the Old Testament about worship and giving. In Deuteronomy 12:4-7, Moses records what is required to live as God’s obedient people in the promised land:

4 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. 5 But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; 6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 7 There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.

God surely blesses the worshipful offerings of his people. Thanks be to God. 

This week our offerings exceeded budget for the month by $82,841 to put us at 115.2% of Budget. We had 1,016 donors for the month vs. 983 in July. This puts us at 101.2% of the Budget for the first two months of our fiscal year, based on the seasonally adjusted expectations. Thank you for your generous support of Northland Church. We look forward to giving and worshiping together in His presence, so we can make disciples, becoming fully alive in Jesus.

Stewarship report by:

Glenn Garton

Finance Director

Stewardship Update

Northland Tithes & Offerings
Need for Fiscal (7/1/20-6/30/21) $9.5M
As of 9/1/2021
If you'd like to learn more or have questions related to finances at Northland, contact our finance team at FinanceTeam@NorthlandChurch.net.
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