NorthPark News

Choir Practice Begins March 8: 

Choir Practce will begin March 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. If you are interested in Choir, we invite you to join as the NorthPark Choir will be rehearsing for Easter Services! 

If you have any questions, please contact the church office: 601-482-1322

Cookies Needed for Upward: 

Our 2017 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Season will officially end on March 2nd with our closing Celebration Program.  After this high energy evening, we will invite our guests to eat some scrumptious homemade cookies made by our NorthPark family.  If you can make 2 dozen homemade cookies (or get someone else to bake them!) for this outreach event, please let Pastor Kay know. We ask that you bring your cookies to the Kitchen starting this Sunday! (please remember to place them in a gallon sized back after cooling)

Christmas Carols: Emmanuel 

Emmanuel—God with us, that was the promise, but just what would that look like in real time? What would that mean. Generation after generation of waiting . . . of longing . . . can you imagine how what had once burned as a passionate flame of hope had, through the years, dwindled and diminished until all that was left was a small glowing ember. And yet, from even an ember, a fire can blaze. After generations of waiting and anticipation, the silence was broken:

Matthew 1:18-23
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Now let's pause there. Matthew's about to quote the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah. What he quotes is found in Isaiah 7:14, and those words were prophesied over 700 years earlier. Think about that! Isn’t that amazing??? God is so big, God is so faithful and good, He’s now fulfilling a promise that has been seven centuries in the making. The prophet said: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Dangerous Prayers: Lead Me 

The shepherds staff was a symbol of care and compassion. The staff was an instrument of comfort. Where the rod conveys power, the staff conveys committed kindness and love. The staff would be used to draw the sheep together. To gently life a newborn lamb and reunite it with its mother. To carefully guide a lamb through a difficult path. To lift a wayward sheep out of trouble back onto solid ground. To free a sheep stuck fast in a patch of brambles.

Yes, as you ask God to lead you, you will at times find yourself surrounded by high cliffs and predators, but you will never be alone. You can trust in the power, strength, and authority of Jesus to sustain you. You can depend on the eternal, intimate love, care, and compassion to comfort you in your fear and uncertainty. 

One of the prayers that the Lord loves to answer is: Lead Me. And as you pray, as you ask for direction, and guidance, He will lead you. He will lead you to green pastures and quiet waters. He will provide for you. He will walk with you, every step of the way. 

Dangerous Prayers: Search Me 

Prayer is powerful. It is one of the central keys that unlocks the doorway to the vibrant Christian life. Indeed, prayer has the power to break habits. Prayer has the power to heal wounds. Prayer has the power to reconcile relationships. In prayer is the power to tear down strongholds. And yet, far too often we treat prayer as a last resort, a desperate Hail Mary pass when the game clock is about to hit zero. Sunday opened the Dangerous Prayers Sermon Series; a series to encourage you to pray boldly, confidently, humbly, diligently and allow for you to step out in faith. 

Pastor Ben closed the sermon with this challenge: Read Psalm 139:23-24 everyday this week and pray that the Lord will search your heart. Feel free to download this image to your iPhone and set it as your lock screen image to serve as a reminder of this verse for the next week.

(A huge thanks to Amy Miller for sharing her talent as our lockscreen artist for this sermon series!)