Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER

“Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what He did for me. For I cried out to Him for help, praising Him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer and did not withdraw His unfailing love from me.” Psalm 66: 16 – 20 

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “God blesses those who realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.” Matthew 5: 3 The Apostle Paul said, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the

Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will

please God.”Romans 14: 17 – 18a And Paul said, “We also

pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people who live in the light. For He has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and He has brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.” 

Colossians 1: 11 – 13

These are really scary times we live in! How does a believer in Christ deal with the stresses of life? How do we not worry? How do we take our focus off our troubles? How do we avoid becoming depressed by world events and the evil that seems to prevail now?

In Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples before He was betrayed and arrested, Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33

Jesus was not left alone by the Father during His ministry on earth or in His trials and sorrows. No more has Jesus left us alone in ours. We have His words of assurance throughout Scripture, from the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles -- all the heroes of the faith. We have Jesus’ own testimony in His teaching and through His acts of mercy. We are not left as orphans, or prisoners in darkness. Jesus promised that His Father would send the Holy Spirit to guide us, to remind us of His Word, to comfort and heal us. This is a promise to all who

believe in Him, the Son of God, who call on Jesus’ name, who listen to God, obey His direction, and who repent of their sins. For all who have faith, we have hope! This is how we make it through! This is how we face each day with confidence! Jesus promised that He would never leave us alone. We find our peace in Him. But, we have to have a

relationship with Jesus to be “in Him.” That relationship is developed through prayer and study of His Word. It doesn’t come by osmosis or by attending church once a week. It doesn’t come just by doing good things. Our hope is in the Lord. We must get hold of Him and never let go! Every day

we have another chance, a fresh start, a new beginning. Make this your day to begin, or to renew, your friendship with the Lord. “The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him and seek Him.” Lamentations 3: 25

Let us Pray: Lord God, I need You! Show me how to know You, to love You, to thank You, and to praise You. Show me how to have Your peace! In Jesus’ blessed name, I pray. Amen



   

By Meredith Fichtel

 

Do you have a prayer request? 

You can e-mail it to
Prayer Request Cards can also be found in the pew card holders.
Prayer requests will be prayed for daily by our Prayer Team.
All prayer requests are held in confidence unless you specify otherwise.

Please join us at our James 5:13 Prayer Gathering every Thursday night at 7 PM in the CUMC chapel. This is open to all and you do not need to be a church member to be lifted up in prayer.

 

Free Bibles


Available from the stands at both ends of the main hallway. Take one home if you need one!

PRAYER PARTNERS


 If you have not signed up to participate in Prayer Partners, and would like to, please contact Meredith Fichtel for more information.


BECOME A PRAYER PARTNER 

“Prayer is the center of Christian life.  It is the only necessary thing. (Luke 10:42)  It is living with God here and now.”                                                             ~ Henri Nouwen, Prayer and Peacemaking

 

Jesus said, “And I tell you more: whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.  For where two or three come together in My name, I am there with them.”   

 Matthew 18: 19 – 20


 WHAT IS PRAYER PARTNERS?

Prayer Partners is a team that was formed in our church several years ago to provide encouragement, support, accountability, and faith-building within two-person groups.  With the guidance of Pastor Roy and lay prayer leaders, participants will be paired with a prayer partner of the same gender.


 WHAT WILL PRAYER PARTNERS DO?

Partners get together regularly to pray for one another, for others, and for whatever is weighing on their hearts.  They share their joys, their trials, their faith journeys, their struggles in a covenant relationship of Christ-like love, compassion, honesty and trust.  Prayer partners are secure in the confidentiality of their relationship.  They often make gratitude to God a focus of their time together.  Learning how to listen to one another and how to become attuned to the voice of God speaking to their hearts are important skills that prayer-partnering helps to develop.  Also, there is real power in praying together!

 

WHY DO I NEED A PRAYER PARTNER?

You might think, “I have close family and several friends I can talk to, why do I need someone else to pray with?”  Your prayer partner will, hopefully, be someone who knows you less well than a family member or good friend, and can be more objective, non-judgmental, and can share in your mutual growth in faith.  Praying gets God involved in our lives in a very personal way.  Scripture affirms that when two or more are gathered in His name, God is there with them.  God wants to share our joys, bear our burdens, and be in communion with us through prayer.  With a mutually-sustaining and caring prayer partner, you will find that you are growing closer to God, and gaining greater insight into the person God made you to be, through the regular, intentional practice of prayer.


Centerport United Methodist Church is a welcoming, family-friendly worshipping community.  In addition to worship services, we offer spiritual formation and christian education for children, youth and adults.  We have an active and growing Sunday School and youth group.  There are multiple and varied opportunities to live out your faith in the local community and the world.  Our members currently come from Centerport, Greenlawn, Huntington, Northport, East Northport, Cold Spring Harbor, Smithtown, Syosset, Fort Salonga and Kings Park.

Centerport United Methodist Church 97 Little Neck Road Centerport, NY  11721 631.261.5222