Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

Greetings My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Although we are presently faced with challenges that have temporarily stopped our ability to meet in person, we know that our need for prayer and the opportunity to stay connected with the Almighty should never stop.

Pastor Roy and I are inviting you to join our Weekly Prayer Call every Tuesday from 8:30 to 8:45am.

Please dial into: (425) 436-6372 - then enter the access code: 125120.

Let's Pray Together and Stay Connected!
Blessings,
 Pastor Roy and Pastor Wayne
PRAYER


“When Your people go to war against their enemies, wherever You send them, and when they pray to the Lord... then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause... May You hear and answer them whenever they cry out to You.” 1 Kings 8: 44-45,52b


“And we can be confident that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we know He is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that He will give us what we ask for.”  1 John 5: 13-15


“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

      Romans 12: 12b; 15: 13


“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”   Colossians 4: 2


We’re in a war now against an evil enemy – an unseen, but very deadly microbe**. In these frightening times, besides taking the common sense measures of social distancing and wearing masks and gloves, all of us need to be employing our mightiest weapon! “When Your people go to war against their enemies... and when they pray to the Lord... then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea and uphold their cause...” Our society trains us to be self-reliant, and God is not often our “go to” solution when trouble comes. Yet, we have an All-Powerful, All-Knowing, All-Loving God who promises that the battle is His (2 Chronicles. 20: 15)! His words instruct us to pray to receive guidance, to be strengthened, to access His power, and to request His protection. The Gospels record that Jesus went off alone to pray every day. If the Son of God needed to stay connected with the power and authority of the Almighty God, we certainly do. Biblical history shows that when faithful, righteous people sought God first in prayer, to know and then do His will in whatever situation they were facing, God upheld their cause. Their faithful prayers, followed by faithful obedience, brought God’s faithful rewards.


To all who believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ have been given Holy Spirit power and authority. We can and must pray with divine boldness. God hears our prayers, and He delights in answering them, that His name would be glorified. God acts when His people pray!


**Satan is the ruler of this world (Luke 4: 5-7) until Jesus returns to claim His Kingdom. Now, the Church must use the weapons that God gave us to fight Satan’s work, praying fervently, persistently, every single day, putting on the “whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6: 10 – 18), praying in the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8: 26-27), praying in the power and authority of Jesus’ name (Luke 18: 1; John 16: 23-24).


Let Us Pray: Almighty, Ever-Loving God, You are merciful and generous beyond anything we could ever comprehend. Hear our prayer, Lord! We place our hope and trust in You alone. We are so grateful for Your wonderful blessings of food, shelter, medical care, safety, the love of family and friends, and the comfort of Your presence with us. We repent of our sins, and thank You for Your grace in forgiving us. Lead us into a new place of faithfulness to You and service to others, and show us, Lord, what You would have us learn from these times. The cry of our hearts, Lord, is that You place Your healing hand on all people, removing every trace of COVID-19 from our world, that Your name would be glorified, honored and praised in all the earth. In Jesus’ holy name, we pray. Amen.



“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the
earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation
from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His
marvelous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96: 1-3
“What a wonderful God we have – He is the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the One who
so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships
and trials.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
“Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be
saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”
Isaiah 10: 15b
I chose these Scriptures and wrote this article in
February before I left for Israel. Since then, our world
has changed drastically. Not much in our daily lives can
be said to be the same as it was. Except the Lord. He is
unchanged in His love for us, His faithfulness to His
promises to us, and in His glory. His Word tells us to
give the Lord praise and thanksgiving in the good times
and in the times of trial, to keep on praying, to be
constant in our trust in His goodness, despite our
circumstances. The verses of Scripture above still apply
in these frightening times. God is with us. He hasn’t
abandoned us. He wants us to grow as believers, or into
believers, through this trial. His Word says that He
sends trials to mature our faith, strengthen our bonds to
Him, and give us victory over our fears, as we trust in
His grace and mercy. He wants us to pray, persistently,
with all our heart and soul. There are clearly lessons to
be learned today about the state of our own walk with
God, the direction our country is taking with respect to
the teachings of Jesus, and the timeliness of God’s
prophetic Word. God is love. He is also a just God.
Love and sin cannot abide. Let us pray for a revival in
our own lives, in our nation and in the world, of trust in
God, faithfulness to His Word, and in the need for
repentance. “Then if My people, who are called by My
Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My
Face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from
Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7: 14
“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the
earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation
from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His
marvelous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96: 1-3
“What a wonderful God we have – He is the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the One who
so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships
and trials.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
“Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be
saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”
Isaiah 10: 15b
I chose these Scriptures and wrote this article in
February before I left for Israel. Since then, our world
has changed drastically. Not much in our daily lives can
be said to be the same as it was. Except the Lord. He is
unchanged in His love for us, His faithfulness to His
promises to us, and in His glory. His Word tells us to
give the Lord praise and thanksgiving in the good times
and in the times of trial, to keep on praying, to be
constant in our trust in His goodness, despite our
circumstances. The verses of Scripture above still apply
in these frightening times. God is with us. He hasn’t
abandoned us. He wants us to grow as believers, or into
believers, through this trial. His Word says that He
sends trials to mature our faith, strengthen our bonds to
Him, and give us victory over our fears, as we trust in
His grace and mercy. He wants us to pray, persistently,
with all our heart and soul. There are clearly lessons to
be learned today about the state of our own walk with
God, the direction our country is taking with respect to
the teachings of Jesus, and the timeliness of God’s
prophetic Word. God is love. He is also a just God.
Love and sin cannot abide. Let us pray for a revival in
our own lives, in our nation and in the world, of trust in
God, faithfulness to His Word, and in the need for
repentance. “Then if My people, who are called by My
Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My
Face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from
Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7: 14
“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the
earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation
from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His
marvelous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96: 1-3
“What a wonderful God we have – He is the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the One who
so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships
and trials.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
“Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be
saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”
Isaiah 10: 15b
I chose these Scriptures and wrote this article in
February before I left for Israel. Since then, our world
has changed drastically. Not much in our daily lives can
be said to be the same as it was. Except the Lord. He is
unchanged in His love for us, His faithfulness to His
promises to us, and in His glory. His Word tells us to
give the Lord praise and thanksgiving in the good times
and in the times of trial, to keep on praying, to be
constant in our trust in His goodness, despite our
circumstances. The verses of Scripture above still apply
in these frightening times. God is with us. He hasn’t
abandoned us. He wants us to grow as believers, or into
believers, through this trial. His Word says that He
sends trials to mature our faith, strengthen our bonds to
Him, and give us victory over our fears, as we trust in
His grace and mercy. He wants us to pray, persistently,
with all our heart and soul. There are clearly lessons to
be learned today about the state of our own walk with
God, the direction our country is taking with respect to
the teachings of Jesus, and the timeliness of God’s
prophetic Word. God is love. He is also a just God.
Love and sin cannot abide. Let us pray for a revival in
our own lives, in our nation and in the world, of trust in
God, faithfulness to His Word, and in the need for
repentance. “Then if My people, who are called by My
Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My
Face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from
Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7: 14
“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the
earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation
from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His
marvelous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96: 1-3
“What a wonderful God we have – He is the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the One who
so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships
and trials.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
“Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be
saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”
Isaiah 10: 15b
I chose these Scriptures and wrote this article in
February before I left for Israel. Since then, our world
has changed drastically. Not much in our daily lives can
be said to be the same as it was. Except the Lord. He is
unchanged in His love for us, His faithfulness to His
promises to us, and in His glory. His Word tells us to
give the Lord praise and thanksgiving in the good times
and in the times of trial, to keep on praying, to be
constant in our trust in His goodness, despite our
circumstances. The verses of Scripture above still apply
in these frightening times. God is with us. He hasn’t
abandoned us. He wants us to grow as believers, or into
believers, through this trial. His Word says that He
sends trials to mature our faith, strengthen our bonds to
Him, and give us victory over our fears, as we trust in
His grace and mercy. He wants us to pray, persistently,
with all our heart and soul. There are clearly lessons to
be learned today about the state of our own walk with
God, the direction our country is taking with respect to
the teachings of Jesus, and the timeliness of God’s
prophetic Word. God is love. He is also a just God.
Love and sin cannot abide. Let us pray for a revival in
our own lives, in our nation and in the world, of trust in
God, faithfulness to His Word, and in the need for
repentance. “Then if My people, who are called by My
Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My
Face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from
Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7: 14
“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the
earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation
from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His
marvelous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96: 1-3
“What a wonderful God we have – He is the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the One who
so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships
and trials.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
“Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be
saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”
Isaiah 10: 15b
I chose these Scriptures and wrote this article in
February before I left for Israel. Since then, our world
has changed drastically. Not much in our daily lives can
be said to be the same as it was. Except the Lord. He is
unchanged in His love for us, His faithfulness to His
promises to us, and in His glory. His Word tells us to
give the Lord praise and thanksgiving in the good times
and in the times of trial, to keep on praying, to be
constant in our trust in His goodness, despite our
circumstances. The verses of Scripture above still apply
in these frightening times. God is with us. He hasn’t
abandoned us. He wants us to grow as believers, or into
believers, through this trial. His Word says that He
sends trials to mature our faith, strengthen our bonds to
Him, and give us victory over our fears, as we trust in
His grace and mercy. He wants us to pray, persistently,
with all our heart and soul. There are clearly lessons to
be learned today about the state of our own walk with
God, the direction our country is taking with respect to
the teachings of Jesus, and the timeliness of God’s
prophetic Word. God is love. He is also a just God.
Love and sin cannot abide. Let us pray for a revival in
our own lives, in our nation and in the world, of trust in
God, faithfulness to His Word, and in the need for
repentance. “Then if My people, who are called by My
Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My
Face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from
Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7: 14
“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the
earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation
from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His
marvelous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96: 1-3
“What a wonderful God we have – He is the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the One who
so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships
and trials.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
“Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be
saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”
Isaiah 10: 15b
I chose these Scriptures and wrote this article in
February before I left for Israel. Since then, our world
has changed drastically. Not much in our daily lives can
be said to be the same as it was. Except the Lord. He is
unchanged in His love for us, His faithfulness to His
promises to us, and in His glory. His Word tells us to
give the Lord praise and thanksgiving in the good times
and in the times of trial, to keep on praying, to be
constant in our trust in His goodness, despite our
circumstances. The verses of Scripture above still apply
in these frightening times. God is with us. He hasn’t
abandoned us. He wants us to grow as believers, or into
believers, through this trial. His Word says that He
sends trials to mature our faith, strengthen our bonds to
Him, and give us victory over our fears, as we trust in
His grace and mercy. He wants us to pray, persistently,
with all our heart and soul. There are clearly lessons to
be learned today about the state of our own walk with
God, the direction our country is taking with respect to
the teachings of Jesus, and the timeliness of God’s
prophetic Word. God is love. He is also a just God.
Love and sin cannot abide. Let us pray for a revival in
our own lives, in our nation and in the world, of trust in
God, faithfulness to His Word, and in the need for
repentance. “Then if My people, who are called by My
Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My
Face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from
Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7: 1

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