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.

We 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 
PRAYER

“For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust
everything that He does. He loves whatever is just and
good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.”
Psalm 33: 4-5
“Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now
come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. So,
please don’t lose heart...” Ephesians 3: 12-13a
“Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the
middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He
saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and
struggling against the wind and waves... Jesus came
toward them, walking on the water... Jesus spoke to
them at once. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ He said. ‘Take
courage! I am here!’ Then He climbed into the boat,
and the wind stopped.” Mark 6: 47-48, 49b
“He saw that they were in serious trouble ...
Jesus came toward them ... He climbed into the
boat, and the wind stopped.”
Yes, Jesus, we, too, are in serious trouble! The
winds of disease, violence, hatred, greed, racism,
selfishness, anger, injustice are tearing us to pieces!
We feel like we are sinking in the waves of darkness.
Where are You, Lord? Are You still here for us?
..... But, “(Jesus) saw that they were in serious
trouble... He came toward them... ‘Don’t be
afraid,’ He said. ‘Take courage! I am here!’”
The love of the Lord is unfailing. It fills all the earth.
“We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and
our shield... Let Your unfailing love surround us,
Lord, for our hope is in You alone.” Ps 33: 20, 22
His mercies never cease. His love never ends. He
will never leave us or forsake us. We can trust
everything that He does. “I cry out for help and put
my hope in Your words.” Psalm 119: 147b
“Fear not... you are Mine. When you pass through
the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass
through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”
Isaiah 41: 10
God’s promises are good, faithful and true – no
matter what, no matter when, no matter who.
Prayer, grounded in faith and trust, brings us near
to the presence of Jesus. He will walk with us, hear
us when we speak, counsel and guide us, and save
us when we trust Him with our present and our
future. We never need to lose heart, lose hope,
give up, check out. He will never leave us
orphaned. The trials of here and now are, praise
God, not forever. “So we don’t look at the
troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on
things that cannot be seen. For the things we see
now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot
see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4: 18
“I have thoroughly tested Your promises and
that is why I love them so much.” Ps 119: 140
Let us pray: Dear Lord, I don’t know how You
are going to make things right when so much we
are facing now appears so wrong. But, I know that
Your word is clear – Your ways are not our ways,
and You do cause everything to work together for
the good of those who love You and are called
according to Your purpose for them. That should
be more than enough for me. Help me, Lord, when
it’s not, and I fail to be joyful, when I struggle to be
hopeful, or patient, or kind. And, forgive me, Lord,
for what I withhold in loving others and loving You.
Renew in me a right spirit, and help me to be just
who You need me to be. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
Amen

Jesus said, “I am the Word, the Truth and the Life.” “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’” “His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”                                                                                                                                                           John 14:6a; 8: 12; 1: 5

 

“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light for my path.” “Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me…”                                                                                          Psalm 119: 115; 43: 3

 

A new year begins… January 1st is often seen as the dividing line between whatever good and bad happened in the past 12 months, and the new year of unfolding opportunities, fullness of potential, a clean slate, a blank page, hope. It’s always been for me like looking at a new project -- with some excitement, expectation, a bit of anxiety, but mostly wonder at how it will all work out. I can’t remember a time when I faced the beginning of a new year with trepidation, feeling that whatever the coming months held, it was going to be a struggle, and maybe worse. That’s a good thing that I don’t take for granted.   It’s a huge blessing, I know, because there are many for whom a new year just means more of the same hardship, pain, and worry. This new year is still in shadow. We obviously don’t yet know what the coming months will bring.   Undoubtedly, 2021 will present many more challenges for us personally and as a nation. So, if ever there was a time to ramp up our prayer lives, it certainly is now!

 

The calendar page has turned and 2021 has begun, but we are on the other side of a much more important dividing line, one that happened more than 2,020 years ago with the birth of our Savior, Jesus. In Jesus, God came to live among us, to provide forgiveness for sins to all those who would believe in Him. “Now we can come fearlessly right into God’s presence, assured of His glad welcome when we come with Christ and trust in Him.” Eph 3: 12   What a gift! Jesus made it possible for us to be with God every time we pray, to live in the Light, empowered and enriched by the Word, and guided by the Truth. Darkness may seem to cover us, but it will never, ever overwhelm us, because Jesus lives! In the promises contained in His Word, in the example of His Life, and in the Truth of His teaching, let us pray with confidence, trusting that God has got us firmly in His Hand, that He hears us, and that His love for us will never end!

 

Heavenly Father, Thank You that we are Yours always! Somehow You love us despite the messes we make when we insist on doing things our way. Forgive us when we hate and exclude, when we withhold kindness and resources, when we harm Your creation. Renew our minds with Your Word, Your Light, and Your Truth, that our every thought, word and deed would reflect the Light of Your Love that is Jesus, our Lord. In His 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