Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”             Jeremiah 29:12    “But the Lord still waits for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for Him to help them.”                   Isaiah 30:18  In this season of joyful waiting and exuberant celebration, it is easy to forget what is happening around us, in our neighborhoods, in not-so-distant communities, and in other parts of the world. However, when we have time to read the newspaper or turn on the TV, the reality of war, the personal tragedies from civil unrest, violence against citizens and the police, corruption, greed, senseless crimes, the human loss from natural disasters (the list could go on) bombard us. We could, if we allowed ourselves to, become inured to it all. What can we do about it? What can we do about any of it?   In her book, Honest Prayer, Elsie Gibson writes, “Christians cannot afford to put their hands over their eyes, shudder, and give up. This is what so displeased God in the days of the prophets. He calls his people to take the responsibility of caring what happens, praying, and acting out their prayers…. (T)he one responsibility all Christians share is that of prayer. Prayer is a kind of underground movement that helps God’s answers to surface in the right places. The church has been praying its way through insoluble difficulties for twenty centuries, and it will not give up now. We have a proverb, ‘Prayer changes things.’ If it did not, the practice would have been abandoned long ago. Nothing but a tiresome cliché would remain. But people are still responding to God’s search for intercessors and interveners, still exploring the mystery for themselves, and still believing that they are in touch with One whose labor we share.”  As Christians, you and I are God’s voice, His hands, His feet on this earth. We can make a difference in this world now, by living active lives of faithfulness, love, service, and gratitude to God, by praying for hearts warmed with love for one another, eyes opened to see what God sees, minds open to embrace the truth in God’s Word, and by trusting God our Father so much that we are willing to let Him guide us every day. Christians are called by God to intervene in the world (Is. 59:16), to work with Him for a better world now, in our time. Prayer is the miracle gift that God has provided to us to effect change, in God’s power, through the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. May this New Year find your prayers drawing you closer to God and your neighbor.

 


 

 

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