Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)


The Apostle Paul said, “I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God… I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him.”   Ephesians 1: 16-17,19  “Jesus said to the people, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”                                                                                       John 8: 12


“Prayer is the arena where our faith meets God’s abilities. And there is never going to be a moment when the audacity of our faith surpasses God’s capacity to respond,” Pastor Steven Furtick assures us in his book, Sun Stand Still, What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For The Impossible. Since our God is the God of the impossible, incredible stuff can happen when we pray the Big Ask. In His parables and teachings, Jesus gave us the formula for a miracle-producing prayer life, with the Holy Spirit providing the power!   The Lord said, “Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!” Matthew 11: 15, 13: 43b; Luke 8: 8c


* Believe Jesus is who He says He is, the Son of God, our Savior. “Jesus told them, ‘This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the One He has sent.” John 6: 29
* Acknowledge your need of a Savior; confess your sins and ask for forgiveness in Jesus’ name. “From then on, Jesus began to preach, ‘Turn from your sins and turn to God…” Matthew 4: 17

* Honor God’s name; give Him the glory; praise Him. “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name…” Matthew 6: 9   Jesus said to His Father, “I brought You glory here on earth by doing everything You told Me to do.”     John 17: 4
* Ask; be persistent; be bold; don’t give up. “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.” Matthew 7: 8
* Listen and obey; have a surrendered, humble heart. “Anyone who listens to My teaching and obeys Me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.”       Matthew 7: 24
*Remember that God’s will is for our good; trust God in all circumstances. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”                         John 3: 16
* Find someone to partner with in prayer.   “For where two or three gather in My name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18: 20
* As a believer, know you can pray with Holy Spirit power and the authority given to us by Jesus! “The truth is, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works...” John 14: 12  “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1: 37 “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” James 5: 16b



“On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, ‘Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun and moon stood still until the Israelites had defeated their enemies.” Joshua 10:12-13


Our prayers are to the God who created the universe. He promises to hear us and answer. How could we not pray? How could we not expect miracles? With all our hearts, in Jesus’ name, let us PRAY!


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!


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


“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


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.


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!



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