Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER


Teacher, which is the most important commandment… Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.’”

Matthew 22: 37 – 38 

 

“Now glory be to God!  By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.  May He be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages.  Amen.”      Ephesians 3: 20 – 21  

 

“Praise God in His heavenly dwelling; praise Him in His mighty heaven!  Praise Him for His mighty works; praise His unequaled greatness!...  Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord!  Praise the Lord!” 

Psalm 150: 1 – 2, 6  

 

“I will praise You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever.  I will bless You every day, and I will praise You forever.  Great is the Lord!  He is most worthy of praise!  His greatness is beyond discovery!” 

Psalm 145: 1 – 3

Scripture tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people.  What a wonderful thought!  Scripture affirms that the Lord delights in our praise.  Our praises are our love letters to Him.  In praise prayers, we make God the focus of our thoughts.  We can begin in silence, meditating on His glory and majesty, His kindness, goodness and love.  In praise prayers we’re not asking for money, or healing, or a new job, or any of a myriad of other requests.  We’re just glorifying the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer of our world, magnifying His name, recalling His justice, mercy and His grace, thanking Him for His boundless blessings, and honoring His faithfulness.  In our prayers of praise, we’re singing “Alleluias” to our God and King!  Prayers of praise come with no rules.  We can pour our hearts out, in silence let our minds pray, shout for joy, sing a song, play an instrument, dance, write a poem.  King David found expression in all these ways for his praise to our holy God.  And, when we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit can be our guide in prayers of praise as in all other matters.  We just need to do it! 

 

In the middle of the Bible is the book of Psalms, a collection of poems and songs written by David and others, many as prayers and hymns of praise.  Some of the verses have been captured in much-loved hymns and often in popular Christian music.  “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” “How Great Thou Art” “For the Beauty of the Earth” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” “To God Be the Glory” are among my favorite hymns, and they happen to be hymns of praise.  And there are many more.  Borrow a hymnal from church and copy some of the praise music, which is organized by subject and easy to find.  In the Bible, Psalms 100, 117, 148 and 150 are entirely prayers of praise.  The beginning verses of many other Psalms can be used for praise prayers.  God deserves our gift of praise, our words of love and devotion.  For the giver of life and all blessings, it is not much to ask that we dedicate some of our personal time with God to His worship, praise and thanksgiving.  So, let us pray:

 

Wonderful God of All,  I honor You, my Lord, my Creator, Sustainer, Protector, my Savior, my everlasting Father! I give You all my love and my heart’s devotion.  All I have came from You, and to You I freely give, in praise and gratitude.  You are the Lord of my life, and I am in awe of the love, grace and mercy You have showered on me.  You are amazing!  In Jesus’ holy 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