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

“Then Jesus said, Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Matthew. 11: 28 - 29


“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender- hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”

Colossians 3: 12-15; 4: 2


If ever there was a time to pray for tender- hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and peace, it is now! We are awash daily in anxiety-producing events -- personal trials and national crises, divisive and incendiary rhetoric, demonstrations of anger and acts of hate. It seems as though the only thing that binds us together is our fear that whatever kind of peace we enjoyed before seems to be gone forever, or at least for the foreseeable future.


Yet everywhere, there are answers to prayer -- signs of tender-hearted mercy and kindness, generosity and selflessness. There are children

making cards to cheer healthcare workers and those isolated in nursing homes, movements to bring change for justice and equality under the law, meals brought to sustain hospital and emergency service workers, young and old following the new rules, caring more about the health and safety of others than their own comfort and pleasure, neighbors creating gift bags for people they don’t even know,

high school students challenging themselves to raise funds for those in need, volunteers giving their time to collect, bag, and distribute food to hungry families, and countless other purely random acts of

kindness.


Everywhere, despite everything else that is going on, we find hope in these signs of love—not just the kind that we share within our family or among our friends, but the kind that reminds us that we are far more similar than we are different. Amazing signs of love. The kind of love that God put in each of us. Love without conditions. Jesus love. The kind of love that is meant to be shared. The kind of love that we pray for, especially now.


God calls us to trust in Him, stay close to Him, lean on Him, to stay connected with Him. The only One who can and will do everything that He has promised to do. The only One who can truly give us peace. May we pray every day that tender- hearted mercy will reign in our hearts, and in the hearts of everyone we touch, with thanks to God,

the source of all mercy.


Let us Pray – “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy...”


Prayer of St. Francis





“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