Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)



“Jesus shouted to the crowds, ‘If you trust Me, you are really trusting God who sent Me. For when you see Me, you are seeing the One who sent Me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the darkness.’”

John 12: 37, 44-46

“The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn...” ‘The thrill of hope,” I find myself drawn again and again to these words from the lyrics of the beautiful Christmas song, “O Holy Night,” words proclaiming that extraordinary event – the birth of the Savior, the One sent by Almighty God to save the world from its darkness. For me, hope is found especially in prayer, God’s gift, that priceless opportunity at any time of the day or night to connect with our Lord, in any circumstance, for however long we need. The “thrill of hope” is in the promise of God to forgive our sins, if we would believe and ask for forgiveness with humility and surrender. “The thrill of hope” -- hope that we may need now in 2020 more than we have for a long time. Hope that will fill churches to overflowing with worshippers. Hope that all people will unite in one common bond, loving God and loving one another. Hope that we will all see and show love even when we don’t have to, when it’s inconvenient and costly, with a love that speaks up and acts for justice, equality and inclusion, a love like Jesus has. So, I keep praying that the thrill of hope for our dark, weary world, will be shared again and again, ushering in the promise of “a new and glorious morn!”

I pray that our new year will bring for all of us the blessings of a new spirit for the Lord, a new dedication to His service, and a passion to live ignited by the thrill of hope found in our Lord and Savior. May our light so shine before men that they will see the Lord in all that we say and do, to the Glory of God! I pray.

Immanuel, God With Us, help me to be more like you, giving me the strength and passion to choose each day, a closer walk with You. Help me to be Your love to everyone I meet, to have the courage to shine Your light in every dark corner. Jesus, in Your 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!


 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