Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER

"May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 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: 19 – 21

The Scripture verses quoted above are the last three verses of Paul’s famous prayer for the faithful in Ephesus and for all believers wherever his letter would be read. This prayer is about God’s love for us. In Paul’s words we feel the urgency of his need for us to understand more fully “how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. …” He begins, “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him…” (emphasis is mine)   In his experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul saw God’s love. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, he came to an understanding of its magnificent scope, and he is desperate for us to know this God, and His Son, our Savior, as he does. Intimately, as completely as possible, with every ounce of our being!   

Paul’s prayer is every bit as much for us in 2019 as it was for believers nearly two millennia ago, maybe even more so. I have to remind myself, again and again, that the Bible is a living, breathing Word – God’s Word will speak to each of us differently at different times, as we need comfort, discipline, guidance, inspiration. It’s to be read, to be studied, to be sought as a friend, to be remembered and revered. So, as I took a closer look at the first of the three verses quoted at the top, I noticed that Paul separates the experience of the love of Christ from the understanding of it. The experience, as we are “born again” through surrendering our lives and repenting of our sins, could be change in a flash for some, or change over time for others. However, the understanding, Paul says, may never come fully because God’s love is just so great. I get that totally. God’s love is so unfathomable to me that it is really hard for me to comprehend how/why He tolerates what we do. I sometimes wonder why God hasn’t decided to break His promise and check out of our lives. But, Paul reminds us that this God is love and His love has no limits. “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.” Praise God! Yes, He can! If we let Him take the reins in our lives, let His mighty power be at work, He will, through us and within us, accomplish more than we could ever imagine. By connecting with God through daily prayer, asking for His love to transform us, we will be transformed to His glory and for His purposes! Let us give God the Glory in our lives, in our service, worship, testimony, and gifts in the church, and in our faithfulness to our Savior. 

 Lord God, may I be Your faithful servant, willing to listen, willing to learn, willing to act, willing to be molded by You through Christ, my Lord, into just the person You need me to be. In Jesus’ 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