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, which will begin on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 @ 6:45 am. 
Please dial into: (425) 436-6372 - then enter the access code: 125120.
Our calls will go from 6:45am to 7:00am

Let's Pray Together and Stay Connected!
Blessings,
 Pastor Roy and Pastor Wayne
PRAYER

Jesus said to His disciples in the ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemies. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust, too. If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matt. 5: 43- 48 “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   


What a dilemma and a challenge that the words of Jesus present! As a follower of Christ, I try, not so successfully, to live by the model Jesus gave us in His life and in His teaching. Without a doubt, it is a hugely high bar! Of course, if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be from God. So, it’s our job as Christians to figure this out – how to live in the world and, at the same time, live in the Word.   One of the dilemmas for me in this striving to be more Christ-like is the command to love and pray for my “enemies.” I put in that category not only those people who say and do hate-filled, violent, and evil things, but also the ones who are uncaring, selfish, greedy, victimize and exploit others. Of course, this process of “enemy identifying” quickly demonstrates my willingness to make judgments about people. OK, so that’s not good, either. I see the dilemma. And, I see the challenge. Don’t judge, just love. See others with loving eyes, treat them with loving hands, speak to them with loving words, pray for them with loving thoughts. How can I possibly do this? How can any of us be faithful disciples when we see the evil in the world that real people are involved in committing right now?  


Seemingly despite our prayers, the work of the Enemy continues. However, in Jesus’ words we are given both hope and a promise. He says, “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.” Jesus also told His disciples and the crowd in His Sermon on the Mount, “You (that is us!) are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5: 14-16. Our light, of course, is the light of Christ reflected in us. He is the source. When we follow Him, and are transformed by the Holy Spirit who comes to us when we accept Jesus as our Lord, we will have all we need to pray for those who do harm, to love the unjust, and to go the extra mile for everyone, that God may be glorified in everything.   


The dilemma, the hope, the promise, and the challenge…. We live in a fallen world; Jesus came to us; He will give us everything we need to fulfill His commands; but, we must mature our connection to Jesus through Bible study, worship, thanksgiving, and constant prayer. The challenge is a daily one for us. Praise God, in Jesus is the strength we need. Let us pray! Lord God, we are weak and You are strong! Help us to be all we can be, for You. 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