Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER


“When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 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. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. 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: 14 – 21

What a wonderful “prayer” we find in Paul’s letter to the Church in Ephesus! Paul tells us, as well as every person who has ever heard or read these words in the millennia since,

 

  • to “think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan” – read, study, and remember God’s Word to KNOW HIS WISDOM and HIS PLAN;
  • to fall on our knees and PRAY to the Father -- humble ourselves before the Lord and SPEAK TO HIM;
  • to BELIEVE that GOD is “the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth” – God is the FATHER OF ALL;
  • to know that God has UNLIMITED RESOURCES from which He will give “mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit” to everyone who believes;
  • to TRUST IN CHRIST -- He wants to be at home in our hearts;
  • to BE DEEPLY ROOTED in “the soil of God’s marvelous love”;
  • to pray to UNDERSTAND and EXPERIENCE the extent of GOD’S LOVE for His people;
  • to BE FILLED “with the fullness of life and power” from God;
  • to accept God’s MIGHTY POWER at work in us to accomplish more for Him;
  • to GIVE the GLORY to GOD!!

 

Heavenly Father, Almighty, Glorious, Merciful God, Thank You for loving me, no matter what. I sincerely repent of my sins. Thank You that You are so willing to forgive me, much more than I am willing to turn to You and ask for Your forgiveness. Please, dear Lord, send Your Holy Spirit to fill me with Your guiding light so that my life will be evidence to every person I meet of the fruits of Your blessed presence within me. Grant me Your mighty power, Lord, that I may know, speak, believe, trust, be deeply rooted, understand, experience and be filled with love for You, for myself and for others, giving You the glory always, 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