Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)

PRAYER


The Apostle Paul said, “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord…  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus… Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right.”

  Philippians 3: 8a; 4: 6 -7, 8b

How much we need to apply this teaching to our lives today!  Pray about everything…  Experience God’s peace…  Live in Christ Jesus…   The priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus… When the enticements of the world turn our thoughts from thanking God for what we have to asking God for more of what we want, how do we respond?   Is our worship only an hour on Sunday mornings?   Are our prayers made only in times of crisis?  How much of ourselves do we give to the God who created us, sustains us, forgives us, and blesses us so richly?  Are we relying on our pastors and the worship liturgy for what we receive of the Word of God, for the prayers we say, and the songs of praise we sing?  Are we thanking God for all we enjoy throughout each day?  Are we sorry for our sins?  Do we confess them, and ask for forgiveness?  Do our Bibles sit on a shelf unopened?  And, how much value do we place on having an intimate, personal relationship with the Lord?  Or, do we think we don’t need one? 

 

These are important questions.  The unique and wonderful life God has planned for each one of us depends on our knowing and communicating with the Lord of our lives.  God doesn’t need anything from us, but He desperately wants us – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3: 16)   If we accept God’s gift of grace, and love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we will find our life joyfully transformed and our place in Heaven assured! 

 

God wants none of us to be lost, and all to know and understand the truth.  No magic, no tricks, no mountains to climb.  Just our heartfelt commitment to our Lord and Savior.  How does that happen?  Through prayer, reading and studying God’s Word, and a heart that is honestly seeking a relationship with the Lord.  “For God’s way of making us right with Himself depends on faith.  As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead.” (Phil 3: 9b- 10a)   What an awesome promise!

 

Every day that we are given is a precious gift.  Let’s start now to get to know Jesus personally through prayer and reading the Word of God.  The joy and peace of today and the glorious promise of tomorrow can be ours through Christ Jesus!

 

 Dear God, You promised in Your Word that You and I can be one.  Please help me to find You and to know You.  I want to live with You forever, Lord.  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