Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)


The Apostle, Paul: “We always pray for you, and give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard that you trust in Christ Jesus and that you love all of God’s people.  You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven – as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News…  So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you.  We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom.  Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others.   All the while, you will learn to know God better and better...   May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people…  God has purchased our freedom with His blood and has forgiven all our sins.”  Colossians 1: 3 – 5, 9 – 10, 11b – 12, 14    “I am the Lord, He says, and there is no other.  I publicly proclaim bold promises.  I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner so no one can understand what I mean… I, the Lord, speak only what is true and right… Let all the world look to Me for salvation!”  Isaiah 45: 18c-19b, 22a


Paul’s prayers for the people of the new church in Colosse that God had entrusted to his care and guidance are powerful reminders of our incredible legacy as children of the Almighty God and followers of His Son, Jesus.  And, as God spoke through His prophet, Isaiah, His promises and His provision are for everyone, and not hidden for only Bible scholars to discover.  They are for all who would believe and follow His commands.  As I write these prayer articles each month, I am blessed by the new insights into God’s Word that He reveals to me when I take the time to listen to Him speak through the Scriptures.   Although I have read these passages a number of times, I now see the loving encouragement these verses present.  Paul’s words speak to our hearts, urging us to stay in prayer for others, to be grateful to God, to live a righteous life, to continue our spiritual growth, and to be joyful, praising God for all His blessings.  What wonderful, appropriate reminders as we start a new year!  The passage from Isaiah challenges me to search out and commit to memory God’s promises, which are right and true, given to us not in secret, but proclaimed openly in plain language.  I am reminded, too, that I must depend on God, and not on myself, as the source of guidance, peace, and comfort in my life, and that the forgiveness of my sins, and my salvation are a gift of grace from our Lord.


Prayer brings the Lord and blessings into any area of our lives, any “sanctuary,” in which we are willing to provide Him a space.  In this New Year, please let us all be determined to pray for our country’s leaders, for the suffering people of the world, for ourselves, our families and friends, and our church, that we may all live in closer, deeper relationship with God, and with our Savior, Jesus.  And, may we each resolve to commit to new levels of prayer, study, obedience and service.  Then, let’s watch with excitement and anticipation to see where the Lord shows up in our lives!  

Let us pray!




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