Centerport United Methodist Church

Is any among you suffering?  They should pray.

James 5:13 (NRSV)


Jesus prayed, “Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given Me that they may be one, even as We are One.  While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which You have given Me…  I have made known to them Your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”            John 17: 11b – 12a, 26.

The first mention of prayer in the Bible is not, as one might think, with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but two generations later in the time of their grandson, Enosh.  “When Seth (Adam’s son) grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh.  It was during his lifetime that people first began to call upon the name of the Lord.” Genesis 4: 26   For the Hebrews to call on the name of the Lord (to pray in His name), meant to call on God’s nature, His reputation, and His character, invoking His power, His authority, His mercy, and His wisdom.  God offers intimacy with us through the use of His names in prayer.  It just makes sense for us to know what those names are and what they signify about God.  The better we know God, the more we will love Him, and the more we love Him, the more we will walk in His ways.  That is always going to be a good thing!


“Elohim” is the name for God used in the first sentence of the Bible, meaning “God the Creator.”  There are 31 different names for God used in the Bible.  In Biblical tradition, by praying using any of God’s names, we unleash the authority of that God-Name, and bring more focus and power to our prayers.  In some translations of the Bible, we will encounter these names written in the Hebrew, but most use their English meaning.  I have included here the names of God that I learned and use most frequently when I pray, with the pronunciations.  I hope that you will find that using them will do for you what Jesus prayed, as quoted above from John 17 “… that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”


Adonai (ah-doe-NI) – The Lord;  El Elyon (el EL-yuhn) – The God Most High;  Elohim (el-o-HEEM) – Creator, The All-Powerful One;  El Olam (el o-LAHM) – The Eternal God, The Everlasting God;  El Roi (el ROY) – The God Who Sees Me;  El Shaddai (el shaw-DIE) – The All-Sufficient One, The God of the Mountains, God Almighty;  Immanuel – God With Us, “I AM”;  Jehovah (juh-HO-vah) – “I AM”, The Self-Existent One;  Jehovah Jireh (JI-rah) – The Lord Will Provide;  Jehovah Rapha (RAH-fah) – The Lord Who Heals;  Jehovah Nissi (NEE-see) – The Lord Is My Banner;  Jehovah Rohi (RO-hee) – The Lord Is My Shepherd;  Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is Peace;  Jehovah Shammah (SHAHM-mah) – The Lord is There, The Lord My Companion;  Jehovah Sabaoth (sah-bah-OATH) – The Lord of Hosts, The Lord of Armies; Jehovah Tsidkenu (tsid-KAY-noo) – The Lord Our Righteousness;  Jehovah Mekaddishkem (mek-KAH-dish-KIM) – The Lord Who Sanctifies.


“Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9: 10  God hears, God speaks, God acts.  There is power in His Word.  When people of faith pray in His name, we call on all of who God is and all that God promised in His Word.  He cannot lie; He is always faithful.  We have only to trust and obey Him.  “I will give thanks to Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, because Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name.  When I pray, You answer me; You encourage me by giving me the strength I need.”                              Psalm 138: 2b - 3                  


Let us pray:  El Olam, Praise be to Your glorious name!  May we rest in the assurance of Your love, and seek each day to grow closer to You and to Your Son, Jesus.  Help us, Jehovah Jireh, to seek You first for the guidance, the forgiveness, the healing, the answers we need. In Jesus’ Precious Name, we 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!


 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