UMW Sunday and Communion

[As a part of our celebration of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, the Great Thanksgiving will include this preface in honor of United Methodist Women. A preface is the first part of the communion prayer, which changes to reflect the season or occasion.]


It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Joyous God,

who by the power of your Word

and in the beauty of your Wisdom,

gave birth to all creation and called it good.

By Sarah’s womb you formed your people;

by Hagar’s surrender you extended mercy to all peoples;

by Deborah’s strength you preserved your people;

by Ruth’s faithfulness you secured the hope of your people;

by Huldah’s wisdom you called your people to repent; and

by Mary’s womb you welcome us into the fold of your grace,

an everlasting covenant given to us

through your Word made flesh and your Spirit dwelling in us.

And so with your people on earth

and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:



UMW Sunday Call to Worship

This Sunday we will be celebrating the ministries of United Methodist Women. Here is the call to worship with the background on each woman:

Leader: With Isabella Thoburn and Annie Pascoe Norton, sisters strong and wise

People: we praise you, O God our Mother.

Leader: With Hester Williams and Molly Moore, aunties brave and kind

People: we praise you, O God our Mother.

Leader: With Mellie Perkins and Thelma Stevens, daughters determined and faithful

People: we praise you, O God our Mother for our life in your realm of love and light.


Today’s call to worship remembers the witness and legacy of some of the foremothers of United Methodist Women:

  • Isabella Thoburn (1840-1901) Women’s Foreign Missionary Society: In 1870 she founded a girls’ school in Lucknow, India where she served for 30 years. The school is now the Isabella Thoburn College for women.
  • Dr. Annie Pascoe Norton (1846-1926) Women’s Foreign Missionary Society: She was the first medical missionary sent to the Philippines in 1905 and served for 26 years. She started the first Women’s Christian Temperance Union there.
  • Hester Williams (1862—na) Woman’s Home Missionary Society—A former slave, “Aunt Hester” established several schools for girls and women in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the 1880s.
  • Mary Wall Moore (1869-1960) Woman’s Home Missionary Society—From 1901-1911, “Aunt Molly” was the corresponding secretary for the Society in the Southern Illinois Conference. During this time she started ministering in the stockyard district of East St. Louis. She established the Slavonic Mission, which is now the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House.
  • Mellie Perkins (1877-1924) Women’s Missionary Association—A deaconess in the United Brethren Church, Perkins established the McCurdy Mission School in New Mexico in 1912.
  • Thelma Stevens (1902—1990) Woman’s Misionary Council—A white southern from Mississippi, Stevens worked to eliminate the segregated Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church. As the head of staff of the Department of Christian Social Relations of the Women’s Division of Christian Service she was instrumental in the creation of the first Charter of Racial Policies in the denomination.

The various missionary societies listed above were some of the predecessor agencies of what became the United Methodist Women in 1968. Thoburn College, Davis House and McCurdy Schools are still in operation today and are supported by UMW as national and international missionary institutions.


Greetings From Pastor Darren!


Greetings! This is the first in a series of blogs you’ll find here. My hope is that this blog will help enlighten, entertain and educate. I hope this will be a place you will visit often; you’ll find my thoughts as well as thoughts from others at North Church, including Mark Gilgallon, Director of Music.

This fall we are offering a wide variety of ministries to help you experience the love of Christ. Whether it is a special worship event, a small group study or an outreach project, there is something for everyone to discover what it means to love and live in the presence of the Lord. So, give it a try. If you have never done it before sign up for one of the many opportunities.

– Pastor Darren Cushman Wood