Welcome to United Methodist Women's Sunday

United Methodist Women has a rich history going back to 1869 and it is a history worth retelling from time to time. It helps remind us of what we are about and the work we care called to do by God. We continue striving to advocate, be the voice and support women, children and youth all over the world.

Through Jesus Christ, we are:

  • Committed to inclusiveness.
  • Focused on ministries with women, children, and youth.
  • Followers of Jesus Christ who live their faith in acts of justice and mercy.
  • Catalysts for needed change.
  • Speaking the Word with Boldness.

United Methodist Women: Who We Are...


Contemplative Call to Worship
-  by Kim Wendt

Some of my favorite passages of Scripture can be found in Philippians. In it, Paul (and co-author Timothy in places) are writing to the people of the Way in Philippi, the first Christian community in Greece. I find the whole epistle to be filled with hope and optimism, perfect for these fearful COVID, #StayHome days. In this passage, Paul writes about contentment.

"I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4: 10-13 NIV).

Reread the Scripture above. Take special note of the words and phrases that are meaningful for you today. What prayers, concerns, rejoicings might you have right now? Take some time to think, perhaps write them down. What prayers, concerns and rejoicings might you have concerning others? What about your world and your nation? What about your community and the people of your local area? Your family and friends? What about your church? Are you living in plenty or in want? Where or how have you learned to be content? Where or how have you gained strength? 

When you are ready, join me in the following Contemplative Call to Worship:

Leader: Lord, your people are not strangers to the cares of the world or the  love of God that bathes all of us in the light of caring and compassion. 

People: We know what it is to be in need, and we know what it is to have plenty.

Leader:  The light of God’s love  calls us to rise like crocuses in early spring and to meet the calls of those who are living on the margins.

People:  We hear the still small voice that directs our aching hearts to make some kind  of difference in the world.

Leader: In this world of COVID crisis, economic uncertainty and social isolation, we desire to learn the secret of being content in any and every situation. 

People: We do this through Him who gives us strength. 

All: Lord, help us greatly rejoice in these days. Help us seek opportunities to show that rejoicing as we care, reach out, and contact others this week. Help us see that the kingdom comes to us as we live into the light of God’s  vision for humanity, of mutuality and of seeing one’s self in the eyes of another. Amen.

Song: Here I Am, Lord

I, the Lord of sea and sky. I have heard my people cry

All who dwell in dark and sin - My hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night. I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send? 

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart. 

I, the Lord of snow and rain. I have borne my people's pain.

I have wept for love of them, They turn away. 

I will break their hearts of stone, Give them hearts for love alone.

Who will speak my word to them? Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.  


A Prayer for Boldness
- by Ethel Logan

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for United Methodist Women everywhere and especially the wonderful women of the Oceanview Unit. These women are dedicated to serving women, children and youth around the world and also to local missions. We thank you for Oceanview Church and the support of our members. The work we do is for ALL of your children and we are blessed to be Your disciples. We thank You for all of our blessings and pray for the forgiveness of our sins.

We ask that you touch all of those who are ill with your healing hands, especially those with Covid-19. Be with the families of those who are ill. You are the Great Physician and we know with You all things are possible. Wrap Your loving arms around those who have lost their loved ones that they may feel Your comfort and Your strength. Bless our national, state and local leaders, Lord. Please give them discernment in their decision-making. 

We also ask Your blessing on Oceanview Church and our pastors and staff. We BOLDLY pray all of these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN

Mission u Impact Story: Nichea VerVeer Guy, Michigan Annual Conference


Scripture: Acts 4:29-31 (NRSV)
- read by Lisa Leard

"And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness."


Special Speaker: Ruth Mageria, Executive Director, C.R.O.S. Ministries

C.R.O.S. (Christians Reaching Out to Society)


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Helping Others Blessing
- by Jane Murphy


Hymn: UMH #438 Forth In Thy Name

1. Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go, my daily labor to pursue;

thee, only thee, resolved to know, in all I think or speak or do.

2. The task thy wisdom hath assigned, O let me cheerfully fulfill;

in all my works thy presence find, and prove thy good and perfect will.