The Purpose Is Our Key
Preparation: Have available for each member present a book mark (or paper) with the Purpose written on it. Give these out at the beginning of the service, so that each person has a copy of the purpose they can read. Have a key for each officer, also. Be sure to get the name of each officer and the office to which they have been elected.
(Call those to be installed to the front by name and office. Hand each a key.)
Leader: As a leader in your unit, I invite you to use your key to:
- Unlock the doors to the history and Purpose of this organization.
- Unlock the opportunities for involvement in United Methodist Women.
- Develop a passion for mission, be enthusiastic for what we are doing.
Use your bookmark to:
- Remember our Purpose.
- Read, read, read, for your own growth and to help others in the organization.
If you will accept the challenges of leadership in this unit of United Methodist Women, upholding the Purpose and using your gifts to the best of your ability, please respond by saying "With God's help, I will."
(To the members of the unit)
You who elected these women are called to be involved in the work of United Methodist Women, to support your leaders and work with them in our Purpose for God's mission. Let us be reminded of our Purpose by declaring it together
The organized unit of UNITED METHODIST WOMEN shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
If you will accept your responsibilities as members of this unit, respond by saying " I will, with God's help. "
Let us pray: Most Holy One, we give you thanks for these here today who have accepted the challenge of leadership. Bless their efforts and guide their work so that what this unit does may reflect your love and glory. Bless the members of this unit, that they may grow in knowledge and understanding of you and your mission. We receive your love and forgiveness with joy, and know you are with us as we go from this place to share that joy with others. In the name of the Christ. Amen.