“UMW: A Legacy of Transformation”

On September 16, members of the Oak Hill UMC United Methodist Women share messages based on John 4:5-15; 25-30; 39.

5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” 30 They left the city and were on their way to him.

39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.”

So, what would you say to a Bible character you’ve read about all your life? Especially one with a history like the woman from the well. Would you ask her a question or tell her your story? Would you have anything in common?

Three United Methodist Women meet the Samaritan woman at the well and learn they have some things in common, most importantly, the transformative power of the gift of living water.

United Methodist Women provide the opportunity for women to know God through Bible study, prayer, social action outreach to our neighbors, and leadership development. Just as the Samaritan woman, an outcast or “other” from her own community, compelled to tell her neighbors about Jesus and bring them to meet Him, UMW works to bring women, children, and youth to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.

We seek justice through social action for the “others” around the world—those with less power and fewer resources treated unjustly through no fault of their own.

We study about mission and contribute financially to mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. United Methodist Women strive to develop creative, supportive fellowships within our Oak Hill community. In fact, this has been the UMW legacy for the past 150 years.

So, how much has changed since the Samaritan woman met Jesus at the well? Come find out on Sunday.