Worship and Music


Dear Northbrook United Methodist Church Member and Friend,

Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020 we will enter the season of Lent. I’m writing to invite you to our special Lent worship series combined with an important class for all the church. Worship first in the sanctuary for 45 minutes, take a 15-minute break, and then join in the class. Come, have a voice in the future direction, mission, and ministry of the church. Changes are in the air, paradigm shifts in our culture, and schism in our denomination. It is a time of entering the wilderness, the place of the wild, as we listen for God’s future and hope for our beloved community. I invite your presence. Be a part of the change that you wish to see. Your voice is important.

We rarely enter the wilderness willingly. In his forty days of wilderness fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for his ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of the Spirit. Hopefully, through our wandering these forty days of Lent, we will remember who we are and whose we are. The wilderness can become sacred even if it remains dangerous. There is no wilderness space too harsh or threatening for God’s love. This Lent, we welcome you to the journey.

Pastor Sherrie, Pastor Nancy, and Lay Minister Michael Gail

LENT 2020

Ash Wednesday, February 26, 7:00pm,
A service with art, music, and ashes

 Lent Worship Series time: Sunday, 10am – 10:45am. Break
The Way Forward Class: Sunday, 11 am – 12 noon.

 March 1, 10am Wilderness Is a Place of Beginnings.
11 am The Structure of the UMC.

March 8, 10am Wilderness Is a Place of Mystery & the Unknown.
11 am Theology and Spirituality / Theological Worlds

March 15, 10am Wilderness Is a Place of Isolation;
It Is Also a Place of Connection.
11 am Structures of Oppression and Hopes for Liberation

March 22, 10am Wilderness Is a Place of Disruption.
11 am Various Plans and Protocol Before General Conference, 2020

March 29, 10am Wilderness Is a Place of New Life—Resilient Life.
11 am Where Are We Experiencing God and Our Church in
the UMC Dilemma

April 5, 10am The Wilderness Is a Place Where We Are Brave.
11 am Wrap-up, Unfinished Questions, General Conference 2020

April 9, 7pm holy week service with choir requiem and devotion

April 12, Easter Sunday, 8:30 – 9:45 am Easter breakfast
10am The Wilderness Is the Birthplace of Joy
11 am Easter egg hunt

Worship on Sunday mornings begins at 10 am

Worship at Northbrook United Methodist Church is textured and traditional, relaxed and relevant.  We are rooted in the tradition but not stuck there.  We sing traditional hymns, as well as world music, praise choruses, and Taizé chants.  Drama, drums, candles, silence, and video also add texture to our worship services.  You can wear a jacket and tie if you want, but jeans and Hawaiian shirts are also welcome.

We celebrate Holy Communion the first Sunday of the month.  All are welcome.  You do not need to be a member of our church or any church to participate.  There are no restrictions on age, gender, sexual orientation, or life status.

A hearing induction loop system is provided for the benefit of hearing aid users. Users should switch hearing aid to ‘T’.

Children and Worship

Worshiping with all ages is one of the most important things we do to grow in faith.  If some of the things we do and the words we say seem strange, that’s ok.  Church is like learning a new language.  With practice the words make more and more sense.  Grownups learn new things every Sunday, too!  The adults here promise to help you learn about God’s love.  WE make this promise every time a child is baptized.  We try to be good examples of how to love God and love our neighbors.  WE hope you will ask questions and share your amazing experiences of God, too.

The nursery is open every Sunday for those three and under.

Rocking chairs are perfect for cuddle breaks, both in the nursery and in the lobby (where adults can still hear and see the service). 



There are many opportunities for music at NUMC.  You can sing in the choir, play in a chime group, deliver a solo piece… Choir rehearsal continue on Thursday’s at 7:30 pm.  If you are interested in singing or joining the chime group, please call the office to be put in touch with our Music Director, Shirley Mosteller or email her at the address below.

We are open to any suggestions you may have to help grow out music program.  Please email Shirley Mosteller at shirley@northbrookumc.org if you have ideas to share.

An example of our musical offerings includes

The Paintbox by Tali Shurek, Age 13
Beer Sheva, Israel 1974
Musical setting  by Dr. Osvaldo Vena
Arr. For the NUMC choir by Shirley Mosteller

I had a paintbox
Each color glowing with delight.
I had a paintbox
With colors warm and cool and bright.

I had no red  for wounds and blood.
I had no black for an orphan child.
I had no white for the face of the dead.
I had no yellow for burning sands.

I had orange for joy and life.
I had green for buds and blooms.
I had blue for clear bright skies.
I had pink for dreams and rest.

I sat down and painted peace.  




We hope to resurrect our movie screen and our popcorn wagon to show some family-friendly movies, games,
and gather for some good fun.
These will be events where we can also invite our neighbors!



Sunday Morning Service Opportunities


Sign up to read the scripture passage at Sunday Services.  This is a great way to be a partner in Sunday Services.  Please make sure to sign up by 9:00 am on the Friday before.

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Sign up to run the slide presentation at Sunday Services.  This is an important service to the church, it helps the entire congregation be more engaged in the service.  And it is so fun to sit in the choir loft, hear the music and see the morning from an entirely different perspective.  Please make sure to call the office at 847-272-2442 if you would like to run these graphics.




If you are interested in Sunday morning service ushering please call the church office to be put in touch with Bruce Woolman.  847-272-2442



Hearing Loop

Thanks to several generous donors, a hearing induction loop system was part of the 2012 chancel renovation. A hearing loop is a thin, tape-like wire that encircles the sanctuary and magnetically transmits sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants that have a telecoils (T-coils). Individuals with hearing aids and cochlear implants equipped with t- coils can now hear everything that is said or sung into a microphone without additional headsets.


Communion for the Home-bound

If you or someone you know is home-bound and would like to receive Holy Communion at home, please contact Pastor Sherrie Lowly at 847-272-2442 or email sherrie@northbrookumc.org