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                            2nd Sunday of Lent – Theme: Rebirth

                                           Girl Scout Sunday



Personal Meditation:    “And why must we all be changed?  Because ‘without holiness no man shall see the Lord” and because without this change, all our endeavors after holiness are ineffectual.  God hath, indeed, “endowed us with understanding, and given us abundant means,” but our understanding is as insufficient for that end as are the outward means, if not attended with inward power. (Regeneration [January 25, 1757], in Coll.B. 182)  John Wesley


PRELUDE AND INTRODUCTION OF LIGHT                                Organist

                                      “Because He Lives”




*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                        Psalm 121:1-8                       

Leader:   I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come?

               My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and


People:   He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will

                not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor


Leader:    The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your

                right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the

                moon by night.        

People:   The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your

                life.  The LORD will keep your going out and your coming

                in from this time on and forevermore.


*HYMN OF PRAISE                                                               UMH#126 

           “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” 


*AFFIRMING OUR MISSION:  “The Mission of Hays First United

Methodist Church is to share the Word of God with all people

through spiritual growth, worship, fellowship and service.”                                                                                  

*GLORIA PATRI                “Glory Be to the Father”                 UMH #70




TIME FOR CHRIST’S YOUNG DISCIPLES                            Rebecca Kuehl     

This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine.  This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.  Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.



PRAYER CHORUS                    “As the Deer”                        FWS#2025    




CHORAL RESPONSE (10:45)                                            Chancel Choir

                                 “There Is A Balm In Gilead”



Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish 

Offertory                       “No Name So Sweet”                           Organist                                                

*Doxology    “Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow”    UMH #95

*Prayer of Thanksgiving                                 


    Scripture, Hymn and Sermon


SPECIAL MUSIC    “Ancient Words” (Lynn Deshazo)   Raymond Brent   


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                           Genesis 12:1-4a

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.  Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.


NEW TESTAMENT/EPISTLE LESSON                    Romans 4:1-5; 16-17

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh?  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the scripture say?  “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”  Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.  But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.

For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.


*GOSPEL LESSON                                                             John 3:1-17

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.  He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”  Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old?  Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.  What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’  The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.  Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”  Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?  “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony.  If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?  No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.”  And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God. 


*HYMN OF RESPONSE 8:30  “My Faith Looks Up To Thee”   UMH#452


CHORAL ANTHEM     “What Love is  This?”  (Brad Nix)     Chancel Choir                                     


MESSAGE        “Amazing Love: Faith and New Life”       Rev. Mike Rose


*CLOSING HYMN OF PRAISE     “To God Be the Glory”            UMH# 98                        



*POSTLUDE                                                                                 Organist 


Prayer Concerns:

Judith Raynesford (Michelle Inman)                         

Jan Pafford (Carol Pitner’s sister)

Ken Sullivan (Carol Pitner’s son)

Ed Barr (Michelle Inman’s father)

Continuing Prayer Concerns:            

Steve Miller                                        Wade Jeffery

Dianna Jennings                                 Ron Herrman

Ruth Patterson                                   J.R. Grabbe

Betsy Losey                                         Sue Jones

Francis Catney                                    John Chamberlain

Samara                                                BoB & Bev Lowen

Phyllis Bloss

Deaths:  Rainell Goodale   03-02-17

               Services here Monday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m.     






8:30 &  10:45  a.m.   Worship Services

               9:30  a.m.    Sunday School

               9:30  a.m.    Youth Sunday School – Youth Center

               9:30  a.m.    Disciple Bible Study - chapel

                9:30  a.m.    Coffee time parlor

               4:30  p.m.    Endowment Committee – church parlor

5:00  p.m.    Taize Service - sanctuary

               5:15  p.m.    Confirmation Class – dining room

               6:00  p.m.    Finance Committee – church parlor

               6:00  p.m.    GAB, “Girlfriends and the Bible” Youth Room


              11:00  a.m.    Rainell Goodale funeral - sanctuary         

                7:00  p.m.    Shalom Circle – dining room alcove

                                    Hostesses – Lois Lutz & Marguerite Stewart           

                7:45  p.m.    Staff/Parish Committee – church library                    


               9:00  a.m.    Quilters

              10:00  a.m.   Good Samaritan- Pastor Mike or Pastor Alice                        

              10:30  a.m.    Praise & Prayer

               1:00  p.m.    Worship Committee – church parlor                                       


              12:00  p.m.   UMW General Luncheon – Rebekah Circle, hostesses

                                    Bette James, author, presenting “Angels Flying out of Hell”                               

                 5:00 p.m.   W.O.W. - 5-6 p. m. meal

                                   (chicken strips, potatoes & gravy, salad, mixed vegetables)

                                      6:15-7:15 p.m. programming                               

                6:20  p.m.   Bell Choir                        

                 7:15  p.m.   Chancel Choir – Fellowship Hall


                7:00   p.m.  Trustees – church parlor            


Worship Attendance 645             Offering last Sunday                         $12,363.08  

Sunday School            110             Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00  


          Budget Needs to Date  $111,000    Offering to Date    $101,867.00


                           Feed the Hungry was 23 food items and $51.25                                     


                       Greeters:  8:30  Pauline Branda      10:45   Paul Jones  


              A warm welcome to our guests.  You honor us with your presence!


             The nursery is available during both worship services.


To update your Dillon’s Community Rewards for First United Methodist Church, 305 West 7th, Hays, KS.  Simply call 620-669-3111, or 620-669-3432 or 620-669-3404.


Please check the Information Center for handouts for: METour, Confirmation flyer, FUMC Information flyer, United Methodist Campus Center flyer.


If you are a young woman between the ages of 15-20 you have the

opportunity to apply for the Mission Education Tour (METour).

May 27-June 3. Registration deadline is April 1.


TODAY, our 10:45 a.m. worship service is to be broadcast on 1400AM

and 94.3FM KAYS radio.  


Do you play an instrument or sing, or know someone that does and you would like to see them join in the worship services?  Contact Meredith Cory at 785-259-6744 or


You may still purchase your adult stained glass coloring book.  A set of colored pencils makes it complete.  Check in the church office.


Mark your calendars for Camp Lakeside work day on April 1.  We will meet at the church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return approximately 5-5:30 p.m.  Wear work clothes and bring a sack lunch.  Please call Gail Kuehl at 625-5558.


GAB, Girlfriends and the Bible, started March 5 at 6 p.m. in the youth room.  New study  “Stuck Study” by Jennie Allen.  Come join us.


UMW General Luncheon, Wednesday, March 15. Author, Betty James presenting “Angels flying Out of Hell”.  All women and their friends are cordially invited to attend this event in the church dining room.

James’ story is about the 7,000 mile journey of ‘Operation Babylift Orphans’ out of Vietnam in 1975.  This is the story of the children’s journey; how they traveled so far while so young and helpless.  Please come, have lunch, and enjoy this wonderful program.



Jacinda Johnson & Eric Leuschner, Carl & Sue Boldra, Ernie & Pam Bryant, Jim & Corrine Clark, Sheryl Dreiling, Delbert Stanton, Lawrence and Louise Younger, Shirley Adams, Jeff & Marla Copper, Keith & Renee Eilts, Keith & Kathy Harper, Ken & Becky Johnson, Curt & Jennifer Kitson, Bill & Betsy Losey, Carolyn Miller, Steve & Marva Miller, Paul & Nancy Jones, Ron & Carol Katt, Ken & Dottie Kraus, Mike & Jill Arensdorf, Greg & Gwen Daughhetee, Betty Innes, Larry Good, Harold & Virginia Kraus, Mark & Melanie Bannister, Gary & Sheryl Blair, Lynn Fisher, Mike & Laura Gaughan, Dave & Karen Hendrickson, Ralph & Lorraine Howerton, Virginia Lehman, Gail & Linda Palmberg, Phil & Linda Stahlman, Garner & Nancy Berg, Verona Chapman, Mike & Donna Cooper, Rodney Ruff, Shirley Smith, Rick & Diane Wolfe, Derrick & Valerie Yu, Jim & Hannah Barrett, Ed & Dixie Janzen, Mike & Sharolyn Legleiter, Steve & Julie Paul, Bill & Rita Barker, Joe & Sue Dolezal, Arris & Virginia Johnson, Shirley Green, Wilmer & Lorena Kellogg, Lance & Cathy Russell.

   To be a sustaining member of the Altar Foundation requires a gift of $144.00.