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                          3rd Sunday of Lent – Theme:  Living Faith



Personal Meditation:  Christian faith is then not only an assent to the whole gospel of Christ but also a full reliance on the blood of Christ; a trust in the merits of his life, death, and resurrection; a recumbency upon him as our atonement and our life, as given for us and living in us.  It is a sure confidence which a man hath in God, that through the merits of Christ his sins are forgiven and he reconciled to the favor of God.  (“Salvation by Faith” [June 18, 1738], sermon, in Coll.C, 20)  John Wesley  


PRELUDE AND INTRODUCTION OF LIGHT                                Organist

                         “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”




MISSION MOMENT                                                                 Gail Kuehl


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                    Psalm 95:1-3, 6-7                       

Leader:   O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise

               to the rock of our salvation!                                    

People:   Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us

               make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Leader:   For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.         

People:   O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before

               the LORD, our Maker!

Leader:   For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and

               the sheep of his hand.


*HYMN OF PRAISE                                                                     UMH#89 

                “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” 


*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                           Jill Arensdorf          

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        “Change My Heart, O God”            FWS#2152    




SPECIAL MUSIC              “Once and For All”                 Meredith Cory

                                (Daigle, Duncan & Mabury)           



Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish 

Offertory         “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”               Organist                                                

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

*Prayer of Thanksgiving


    Scripture, Hymn and Sermon


HYMN OF PREPARATION           “Fill My Cup, Lord”               See Insert


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                              Exodus 17:1-7

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded.  They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.  The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.”  Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me?  Why do you test the LORD?”  But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?”  So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people?  They are almost ready to stone me.”  The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.  I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb.  Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.”  Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.  He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”


NEW TESTAMENT/EPISTLE LESSON                            Romans 5:1-11

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.  But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.  But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


*GOSPEL LESSON                 (see insert)                   John 4:5-30, 39-42                                                   


MESSAGE          “ Living Water, Living Faith”            Pastor Alice Koech                                                                      


*HYMN OF DEDICATION “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” UMH#384                           




*POSTLUDE                                                                                 Organist 




Prayer Concerns:

Janis Baker (Chelsea Dickey’s grandmother)

Judith Raynesford (Michelle Inman)                         

Ed Barr (Michelle Inman’s father)

Ray Hobert

Mitchell Hobart

Jan Pafford (Carol Pitner’s sister)



Continuing Prayer Concerns:             Phyllis Bloss

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




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

5:00  p.m.    Taize Service - sanctuary

               5:15  p.m.    NO Confirmation Class – dining room

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

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


               9:00  a.m.    Quilters                                

              10:30  a.m.    Praise & Prayer

              11:00  a.m.    Cedar View -Rev. Delbert Stanton                                                          


               9:30  a.m.   UMW Reading Group – church library

                5:00  p.m.   NO W.O.W. - 5-6 p. m. meal                           

                                     NO 6:15-7:15 p.m. programming                           

               6:20  p.m.   NO Bell Choir                   

                7:15  p.m.   NO Chancel Choir – Fellowship Hall


              10:15  a.m.   Via Christi – Rev. Delbert Stanton         


       03-12-17 Worship Attendance   411        03-12-17 Sunday School  96

       03-13-16 Worship Attendance   350        03-13-16 Sunday School  88


                      Offering last Sunday                         $10,411.60  

                      Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00   


       Budget Needs to Date  $122,100.00    Offering to Date    $112,278.00


                                       Feed the Hungry was 12 food items.


                       Greeters:  8:30  Pauline Branda     10:45  Don Branda


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


             The nursery is available during both worship services.      


Outreach items are due in the church office today!


This is Share Sunday.  If we all help a little, we can help those who are hungry in Ellis County.


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.



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, Elton & Wendy Beougher, Lois Lutz.

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