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                        We Worship Together

                                       Sixth Sunday of Easter

               Theme:  “Creed: I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”

                                           May 21, 2017                      

Personal Meditation:  “Justifying faith implies, not only a divine evidence or conviction that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself,’ but a sure           trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins, that He loved me and gave Himself for me.”  John Wesley

PRELUDE            “Grace Greater Than All My Sin”                  Organist




*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                    Psalm 103:8-12

Leader:  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and

               abounding in steadfast love.

People:  He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger


Leader:  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay

              us according to our iniquities.

People:  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his

               steadfast love toward those who fear him;

Leader:   As far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our

               transgressions from us.


*SONG OF PRAISE              “Love Lifted Me”                         W&S#3101   


*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                                 Pastor Mike              

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


CONFIRMATION  (10:45)  Please turn in your hymnals to page 33 as nine of our youth are confirmed into full membership of the church.

Avry George, Mallory Henderson, Brooklyn Lewallen, Jaren Kanak-McGrath, Olivia Rankin, Summer Schneider, Hope Schumacher, Garret Wellbrock, Sage Zweifel.


PRAYER CHORUS              “Jesus Paid It All”  (vs 1)              W&S#3100   

PRAYERS                                                                       Pastor Mike Rose

PRAYER RESPONSE        “Jesus Paid It All”    (vs 3)             W&S#3100


SPECIAL MUSIC      “Heart and Soul” (Enterline)      Henderson family


Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish                                     

Offertory                         “Amazing Grace”                              Organist                             

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

*Prayer of Thanksgiving


                        Scripture, Songs and Sermon


*SONG OF PREPARATION       “Tradin’ My Sorrows”           W&S#3108


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                        Galatians 2:15-21

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.  And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.  But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin?  Certainly not!  But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.  For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.


*GOSPEL LESSON                                                              Luke 7:36-50

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table.  And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment.  She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair.  Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself.  “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.”  Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you,” “Teacher,” he replied “Speak.”  A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them.  Now which of them will love him more?”  Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.”  And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”  Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?  I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.  You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet.  You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.  Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love.  But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”  Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”  And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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

People:  Thanks be to God.


SERMON    “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”    Pastor Alice Koech


*CLOSING HYMN OF PRAISE                                                  UMH#383                                              

                             “This Is a Day of New Beginnings”

HOLY COMMUNION – Please turn in your hymnals to page 12 and page 14 as we celebrate a Service of Word and Table II.


*POSTLUDE                                                                              Organist                                                           

Prayer Concerns:

Ron Herrman

Rachel Palmberg                                              

Paul McRae                                             

Continuing Prayer Concerns:             Phyllis Bloss

Steve Miller                                        Wade Jeffery

Dianna Jennings                                 J.R. Grabbe

Ruth Patterson                                   Sue Jones

Betsy Losey                                         John Chamberlain

Francis Catney                                    Phil Stahlman            


Deaths:  Marilyn Marshall 05-13-17

               Services were here on 05-18-17     

Thank you teachers and volunteers for all your good work this year.

Sandy Henningsen                              Shawn Henderson

Melissa Pyle                                        Brett Bruner

Erica Berges                                        Trevor Henningsen

Jessica Luck                                         Pastor Alice Koech     

Carla Thomas                                      Josh Zweifel

Brenna Garcia                                     Shauna Zweifel

Rebecca Kuehl                                    Josh Clinkscales

Lisa McGrath                                      Andrea Clinkscales

Joey Roth                                            Deb Gross

Molly McMurtrie                                Sarah Schwarz

Carol Purdy                                         Kristina Heinrich

Sue Rouse                                           Jill Arensdorf

Kristi Lang                                           Stacey Jones

Meghan Brown                                   Mark Hantla

Sara Teeter                                         Mike Cooper

Sandy Aldrich                                      Pastor Mike

Jo Swayne





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.    Coffee time parlor

               6:00  p.m.    Finance Committee - parlor                      


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

               7:00   p.m.    Administrative Board meeting – dining room                              


               9:00  a.m.    Quilters                                

              10:30  a.m.    Praise & Prayer                                                                             


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

               6:15  p.m.   Creed          


       05-14-17 Worship Attendance  255              05-14-17 Sunday School  74     

       05-15-16 Worship Attendance  393              05-15-16 Sunday School  62  


                          Offering last Sunday                         $  4,936.71          

                          Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00


         Budget Needs to Date  $222,000.00   Offering to Date  $203,075.00                          


                     Feed the Hungry was $50.00 and 25 food items.                                                                     


                   Greeters:  8:30  Carol Purdy  10:45  Garner & Nancy Berg                     


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


             The nursery is available during both worship services.                                                 


Hearing assist units are available for use during the services.

Please ask an usher.


Isaiah 58:12b says, “you shall raise up the foundation of many generations”.  That is what the new program, “STRENGTHENING FAMILIES” can do.  It is brain-based, evidence-based, and will be taught with scripture and prayer.  A small green flyer, along with a larger information sheet is in the parlor information area.  DVD’s are available in the office for $5.00 and the class is $15.00 if able.  Limited spaces available; pre-enroll in office.  Class begins TODAY 9:35-10:35.

This will help all families, whether strong or struggling, singles, couples, grandparents, families, etc.


Healthy Congregations is hosting their final class on Reducing Fall Risk through Physical Therapy and Medication Education this year, Sunday, June 4th, 9:30-10:30 in the fellowship hall.  Denise Ring, Physical Therapist, will share about ways to reduce fall risk in your home and places you go. We will have exercise bands to give away and she will demonstrate how to use them. We will also have pedometers to give away.  We also plan to have a pharmacist present to review risk of falling from prescription and over the counter medications.  These presentations are FREE.  A blood pressure check is also available in the fellowship hall.


Save-the-Date – Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm,

St. Mark’s UMC, Wichita, KS, Annual Social Justice Educational Event sponsored by Great Plains Mercy & Justice.


OUTREACH items are due in the church office today!


TODAY is SHARE SUNDAY!  If we all help a little, we can help those who are hungry in Ellis County.


Summer Rockfest 2017 in Hoxie, KS on July 8.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and concert begins at 6:30 p.m.  $8.00 tickets, children 10 and under are free.  Check out the flyer on the church office window. Contact Andrea Schadel 620-381-3363.


Have you ever considered joining the Altar Foundation?  Gifts are based on $1 per year of Methodism in Hays, or $144 for 2017.  Gifts are endowed and grants are approved from the funds to further the mission of Hays First United Methodist Church.  Already a sustaining member…Thanks for joining!


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, Darren & Angela Stieben, Lois Lutz, Marcia Bannister & Ken Griffin, Eric & Carol Harfmann,  Bonnie Dilley, Joe & Jan Edwards, Lee Fisher, Tom & Deb McDonald.