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  September 24, 2017

                                                “Moses:  The Defining Moment”                                                


Personal Meditation:      “But what is the perfection here spoken of?  It is not only a deliverance from doubts and fears, but from sin; from all inward as well as outward sin; from evil desires and evil tempers, as well as from evil words and works. Yea, and it is not only a negative blessing, a deliverance from all evil dispositions, implied in that expression, “I will circumcise thy heart,”  but a positive one likewise, even the planting all good dispositions in their place, clearly implied in that expression, “To love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.—John Wesley’s Journal, March, 1774      


PRELUDE          “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”            Organist                                                                                                       




                                Liturgist:   Rodney Ruff 


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                    Psalm 80:1-7

Leader:   Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like

               a flock!  You who are enthroned upon the cherubim,

               shine forth            

People:   Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.  Stir

                up your might, and come to save us!          

Leader:    Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may

                 be saved.

People:    O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with

                 your people’s prayers?

Leader:     You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given

                 them tears to drink in full measure.

People:    You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies

                 laugh among themselves.

Leader:     Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we

                 may be saved.        


*HYMN OF PRAISE  “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” UMH#127


*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                              Jo Swayne                             

Moses, Moses, won’t you tell us How’d you ever part the seas?  “God provided all I needed, With his help it was a breeze.”                            


PRAYER CHORUS            “Lead Me, Guide Me”                   FWS#2214                                                        



CHORAL RESPONSE  (10:45)    “Let My People Go”       Chancel Choir                                 


SPECIAL MUSIC           “Still”  (Ebach/Reed)               Meredith Cory



Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish                                      

Offertory                               “Badinage”                                Organist

*Doxology    “Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow”   Organist

*Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                                                                                


CHORAL ANTHEM  10:45   “Down By The Riverside”    Chancel Choir

                                              (arr. Mary McDonald)   


OLD TESTAMENT    Exodus 11:9-12:3; 12:21-30; 33-40; 12:50-13:3

The LORD said to Moses, “Pharoah will not listen to you, in order that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”  Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharoah; but the LORD hardened Pharoah’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt:  This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you.  Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household.  Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb.  Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin.  None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. For the LORD will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down.  You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children.  When you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance.  And when your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this observance?’  you shall say, ‘It is the passover sacrifice to the LORD, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses.’”  And the people bowed down and worshiped.  The Israelites went and did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.  At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock.  Pharoah arose in the night, he and all his officials and all the Egyptians; and there was a loud cry in Egypt, for  there was not a house without someone dead.  The Egyptians urged the people to hasten their departure from the land, for they said, “We shall all be dead.”  So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls wrapped up in their cloaks on their shoulders.  The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had asked the Egyptians for jewelry of silver and gold, and for clothing, and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked.  And so they plundered the Egyptians.  The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children.  A mixed crowd also went up with them, and livestock in great numbers, both flocks and herds.  They baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.  The time that the Israelites had lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years.  All the Israelites did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.  That very day the LORD brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, company by company.  The LORD said to Moses:  Consecrate to me all the firstborn; whatever is the first to open the womb among the Israelites, of human beings and animals, is mine.  Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the LORD brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten.                  

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

People:  Thanks be to God.


*SONG OF PREPARATION          “Gentle Shepherd”         W&S#3096


SERMON          “Moses:  The Defining Moment”        Pastor Mike Rose                                                                


*HYMN OF RESPONSE  “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”  UMH#381            




*POSTLUDE                                                                                      Organist


Prayer Concerns:

Darlene Gilchrist                                         

Roberta Brewer


Continuing Prayer Concerns:            Phyllis Bloss

Steve Miller                                        Wade Jeffery

Dianna Jennings                                  J.R. Grabbe

Sue Jones                                                John Chamberlain

Betsy Losey                                         Ron Herrman

Rachel Palmberg                                   

Hurricane victims

Forest Fire victims







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

                9:35  a.m.    Moses Study – chapel – Pastor Mike

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

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

                                      Study:  “When God Doesn’t Fix It”


              10:00  a.m.   Staff Meeting

                5:45  p.m.   CAB – Children’s Advisory Board – church parlor

                6:45  p.m.   COM – Council on Ministries – dining room

                8:00  p.m.   Administrative Board – dining room                                              


                9:00  a.m.    Quilters

                9:00  a.m.    Clergy Consultation Group – church library

                2:00  p.m.    Stephen Ministry training – dining room, west wing                        


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

              10:30  a.m.    Prayer and Praise – chapel

                5:00  p.m.    WOW  meal

                5:50  p.m.    WOW worship

                6:15  p.m.    WOW programming                                                                    

                6:20  p.m.    Bell Choir

                7:15  p.m.    Chancel Choir                                                                 


              10:15  a.m.    Via Christi – Pastor Mike                


                9:00  a.m.    Moms in Ministry – Room 203  

              12:00  p.m.    GAB To Go (Girlfriends and the Bible) – Room 207                                 



      09-17--17 Worship Attendance 432        09-17-17   Sunday School  115         

      09-18-16  Worship Attendance 478         09-18-16   Sunday School 114                   

                            Offering last Sunday                       $  5,126.00             

                          Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00

        Budget Needs to Date  $421,800.00  Offering to Date  $360,693.00

                           Feed the Hungry was $40.00 and 9 food items.                                                                   


           Greeters:  8:30  Norman & Karen Owings  10:45 Dr. Brett Bruner    

              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.

                           LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available

                                    Please ask an usher.



Please support the United Methodist Campus Ministry by providing a salad or dessert for their Thursday night meal and worship.  Call the church office (625-3408) if you could help this semester.  We need one more salad or dessert.


Chancel Choir Rehearsals, Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  What is Chancel Choir about?

*Singing in perfect harmony: chosen by God; one voice (unity); robed (clothed) in grace

*Singing with purpose:  to build up the  body (teaching and encouraging)

*Singing to the glory of God:  intentionally putting the glory of God on display through our music.  And just a lot of fun!!!!!!


Festival of Faith, Wednesday, October 4 at Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center, FHSU campus at 6:30 p.m.


The Community Assistance Center is very short on food.



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!



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