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October 1, 2017

                                     World Communion Sunday                            


Personal Meditation:  “God spake all these words – The law of the ten commandments is a law of God’s making; a law of his own speaking.  God has many ways of speaking to the children of men by his spirit, conscience, providences; his voice in all which we ought carefully to attend to:  but he never spake at any time upon any occasion so as he spake the ten commandments, which therefore we ought to hear with the more earnest  heed.  This law God had given to man before, it was written in his heart by nature; but sin had so defaced that writing, that it was necessary to revive the knowledge of it.”  John Wesley, Explanitory Notes, Exodus 20           


PRELUDE              “Prelude on Morecambe”                      Organist                                                                                                       




                                Liturgist:   Mary Meckenstock 


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                             Psalm 119:33-35    

Leader:   Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I will

                observe it to the end.            

People:   Give me understanding, that I may keep your law

                and observe it with my whole heart.        

Leader:    Lead me in the path of  your commandments, for I

                delight in it.          


*HYMN OF PRAISE         “Lead On, O King Eternal”         UMH#580


*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                              Josephus                            

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, Lord”                    UMH#473                                                          



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




Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish                                      

Offertory                    “Communion Meditations”                   Organist

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

*Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                                                                                


                                 Scripture, Hymn and Sermon


SPECIAL MUSIC    “Ancient Words”  (Lynn Deshazo)    Meredith Cory


OLD TESTAMENT                                                        Exodus 20:1-21

Then God spoke all these words:  I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.  You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.  Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work.  But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.  Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.  You shall not murder.  You shall not commit adultery.  You shall not steal.  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.  When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”  Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”  Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.





NEW TESTAMENT/EPISTLE LESSON                            1 John 4:7-9

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.  God’s love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.


*GOSPEL LESSON                                                        Matthew 5:17-20

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.  Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.               

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

People:  Thanks be to God.


CHORAL ANTHEM  (10:30)              “O Love”              Chancel Choir

                                                (Elaine Hagenberg)    


SERMON          “The Ten Commandments”             Pastor Mike Rose                                                                


*HYMN OF RESPONSE                                     (Vs 1 & 2)     UMH#339

“Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast”                      



Turn in your hymnals to page 12 for A Service of Word and Table II.


*POSTLUDE                                                                                      Organist


Prayer Concerns:

Ron Herrman                                         

Roberta Brewer

Virginia Johnson                                                                        

Continuing Prayer Concerns:            Phyllis Bloss

Steve Miller                                        Wade Jeffery

Dianna Jennings                                  J.R. Grabbe

Sue Jones                                                John Chamberlain

Betsy Losey                                        

Rachel Palmberg                                   

Hurricane victims

Forest Fire victims


Linda Blackstone 09-25-17

(sister of Carol Pitner)

Services were Friday in Nebraska



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

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

                                      Study:  “When God Doesn’t Fix It”


              10:00  a.m.   Staff Meeting

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


                9:00  a.m.    Quilters                                                                                          

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


              10:00  a.m.    UMW Executive Board – dining room alcove

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

                5:00  p.m.    WOW  meal-chicken/noodles ,mashed potatoes, salad,

                                                             green beans and cherry crisp

                5:50  p.m.    WOW worship

                6:15  p.m.    WOW programming                                                                    

                6:20  p.m.    Bell Choir

                6:30  p.m.    Festival of Faith – Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

                7:15  p.m.    Chancel Choir              


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

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


      09-24-17 Worship Attendance  376         09-24-17   Sunday School 128         

      09-25-16  Worship Attendance 421         09-25-16   Sunday School 119                   

                            Offering last Sunday                       $   9,162.00             

                          Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00

        Budget Needs to Date  $432,900.00  Offering to Date  $369,855.00

                                         Feed the Hungry was  2 food items.                                                                   


                        Greeters:  8:30  Terry & Lisa Blide  10:45  Kent Steward      


               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.


Chancel Choir Rehearsals, Wednesdays 7:15 – 8:30 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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