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                          4th Sunday of Lent – Theme:  Seeing Jesus


Personal Meditation:  “The cross I made needs no man on its chest, for its eyes are where its heart is.”  Adam Korevec  

PRELUDE AND INTRODUCTION OF LIGHT                                Organist

                         “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”                                                                                                                            


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                    Psalm 23:1-6                       

Leader:    The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.                                   

People:    He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me

                 beside still waters;

Leader:     He restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for

                 his name’s sake.       

People:    Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no

                 evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—

                 they comfort me. 

Leader:     You prepare a table before me in the presence of my

                 enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

People:     Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of

                  my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my

                  whole life long.  


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


*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          

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        “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”        UMH#474    




SPECIAL MUSIC                                                                Cade Swayne           “Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God” (Carl F. Mueller)                                                                                                   


Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish 

Offertory                             “Lamb of God”                                Organist                                                

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

*Prayer of Thanksgiving


          Scripture, Hymn and Sermon


*HYMN OF PREPARATION      “Be Thou My Vision”               UMH#451


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                           1 Sam. 16:1-13

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul?  I have rejected him from being king over Israel.  Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”  Samuel said, “How can I go?  If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.”  And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’  Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.”  Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem.  The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said.  “Do you come peaceably?”  He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.”  And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.  When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is now before the LORD.”  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature,  because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel.  He said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”  Then Jesse made Shammah pass by.  And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”  Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.”  Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?”  And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.”  And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”  He sent and brought him in.  Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome.  The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.  Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.


NEW TESTAMENT/EPISTLE LESSON                           Ephesians 5:8-9

For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.  Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.           


*GOSPEL LESSON                                                            John 9:1-41

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.  We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent), Then he went and washed and came back able to see.  The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.”  He kept saying, “I am the man.”  But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”  He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.”  They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”  They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.  Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.  Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight.  He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes.  Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.”  But others said, ”How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?”  And they were divided.  So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him?  It was your eyes he opened,” He said, “He is a prophet.”  The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind?  How then does he now see?”  His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes.  Ask him, he is of age.  He will speak for himself.”  His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”  So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God!  We know that this man is a sinner.”  He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  They said to him, “What did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen.  Why do you want to hear it again?  Do you also want to become his disciples?”  Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.  We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”  The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing!  You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.  We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will.  Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.  Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  He answered, “And who is he, sir?”  Tell me, so that I may believe in him.”  Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.”  He said, “Lord, I believe.”  And he worshiped him.  Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”  Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?”  Jesus said to them, “If  you were blind, you would not have sin.  But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

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

People:  Thanks be to God.                                                           


*HYMN OF PREPARATION                                                   (see insert)                   “View the Present through the Promise”


MESSAGE                                                                     Rev. Mike Rose                                                                      

            “Looking Cross-Eyed at Jesus: Seeing is Believing”

*HYMN OF RESPONSE “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”  UMH#57                        


*POSTLUDE                                                                                 Organist 


Prayer Concerns:

Janis Baker (Chelsea Dickey’s grandmother)

Judith Raynesford (Michelle Inman)                         

Caity Merritt (Inman’s friend)

Paula Harry (Inman’s friend)

Ray Hobert

Mitchell Hobart

Jan Pafford (Carol Pitner’s sister)

Ron Herrman

Pam Gillen

Continuing Prayer Concerns:             Phyllis Bloss

Steve Miller                                        Wade Jeffery

Dianna Jennings                                 BoB & Bev Lowen

Ruth Patterson                                   J.R. Grabbe

Betsy Losey                                         Sue Jones

Francis Catney                                    John Chamberlain



Deaths:  Lulu Rebecca “Becky” Ainsworth Stukesbary 03-14-17

               (mother of Leta Stukesbary)

               Ralph Look 03-16-17

               (brother of Lester Look)


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.


Camp Lakeside work day on April 1.  Meet at church parking lot at

8 a.m. returning 5 p.m. Wear work clothes and bring sack lunch.

Please call Gail Kuehl at 625-5558.




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.    Confirmation Class – dining room

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


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

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


               9:00  a.m.    Clergy Consultation Group

9:00  a.m.    Quilters                                

              10:30  a.m.    Praise & Prayer                                                             


               5:00  p.m.   W.O.W. - 5-6 p. m. meal (hot dogs, mac n cheese, cookies)     

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

               6:20  p.m.    Bell Choir                        

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


       03-19-17 Worship Attendance  379           03-19-17 Sunday School   80 

       03-20-16 Worship Attendance  309           03-20-16 Sunday School 115

                      Offering last Sunday                         $   6,684.01  

                      Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00

        Budget Needs to Date  $133,200.00    Offering to Date    $118,962.00  

                            Feed the Hungry was $25.00 and 5 food items.                                                               

               Greeters:  8:30  Pauline Branda     10:45   Steve & Carey Lewis                 

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

             The nursery is available during both worship services.                                                 



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, Marcia Bannister & Ken Griffin.

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