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                        5th Sunday of Lent – Theme:  Resurrection  


Personal Meditation:  “What we have at the moment isn’t as the old liturgies used to say, ‘the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the dead,’ but a vague and fuzzy optimism that somehow things may work out in the end.”  N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope:  Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church  

PRELUDE AND INTRODUCTION OF LIGHT                                Organist                                   “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed”                                                                                                     


MISSION MOMENT                                                               Gail Kuehl


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                    Psalm 130:1-4                    

Leader:   Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.                                       

People:   Lord, hear my voice!  Let your ears be attentive to the

                voice of my supplications!

Leader:    If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could


People:    But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be



*HYMN OF PRAISE              “O Worship the King”                   UMH#73


*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


SPECIAL MUSIC  (10:45)                                                     Kids Prayze 

        “The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower”                                                                                              

TIME FOR CHRIST’S YOUNG DISCIPLES                               Gail Kuehl         

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             “Spirit of the Living God”              UMH#393




CHORAL RESPONSE  10:45                                             Chancel Choir

                                    “There Is a Balm in Gilead”


Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish 

Offertory              “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”                Organist                                             

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

*Prayer of Thanksgiving


          Scripture, Hymn and Sermon


*HYMN OF PREPARATION “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”  UMH#420


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                             Ezekiel 37:11-14

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel.  They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.”  Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.  And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I  open your graves, and bring  you up from your graves, O my people.  I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall  know that I,  the LORD, have spoken and will act,” says the LORD.


*GOSPEL LESSON                                                                  John 11:1-45

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.  So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”  But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.  Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”  The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?”  Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight?”  Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.  But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.”  After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.”  The disciples said to him, “Lord,  if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.”  Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.  Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.  For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.  But let us go to him.”  Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”  When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.  Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.   When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”  When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately.  “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”  And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.  Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.  The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out.  They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.  When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you have had been here, my brother would not have died.”  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.  He said, “Where have you laid him?”  They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus began to weep.  So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb.  It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him “Lord already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  So they took away the stone.  And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth.  Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”  Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

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

People:  Thanks be to God.


CHORAL ANTHEM   “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross”    Chancel Choir

                                        (Mary McDonald)


SERMON                                                                     Rev. Mike Rose   

            “Resurrection:  The Lazarus Principle (and Promise)”


*HYMN OF DEDICATION (8:30)  “The Hymn of Promise”    UMH#707


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




*POSTLUDE                                                                                 Organist 



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


               1:00  p.m.    Worship Committee - parlor                          


               9:00  a.m.    Quilters                                

              10:30  a.m.    Praise & Prayer                                                             


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

5:00  p.m.   W.O.W. - 5-6 p. m. meal (oven baked chicken, salad, twice

                           baked potatoes, apply/cherry crunch)     

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

               6:20  p.m.    Bell Choir                        

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


       03-26-17 Worship Attendance  238           03-26-17 Sunday School   84 

       03-27-16 Worship Attendance  915           03-27-16 Sunday School 108

                      Offering last Sunday                         $  7,121.00     

                      Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00

       Budget Needs to Date  $144,300.00    Offering to Date    $126,083.00  

                            Feed the Hungry was $676.00 and 3 food items.                                                               


               Greeters:  8:30  Marillyn Knowles    10:45  Bill & Rita Barker                     


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


             The nursery is available during both worship services.                                                 


SPECIAL NOTICE:  The Community Assistance Center is in desperate      need of food.


There will be a new member Joining Sunday on April 30th.  If you are interested in joining Hays FUMC, please call the church office at 625-3408.


FHSU Student’s for Life, is hosting a 5K Run on April 28th.  Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the race begins at 8:00 p.m.  Registration is $20.00 per person or $50.00 for a team of 4.  Registration deadline is  April 14th.  You may register online at https//

Prayer Concerns:

Janis Baker (Chelsea Dickey’s grandmother)            

Caity Merritt (Inman’s friend)                       

Paula Harry (Inman’s friend)                          Elmo Lund

Jan Pafford (Carol Pitner’s sister)                   Phil Stahlman

Nancy Bates                                                    Bryan Tholen

Pam Gillen                                                           (no calls or visits please)  

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

Samara                                                Ron Herrman


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, Lois Lutz, Marcia Bannister & Ken Griffin, Eric & Carol Harfmann.


-The Missions Committee is collecting items for “Blessing Bags” to be given to homeless or transient people.  If you can bring any of the following items from now through April 23, please place in the container in the parlor.  Items needed:  granola bars, gum, mints, beef jerky, individually wrapped hand wipes.  Thank you!

-The FUMC Chancel Choir will present “What Love Is This?”  Sunday, April 9, at both services.  Jesus sacrificed His life as a final act of love.  “Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:13.  The power of God’s love that raised Jesus from the dead radically changed His closest followers and all who experienced that love through these first century witnesses.  And that incomparable love continues to reverberate and change lives today centuries after Christ walked this earth.  Come join us as the message of this cantata leads us along a rugged path to the cross, a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice and love.