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                        We Worship Together

                          Pentecost Sunday & Heritage Sunday 

                                              June 4, 2017                          


Personal Meditation:  “The wizard (of Oz) says look inside yourself and find self.  God says look inside yourself and find (the Holy Spirit).  The first will get you to Kansas. The latter will get you to heaven.  Take your pick.” –Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus:  Knowing His Heart, Feeling His Love


PRELUDE       “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart”         Organist




*CALL TO WORSHIP                                        Psalm 104: 30-33; 35b   

Leader:    When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and

                 you renew the face of the ground.

People:    May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the

                 LORD rejoice in his works--

Leader:     Who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the

                 mountains and they smoke.

People:     I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise

                 to my God while I have being.  

Leader:     Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the

                 wicked be no more.  Bless the LORD, O my soul.  Praise

                 the LORD!


*HYMN OF PRAISE                                                                  UMH#57

                     “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (Vs1-4)    


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH       The  Apostles’ Creed               UMH#881


*GLORIA PATRI             “Glory Be to the Father”                    UMH#70  


Heritage Sunday-Today we recognize and honor some of the faithful

members who have served Hays First United Methodist Church for

up to 54 years.  The combined number of years of service from those

whom we honor today totals 685 years.  Please congratulate them

and express your gratitude during the Sunday School hour in the



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. 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


PRAYERS AND LORD’S PRAYER                                     Pastor Mike Rose


*HYMN OF RESPONSE       “Grace Greater than Our Sin”       UMH#365


SPECIAL MUSIC                                                               Melody Barton

            “I Have Chosen the Way of Truth”   (Craig Courtney)



Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish                                     

Offertory                     “In Deep Humility I Pray”                    Organist                             

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

*Prayer of Thanksgiving


                               Scripture, Songs and Sermon

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                                 Acts 2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.  And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.  Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?  Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”  All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”  But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”  But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.  Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.  No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.  Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.  And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.  The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.  Then everyone who calls on the Lord shall be saved.’ 

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                              1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!”  and no one can say “Jesus is  Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of  tongues.  All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.  For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.


*GOSPEL LESSON                                                           John 7: 37-39

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink.  As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’”  Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.  

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

People:  Thanks be to God.


*SONG OF PREPARATION             “Spirit of God”             FWS#2117


SERMON     “Pentecost:  What is God Up To?”      Pastor Alice Koech


*HYMN OF RESPONSE                “Spirit Song”                  UMH#347                                            

                                An Order of Farewell to a Pastor

Pastor Alice:  I thank you, the members and friends of Hays First United Methodist Church for the love and support you have shown me while I have ministered among  you.  I am grateful for the ways my leadership has been accepted.  I ask forgiveness for the mistakes I have made.  As I leave, I carry with me all that I have learned here.

Congregation:  We receive your thankfulness, offer forgiveness, and accept that you now leave to minister elsewhere.  We express our gratitude for your time among us.  We ask your forgiveness for our mistakes.  Your influence on our faith and faithfulness will not leave us with your departure.

Pastor Alice:  I accept your gratitude and forgiveness, and I forgive you, trusting that our time together and our parting are pleasing to God.  I release you from turning to me and depending on me.  I encourage your continuing ministry here and will pray for you.

Let us pray…

All:  Eternal God, whose steadfast love for us is from everlasting to everlasting, we give you thanks for cherished memories and commend one another into your care as we move in new directions.  Keep us one in your love forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


*CLOSING HYMN                                                             UMH#672  

           ”God Be with You till We Meet Again” (Vs 1 & 2)                        


*POSTLUDE                                                                            Organist                                                          


Prayer Concerns:

Rachel Palmberg                                                            

Ron Herrman                                                         

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



The flowers on the altar are in honor of Pastor Alice for her service and leadership over the past two years.  The people of Hays FUMC wish you well Pastor Alice.


Going to Camp June 10 or June 12.  Abigail Pyle, Leah Thomas, Camden Luck, Cyler Luck and Katie Klein.  These Kiddos would love to hear from you, their church family.


Attention Band Instrumentalists!!  The Hays City Band is starting rehearsals June 5 at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated FHSU Lyle Dilley Rehearsal Room (126).  So dust off those instruments and come join

us for some great music making and fun.


Please join the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC) in thanking Pastor Alice Koech for her service to Hays FUMC today, June 4th.  We will host a potluck lunch for Pastor Alice and her family at Noon in Fellowship Hall.  SPPRC will provide the beverage and tableware.  Bring your favorite dish and join us as we wish Pastor Alice and her family well in their next chapter.


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 a.m. 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 medication.






8:30 &  10:45  a.m.   Worship Services

               9:30  a.m.    Sunday School – Summer Sunday School begins

               9:30  a.m.    Youth Sunday School – Youth Center

               9:30  a.m.    Coffee time parlor

               9:30  a.m.    Healthy Congregations – Fellowship Hall (blood pressure

                                    checks, reducing falls and pharmacist present)

               12:00 p.m.    Farewell Luncheon for Pastor Alice and family - dining room


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


               9:00  a.m.    Quilters                                

              10:30  a.m.    Praise & Prayer


               9:00  a.m.    Crafters                                                                          

June 7 – June 10  Annual Conference, Grand Island, NE 


       05-28-17 Worship Attendance 219         05-28-17  Sunday School  70      

       05-29-16 Worship Attendance 202         05-29-16  Sunday School  52                      

                          Offering last Sunday                         $  5,954.00           

                          Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00       

         Budget Needs to Date  $244,200.00   Offering to Date  $216,561.00    

                            Feed the Hungry was $75.00 and 2 food items.                                                                   

                     Greeters:  8:30  Marsha Newell  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.                                                 

       Hearing assist units are available for use during the services.

                                       Please ask an usher.

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, Darren & Angela Stieben, Shirley Green, Wilmer & Lorena Kellogg, Lance & Cathy Russell, Elton & Wendy Beougher, Lois Lutz, Marcia Bannister & Ken Griffin, Eric & Carol Harfmann,  Bonnie Dilley, Joe & Jan Edwards, Lee Fisher, Tom & Deb McDonald, Glenn & Marilyn Ginther, Duane & Shirley Steffen.