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 October 8, 2017

Moses:  Lessons from the Wilderness



Personal Meditation:    “The desert shatters the soul’s arrogance and leaves body and soul  crying out in thirst and hunger. In the desert we trust God or die.”

Dan B. Allender, The Healing Path        


PRELUDE            “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”                   Organist                                                                                                       




                                Liturgist:   Shawn Jeffery   


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                            Psalm 78:1; 12-16    

Leader:     Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears

                 to the words of my mouth.             

People:     In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels in

                  the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.       

Leader:      He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and

                  made the waters stand like a heap.

People:      In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all night

                  long with a fiery light.

Leader:      He split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave them

                  drink abundantly as from the deep.

People:      He made streams come out of the rock, and caused

                   waters to flow down like rivers.          


*HYMN OF PRAISE             “Wade in the Water”              FWS#2107   


*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       “Take Time to Be Holy”   (Vs 1)        UMH#395                                                                        



CHORAL RESPONSE  (10:45)          “Simple Gifts”        Chancel Choir                             


SPECIAL MUSIC                           Lisa McGrath & Marie Henderson 

“Holy Spirit”  (Bryan & Katie Torwalt)



Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish                                      

Offertory                            “Song of Hope”                              Organist

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

*Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                                                                                


                                 Scripture, Hymn and Sermon


*HYMN OF PREPARATION  “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”  FWS#2120


OLD TESTAMENT                 Exodus 16:1-5; 17:1-2; 5-7; 18:1-6;17-24

The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt.  The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.  The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”  Then the LORD said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day.  In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.  On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.”  From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded.  They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.  The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.”  Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me?  Why do you test the LORD?”  The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.  I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb.  Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.”  Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.  He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”  Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.  After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro took her back, along with her two sons.  The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, “I have been an alien in a foreign land”), and the name of the other, Eliezer (for he said, “The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharoah”).  Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came into the wilderness where Moses was encamped at the mountain of God, bringing Moses’ sons and wife to him.  He sent word to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you, with your wife and her two sons.”

Moses’ father-in-law said to him,  “What you are doing is not good.  You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you.  For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.  Now listen to me, I will give you counsel, and God be with you!  You should represent the people before God, and you should bring their cases before God; teach them the statutes and instructions and make known to them the way they are to go and the things they are to do.  You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties ad tens.  Let them sit as judges for the people at all times; let them bring every important case to you, but decide every minor case themselves.  So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.  If you do this, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people will go to their home in peace.”  So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said.                

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

People:  Thanks be to God.


CHORAL ANTHEM  (10:45)                                             Chancel Choir               “O Christ, Surround Me”  arr. David Sims


SERMON          “Lessons from the Wilderness”         Pastor Mike Rose                                                                


*HYMN OF RESPONSE                                                      UMH#724 

“On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand”                                                




*POSTLUDE                                                                                      Organist


Prayer Concerns:

Ron Herrman                                        

Roberta Brewer

Virginia Johnson                                                                        


Continuing Prayer Concerns:            Phyllis Bloss

Steve Miller                                        Wade Jeffery

Dianna Jennings                                  Sue Jones                                               John Chamberlain

Betsy Losey                                        

Rachel Palmberg



J.R. Grabbe 09-29-17

(husband of Barbara Grabbe)





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”

                7:00  p.m.    Staff/Parish Committee – church library


              10:00  a.m.   Staff Meeting

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

                7:00  p.m.   Shalom Circle–dining room alcove-Julie Giess, Linda  Beech                                


                9:00  a.m.    Quilters

              10:00  a.m.    Good Samaritan – Pastor Mike

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

                3:30  p.m.    Nominations Committee

                5:45  p.m.    Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat – youth meet at church                


                9:15  a.m.    Naomi Circle-dining room alcove-Melody Davidson &

                                      Marva Miller

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

                1:30  p.m.    Rebekah Circle-dining room alcove-Theresa Rose, Betty Innes

                5:00  p.m.    WOW  meal-spaghetti/meatball sauce, salad, bread sticks,

                                      frozen mixed fruit cup

                5:50  p.m.    WOW worship

                6:15  p.m.    WOW programming                                                                    

                6:20  p.m.    Bell Choir                                                                         

                7:15  p.m.    Chancel Choir


                9:00  a.m.    Crafters              


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

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

                6:00  p.m.    UMW District Officer Mission Team Meeting-dining room


                9:00  a.m.    UMW District Meeting – Hays FUMC                                          


     10-01-17 Worship Attendance  398         10-01-17   Sunday School 127         

     10-02-16  Worship Attendance 439         10-02-16   Sunday School 119                   

                            Offering last Sunday                       $15,422.00               

                          Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00

        Budget Needs to Date  $444,000.00  Offering to Date  $385,277.00

                                         Feed the Hungry was 24 food items.                                                                   

      Greeters:  8:30  Ralph & Lorraine Howerton  10:45  Harold & Virginia Kraus  

                          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.                                  


A reminder from K-State Research and Extension-When donating food for a community food drive, choose foods that provide maximum nutrition from each food group of MyPlate.  Consider donating dried or evaporated milk; canned chicken, tuna, salmon and beans; canned fruits and vegetables (especially dark green and deep orange varieties) including tomatoes and tomato sauces; whole grain cereals, pastas and brown rice; peanut butter and 100% fruit juices.  Community neighbors in need will eat healthier when we donate nutritious foods based on MyPlate.


Chancel Choir Rehearsals, Wednesdays 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  What is Chancel Choir about?  Come and find out!


“Surviving & Thriving” is the theme for the 22nd Annual “Day of Caring” brunch and fashion show at FHSU Memorial Union on October 21, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m.  come celebrate a day of Breast Cancer Awareness and Survivorship.  Models are breast cancer survivors.  Tickets are $20.00 per person until October 16. For more information call the Cancer Council of Ellis County, 625-6653.


The Community Assistance Center is very short on food.


Christmas Food Basket and Teaming up for Tots sign up is October 2 through November 17.  Must be an Ellis Co. resident and low income.  Sign up at the Community Assistance Center 12th and Oak.  To sponsor a family for the Christmas Food Box is $50.00.


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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