First Wausau United Methodist Church
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.


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Sunday Worship Times: 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel and 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sermon Series

The Journey Begins: Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17

We seem to be always beginning. Or at least we have a tendency to speak about how we start our journey of faith. Yet, each day is a new beginning, a reaffirmation of the desire to be a disciple of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Once again, the journey begins.

Even though there are those of us who are more seasoned travelers on the journey of faith, we are constantly met with new disciples.  Rather than being slowed down by this, we are rejuvenated by the zeal that new converts often bring with them. “The journey begins” then is a time of celebration and of hopefulness. We are looking forward to becoming the community that we long to be and are described as being by the very one we follow

So, here in the late summer and beginning of fall, when some things are winding down and other things are starting up, it is time for us to remember who we are and to whom we pledge our ultimate allegiance. Let’s go back to our first love and embrace our God with passion and with joy.

Sunday, August 27

Who Do You Say?  (9 am worship)
Psalm 124, Exodus 1:8-2:10, Matthew 16:13-20
Hymns: #519 Lift Every Voice and Sing
    #130 God Will Take Care of You
    #589 The Church of Christ, in Every Age

Sunday, September 3

Who Am I?  (9 am communion worship)
Psalm 138, Exodus 3:1-15, Matthew 16:21-28
Hymns: #698 God of the Ages
    #448 Go Down, Moses (vv. 1-4, 11)
    #338 Where He Leads Me

Sunday, September 10

What is the Sign?  (8 & 10 am worship)
Psalm 119:33-40, Exodus 12:1-14, Matthew 18:15-20
Hymns: #120 Your Love, O God (to the tune FINLANDIA)
    #523 Saranam, Saranam (Jesus, Savior, Lord)
    #390 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive

Sunday, September 17

How Many Times? (8 & 10 am worship)
Psalm 114, Exodus 14:19-31, Matthew 18:21-35
Hymns: #327 Crown Him with Many Crowns
    #121 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
    #389 Freely, Freely

Sermon Series

For the Long Haul:  Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15
The Sundays after Pentecost can seem to drag on and on at times. Throughout the long summer, we are asked to maintain our enthusiasm for faith and for worship. This is where we learn again that our faith journey is a marathon and not a sprint. Sure, we’ve heard that before and maybe even could say we know it. But what does it mean?

The first thing it means is that we won’t get too far in our discipleship journey on enthusiasm alone. There will be times when we’ve hit a dry spell, or when we find ourselves in a desert. And as the examples in our chosen texts for the next four weeks show us, grumbling and fear will be ever around us and even within us at times. Enthusiasm wanes and emotions come and go. It takes discipline to sustain the pace as we walk our faith journey. It takes commitment and the will to keep putting one foot in front of another.

This is not, however, a self-generated discipline, though the self is involved. But the other truth before us is that we are not alone as we continue along our discipleship path. First of all, there is the ever-present Spirit of God who sustains and enlivens us the more we seek God in our daily lives, as we proceed on the long haul of faith. God is with us. Secondly, there is a community of faith that encourages us, mentors us, learns with us and even from us at times. We are in relationship with the church in the long haul. Indeed, we might argue that the only way we can make it for the long haul is together. There’s a saying that sums it up: “if you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” We are in community as we journey, especially for the long haul.

Sunday, September 24

"The Burden of the Day"
Psalm 105; 14-21, Exodus 16:2-15, Matthew 20:1-16


First UMC of Wausau also offers Online Worship!

Did you know that most new church visitors have first visited us online? Offering online worship is the new "front door" to reach out to and welcome new guests and members. It also offers existing members the benefits of staying connected even if you're out of town or under the weather.

Our Sunday service is live-streamed at 10 am on our YouTube channel at this link:

By mid-afternoon on Sundays, the video is fully uploaded to watch anytime. Please be sure to click the red "Subscribe" button. It also helps us share God's grace and truth with more people when you click the "Like" button and write a comment every time you watch a worship video. Unfortunately, we don't know who is joining us online unless you comment on YouTube or keep us updated via phone or email. Please let us know how when you're virtually present. Thank you for we can spiritually support you even only able to be connecting and supporting Christ's mission together!


Communion Stewards: Paula Hauber, LaRae Horton and Dottie Nietert

Ushers and Greeters Needed

Now that we are back to in-person worship (thank God!), we are looking for a few people to fill out our Usher and Greeter monthly rotation. This would be an ideal opportunity for mentors and confirmands, or anyone who would like to have a more active role in worship. Please contact the church office or let Mike Zahn, Dan or Jen Marzu, or Pastor Rebecca know that you are interested.


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