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UNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, E.L.C.A.
3025 Falling Creek Rd., NE, Hickory, North Carolina
Website: www.lutheransonline.com/unitylutheran 828-324-1533
Sunday School 9:30 am - Worship 10:30 am
August 23, 2015 10:30 a.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
WELCOME TO UNITY. Thanks for being here today and sharing in this worship experience. If you are considering a new church home, we would be happy to talk with you about joining us in our ministry here. Call the church office and make an appointment with the Pastor to see if Unity might be the place you would like to call your church home.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Jeff and Erica Hoyle and their children, Seth, Jordan, Josh and Brooke, to the Glory of God and in memory of Jeff�s mother, Elizabeth �Nana� Pollock.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Rebecca Adcock, Sandra Bowman, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Amity Enci & family, Lee Gabriel, Max Johnson, Clydette Jonas, Ann Kanipe, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Tim Settlemyre, Dave Shannon, Wes Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant, Nathan Whitener, Unity Lutheran students and Unity�s Call Committee.
HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Carl Fox, Clara Good, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: David Setzer, Stephanie B., Caroline La Torre, Pastor Robert Allen, Matt Propst, Mike Stoker, Diane Cooke, Trey Duncan, Travis Johnson, Ernie Robbins, Kim Metcalf, Lynette Stoker, Christine Hewitt, Gene Tucker, Mike Bass, Pastor Gary Weant, John Enci.
HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
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GOD�S WORK OUR HANDS day for Unity is Saturday, August 29. Unity will provide lunch and snacks for those working on a Habitat House. If you are into �hands on� work, you can help with the actual building of the house. There is always a need for people to hammer nails, paint, carry items to and from the worksite, run errands, etc. Professional carpenters, etc. will be on site to instruct any one who has not worked on a house before. The main thing is to get involved in helping with the Habitat project and show that Unity, as a church community, is doing God�s Work with Our Hands.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF has an URGENT NEED for school kits. Unity WELCA will be collecting supplies for the next several months. Please consider donating any of the following supplies or money to purchase supplies. Place supplies in collection bin under coat rack in narthex (give monetary donations to Ruie Jones). Thanks for supporting this WELCA project. Items needed are: 70 sheet spiral notebooks (no loose paper), unsharpened pencils, 30 centimeter ruler (may also include inches on one side), black or blue ballpoint pens, pencil sharpener, box of 16 or 24 crayons, blunt tip scissors, and 2-1/2� eraser.

PRELUDE
*CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS Page 94
P: In the name of the Father, and the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen
P: God of all mercy...our Savior and Lord. C: Amen
P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. Most merciful God,
C: we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
P: In the mercy of almighty God...and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen
*GATHERING SONG O Jesus, I Have Promised Hymn 810
*APOSTOLIC GREETING & KYRIE Page 138
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. C: And also with you.
*CANTICLE OF PRAISE Page 138
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Let us pray ... through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord . C: Amen.
CHILDREN�S MESSAGE
& BLESSING OF BOOKBAGS Pastor John Woodard
FIRST LESSON: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
A:Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2And Joshua said to all the people, �Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: 14�Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.� 16Then the people answered, �Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great
signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.�
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
PSALM 34:15-22 Chant responsively by whole verse
15The eyes of the Lord are up- | on the righteous,
and God�s ears are open | to their cry.
16The face of the Lord is against those | who do evil,
to erase the remembrance of them | from the earth.
17The righteous cry, and | the Lord hears them,
and delivers them from | all their troubles.
18The Lord is near to the | brokenhearted,
and saves those whose spir- | its are crushed.
19Many are the troubles | of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers them from | everyone.
20God will keep safe | all their bones;
not one of them | shall be broken.
21Evil will bring death | to the wicked
and those who hate the righteous | will be punished.
22O Lord, you redeem the life | of your servants,
and those who put their trust in you will | not be punished.
SECOND LESSON: Ephesians 6:10-20
A: 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 19Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page 142
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 6th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: John 6:56-69
P: 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.� 59He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. 60When many of his disciples heard it, they said, �This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?� 61But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, �Does this offend you? 62Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But among you there are some who do not believe.� For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65And he said, �For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.� 66Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67So Jesus asked the twelve, �Do you also wish to go away?� 68Simon Peter answered him, �Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.�
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY You Are the Way Hymn 758
*APOSTLES� CREED
C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God�s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
A: � Lord in your mercy, C: hear our prayer.
*SHARING OF THE PEACE
P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you.
WORSHIP WITH TITHES AND OFFERINGS
OFFERTORY
*OFFERING SONG Create in Me a Clean Heart Hymn 186
*THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD Page 220
P: O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever. C: Amen.
*A PRAYER FOR CHILDREN
*THE LORD�S PRAYER Page 221
C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
*BLESSING
P: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord's face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace. C: Amen.
*SENDING SONG Lead On, O King Eternal! Hymn 805
*DISMISSAL
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE
SERVING TODAY
Pastor: Pastor John Woodard Organist: Frances Whitener
Assisting Minister: Tinita Stoker Acolyte: Josh Hazelwood
Greeters: Judy & Leighton Prince
August Counters: Adrian Jones & Ralph Adcock
Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman, Cindy Johnson & Ruie Jones
August Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon & Tinita Stoker
August Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
Property Contact: Adrian Jones (256-7676)

SERVING NEXT SUNDAY:
Assisting Minister: Ted Neely
Acolyte : Emma Neely
Greeters: Shirley & Frank Shannon
Flowers: Richard & Elaine Huffman
Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon & Tinita Stoker
Counters: Adrian Jones & Ralph Adcock
Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman, Cindy Johnson &
Ruie Jones
Property Contact: Adrian Jones (256-7676)

UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Tuesday: Newsletter Deadline
Thursday: Lutheran Men
Saturday: �God�s Work, Our Hands� (See announcement)
Next Sunday: 9:30am Sunday School
10:30am Worship

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