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Website: 828-324-1533
Sunday School 9:30 am - Worship 10:30 am
October 19, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.
WE WELCOME ALL VISITORS this morning. We are glad you are here to share in the worship and praise of God and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope is that you will feel the nearness of the living Christ in your heart and that you will feel blessed for having come here. Take a moment to fill out the attendance slip and place it on the offering plate.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God and in celebration of the birthday of Aleisha Huffman on October 21 by her parents Richard and Elaine Huffman.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Hugh Bolick, Sandra Bowman, Tina Carpenter, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Max Johnson, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, Arnold Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant, Nathan Whitener and Unity Lutheran students. HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Frances Anderson, Carl Fox, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Darius Anderson, Kristen & Nick Hughes, Gaye Woodie, Sharon Wilson, Jenn Thompson, Don Starnes, Earnie Robbins, Elaine Sipe, Betty Cook, Steve Robbins, Jim Cartwright, Deri Strassner, Shawn Browning, Jim Burns, T.J. Myers and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.

Minister: Rev. Garry White
Organist: Frances Whitener
Acolyte: Jada Nelson
Assisting Minister: Wes Starnes
Greeters: Joy & James Burns
Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman, Cindy Johnson & Ruie Jones
October Counters: Ted Neely & Erica Hoyle
October Altar Guild: Kletus Warren, Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
October Narthex Care: Peggy Bolick & Ann Lutz

Assisting Minister: Tinita Stoker
Acolyte: Joy Burns
Greeters: Cindy & Max Johnson
Flowers: Elaine & Richard Huffman

WELCOME Frances Whitener as our organist and the Reverend Garry White as our Supply Pastor today. We welcome them to Unity and appreciate their willingness to be with us during our time of transition.
LUTHERAN MEN IN MISSION will meet on Thursday, October 23 for dinner and fellowship. All men are invited to come.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 is the deadline for any announcements you have for the newsletter.
UNITY WILL HOST A TRUNK OR TREAT on Friday, October 31 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Folks are needed to hand out treats from their car trunks. Also needed are candy and treats or monetary donations. Contact Ruie Jones at 256-7676 or if you can help.
PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE for the coming year. Jay Tate and Joy Burns have completed their 3-year terms on the Congregation Council and the vacancy left by Michael Simmons needs to be filled. Seth Hoyle, our youth representative has served a 1 year term. If you are asked for your name to be submitted into nomination to serve on the council, give this request prayerfully consideration. Or better yet, don’t wait to be asked, let one of the Council Members know you would be willing to serve. Be sure to listen carefully. God is calling.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR at Bethany Lutheran Church is November 1 from 9am to 2pm. Breakfast and lunch will be available. There will be a variety of vendors and consultants and drawings for door prizes. Sponsored by the Bethany Women of the ELCA.
HARVEST OF HOPE 5K will take place on Saturday, November 8. More information is on the bulletin board in the educational hall.
PET FOOD continues to be collected in the bin in the narthex. The pet food will be distributed through Greater Hickory CCM to families that have pets and are receiving assistance.
COMMEMORATIVE MUGS are still available for purchase for $8. Quantities are limited. See Cindy Johnson if want a Unity Mug.
BACKPACK PROGRAM 2014 sponsored by the Elks Lodge is seeking donations through October. Sponsor a child for a full school year for $100 or drop off your food or monetary donations at the Elks Lodge. The Elks are having a Great Italian Dinner Night on November 8 to support this program. See the poster on the bulletin board in the educational hall. For tickets or information see Jay Tate or Carole Anderson.

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 God of Grace and God of Glory Hymn 705
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.
P: Let us pray ... Christ our Lord. C: Amen.
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 45:1-7
A: Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him— and the gates shall not be closed: 2I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 4For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me. 5I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, 6so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. 7I form light and create darkness, I
make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.
PSALM 96:1-13 (Chant responsively)
PSALM 96:1-13
(Chant responsively by whole verse.)
1Sing to the LORD | a new song;
sing to the LORD, | all the earth.
2Sing to the LORD, bless the name | of the LORD;
proclaim God's salvation from | day to day.
3Declare God's glory a- | mong the nations
and God's wonders a- | mong all peoples.
4For great is the LORD and greatly | to be praised,
more to be feared | than all gods.
5As for all the gods of the nations, they | are but idols;
but you, O LORD, have | made the heavens.
6Majesty and magnificence are | in your presence;
power and splendor are in your | sanctuary.
7Ascribe to the LORD, you families | of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD hon- | or and power.
8Ascribe to the LORD the honor due the | holy name;
bring offerings and enter the courts | of the LORD.
9Worship the LORD in the beau- | ty of holiness;
tremble before the LORD, | all the earth.
10Tell it out among the nations: "The | LORD is king!
The one who made the world so firm that it cannot be moved will judge the peo- | ples with equity."
11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the | earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it; let the field be joyful and all that | is therein.
12Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy at your com- | ing, O LORD,
for you come to | judge the earth.
13You will judge the | world with righteousness
and the peoples | with your truth.

SECOND LESSON: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
A: Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. 2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Matthew the 22nd chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Matthew 22:15-22
P: 15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Rev. Garry White
*HYMN OF THE DAY Take My Life, That I May Be Hymn 685
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.
A: Hear us, O God C: Your mercy is great.
P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you.
*OFFERING SONG Create in Me a Clean Heart Hymn 186
P: For your Word of Life, O God, C: we give you thanks and praise.
P: O God of justice … be honor and glory forever. C: Amen.
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.
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 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! Hymn 413
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

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