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
November 29, 2015 10:30 a.m.|
|NOVEMBER 29, 2015 - ANNOUNCEMENTS
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP and we depart to serve. Thank you for being a part of the worship celebration of Unity this morning. If you would like more information about Unity church and its outreach to the community, please feel free to call the church office or see a member of the staff.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are by given by the Women of the ELCA to the Glory of God.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, Amity Enci & family, Lee Gabriel, Sue Hollar, Max Johnson, Clydette Jonas, Ann Kanipe, Bob Raby, 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: Sandra Bowman, Carl Fox, Clara Good, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Edith Michael, Trey Mayo, Neill McGeachy, Elissa Horrell, John Gray, David Black, Matt Propst, Doug Shannon, Kay Poteat, Alice Bowman, Norris Detter, Jean Ann Starnes, Ernie Robbins, Kim Metcalf, Lynette Stoker, Rev. Gary Weant, John Enci, all public safety personnel and our military personnel especially those who serve in harm�s way.
HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
TODAY IS WOMEN OF THE ELCA SUNDAY. We are thankful for the leadership that the women of our congregation provide. They will be helping to lead the service this morning.
VICAR DIANE CLINE will be presiding and bringing us the message today. As a member of Unity and a 3rd year Seminarian serving Holy Trinity in Hickory, we are always glad for Diane to be among us.
TODAY we will have our 1st Fellowship Meal and �Advent Event�. The meal will begin at 5:00pm followed by the �Advent Event� at 5:30pm. Bring your Bible with you.
TIME AND TALENT SHEETS AND COMMITMENT CARDS. If you haven�t turned in your Time and Talent sheets and Commitment Cards be sure to fill them out and bring them to church next Sunday to be dedicated during worship. Extra forms and envelopes are available in the narthex.
NEED A RIDE? Are you able to provide a ride for the Christmas Eve Service at 10:00pm on December 24. Use the back of your attendance slip to let us know if you would like a ride or if you would be willing to pick someone up.
OUR CHRISTMAS FAMILY is a mother with 2 boys, ages 2 years and 7 months. Clothing needs are: pants sizes 4T, 12 months and Ladies 11, shirts sizes 4T, 12 months and Ladies Medium. Other items on their list are hats, riding toys, baby toys, Paw Patrol movies and toys, toy cars, full size leopard print comforter set, home accessories and black furniture. Gifts need to be at the church no later than Thursday, December 10.
THE CATAWBA VALLEY CHAPTER OF THRIVENT will have a final celebration/recognition of our volunteers on Saturday evening, December 5th at the Crowne Plaza Hickory. We will have hors d�oeuvres, cash bar and entertainment by the Sigmon Stringers. This will be a floating event from 6-9 PM so please plan to attend this final celebration. RSVP is required by Wednesday, December 2nd. You may RSVP by replying to this email or by contacting Ann Marie Blackmon at 828-464-4734 or Blackmon@lr.edu. We hope to see you there! Melinda Parks
SERVING NEXT SUNDAY:
Assisting Minister: Ted Neely
Communion Asst. & Acolyte: Ruie Jones
Greeters: Donna & Maurice Huffman Flowers: Bob & Lou Huffman
December Altar Guild: Ruie Jones & Lora Childres
December Counters: Maurice Huffman & Ann Lutz
December 5 Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
Ushers: Herman Price, Harold Shook, Steve Isenhour & Bob Michael
December Property Contact: Harold Shook (327-0386)
*CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
P: Blessed be the holy Trinity,... from on high who guides us into peace. C: Amen
P: God of all mercy...our Savior and Lord. C: Amen
P: Let us come before God in confession. (Silent reflection) To you, O God,
C: we lift up our souls. You know us through and through; we confess our sins to you. Remember not our sins; remember us with your steadfast love. Show us your ways; teach us your paths; and lead us in justice and truth, for the sake of your goodness in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
P: Sisters and brothers, come with joy � the reign of God is near. C: Amen
*GATHERING SONG (Verses 1, 2, 7 & 8) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Hymn 257
*APOSTOLIC GREETING AND KYRIE Page 147
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.
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Let us pray ... one God, now and forever. C: Amen.
CHILDREN�S MESSAGE Vicar Diane Cline
FIRST LESSON: Jeremiah 33:14-16
A: 14The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: �The Lord is our righteousness.�
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
PRAYER AND LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE Hymn 240
Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah (Verse 1)
PSALM 25:1-10 Chant responsively by whole verse
1To | you, O Lord,
I lift | up my soul.
2My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be | put to shame;
nor let my enemies triumphant | over me.
3Let none who look to you be | put to shame;
rather let those be put to shame | who are treacherous.
4Show me your | ways, O Lord;
and teach | me your paths.
5Lead me in your | truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all | the day long.
6Remember, O Lord, your compas- | sion and love,
for they are from | everlasting.
7Remember not the sins of my youth and | my transgressions;
remember me according to your steadfast love and for the sake of your
good- | ness, O Lord.
8Your are gracious and up- | right, O Lord;
therefore you teach sinners | in your way.
9You lead the low- | ly in justice
and teach the low- | ly your way.
10All your paths, O Lord, are steadfast | love and faithfulness,
to those who keep your covenant and your | testimonies.
SECOND LESSON: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
A: 9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. 11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page 151
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Luke the 21st chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Luke 21:25-36
P: 25�There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see �the Son of Man coming in a cloud� with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.� 29Then he told them a parable: �Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34�Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.�
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Vicar Diane Cline
*HYMN OF THE DAY Wake, Awake for Night Is Flying Hymn 436
C: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
A: Hear us, O God. C: Your mercy is great.
*SHARING OF THE PEACE
P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you.
WORSHIP WITH TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*OFFERING SONG Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow Hymn884
*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.
*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.
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 Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers Hymn 244
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
Presider: Vicar Diane Cline Organist: Fern Brinnkley
Acolyte: Emma Neely Assisting Minister: Tinita Stoker
Greeters: Shirley & Frank Shannon
Ushers: Joy Burns, Donna Huffman, Ann Lutz & Renae Moser
Counters: Bea Isenhour & Richard Huffman
Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon & Tinita Stoker
Narthex Care: Becky Starnes