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3025 Falling Creek Rd., NE, Hickory, North Carolina
Website: 828-324-1533
Sunday School 9:30 am - Worship 10:30 am
September 13, 2015 10:30 a.m.
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 Ruie Jones to the Glory of God and celebration of Adrian Jones� birthday on the 15th.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Rebecca Adcock, Sandra Bowman, Lora Childers, Elizabeth Davis, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, Vickie Ellis, 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: The family of Lois VanDeventer, Carol Dunn, the family of David Setzer, Caroline LaTorre, Pastor Robert Allen, Matt Propst, Mike Stoker, Diane Cooke, Trey Duncan, Travis Johnson, Ernie Robbins, Kim Metcalf, Lynette Stoker, Pastor Gary Weant, John Enci.
HOSPITALIZED: Sadie Dunn at High Point Regional Hospital
THE SYMPATHY OF THE CONGREGATION is extended to the family of Marshall Davis who passed into the church triumphant on September 6. Marshall was a founding member of Unity. Remember Marshall�s family, wife, Elizabeth and daughter, Vickie Ellis, in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this period of sorrow and grief.
CHURCH COUNCIL meets today at 2:00pm.
WELCA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will meet Monday, September 14 at 5:00pm in the fellowship hall, followed by the WELCA GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING at 6:00pm.
CHRIST IN OUR HOME for October, November and December are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick up a copy to use during your personal devotional time each day.

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 Beneath the Cross of Jesus Hymn 338
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 ... and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord . C: Amen.
CHILDREN�S MESSAGE Pastor John Woodard
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 50:4-9a
A: 4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens� wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 7The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
PSALM 116:1-9 Chant responsively by whole verse
1I love the Lord, who has | heard my voice,
and listened to my | supplication,
2for the Lord has given | ear to me
whenev- | er I called.
3The cords of death entangled me; the anguish of the grave | came upon me;
I came to | grief and sorrow.
4Then I called on the name | of the Lord;
�O Lord, I pray to you, | save my life!�
5Gracious is the | Lord, and righteous;
our God is full | of compassion.
6The Lord watches o- | ver the innocent;
I was brought low, | and God saved me.
7Turn again to your rest, | O my soul,
for the Lord has dealt | well with you.
8For you have rescued my | life from death,
my eyes from tears, and my | feet from stumbling.
9I will walk in the presence | of the Lord
in the land | of the living.
SECOND LESSON: James 3:1-12
A: Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8but no one can tame the tongue�a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark the 8th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Mark 8:27-38
P: 27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, �Who do people say that I am?� 28And they answered him, �John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.� 29He asked them, �But who do you say that I am?� Peter answered him, �You are the Messiah.� 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. 31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, �Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.� 34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, �If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.�
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY You Are Mine Hymn 581
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: Lord, in your mercy, C: hear our prayer.
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: 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.
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 Built on a Rock Hymn 652
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
Presider: Pastor John Woodard Organist: Fern Brinkley
Acolyte: Jordan Hoyle Assisting Minister: Jay Tate
Greeters: Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
September Counters: Ted Neely & Erica Holye
September Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
September Ushers: Cecil Davis, Adrian Jones, Paul Kanipe & Seth Hoyle
September Property Contact: Paul Kanipe (256-1749)
Assisting Minister: Wes Starnes
Acolyte and Communion Assistant: Joy Burns
Greeters: Kletus & Darrell Warren
Flowers: Maurice, Donna, Richard and Elaine Huffman
September Altar Guild: Ruie Jones & Lora Childers
September Counters: Ted Neely & Erica Holye
September Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
September Ushers: Cecil Davis, Adrian Jones, Paul Kanipe & Seth Hoyle
September Property Contact: Paul Kanipe (256-1749)
UNITY WOMEN OF THE ELCA are collecting school supplies for Lutheran World Relief until October 17. Consider donating supplies or money to purchase supplies. Place supplies in the collection bin in the narthex (monetary donations go to Ruie Jones). See the list of needed items posted by the collection bin.
HELP UNITY WELCA by supporting the Backpack Program sponsored by the Hickory Elks Lodge. The goal of the program is to provide children who are hungry with nutritional meals over the weekend. Items included in the backpacks are macaroni and cheese, unrefrigerated pudding and fruit cups, unrefrigerated microwave meals, pop-top can meals, peanut butter, apple sauce and jelly in plastic containers, single serve cereal boxes, oatmeal or grits in packets, granola/fruit bars, easy open cans of fruit or soup, canned tuna or chicken, and individually wrapped gummy snacks. Place your donations in the bin in the narthex during September and October.

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