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
Rev. Andrew Bell, Pastor; Amanda Watts, Music Director
828-638-8903(c) - Twitter:@revbellunity
March 09, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.|
|TO OUR VISITORS we offer a warm and heartfelt welcome. In the season of Lent, we are called to repent and turn our lives back to God. May God speak to you this morning so that your life will reflect God’s love for the world. Please take a moment to fill out our attendance sheet and place it on the offering plate so that we know you were here and can keep in touch. God bless you today and always.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God by Ann Lutz.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Hugh Bolick, Sandra Bowman, Gene Carpenter, Lora Childers, Mary Cranford, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Clara Good, Max Johnson, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, Arnold Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant and Unity’s Confirmands and College Students. HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Andy Anderson, Frances Anderson, Carl Fox, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb, Lanae Whitener and Nathan and Myrtle Whitener. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Linda Mayo, Richard Kurfees and family, Darius Anderson, Casey Rhinehardt & family, Kyle Persing, Michael Lonon & family, Ethel Mabes, Angela Sipe, Sonya Houser, Tom Ervin, Bobby Wright, Clyde and Wilma Ramsey, Beverly Kirby and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
Preacher: Bishop Leonard Bolick
Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Mikaela Simmons
Greeters: Frank & Shirley Shannon
Ushers: James Burns, Jeff Hoyle, Maurice Huffman & Wade Huffman
March Counters: Joy Burns & Adrian Jones
March Altar Guild: Ruie Jones & Shirley Raby
March Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
SERVING NEXT SUNDAY:
Assisting Minister: Ted Neely
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Renae Moser
Greeters: Darrell & Kletus Warren
Flowers: Janette Beach
TODAY WE WELCOME the Bishop Leonard Bolick to the pulpit. Bishop Bolick is here to help us celebrate our 20 year anniversary. Be sure to welcome Bishop Bolick to Unity during a fellowship time with refreshments in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Everyone is invited to stay and visit.
CHURCH COUNCIL meets next today at 2:00pm.
WELCA General Business Meeting will be on Tuesday March 11 at 6:00pm. The Sunshine Circle will serve as hosts. All ladies of the church are invited to be at this meeting.
THE EVANGELISM COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00pm. If you are a member of this committee or have interest in the ministry of evangelism you are encouraged to attend.
YOUTH LOCK-IN with the youth of Mt. Olive Lutheran will be at Mt. Olive on Friday, March 14. We will start with dinner at 6:30pm. If you can’t eat with us, come at 7:30pm. You are asked to bring a drink and snack to share and $10 for a possible midnight run to IHOP. Also, be sure to bring any personal items you might need for a night away from home. Join us for games, movies, worship, fun and a service project after breakfast. Pick up time is 9:00am at Mt. Olive.
NEXT SUNDAY our Anniversary Celebration continues. Rev. Woodrow Frick will be with us as the preacher for the day. Rev. Frick was the 1st pastor called to serve Unity Lutheran. Be sure to be here to greet Rev. Frick and hear his message.
CHRIST IN OUR HOME for April, May and June is available in the narthex. Be sure to pick up a copy for your personal or family devotions.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Today: 11:30am Fellowship Time
Tuesday: 6:00pm WELCA General Meeting
Wednesday: 6:00pm Handbell Choir
7:00pm Adult Choir
Thursday: 7:00 Evangelism Committee
Friday: 6:30pm Lock-in at Mt. Olive
Saturday: 9:00am Pickup Youth at Mt. Olive
PRELUDE What Wondrous Love Lamb
*CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS Page 94
P: We gather in the name of the Father, and the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit
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 (Atl. Tune) O Lord, throughout These Forty Days Hymn 319
*APOSTOLIC GREETING & KYRIE Page 165
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 ... Christ our Lord. C: Amen.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Bell
FIRST LESSON: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
A: 15The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
3Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’“ 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that the
were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
1Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven,
and whose sin is put away!
2Happy are they to whom the LORD imputes no guilt,
and in whose spirit there is no guile!
3While I held my tongue, my bones withered away,
because of my groaning all day long.
4For your hand was heavy upon me day and night;
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
5Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not conceal my guilt.
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD."
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
6Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble;
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
7You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
8"I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go;
I will guide you with my eye.
9Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding;
who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you."
10Great are the tribulations of the wicked;
but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
11Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD;
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.
SECOND LESSON: Romans 5:12-19
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page 171
C: Let your steadfast love come to us, O Lord. Save us as you promised; we will trust your word.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Matthew the 4th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Matthew 4:1-11
P: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Bishop Leonard Bolick
*HYMN OF THE DAY How Great Thou Art Hymn 856
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.
*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 ANTHEM Lord Take My Hand Beck
*OFFERING SONG Create in Me a Clean Heart Hymn 186
P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts. C:We lift them to Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
*GREAT THANKSGIVING AND SANCTUS Page 173
*COMMUNION PRAYER & WORDS OF INSTITUTION
*THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.
DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
(Communion will be by intinction. Please come forward as directed. After receiving the sacrament return to your seat.)
DISTRIBUTION ORGAN OFFERINGS
*POST COMMUNION PRAYER
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 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word Hymn 517
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE O Store Gud Hine