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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
February 1, 2015 - 10:30 A.M.
A WARM WELCOME to our visitors this Lord’s day. We are glad to have you here. If you are interested in receiving more information about the word and worship of Unity in our community, please contact the church office or any member of the church staff. Please take a moment to fill out the attendance slip in your bulletin and place it on the offering plate so that we may know that you were here.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Carol Anderson and family, Sandra Bowman, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Amity Enci & family, 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, Clara Good, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Jeff Ward, Cindy Rhinehart & family, Jean Starnes, Jason Church, Kristi West, Lynette Stoker, David Rector, Pastor Gary Weant, Libby Meisner, John Enci, Bill McMeekan, and Tim Rapp.
HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.

Minister: Pastor John Woodard
Organist: Frances Whitener
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Ted Neely
Assisting Minister: Tinita Stoker
Greeters: Cindy & Max Johnson
Ushers: Herman Price, Harold Shook, Steve Isenhour & Bob Michael
Counters: Maurice Huffman & Ann Lutz
Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon & Tinita Stoker
Narthex Care: Becky Starnes

Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Acolyte: Emma Neely
Greeters: Renae Moser & Alice Meisner
Flowers: Tina Carpenter

WELCOME Frances Whitener as our organist today. We appreciate Frances sharing her talents with us.
SUNSHINE CIRCLE meets Tuesday, February 3, at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Cindy Johnson will be the leader. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant. All ladies are invited for this time of fellowship and learning.
CHURCH COUNCIL meets next Sunday, February 8, at 2:00pm following the Chili / Chowder / Dessert Cookoff.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper on February 17 at 5:30pm.
LOOKING FORWARD TO LENT—The Ash Wednesday service will be on February 18 at 7:00pm. The weekly Lenten Services will be at 6:00pm preceded by a light meal at 5:00pm each Sunday during Lent beginning February 22. Pastors will rotate to different churches, so we will have a different guest preacher at each of the Lenten services. Be sure to join us for the meal and the service.
THE SOCIAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE is sponsoring a collection of toiletries to benefit the Family Care Center. Donated items can included hand soap, toothpaste and tooth brushes, shampoo, small to medium size bottles of mouthwash, shaving cream and aftershave, razors, wash cloths, lotion, baby powder and deodorant. You will find a collection container in the narthex in which to place your donated items.
THE 2015 FLOWER CHART has been posted on the bulletin board in the Educational Hall. If you have a special Sunday you would like to provide altar flowers now is the time to sign up.

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 There Is a Balm in Gilead Hymn 614
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 This Is The Feast Page 140
P: Let us pray ... Christ our Lord. C: Amen.
FIRST LESSON: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
A: 15The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. 16This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” 17Then the Lord replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. 19Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. 20But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.”
PSALM 111 (Chant responsively by whole verse.)

1Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with | my whole heart,
in the assembly of the upright, in the | congregation.
2Great are your | works, O Lord,
pondered by all who de- | light in them.
3Majesty and splendor | mark your deeds,
and your righteousness en- | dures forever.
4You cause your wonders to | be remembered;
you are gracious and full | of compassion.
5You give food to | those who fear you,
remembering forev- | er your covenant.
6You have shown your people the power | of your works
in giving them the lands | of the nations.
7The works of your hands are faithful- | ness and justice;
all of your pre- | cepts are sure.
8They stand fast forev- | er and ever,
because they are done in | truth and equity.
9You sent redemption to your people and commanded your cove- | nant forever;
holy and awesome | is your name.
10The fear of the Lord is the begin- | ning of wisdom;
all who practice this have a good understanding. God’s praise end- | ures forever.

SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
A: Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2Anyone who claims to know something does not yet
have the necessary knowledge; 3but anyone who loves God is known by him. 4Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— 6yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 7It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8“Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? 11So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. 12But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark the 1st chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Mark1:21-28
P: 21They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee
P: The Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY Healer of Our Every Ill Hymn 612
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.
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 Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful Hymn 184
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.
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; and 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.
(Communion will be by cup at the rail. Please come forward as directed. After receiving the sacrament return to your seat.)
DISTRIBUTION HYMNS: Page 146, Hymn 477, 472
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 On Our Way Rejoicing Hymn 537
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

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