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Website: 828-324-1533
Sunday School 9:30 am - Worship 10:30 am
Rev. Andrew Bell, Pastor; Amanda Watts, Music Director
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April 27, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.
TO OUR VISITORS we offer a warm and heart felt welcome. We are so glad you joined us this morning in worship, prayer, and praise to our Risen Lord! In the season of Easter we are invited to live resurrected lives, to live as new people, trusting in Jesus as a teacher, healer and savior. Today your life can be changed and you too can become a disciple. 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 and in memory of Ed Meisner’s birthday by Alice Meisner.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Hugh Bolick, Sandra Bowman, Gene Carpenter, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Clara Good, Cort Hollar, 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: Charlie Huffman, Connie Smith, Alesia Boggs, Kim Huffman, Kristen Hughes, Allene Wyant, Michelle Rothwell, Gary Drum, David Childers, Lola Ricker, Amy Wallace, Linda Mayo, Darius Anderson, Casey Rhinehardt & family, Kyle Persing, Angela Sipe, and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.

Assisting Minister: Renae Moser
Acolyte: Jada Nelson
Greeters: Sylvia & Herman Price
Ushers: Herman Price, Harold Shook, Steve Isenhour & Bob Michael
April 27 Counters: Bea Isenhour & Richard Huffman
April Altar Guild: Kletus Warren, Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
April Narthex Care: Peggy Bolick & Ann Lutz

Assisting Minister: Jay Tate
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Joy Burns
Greeters: Ann & Paul Kanipe
Flowers: Pastor & Angela Bell
May Counters: Ted Neely & Erica Hoyle
May Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman, Cindy Johnson & Ruie Jones

TODAY WE WELCOME Dr. David Ratke. Dr. Ratke, Professor and Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Science at Lenoir- Rhyne University, is presiding and bringing us our message. Pastor Bell is on a well deserved vacation and will be back in the office mid- week and back to the pulpit next Sunday.
LAST SUNDAY you turned in your boxes that you have been collecting loose change in during Lent. The money given, $118.74, is to help defray the expenses of our Youth attending the 2015 Youth Gathering in Detroit in July 2015. The youth are appreciative of any monetary support you can provide as well as you prayers for this event.
JOINT CONFIRMATION WITH MT. OLIVE will continue next Sunday at Unity beginning at 9:30am. Confirmation Sunday will be on Pentecost, June 8th. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to celebrate this affirmation of your faith with you.
A FOOD DRIVE benefiting the Greater Hickory CCM, sponsored by Unity’s Women of the ELCA will begin next Sunday. Please bring non-perishable items to donate to this cause during May. There will be bins available in which to place your items beginning May 4.

PRELUDE I Know that My Redeemer Lives Wienharst
P: We gather 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 Thine Is the Glory Hymn 376
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: Acts 2:14, 22-32
A: 14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 22“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. 27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. 28You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’ 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.

1Protect me, O God, for I take ref- | uge in you;
I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, my good a- | bove all other."
2All my delight is in the godly that are | in the land,
upon those who are noble a- | mong the people.
3But those who run after | other gods
shall have their troubles | multiplied.
4I will not pour out drink offerings | to such gods,
never take their names up- | on my lips.
5O LORD, you are my portion | and my cup;
it is you who up- | hold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a | pleasant land;
indeed, I have a | rich inheritance.
7I will bless the LORD who | gives me counsel;
my heart teaches me night | after night.
8I have set the LORD al- | ways before me;
because God is at my right hand, I shall | not be shaken.
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spir- | it rejoices;
my body also shall | rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me | to the grave,
nor let your holy one | see the pit.
11You will show me the | path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for- | evermore.

Reprinted from Psalter for Worship, copyright 2007 Augsburg Fortress.
Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

SECOND LESSON: 1 Peter 1:3-9
A: 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 20th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: John 20:19-31
P: 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Dr. David Ratke
*HYMN OF THE DAY Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds Hymn 367
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 Salvation Belongs to Our God Page 219
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 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia! Hymn 369
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE Christ is Erstanden Klug

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