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
March 22, 2015 - 10:30 A.M.|
|WE GATHER TO WORSIP 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. 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 and in celebration of Elaine Huffman’s birthday today by her husband, Richard Huffman, Sr.
PROPERTY CONTACT FOR MARCH: Adrian Jones (256-7676)
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Carol Anderson and family, Sandra Bowman, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Amity Enci & family, Max Johnson, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, 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: Joe Rowe, Jeff Ward, Betty Britton, Lana Teague, Jeff Ward, Jean Starnes, Jason Church, Kristi West, Lynette Stoker, David Rector, Pastor Gary Weant, Libby Meisner, John Enci, and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: VA Hospital, Salisbury—David Eichhorn, Frances Anderson—Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Minister: Pastor John Woodard
Organist: Fern Brinkley
Acolyte: Josh Hazelwood
Assisting Minister: Wes Starnes
Greeters: Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman, Cindy Johnson & Ruie Jones
Counters: Adrian Jones & Ralph Adcock
Altar Guild: Ruie Jones & Lora Childers
Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
SERVING NEXT SUNDAY:
Assisting Minister: Tinita Stoker
Acolyte: Seth Hoyle
Crucifer & Comm. Asst.: Ted Neely
Greeters: Kletus & Darrell Warren
Flowers: Bob & Shirley Raby
WELCOME Fern Brinkley as our organist today. We appreciate Fern sharing her talents with us.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER Easter Lilies. The cost is $12 per plant. Use the form in your bulletin to place your order.
HELPING HANDS DAY IS TODAY. This is a day when a few members go to the Elk’s Lodge to help serve the noonday meal to those less fortunate.
OUR LAST LENTEN SERVICE is tonight at 6:00pm preceded by a light meal at 5:00pm. Pastor Scott Bollinger will bring us the message. Join us for the meal and service for this last Lenten gathering before Holy Week.
MONEY COLLECTED at the Lenten meals will be donated to Grace House in Hickory. The American Legion is working to help homeless veterans move out of Grace House, to become self-sufficient, to find jobs and to find permanent housing (apartments/houses).
MARK YOUR CALENDARS The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) congregational study will be on Sunday April 12 after the worship service and should take about 90 minutes. Your input is vital. Food and child care will be provided. Kay Conrad, from the Synod office, will lead us through the process. Please meditate beforehand on how you would complete these statements: 1)Our current important ministries are… 2)In the next few years, I hope we can… 3)Our next pastor should be someone who… 4)It is important for the Bishop to know...
SOMEONE IS NEEDED to volunteer to be responsible for changing our sign at the corner of Falling Creek Road and 29th Avenue. The changes are usually made when a member dies or if there is a special event taking place at the church. Call the church office if you can help.
THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE is offering its annual scholarship in 2015! Any active Unity member entering your freshman year this fall at a 4-year accredited college or a community/vocational college, may apply for the scholarship. Obtain an application sheet from Bea Isenhour. Note: Application deadline is April 30, 2015.
THE SOCIAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE is sponsoring a collection of toiletries to benefit the Family Care Center. You will find a collection container in the narthex in which to place your donated items. Please bring your donations no later than April 5.
*CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS Page 94
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
*APOSTOLIC GREETING & KYRIE Page 138
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.
FIRST LESSON: Jeremiah 31:31-34
A:31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
PSALM 119:9-16 (Chant responsively.)
9How can young keep | their way clean?
By keeping | to your word.
10With my whole | heart I seek you;
let me not stray from | your commandments.
11I treasure your promise | in my heart,
that I may not | sin against you.
12Blessed are | you, O Lord;
instruct me | in your statutes.
13With my lips | I recite
all the judgments | of your mouth.
14I take greater delight in the way of | your decrees
than in all man- | ner of riches.
15I will meditate on | your commandments
and give attention | to your ways.
16My delight is | in your statutes;
I will not for- | get your word.
SECOND LESSON: Hebrews 5:5-10
A: 5So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; 6as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” 7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Page 142
C: Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and abounding in steadfast love.
P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 12th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: John 12:20-33
P: 20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor. 27“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling Hymn 608
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.
*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
*OFFERING SONG Create in Me a Clean Heart Hymn 186
*THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD Page 220
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.
*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 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed Hymn 337
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.