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
November 30, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.|
|A WARM WELCOME to our visitors this Lord’s day. Thank you for joining us in worship this morning. The season of Advent is a time when we prepare for the birth of Christ. We hope we will be drawn closer to Him through what we hear, see and say this morning. Please take a moment to fill out the attendance slip in your bulletin and place it on the offering plate.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Frances Anderson to the Glory of God and in honor and loving memory of my husband “Andy”. Peace be with you.
PROPERTY CONTACT FOR DECEMBER: Paul Kanipe (256-1749)
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Sandra Bowman, Tina Carpenter, 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: Evelyn Hook, Pastor Gary Weant, Libby Meisner, John Enci, Bill McMeekan, David Klasset, Duncan Rice, Darius Anderson, Kristen & Nick Hughes, Gaye Woodie, Sharon Wilson, Don Starnes, Earnie Robbins, Elaine Sipe, T.J. Myers and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
Minister: Pastor Pierson Shaw
Organist: Marty Light
Acolyte: Jordan Hoyle
Assisting Minister: Wes Starnes
Greeters: Judy & Leighton Prince
Ushers: Cecil Davis, Adrian Jones & Paul Kanipe
Counters: Richard Huffman & Bea Isenhour
Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon & Tinita Stoker
Narthex Care: Becky Starnes
SERVING NEXT SUNDAY:
Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Ted Neely
Greeters: Amity Enci & Lavonne Golden
Flowers: Debra, Derek & Dale Huffman
December Ushers: Donna Huffman, Renae Moser & Erica Hoyle
December 7 Counters: Maurice Huffman & Bea Isenhour
December Altar Guild: Ruie Jones & Shirley Raby
Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
WELCOME Marty Light as our organist. We appreciate his willingness to be with us.
WE WELCOME Rev. Pierson Shaw today as our presiding minister. Give Pastor Shaw a warm Unity welcome.
THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE WILL BE LIT TODAY. This candle is the Prophet candle. The candle reminds us that God made a promise to His people when the Prophets of the Old Testament pointed to the coming Messiah, the Christ Child of Bethlehem.
IT’S POINSETTIA TIME. Use the white order form in your bulletin to order poinsettias to the Glory of God and in honor or memory of someone. They are $10 each. The deadline to order is December 14.
ADVENT SERVICES will being this evening. A fellowship meal will be served beginning at 5pm followed by a worship service at 6pm. Both the meal and the service will be in the Fellowship Hall.
THE SOCIAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE is asking for your help to brighten the Christmas Season for a family recommended by the Family Care Center. The family consists of 2 children and their mother. The daughter, age 14, wears size medium in shirts and coat, 7-8 pants and size 8 tennis shoes. She would like makeup, perfume and jewelry. The son is a toddler and wears 18-24TT pants and size 6-1/2 shoes. He likes Ninja toys in particular. Mom wears XL shirts and coat, 16-18 pants and size 8 tennis shoes. She would like gift cards so that she can purchase items for their home. Bring your donations to the church no later than Wednesday, December 10.
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.
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 Soon and Very Soon Hymn 439
*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.
*CANTICLE OF PRAISE Page 138
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Let us pray ... Christ our Lord. C: Amen.
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 64:1-9
A:1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. 5You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. 6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into
the hand of our iniquity. 8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity for ever. Now consider, we are all your people.
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE ELW 240
Light one Candle to Watch for Messiah (Verse 1)
PSALM 80:1-7, 17-19 (Chant responsively.)
1Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph | like a flock;
shine forth, you that are enthroned up- | on the cherubim.
2In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your strength, and |come to help us.
3Restore | us, O God;
let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.
4O Lord | God of hosts,
how long will your anger fume when your | people pray?
5You have fed them with the | bread of tears;
you have given them bowls of | tears to drink.
6You have made us the derision | of our neighbors,
our neighbors, and our enemies laugh | us to scorn.
7Restore us, O | God of hosts;
let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.
17Let your hand be upon the one at | your right hand,
the one you have made so strong | for yourself.
18And so will we never turn a- | way from you;
give us life, that we may call up- | on your name.
19Restore us, O Lord | God of hosts;
let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.
SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
A: 3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind 6just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you 7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Page 142
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark the 13th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Mark 13:24-37
P:24‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. 28 ‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 32 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor Pierson Shaw
*HYMN OF THE DAY My Lord, What a Morning Hymn 438
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: Hear us, O God. C: Your mercy is great.
*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 O God, Our Help in Ages Past Hymn 632
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.