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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
July 26, 2015 10:30 a.m.
Pastor: Pastor John Woodard Organist: Fern Brinkley
Assisting Minister: Ted Neely Acolyte: Emma Neely
Greeters: Cindy & Max Johnson
July Counters: Maurice Huffman & Ann Lutz
Ushers: Herman Price, Harold Shook, Steve Isenhour & Bob Michael
July Altar Guild: Kletus Warren, Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
July Narthex Care: Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
Property Contact: Harold Shook (327-0386)
WELCOME TO UNITY. Thanks for being here today and sharing in this worship experience. If you are considering a new church home we would be happy to talk with you about joining us in our ministry. Call the church office and make an appointment with the Pastor to see if Unity might be the place you would like to call your church home.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Ruie Jones and Tinita Stoker to the Glory of God and in memory of their mother, Thelma Childers.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Ralph Adcock, Rebecca Adcock, Sandra Bowman, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Amity Enci & family, Lee Gabriel, Max Johnson, Clydette Jonas, Ann Kanipe, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, Wes Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant, Nathan Whitener and Unity Lutheran students and Unity�s Call Committee.
HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Carl Fox, Clara Good, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Diane Cooke, Trey Duncan, Travis Johnson, Ernie Robbins, Kim Metcalf, Lynette Stoker, Barbara Bennett, Caroline Turner, Christine Hewitt, Gene Tucker, Betty Huffman, Mike Bass, Carl Boyd, Linda Howell, Dalene Bartle, Linwood Futrelle, Rick Mahoney, Pastor Gary Weant, John Enci.
HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
THE DEADLINE FOR information to be included in the August newsletter is Tuesday, July 28.
OUR AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be on Wednesday, July 29. Anyone who would like to give this life saving gift can sign up using the sheet in the narthex.
REGISTRATION FORMS for our joint VBS are on the table in narthex. Mark you calendars to be at St. Stephens ELCA on Spring Road on August 9-13 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Adult and children�s classes will be offered. Rev It Up, a musical group made up of ELCA pastors in Hickory, will play on August 13. Make plans today.

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 Sing to the Lord of Harvest Hymn 694
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. Gracious God ...through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. C: Amen.
CHILDREN�S MESSAGE Pastor John Woodard
FIRST LESSON: 2 Kings 4:42-44
A: 42A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, �Give it to the people and let them eat.� 43But his servant said, �How can I set this before a hundred people?� So he repeated, �Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the Lord, �They shall eat and have some left.�� 44He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
PSALM 145:10-18 Chant responsively by whole verse
10All your works shall praise | you, O Lord,
and your faithful | ones shall bless you.
11They shall tell of the glory | of your kingdom,
and speak | of your power,
12that all people may know | of your power
and the glorious splendor | of your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; your dominion endures through- | out all ages.
You, Lord, are faithful in all your words, and loving in | all your works.
14The Lord upholds all | those who fall
and lifts up those who | are bowed down.
15The eyes of all wait upon | you, O Lord,
and you give them their food | in due season.
16You open | wide your hand
and satisfy the desire of every | living thing.
17You are righteous in | all your ways
and loving in | all your works.
18You are near to all who | call upon you,
to all who call up- | on you faithfully.
SECOND LESSON: Ephesians 3:14-21
A: 14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 6th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: John 6:1-21
P: After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, �Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?� 6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, �Six months� wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.� 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter�s brother, said to him, 9�There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?� 10Jesus said, �Make the people sit down.� Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, �Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.� 13So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, �This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.� 15When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, �It is I; do not be afraid.� 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore Hymn 817
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: � Hear us, O God. C: Your mercy is great.
P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you.
*OFFERING SONG Create in Me a Clean Heart Hymn 186
P: O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, 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 This Is My Father�s World Hymn 824
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Acolyte and Communion Assistant: Renae Moser
Greeters: Renae Moser & Alice Meisner
Flowers: Glenn & Peggy Davis
Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon & Tinita Stoker
August Counters: Adrian Jones & Ralph Adcock
August Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
August Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman, Cindy Johnson & Ruie Jones
August Property Contact: Adrian Jones (256-7676)

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