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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
August 3, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.
TO OUR VISITORS we offer a warm welcome to our congregation. As we travel through the long, green summer, we are reminded of the growth we hope to experience mentally and spiritually throughout our lives. May the worship service, the scripture read, the sermon preached, the hymns sung all lead you to growth and renewal. Take a moment to fill out our attendance sheet and place it on the offering plate so that we know you were here.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are to the Glory of God and in celebration of their anniversary on August 4 by Glenn and Peggy Davis.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Hugh Bolick, Sandra Bowman, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Cort Hollar, Max Johnson, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, Arnold Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant and Nathan Whitener. HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Frances Anderson, Gene Carpenter, Carl Fox, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb, Lanae Whitener. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Betty Cook, Steve Robbins, Jim Cartwright, Deri Strassner, Shawn Browning, Jim Burns, Pete Benfield, Libby Meisner, T.J. Myers, Darius Anderson, Betty Smith, Glenda Turner, Loy Sigmon, Caroline LaTorre, Dennis Wolford, Judy Lutz, and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
Minister: Rev. Dr. Robert Allen
Organist: Marty Light
Acolyte: Joy Burns
Assisting Minister: Jay Tate
Communion Asst: Joy Burns
Greeters: Sylvia & Herman Price
Ushers: James Burns, Maurice Huffman, Jeff Hoyle & Wade Huffman
August Counters: Maurice Huffman & Bea Isenhour
August Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon & Tinita Stoker
August Narthex Care: Joy Burns & Cindy Johnson
Assisting Minister: Renae Moser
Acolyte: Seth Hoyle
Greeters: Ann & Paul Kanipe
Flowers: Linda Keyes
August 3, 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENTS
WELCOME Marty Light as our organist today. Marty will be helping out several Sundays in August. Give Marty a warm Unity welcome.
WELCOME Rev. Dr. Robert Allen as our Supply Pastor today. Pastor Allen served Unity Lutheran from December 2000 unitl April 2006. It is always a pleasure to have him back with us.
VBS BEGINS TONIGHT at St. Luke’s Lutheran on Springs Road. It will continue each night with the final evening on Thursday. There is information on the table in the narthex or see Ruie Jones.
THE SUNSHINE CIRCLE will meet on Tuesday at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Cindy Johnson will be the leader. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant. All ladies are welcome to attend.
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING has been rescheduled to August 17 at 2:00pm. This is an important meeting. All members are encouraged to be in attendance.
REAL MONEY TALK FOR WOMEN, a free workshop sponsored by the Catawba Valley Chapter of Thrivent Financial will be at Unity Lutheran on Thursday, August 14th at 6:30 PM. Dinner will be served so please RSVP to Ruie Jones by Monday, August 11th: 828-256-7676 or Find full details in your August Newsletter.
CHECK OUT THE BULLETIN BOARD in the Educational Hall for information on upcoming events to support our Greater Hickory CCM. These events include hair styling services from Studio Sublime, Sporting Clay Tournament, Harvest for Hope 5K and a Red Cross Blood Drive. In addition to the information posted, they are in need of canned foods, men’s clothing and shoes for their voucher program, and afternoon volunteers.

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 Praise and Thanksgiving Hymn 689
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 149
P: Let us pray ... Christ our Lord. C: Amen.
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 55:1-5
A: Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 4See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
PSALM: Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
(Chant responsively by whole verse.)

8The LORD is gracious and full | of compassion,
slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love.
9LORD, you are | good to all,
and your compassion is over | 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.
19You fulfill the desire of | those who fear you;
you hear their | cry and save them.
20You watch over all | those who love you,
but all the wicked you | shall destroy.
21My mouth shall speak the praise | of the LORD;
let all flesh bless God's holy name forev- | er and ever.

SECOND LESSON: Romans 9:1-5
A: I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— 2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred
according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Matthew the 14th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14:13-21
P: 13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Rev. Dr. Robert Allen
*HYMN OF THE DAY All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly Hymn 461
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; 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 154, Hymn 542, Hymn 515
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 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness Hymn 843
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

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