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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
September 21, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.
WE WELCOME ALL VISITORS this morning. We are glad you are here to share in the worship and praise of God and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope is that you will feel the nearness of the living Christ in your heart and that you will feel blessed for having come here. Take a moment to fill out the attendance slip and place it on the offering plate.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are to the Glory and of God and in honor of all Unity Church Members by Dale and Emily Wallace.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Hugh Bolick, Sandra Bowman, Tina Carpenter, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Cort Hollar, 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, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb, Lanae Whitener. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Jenn Thompson, Don Starnes, Earnie Robbins, Elaine Sipe, Betty Cook, Steve Robbins, Jim Cartwright, Deri Strassner, Shawn Browning, Jim Burns, Pete Benfield, Libby Meisner, T.J. Myers, Darius Anderson and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.

Minister: Rev. Dr. Robert Allen
Organist: Fern Brinkley
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Jay Tate
Assisting Minister: Tinita Stoker
Greeters: Shirley & Frank Shannon
Ushers: Herman Price, Harold Shook, Bob Michael & Steve Isenhour
September Counters: Jay Tate & Adrian Jones
September Altar Guild: Ruie Jones & Shirley Raby
September Narthex Care: David & Sharon Eichhorn

Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Acolyte: Jordan Hoyle
Greeters: Kletus & Darrell Warren
Flowers: Bob & Shirley Raby

WELCOME Fern Brinkley as our organist today. Be sure to thank Fern for her willingness to share her talents with us.
WELCOME Reverend Dr. Robert Allen as our Supply Pastor today. Dr. Allen’s willingness to fill in as our Presiding Minister is always appreciated.
THE SYMPATHY OF THE CONGREGATION is extended to Tim Whitener and family on the death of his mother, Lanae Whitener on Friday, September 19. A memorial service will be at Hickory Funeral Home. Our prayers of love and support are extended to Lanae’s family.
DR. JIM WHITE, a homebound member of Unity, will be 100 years old on October 2. Consider sending him a card to help him celebrate this milestone. His address is 3035 Indian Grave Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE for the is Tuesday, September 23. If you have information to be included in the October Newsletter, please submit it to the church office by Tuesday.
NEXT SUNDAY is Helping Hands Sunday when some of our members, in conjunction with the Elk’s Lodge, serve a noon-day meal to those in our community who are in need. At this time they will also be distributing gently used, clean fall and winter clothing that you have donated prior to next Sunday.
PET FOOD PANTRY - A collection bin is in the narthex for pet food donations. The pet food will be distributed through Greater Hickory CCM to families that have pets and are receiving assistance. This is a Girl Scout Gold Award project for Erin Hanigofski.
AS PART OF OUR 20TH YEAR CELEBRATION, commemorative mugs are available for purchase for $8. Quantities are limited. See Cindy Johnson if want a Unity Mug.
BACKPACK PROGRAM 2014 sponsored by the Elks Lodge is seeking donations during September and October. This is another “God’s Work. Our Hands.” opportunity. A child can be sponsored for a full school year for $100. Drop off your food or monetary donations at the Hickory Elks Lodge. The Elks are also having another Great Italian Dinner Night on November 8 to support this program. See the poster on the bulletin board in the educational hall. For tickets or more information see Jay Tate or Carole Anderson.

PRELUDE Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring J.S. Bach
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 Rise Up, O Saints of God! Hymn 669
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: Jonah 3:10-4:11
A: 10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
4But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2He prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. 3And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4And the LORD said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” 5Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city. 6The LORD God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8When the sun
rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10Then the LORD said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”
PSALM 145:1-8 (Chant responsively by whole verse.)
(Chant responsively by whole verse.)
1I will exalt you, my | God and king,
and bless your name forev- | er and ever.
2Every day | will I bless you
and praise your name forev- | er and ever.
3Great is the LORD and greatly | to be praised!
There is no end | to your greatness.
4One generation shall praise your works | to another
and shall de- | clare your power.
5I will speak of the glorious splendor | of your majesty
and all your | marvelous works.
6They shall tell of the might of your | wondrous acts,
and I will re- | count your greatness.
7They shall publish the remembrance of | your great goodness;
they shall sing joyfully | of your righteousness.
8The LORD is gracious and full | of compassion,
slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love.

SECOND LESSON: Philippians 1:21-30
21For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. 27Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— 30since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Matthew the 20th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Matthew 20:1-16
P: “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 5When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Rev. Dr. Robert Allen
*HYMN OF THE DAY Give Me Jesus Hymn 770
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.
OFFERTORY When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Robert Hobby
*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 intinction. Please come forward as directed. After receiving the sacrament return to your seat.)
DISTRIBUTION HYMNS: Page 154, Hymn 470
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 Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ Hymn 674
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE Rejoice, the Lord Is King John Darwall

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