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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
April 26, 2015 - 10:30 A.M.
WELCOME TO OUR VISITORS. �THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE...We will rejoice and be glad in it.� Thank you for choosing Unity as your place to worship this morning. Feel free to return soon and worship with us again. If you would like more information concerning the ministries and outreach of Unity church in the community and in the world, please see the pastor or call the church office.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Linda Keyes to the Glory of God and in celebration of Kennedy Bass� birthday on April 29.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: 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: Mike Bass, Diane Settlemyre family, Carl Boyd, Linda Howell, Dalene Bartle, Linwood Futrelle, Rick Mahoney, Joe Rowe, Jeff Ward, Lana Teague, Jeff Ward, Jean Starnes, Jason Church, Lynette Stoker, Pastor Gary Weant, John Enci, and Tim Rapp.
HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.

A FOOD DRIVE benefiting the Greater Hickory CCM, sponsored by Unity�s Women of the ELCA will begin next Sunday. Please bring non-perishable items to donate to this cause during May. The greatest need at this time is peanut butter, 1lb bags of dried beans, 1lb bags of rice, and canned items � soup, peas, black eyed peas, beans, ravioli, potatoes and beef stew. There will be bins available in which to place your items beginning May 4.
Pastor: Rev. John Woodard
Organist: Fern Brinkley
Assisting Minister: Ted Neely
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Joy Burns
Greeters: Joy and James Burns
Counters: Ted Neely & Erica Hoyle
Ushers: Cecil Davis, Adrian Jones, Paul Kanipe,
and Seth Hoyle
April Altar Guild: Kletus Warren, Ann Lutz
and Peggy Bolick
April Narthex Care: The Decorating Committee
Property Contact: Paul Kanipe (256-1749)
Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Acolyte & Communion Assistant: Joy Burns
Greeters: Cindy & M ax Johnson
Flowers: Rebecca Adcock

PRELUDE The King of Love My Shepherd Is arr. Hobby
Hymn Tune: St. Columba
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 Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us Hymn 789
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 140
P: Let us pray ... one God, now and forever. . C: Amen.
FIRST LESSON: Acts 4:5-12
A: 5The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, �By what power or by what name did you do this?� 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, �Rulers of the people and elders, 9if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, 10let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name
of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. 11This Jesus is �the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.� 12There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.�
PSALM 23 Chant by whole verse
1The Lord | is my shepherd,
I shall not | be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down | in green pastures;
and leads me be- | side still waters.
3You restore my | soul O Lord,
and guide me along right pathways | for your name�s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff they | comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the | Lord forever.
SECOND LESSON: 1 John 3:16-24
A: 16We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us�and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17How does God�s love abide in anyone who has the world�s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? 18Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 19And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; 22and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. 23And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 10th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: John 10:11-18
P: 11�I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away�and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.�
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY Have No Fear, Little Flock Hymn 764
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: let us pray. C: Have mercy, O God.
P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you.
ORGAN OFFERTORY The Lord�s My Shepherd arr. Hahn
Hymn Tune: Crimond
*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.
DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION (Communion will be by intinction. Please come forward as directed. After receiving the sacrament return to your seat.)
DISTRIBUTION HYMNS: Page 146 and Hymn 496, 744
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 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing! Hymn 385
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken arr. Wayne Wold

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