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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
Rev. Andrew Bell, Pastor; Amanda Watts, Music Director
828-638-8903(c) - Twitter:@revbellunity
April 20, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.
TO OUR VISITORS we offer a warm and heart felt welcome. We are so glad you joined us this morning in worship, prayer, and praise to our Risen Lord! In the season of Easter we are invited to live resurrected lives, to live as new people, trusting in Jesus as a teacher, healer and savior. Today your life can be changed and you too can become a disciple. Please take a moment to fill out our attendance sheet and place it on the offering plate so that we know you were here and can keep in touch. God bless you today and always.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God and in celebration of Richard Huffman, Sr.’s birthday on April 22 by Elaine Huffman.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Hugh Bolick, Sandra Bowman, Gene Carpenter, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Clara Good, Max Johnson, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, Arnold Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant and Unity’s Confirmands and College Students. HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Andy Anderson, Frances Anderson, Carl Fox, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb, Lanae Whitener and Nathan and Myrtle Whitener. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Alesia Boggs, Kim Huffman, Kristen Hughes, Allene Wyant, Michelle Rothwell, Gary Drum, David Childers, Lola Ricker, Amy Wallace, Linda Mayo, Darius Anderson, Casey Rhinehardt & family, Kyle Persing, Angela Sipe, and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time. RETURNED HOME: Myrtle Whitener

SERVING TODAY
Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Ted Neely
Crucifer: Seth Hoyle
Banner Bearer: Debra Huffman
Greeters: Renae Moser & Alice Meisner
Drummer: Jay Tate
Ushers: Herman Price, Harold Shook, Steve Isenhour & Bob Michael
April 20 Counters: Bea Isenhour & Maurice Huffman
April Altar Guild: Kletus Warren, Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
April Narthex Care: Peggy Bolick & Ann Lutz

SERVING NEXT SUNDAY:
Assisting Minister: Renae Moser
Acolyte : Jada Nelson
Crucifer: Renae Moser
Greeters: Herman & Sylvia Price
Flowers: Alice Meisner
April 27 Counters: Richard Huffman & Bea Isenhour
April 26 Narthex Care: Decorating Committee

*Congregation Stands
ANNOUNCEMENTS
NEW HANDMADE POTTERY COMMUNION VESSELS will be dedicated and used during the Easter worship service today. They were donated by Glenn and Peggy Davis in honor of their children.
LUTHERAN MEN invite everyone to join them for dinner and a presentation by Stephen “Stevo” Ludwig on April 24 at 6:00pm. Stevo is a young, inspirational speaker who has lived life overcoming medical issues. Come, bring a favorite side dish or desert to share. The men will provide the meat. Invite your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors and come prepared to be amazed.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Tuesday, April 22. If you have information you would like included in the May Newsletter please have it to the church office by Tuesday.
THANKS to Richard Huffman, Sr. and Adrian Jones for assembling and placing the benches outside the playground area.
THANKS to Steve Isenhour for cleaning loose gravel and other debris from the parking lot.
THANKS to all those who helped decorate, cook, and lead activities and worship during this past week.
CHURCH BULLETINS AND THE CRAWDADS - Bring your bulletins from Sunday church services to the ticket office at the Crawdad’s Stadium on Sunday evenings and receive a $5 ticket for that night’s game. The Crawdads will then donate back $4 of every ticket to that bulletin’s respective church.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Tuesday: Newsletter Deadline
Wednesday: 6:00pm Handbell Choir
7:00pm Adult Choir
Thursday: Lutheran Men
Next Sunday: 8:45am Fellowship
9:30am Sunday School
10:30am Worship

PRELUDE Fanfare Lemmens
*EASTER PROCLAMATION
P: Alleluia. Christ is risen. C: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
P: Alleluia. Christ is risen. C: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
P: Alleluia. Christ is risen. C: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
*GATHERING SONG Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Hymn 365
*APOSTOLIC GREETING Page 165
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 169
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Let us pray ... Christ our Lord. C: Amen.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Bell
FIRST LESSON: Acts 10:34-43
A: 34Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
PSALM 118:1-2, 14-24 See back of announcement sheet

Give thanks to the LORD, for the | LORD is good;
God's mercy en- | dures forever.
2Let Israel | now declare,
"God's mercy en- | dures forever."
14The LORD is my strength | and my song,
and has become | my salvation.
15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents | of the righteous:
"The right hand of the | LORD acts valiantly!
16The right hand of the LORD | is exalted!
The right hand of the | LORD acts valiantly!"
17I shall not | die, but live,
and declare the works | of the LORD.
18The LORD indeed pun- | ished me sorely,
but did not hand me o- | ver to death.
19Open for me the | gates of righteousness;
I will enter them and give thanks | to the LORD.
20"This is the gate | of the LORD;
here the righ- | teous may enter."
21I give thanks to you, for you have | answered me
and you have become | my salvation.
22The stone that the build- | ers rejected
has become the chief | cornerstone.
23By the LORD has | this been done;
it is marvelous | in our eyes.
24This is the day that the | LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be | glad in it.

SECOND LESSON: Colossians 3:1-4
A: So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page 171
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Matthew the 28th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Matthew 28:1-10
P: After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON
*HYMN OF THE DAY That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright Hymn 384
DEDICATION OF COMMUNION VESSELS
*NICENE CREED
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.
*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
A: Lord, in your mercy, C: hear our prayer.
*SHARING OF THE PEACE
P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you.
WORSHIP WITH TITHES AND OFFERINGS
OFFERTORY ANTHEM O Sons and Daughters Hogan
*OFFERING SONG Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful Hymn 184
*HOLY COMMUNION
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.
*GREAT THANKSGIVING AND SANCTUS Page 173
*COMMUNION PRAYER & WORDS OF INSTITUTION
*THE LORD’S PRAYER
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 154 and ELW Hymn 488
*POST COMMUNION PRAYER
*BLESSING
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 The Day of Resurrection! Hymn 361
*DISMISSAL
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE Lancashire Smart

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