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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
May 31, 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 Darrell and Kletus Warren to the Glory of God.
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: Carl Fox, Clara Good, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Caroline Turner, Christine Hewitt, Gene Tucker, Betty Huffman, Mike Bass, Diane Settlemyre family, Carl Boyd, Linda Howell, Dalene Bartle, Linwood Futrelle, Rick Mahoney, Joe Rowe, Pastor Gary Weant, John Enci, and Tim Rapp.
HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
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SUNSHINE CIRCLE is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 2nd in the Fellowship Hall. All ladies are invited to attend the meeting and lunch that will follow at a local restaurant.
THANKS to all who donated non-perishable food items to benefit the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry. The food will be distributed through CCM to folks in our community who are in need.

PRELUDE
*CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS Page 94
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 Come, Thou Almighty King Hymn 408
*APOSTOLIC GREETING AND KYRIE Page 138
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
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Let us pray ... one God, now and forever. C: Amen.
CHILDREN�S MESSAGE Pastor Woodard
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 6:1-8
A: In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3And one called to another and said: �Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.� 4The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: �Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!� 6Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: �Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.� 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, �Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?� And I said, �Here am I; send me!�
PSALM 29 Chant by whole verse
1Ascribe to the | Lord, you gods,
ascribe to the Lord glo- | ry and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due God�s name;
worship the Lord in the beau- | ty of holiness.
3The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of | glory thunders;
the Lord is upon the | mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is a pow- | erful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a | voice of splendor.
5The voice of the Lord breaks the | cedars trees;
the Lord breaks the ce- | dars of Lebanon;
6the Lord makes Lebanon skip | like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a | young wild ox.
7The voice | of the Lord
bursts forth in | lightening flashes.
8The voice of the Lord | shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilder- | ness of Kadesh.
9The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the | forest bare.
And in the temple of the Lord all are | crying, �Glory!�
10The Lord sits enthroned a- | bove the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king for- | evermore.
11O Lord, give strength | to your people;
give them, O Lord, the bless- | ings of peace.
SECOND LESSON: Romans 8:12-17
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Page 142
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 3rd chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: John 3:1-17
P: Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, �Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.� 3Jesus answered him, �Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.� 4Nicodemus said to him, �How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother�s womb and be born?� 5Jesus answered, �Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, �You must be born from above.� 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.� 9Nicodemus said to him, �How can these things be?� 10Jesus answered him, �Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11�Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16�For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17�Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! Hymn 413
*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: Hear us, O God. C: Your mercy is great.
*SHARING OF THE PEACE
P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you.
WORSHIP WITH TITHES AND OFFERINGS
ORGAN OFFERTORY
*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 144
*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 146 and Hymn 801, 415
*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 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus Hymn 802
*DISMISSAL
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE
SERVING TODAY
Pastor: Pastor John Woodard Organist: Fern Brinkley
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Ruie Jones Banner Bearer: Seth Hoyle
Assisting Minister: Tinita Stoker Greeters: Judy & Leighton Prince
Counters: Cindy Johnson & Tina Carpenter
Ushers: Donna Huffman, Renae Moser, Erica Hoyle & Carole Anderson
May Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon and Tinita Stoker
May Narthex Care: David & Sharon Eichhorn
Property Contact: Bob Michael (327-2955)
SERVING NEXT SUNDAY:
Assisting Minister: Ted Neely
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Joy Burns
Greeters: Shirley & Frank Shannon
Flowers: Peggy Bolick
June Altar Guild: Ruie Jones & Lora Childers
June Counters: Bea Isenhour & Richard Huffman
June Narthex Care: Becky Starnes
June Ushers: James Burns, Jeff Hoyle, Maurice Huffman and Wade Huffman
June Property Contact: James Burns (409-4251)

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