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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
January 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
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 Angels, from the Realms of Glory Hymn 275
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.
P: Let us pray ... one God, now and forever. C: Amen.
CHILDREN�S SERMON Pastor John Woodard
FIRST LESSON: Jeremiah 31:7-14
A: 7For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, �Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.� 8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. 9With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. 10Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, �He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.� 11For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. 12They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and
they shall never languish again. 13Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. 14I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the Lord.
A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
PSLAM 147:12-20 Chant responsively by whole verse.
12Worship the Lord, | O Jerusalem;
praise your | God, O Zion,
13who has strengthened the bars | of your gates
and has blessed your chil- | dren within you.
14God has established peace | on your borders
and satisfies you with the | finest wheat.
15God sends out a command | to the earth,
a word that runs | very swiftly.
16God gives | snow like wool,
scattering | frost like ashes.
17God scatters | hail like bread crumbs.
Who can stand a- | gainst God�s cold?
18The Lord sends forth the | word and melts them;
the wind blows, and the | waters flow.
19God declares the | word to Jacob,
statutes and judg- | ments to Israel.
20The Lord has not done so to any | other nation;
they do not know God�s judgments. | Hallelujah!
SECOND LESSON: Ephesians 1:3-14
Following the reading: A: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 1st chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: John 1:1-18
P: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father�s only son, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified to him and cried out, �This was he of whom I said, �He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.��) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father�s heart, who has made him known.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY Of the Father�s Love Begotten Hymn 295
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 Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow Hymn 884
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; and 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 292
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 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling Hymn 631
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
Minister: Pastor John Woodard Organist: Fern Brinkley
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Joy Burns
Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones Greeters: Lou & Bob Huffman
Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman, Cindy Johnson & Ruie Jones
Counters: Ralph Adcock & Ruie Jones
Altar Guild: Kletus Warren, Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
Narthex Care: Peggy Bolick & Ann Lutz
Assisting Minister: Jay Tate
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Wes Starnes
Greeters: James & Joy Burns
Flowers: Open
January Altar Guild: Kletus Warren, Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
January Counters: Ruie Jone s& Ralph Adcock
January Narthex Care: Peggy Bolick & Ann Lutz
Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman, Cindy Johnson & Ruie Jones
January Property Contact: Adrian Jones (256-7676)
WELCOME TO UNITY. Thanks for being here today and sharing in this worship experience. If you are considering a new church home, we would be happy to talk with you about joining us in our ministry here. Call the church office and make an appointment with the Pastor to see if Unity might be the place you would like to call your church home.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are by given by Maurice and Donna Huffman in celebration of their son, Derek�s, birthday on January 6.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, Sadie Dunn, Amity Enci & family, Lee Gabriel, Sue Hollar, Max Johnson, Frank Jonas, Ann Kanipe, Bob Raby, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Tim Settlemyre, Dave Shannon, Wes Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant, Nathan Whitener, Unity Lutheran students and Unity�s Call Committee.
HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Sandra Bowman, Carl Fox, Clara Good, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Diane Futrelle, Edith Michael, Trey Mayo, Neill McGeachy, Elissa Harrell, John Gray, David Black, Matt Propst, Kay Poteat, Alice Bowman, Jean Ann Starnes, Ernie Robbins, Lynette Stoker, Rev. Gary Weant, John Enci, all public safety personnel and our military personnel especially those who serve in harm�s way.
HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
THE SUNSHINE CIRCLE will meet on Tuesday, January 5 at 10:00am in the fellowship hall. Saide Dunn is the leader and lunch will follow at a local restaurant.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be on Wednesday, January 13 from 1:30pm to 6:00pm. Sign up to give the gift of life.
NEXT SUNDAY the 2016 Council Members will be installed during the worship service.
2015 COMMITTEE REPORTS for the Annual Report for 2015 and Worship Servant Schedules for 2016 for the annual report need to be submitted to the church office no later than January 14.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Join us for our S(o)uper Bowl Party on January 31 at 5:00pm. See the bulletin insert for more information. Let us know you are coming by indicating the number of people coming with you on the back of your Sunday Worship Attendance Slip or by call the church office at 324-1533.
THE 2016 FLOWER CHART has been posted on the bulletin board in the Educational Hall. Sign up for a Sunday that you would like to honor someone or remember someone or a special occasion.
CHRIST IN OUR HOME for January, February and March 2016 are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick one up for your daily devotions.
BE SURE TO pick your 2016 offering envelopes up in the narthex if you haven�t already done so.
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