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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
July 27, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.
TO OUR VISITORS we offer a warm welcome to our congregation. As we travel through the long, green summer, we are reminded of the growth we hope to experience mentally and spiritually throughout our lives. May the worship service, the scripture read, the sermon preached, the hymns sung all lead you to growth and renewal. Take a moment to fill out our attendance sheet and place it on the offering plate so that we know you were here.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are to the Glory of God and in memory of their mother, Thelma Childers, by Tinita Stoker and Ruie Jones.
PROPERTY CONTACT FOR JULY: Paul Kanipe (256-1749)
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Hugh Bolick, Sandra Bowman, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Cort Hollar, Max Johnson, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, Arnold Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant and Nathan Whitener. HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Frances Anderson, Gene Carpenter, Carl Fox, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb, Lanae Whitener. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Betty Cook, Steve Robbins, Jim Cartwright, Deri Strassner, Shawn Browning, Jim Burns, Pete Benfield, Libby Meisner, T.J. Myers, Darius Anderson, Betty Smith, Glenda Turner, Loy Sigmon, Caroline LaTorre, Dennis Wolford, Judy Lutz, and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: Returned Home: Kenneth Webb

Organist: Fern Brinkley
Acolyte: Jordan Hoyle
Assisting Minister: Ted Neely
Communion Asst: Joy Burns
Greeters: Renae Moser & Alice Meisner
Ushers: Donna Huffman, Renae Moser & Erica Hoyle
July Counters: Richard Huffman & Bea Isenhour
July Altar Guild: Kletus Warren, Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
July Narthex Care: Peggy Bolick & Ann Lutz

Assisting Minister: Jay Tate
Acolyte & Comm. Assistant: Joy Burns
Greeters: Sylvia & Herman Price
Flowers: Glenn & Peggy Davis
August Altar Guild: Janette Beach, Shirley Shannon & Tinita Stoker
August Counters: Maurice Huffman & Bea Isenhour
August Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns
August: Ushers: James Burns, Jeff Hoyle, Maurice Huffman & Wade Huffman
July 27, 2014 - ANNOUNCEMENTS
WELCOME Fern Brinkley as our organist today. She has served at several churches in the area on the music staff and as a supply organist and will be serving at Unity on several Sundays during August. Give Fern a warm Unity welcome.
FAREWELL LUNCHEON for Pastor Bell and his family is today immediately following worship. Everyone is invited to stay and take this final opportunity to say goodbye and God’s speed to Pastor Bell, Angela, Kalina, Marek and Isaac as they relocate to Bellville, TX. The Bells will be greatly missed, but we wish them a happy and fulfilling life where God is calling them to serve. Farewell and Godspeed.
2014 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT ST. LUKE’S! We will once again have a joint VBS with St. Stephen’s, St. Luke’s and Mount Zion Lutheran Churches. This year it will be from August 3rd –7th. The fun begins at 6:00pm and ends at 8:30pm.
VBS NEEDS - If you can provide any of the following for our VBS at St. Luke’s please see Ruie Jones. Items needed are pre-popped popcorn, napkins, paper plates and 9-12oz cups.
REAL MONEY TALK FOR WOMEN, a free workshop sponsored by the Catawba Valley Chapter of Thrivent Financial will be at Unity Lutheran on Thursday, August 14th at 6:30 PM. Dinner will be served so please RSVP to Ruie Jones by Monday, August 11th: 828-256-7676 or More information is in the August Newsletter.
PRELUDE A Mighty Fortress Is Our God G. F. Kauffmann (1679-1735)
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 My Faith Looks Up to thee Hymn 759
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: 1 Kings 3:5-12
A:5At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” 10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.

PSALM: Psalm 119:129-136
(Chant responsively by whole verse.)

129Your de- | crees are wonderful;
therefore I obey them with | all my heart.
130When your word is opened | it gives light;
it gives understanding | to the simple.
131I open my | mouth and pant
because I long for | your commandments.
132Turn to me and be gra- | cious to me,
as you always do to those who | love your name.
133Order my footsteps | in your word;
let no iniquity have dominion | over me.
134Rescue me from those | who oppress me,
and I will keep | your commandments.
135Let your face shine up- | on your servant
and teach | me your statutes.
136My eyes shed | streams of tears,
because people do not | keep your teaching.

SECOND LESSON: Romans 8:26-39
A: 26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who
loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Matthew the 13th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
P: 31He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” 44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Small But Not Little
*HYMN OF THE DAY Be Thou My Vision Hymn 793
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.
OFFERTORY You Satisfy the Hungry Heart Setting by Phillip Gehring
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 461
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 My Life Flows On in Endless Song Hymn 763
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE Jubilate Deo G.F. Handel

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