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
October 26, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.|
|WE WELCOME ALL VISITORS this morning. We are glad you are here to share in the worship and praise of God and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope is that you will feel the nearness of the living Christ in your heart and that you will feel blessed for having come here. Take a moment to fill out the attendance slip and place it on the offering plate.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are to the Glory and of God and in celebration of their anniversary on October 23 by Jeff and Erica Hoyle.
PROPERTY CONTACT FOR OCTOBER: Bob Michael (327-2955)
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Hugh Bolick, Sandra Bowman, Tina Carpenter, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Max Johnson, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, Arnold Starnes, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant, Nathan Whitener and Unity Lutheran students. HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Frances Anderson, Carl Fox, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: The family of Kent Crowe, Darius Anderson, Kristen & Nick Hughes, Gaye Woodie, Sharon Wilson, Jenn Thompson, Don Starnes, Earnie Robbins, Elaine Sipe, Betty Cook, Steve Robbins, Jim Cartwright, Deri Strassner, Shawn Browning, Jim Burns, T.J. Myers and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
Minister: Rev. Dr. Robert Allen
Organist: Barbara Hamrick
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Joy Burns
Banner Bearer: Debra Huffman
Crucifer: Renae Moser
Assisting Minister: Tinita Stoker
Greeters: Cindy & Max Johnson
Ushers: Joy Burns, Elaine Huffman,
Cindy Johnson & Ruie Jones
October 5 Counters: Ted Neely & Adrian Jones
October Altar Guild: Kletus Warren,
Ann Lutz & Peggy Bolick
October Narthex Care: Peggy Bolick & Ann Lutz
SERVING NEXT SUNDAY:
Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Acolyte & Comm. Asst: Ted Neely
Greeters: Renae Moser & Alice Meisner
Flowers: Tinita Stoker & Ruie Jones
WELCOME Barbara Hamrick as our organist and the Reverend Dr. Robert Allen as our Supply Pastor today. We welcome them to Unity and appreciate their willingness to be with us during our time of transition.
UNITY WILL HOST A TRUNK OR TREAT on Friday, October 31 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Folks are needed to hand out treats from their car trunks. Also needed are candy and treats or monetary donations. Contact Ruie Jones at 256-7676 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
IT’S TIME TO FALL BACK! Turn your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday night, November 1.
THE SUNSHINE CIRCLE is inviting all ladies to join them for a “Fall Fun Food Festival” on Tuesday, November 4 at 10AM. Come join us for a morning of fun and fellowship with lunch being served.
PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE for the coming year. Joy Burns and Jay Tate have completed their 3-year terms on the Congregation Council and the vacancy left by Michael Simmons needs to be filled. Seth Hoyle, our youth representative has served a 1 year term. If you are asked to have your name on the ballot for council, give this request prayerfully consideration. Or better yet, don’t wait to be asked, let one of the Council Members know you would be willing to serve. Be sure to listen carefully. God is calling.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR at Bethany Lutheran Church is November 1 from 9am to 2pm. Breakfast and lunch will be available. There will be a variety of vendors and consultants and drawings for door prizes. Sponsored by the Bethany Women of the ELCA.
HARVEST OF HOPE 5K will take place on Saturday, November 8. More information is on the bulletin board in the educational hall.
COMMEMORATIVE MUGS are still available for purchase for $8. Quantities are limited. See Cindy Johnson if want a Unity Mug.
BACKPACK PROGRAM 2014 sponsored by the Elks Lodge is seeking donations through October. Sponsor a child for a full school year for $100 or drop off your food or monetary donations at the Elks Lodge. The Elks are having a Great Italian Dinner Night on November 8 to support this program. See the poster on the bulletin board in the educational hall. For tickets or information see Jay Tate or Carole Anderson.
CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS Page 94
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 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Hymn 504
*APOSTOLIC GREETING & KYRIE Page 147
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
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Let us pray ... Christ our Lord. C: Amen.
FIRST LESSON: Jeremiah 31:31-34
A: 31 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband,* says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
(Chant responsively by whole verse.)
1God is our ref- | uge and strength,
a very present | help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the | earth be moved,
and though the mountains shake in the depths | of the sea;
3though its waters | rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble | with its tumult.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the cit- | y of God,
the holy habitation of | the Most High.
5God is in the midst of the city; it shall | not be shaken;
God shall help it at the | break of day.
6The nations rage, and the | kingdoms shake;
God speaks, and the earth | melts away.
7The LORD of | hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob| is our stronghold.
8Come now, regard the works | of the LORD,
what desolations God has brought up- | on the earth;
9behold the one who makes war to cease in | all the world;
who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the | shields with fire.
10“Be still, then, and know that | I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted | in the earth.”
11The LORD of | hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob | is our stronghold.
SECOND LESSON: Romans 3:19-28
A: 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law,
so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For ‘no human being will be justified in his sight’ by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. 21 But now, irrespective of law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Page 151
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
P: The Holy Gospel according to John the 8th chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
*GOSPEL READING: John 8:31-36
P: 31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ 33They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’ 34 Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Rev. Dr. Robert Allen
*HYMN OF THE DAY Built on a Rock Hymn 652
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
*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.
*GREAT THANKSGIVING AND SANCTUS Page 152
*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; 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.
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, Hymn 775
*POST COMMUNION PRAYER
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 I Know That My Redeemer Lives! Hymn 619
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.