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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
December 7, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.
A WARM WELCOME to our visitors this Lord’s day. Thank you for joining us in worship this morning. The season of Advent is a time when we prepare for the birth of Christ. We hope we will be drawn closer to Him through what we hear, see and say this morning. Please take a moment to fill out the attendance slip in your bulletin and place it on the offering plate.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Nana by Debra, Derek and Dale Huffman.
PRAYERS FOR MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS: Sandra Bowman, Tina Carpenter, Lora Childers, Glenn Davis, David and Sharon Eichhorn, Amity Enci & family, Max Johnson, Shirley Raby, Margaret Reed, Dave Shannon, Arnold Starnes, Wes and Becky Starnes and family, Carolyn Whisnant, Kathy Whisnant, Nathan Whitener and Unity Lutheran students. HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Frances Anderson, Carl Fox, Clara Good, Bette Killian, Candyce Webb, Kenneth Webb. FRIENDS AND FAMILY: David Rector, Evelyn Hoak, Pastor Gary Weant, Libby Meisner, John Enci, Bill McMeekan, David Klasset, Darius Anderson, Kristen & Nick Hughes, Gaye Woodie, Sharon Wilson, Don Starnes, Earnie Robbins, Elaine Sipe, T.J. Myers and Tim Rapp. HOSPITALIZED: The office knows of no one at this time.
Minister: Pastor John Woodard
Organist: Marty Light
Acolyte & Communion Asst: Ted Neely
Assisting Minister: Ruie Jones
Greeters: Amity Enci & Lavonne Golden
Ushers: Donna Huffman, Renae Moser & Erica Hoyle
Counters: Maurice Huffman & Bea Isenhour
Altar Guild: Ruie Jones & Shirley Raby
Narthex Care: Cindy Johnson & Joy Burns

Assisting Minister: Renae Moser
Acolyte: Open
Greeters: Donna & Maurice Huffman
Flowers: Wade Huffman
December 14 Counters: Adrian Jones & Jay Tate
December 13 Narthex Care: Peggy Bolick & Ann Lutz

WELCOME Marty Light as our organist. We appreciate his willingness to be with us.
THE SECOND ADVENT CANDLE WILL BE LIT TODAY. This candle is the Bethlehem candle and represents the love of God and its glow reminds us of the warmth that fills us with the love of Christ, now and forever and thus reminds us of God's greatest gift of love, His Son. This candle also symbolizes that God chose the little town of Bethlehem to be the birthplace of our Savior.
IT’S POINSETTIA TIME. Use the white order form in your bulletin to order poinsettias to the Glory of God and in honor or memory of someone. They are $10 each. The deadline to order is December 14.
ADVENT SERVICES continue this evening. A fellowship meal will be served beginning at 5pm followed by a worship service at 6pm led by our youth. Both the meal and the service will be in the Fellowship Hall.
THE WOMEN OF THE ELCA will have their annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 13 at 3:00pm at Bethlehem Seafood (P.J.’s) on Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem. All ladies of the church are invited for the Dutch Treat dinner followed by fellowship and games. Bring a $5 gift to exchange.
THE SOCIAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE is asking for your help to brighten the Christmas Season for a family recommended by the Family Care Center. The family consists of 2 children and their mother. The daughter, age 14, wears size medium in shirts and coat, 7-8 pants and size 8 tennis shoes. She would like makeup, perfume and jewelry. The son is a toddler and wears 18-24TT pants and size 6-1/2 shoes. He likes Ninja toys in particular. Mom wears XL shirts and coat, 16-18 pants and size 8 tennis shoes. She would like gift cards so that she can purchase items for their home. Bring your donations to the church no later than Wednesday, December 10.
THE 2015 FLOWER CHART has been posted on the bulletin board in the Educational Hall. If you have a special Sunday you would like to provide altar flowers now is the time to sign up.

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 Prepare the Royal Highway Hymn 264
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
P: Let us pray ... Christ our Lord. C: Amen.
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 40:1-11 See back of announcement sheet.
Light one Candle to Watch for Messiah (Verse 2)
PSALM 85:1-2, 8-13 (Chant responsively by whole verse.)

1You have been gracious to your | land, O Lord;
you have restored the good for- | tune of Jacob.
2You have forgiven the iniquity | of your people
And blotted out | all their sins.
8I will listen to what the Lord | God is saying;
for you speak peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their | hearts to you.
9Truly, your salvation is very near to | those who fear you,
that your glory may dwell | in our land.
10Steadfast love and faithfulness have | met together;
righteousness and peace have | kissed each other.
11Faithfulness shall spring up | from the earth,
and righteousness shall look | down from heaven.
12The Lord will indeed | grant prosperity,
and our land will | yield its increase.
13Righteousness shall go be- | fore the Lord,
and shall prepare for | God a pathway.

SECOND LESSON: 2 Peter 3:8-15a
A: 8But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
11Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. 14Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him.
C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark the 1st chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord.
P: 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” 4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
P: The Gospel of our Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor John Woodard
*HYMN OF THE DAY Comfort, Comfort Now My People Hymn 256
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 Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful Hymn 182
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 146, Hymn 487 & 477
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 Hark, the Glad Sound! Hymn 239
A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

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