Kinderhook Reformed Church Celebration of Worship, January 28, 2018

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

A warm welcome to visitors. 

Welcome visitors! Pleases fill out a visitor’s pew card and place it in the offering plate.

 

  8:30 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

 

  Announcements, The Lord’s Greeting, and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Scripture Reading                                                                            Genesis 1:1-5 & Psalm 29

  Message                                                                    “What Constitutes the Glory of God?”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction

 

10:00 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

Following worship, all are invited downstairs for refreshment and fellowship.

Thanks to today’s ushers, Jim Baker, Merrill Johnson, Wayne Van Allen.

Thanks to today’s greeters, The Hurst Family        

Nursery facility available downstairs.

  Prelude

  Welcome

  Announcements

  God's Greeting

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  

Come and worship our all-knowing God.

We come, acknowledging that He is mindful of all that has happened and will happen in our lives: the dreams and the realities, the successes and the failures, the gains and the losses.

Come and worship our ever-present God.

We come, bringing to Him the energy or the fatigue, the peace or the stress, the hope or the fear we may be experiencing as we move forward, moment by moment, day by day, into the weeks and months ahead.

Come and worship our eternal God.

We come, ready to be part of His new heaven and earth, eager to serve Him by serving others. Speak to us, O God!  Reveal anew the light of your glory to us! Heal us, teach us, empower us, and lead us, in Jesus's name.  Amen.

*Hymn of Praise #27                                                            O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright

 God's Rule of Grace  (Responsive)

We believe in God, Creator of all things,
       ruler of all that is and all that is to come.
God is transforming the world into the place of God's justice and mercy.
       We follow Jesus, who taught and healed, who died and rose,

       revealing God's abundant grace. 

He sent disciples out into the world to heal, to proclaim the good news

of God’s grace, and to participate in the Reign of God in all that we do. 

       He reigns in love over all creation, and holds all accountable

       to their faithfulness to God's rule of grace.
We rely upon the unfailing grace of God,
       the presence of the Holy Spirit, the community of the church

       as the body of Christ, the unity of all believers, the power of forgiveness, 

the reality of resurrection, and the alluring blessing of eternal life.
       Therefore, we devote ourselves to lives of daily prayer, study, service,

       and reflection, following Jesus as our Master, for the sake of

       the transformation of the world by the grace of God. Amen.

*Praise Songs                                You Are My All in All,  Open the Eyes of My Herat, Lord  

  Prayer of Blessing upon Our Children (Unison), and Invitation to Sunday School

Draw our children face-to-face with you, O Lord.  May they know and celebrate the glory of your presence, goodness, and love in their lives; may they experience your power to renew and strengthen them in times of need; and may they long for more of you each day.  Amen. 

  Prayer for Illumination   

  Scripture Reading                                                                            Genesis 1:1-5 & Psalm 29

  Message                                                                    “What Constitutes the Glory of God?”

  Prayer of Blessing

Silent Prayer for Those Seeking to Accept Christ as Their Savior:

"Dear Jesus, I confess that I'm a sinner, and not right with you. I repent and ask forgiveness.  I believe that you died on the cross to take my punishment and to pay the price for my sins.  I believe that you rose from death to give me new life. Wash me clean from all sin, shame, and guilt, and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  In your name I pray.  Amen."

  Offering/Offertory

*Doxology #809                                                   Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

*Offertory Prayer  (Unison)  Based on 2 Corinthians 4:6

Holy God, we marvel at your love and faithfulness! At the right time, your Son Jesus lived among us, and the light of the knowledge of your glory was displayed in his face. Let our gifts and offerings be pleasing to you, and may they be used to reveal your glory to those who have not yet seen it. Amen. 

  Prayer requests and Pastoral  Prayer 

*Prayer Hymn #562                                                            Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

*Benediction, Blessing, and Response Hymn           My Friends May You Grow in Grace

My friends, may you grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

My friends, may you grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

 To God be the glory, now and forever, now and forever, amen. (2x)

  Postlude

 

NEXT SUNDAY is Communion Sunday, which has been designated for the presentation of gifts, over and above regular giving, to the Benevolent Fund.  Please support this important ministry which provides assistance to needy church family and community members.     

 

2017 contribution statements are now available on the back table for pick-up, and envelopes are in alphabetical order for your convenience.  PLEASE NOTE:  EVERY TWO STATEMENTS PICKED UP FROM THE BACK TABLE SAVES THE CHURCH NEARLY $1 IN POSTAGE!

There is mail in the church family mailbox (upper left corner box) for

Amy Deweerd, Gary Leggett, Maureen Mooney, Barbara Vosburgh

 

UPDATE ON RECENT COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

 “Active Shooter Seminar/Training”

Praise God for such an excellent turnout from our community for this event.  Close to 70 people attended the very informative seminar, which presented the essential responses and strategies necessary for improving chances of survival in an active shooter situation.  Thanks to all who made this presentation, and its potential for saving lives, such a success, with special thanks to seminar leader Anthony Brahm and event coordinator, Jean Hacker.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY ECUMENICAL WORSHIP SERVICE

TO BE HELD AT KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH

This year’s Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Worship Service, coordinated by Rev. Rudy with the assistance of a number of local pastors, will be held here at KRC February 14 at 7 p.m.  All are cordially invited to attend, and we look forward to your support of this observance of the beginning of the 2018 Lenten season. 

 

 

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAY

Paul Clause (2nd), Libby Little (2nd), Robert Carroll (12th), Jennifer Jennings (19th), Stacey Baker (20th), Noreen Dick (22nd), Sug Hawver (27th), Jean Skipper (29th),  William Carroll (31st), Ainsley Clinton (31st)

 

CONCERTS IN THE VILLAGE: FEBRUARY AND MARCH, 2018

Music and the Progression of Life:

Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Schubert’s Winterreise

4:00 pm Saturday, February 24, Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY

 CITV offers two memorably expressive commentaries on youth and maturity. Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen cycle for piano (1838) presents 13 brief “imaginings,” each distilling a powerful emotion from the early years of life. Pianist Noah Palmer (CITV Musical Assistant) brings his impressive talents to these exquisite keyboard works. Following intermission, tenor Jon Morrell and pianist David Smith (CITV Artistic Director) bring their own extensive experience to bear on Franz Schubert’s haunting Winterreise (1823), regarded by many as the most important and challenging song cycle ever written. In Schubert’s intense sequence of songs, performers and listeners alike will experience an unforgettable “winter journey,” a remarkable passage through maturity.

 

French Music from the early 20th century:

Vocal and Instrumental Works of

Lili Boulanger, Nadia Boulanger, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy

4:00 pm Saturday, March 24, Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY

CITV celebrates an especially beautiful and critical evolutionary period in music history, while also recognizing two centennials: the untimely deaths of Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Eight outstanding musicians are brought together for performances of richly-textured vocal and instrumental works, some well-known, others less so. The exceptionally precocious Lili Boulanger, at 19 the first woman to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome, will be represented by eight pieces, including four songs from her colorful, but not often performed song cycle, Clairières dans le ciel, written at the age of 20. Lili’s older and better-known sister, Nadia, is regarded by many as the most important musical pedagogue of the 20th century. Unfortunately, her talent as a composer has been largely overlooked. When Nadia Boulanger decided to cease composing, about 1922, Gabriel Fauré and other luminaries regarded this decision as a significant loss. In CITV’s program she is represented by seven dramatic, but virtually unknown songs (1906-1922), and the especially clever Trois Pièces for cello and piano (1914). Following intermission, Maurice Ravel’s exotic, forward-looking  Chansons madécasses  (1925-26) for soprano, flute, cello and piano, wondrously capturing the spirit of Madagascar, has a rare performance. The program concludes with Debussy’s last major work, the virtuosic Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916-17). Performers include sopranos Amanda Boyd and Andrea Bargabos, tenor Jon Morrell, violinist Elizabeth Silver (Concertmaster, Broad Street Orchestra), cellist Jay Shulman, flutist Elizabeth Chinery, and pianists Noah Palmer (CITV Musical Assistant) and David Smith (CITV Artistic Director).

A $20 donation is suggested from those attending either of the above concerts.

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

  • those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith journey. Pray also that God will provide opportunities for us to witness for Jesus, and give us the courage and winsome words needed to make the most of these opportunities.
  • Pastor Rudy, as he fulfills his ministerial duties.
  • KRC ministries, programs & projects and those planning & administering them: KRC’s Consistory, especially newly installed officers, Jane Deane, Jean Hacker; Susan Patterson, and Deborah Spaulding; KRC’s administrative ministries, KRC’s Youth Group; Sunday School; KRC’s small group ministries and Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; 1st Friday; and other outreach programs.
  • our state, national, and world leaders, especially President Donald Trump and all of the government officials now in office, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
  • our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace, especially Jason Lansing serving in S. Korea.
  • victims world-wide suffering natural and other hardships and tragedies, especially those caught in the California mudslides who have lost loved ones and homes; those suffering economic instability; poverty, hunger, and poor health; political oppression, unrest, terrorism, war, displacement.
  • those grieving the death of loved ones, especially Dennis & Jody Stupplebeen, family, and friends grieving the sudden death of Jody's father.
  • those who, even after many years, still hurt from the void left by loved ones who have passed on from this world.
  • reassurance, peace, and dignity for loved ones nearing the close of this life.
  • Ann, close friend of Amy Deweerd, in ICU fighting a sudden serious illness related to liver problems; doctors are only cautiously optimistic that she'll pull through.  Pray for God's healing, comfort, and reassurance for Ann.
  • Noreen Kennedy, mother of Maureen Mooney, in St. Peter's ICU being treated for pneumonia. Pray for God's comfort, successful treatment, and speedy recovery for Noreen.
  • Bill Lansing, 92-year-old father of Carol Zincio, who is in Columbia Memorial Hospital
  • Fred Borrelli, nephew of Jane Deane, undergoing heart valve surgery on Thursday morning. Pray for a successful surgery and a complete and easy recuperation for Fred, and pray also for God's peace and reassurance for him and his family during this difficult time.
  • others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Gayle, Courtney Wood’s mother; John W, a family friend of Patti Varga; Thomas Appel; Seth Mooney; Connie; Esther Baker, Jim Baker’s mom; Ruth Edge; Virginia Rothermel
  • those battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Charles Roppolo; Terri; Christine; Michael, brother of Mary Jane Haywood; Connie Witkowski; Michael; Don Morse; Jill; J.B.; Jen; Bill, Janet Smith's brother; Ronny; Ron Dick; Carol Nel; Jeff Peter; Mark; Ann; Steve; Dorothy Wheeler.                       
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: Caleb L, youth group teen, suffering severe depression; Merrill Johnson, dealing with unspoken issues; our students as they deal with challenges of higher levels of education in this school year, career choices, and job searches; Greg Clause Jr.; Libby Little-Saxton, working with Afghan refugees; the epidemic of addiction to life-threatening drugs.
  • God’s protection for travelers.
  • residence-bound KRC family, George Clowe, and those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.Regular updates are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists, especially those whose names are in bold type.  Please forward this information, as well as new praise/prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call 859-4158. 

Outreach Ministry is asking that those who submit a prayer request to KRC’s family and friends also inform us if they know of any additional material or physical needs, beyond the initial prayer request, that we might be able to meet. We would love the opportunity to engage with those in need of prayer in tangible ways as well, such as with meals, emergency   monies, a ride, a listening ear, a visit, childcare - to name a few.

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS OUR MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES

Dave and Char Alexander, RCA missionaries, Taiwan;

Alight Pregnancy Center, Hudson

Perry Jones and Capital City Rescue Mission, Albany

Compassion International, KRC-Sponsored Children:

Evelin Chuquinia, 19

Alex and Fran Knauss, Trans-World Radio

Maureen Menard, Youth with a Mission

Dick and Carolyn Otterness, RCA missionaries, Hungary

Brian and Bea Post, Wycliffe Bible Translators

Seth and Melissa Rogati, missionaries, Young Life Ministry, St. Thomas

Betty Ann Stedwell, Christar International Mission

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO READ THE THANK-YOU NOTES ON THE MISSIONS BULLETIN BOARD IN THE FELLOWSHIP ROOM FROM SOME OF OUR MISSIONARIES.

 

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR

  • Pastor Rudy Visser, our Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision, and for the Christ-centered messages God gives to Pastor each and every Sunday for the spiritual nourishment and growth of our church family. 
  • the inspirational ministries of our guest preachers, Perry Jones, Tom McCrossan, John Bowen, Derek DeJager, and others who lead KRC worship from time to time.
  • those men and women who have served or are now serving our country, and those who have sacrificed their wellbeing and lives for the peace & liberty we enjoy.
  • all those of KRC's family and friends who volunteer their time, talent, and energy so generously and so selflessly to the various ministries and programs of our church, and who often do this quietly behind-the-scenes with little notice or recognition.

 

       Stewardship Ministry urges that everyone give prayerful consideration to how they might adjust their giving to help keep income at a level that will meet daily operating expenses.

       Inspired by the abundance with which the Lord has blessed us, let us continue, as his faithful stewards, to be ever mindful of the need to maintain a weekly offering sufficient to cover our commitments.      

 

KRC 2018 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                    Deacons

  Noreen Dick  ’18   Church Family. . . . . . . . . . . .  758-6640  noreend122@twc.com

  Susan Patterson – ’19  Property. . . . . . . . . . . . . .   755-4909  patterss@strose.edu

  Beth Anne Rippel ’18  Stewardship. . . . . . . . . . 392-5044  barippel@yahoo.com

  Deborah Spaulding ’19  Outreach. . . . . . . . . . .   758-7316  ber00519@fairpoint.net 

                                                                  Elders

  Jane Deane  ’19  Christian Ed., Cemetery. . . . . .  758-7051  jdeane1943@gmail.com

  Jean Hacker – ’19  Outreach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 758-9412  jch9412@aol.com

  Merrill Johnson’18   Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . .       828-6726  docjohnson36@gmail.com

  Dawn Van Buren ’18  Consistory Vice-President, Cemetery, Pastoral Relations,       

                                             Personnel. . . . . . . . . . . .   758-7564  dawnandleo@fairpoint.net

 

Clerk of Consistory

Patti Varga – 755-3054  patvarga66@gmail.com

 

KRC TREASURER

Derick LaTorre 376-1882  derick.latorre@gmail.com

 

KRC STAFF

                                                                           KRC Office Manager               KRC Office Assistant

                                                                   Paul Clause – 859-4158      Courtney Wood – 852-7172

                  

                                                                              KRC Sexton                  KRC Cemetery Supervisor        

                                                                      Steven Green – 505-4918        Greg Clause – 369-8472

 

 

COMING EVENTS

 

Today, January 28  

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service   

     10:00 am  Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

       3:00 – 5:00 pm  Environmental Conference, “Achieving a Sustainable Future”                          

                             Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

                             Information Flyers available on the back table.

Tues,   January 30

       7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets 

Thur, February 1

       9:00 am  Small Group Bible study @KRC.

            Group continues its study, Grace, by Max Lucado – Please join us!

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

Fri,   February   2

       6:00 pm  First Friday free community dinner.  Doors open at 5:30.

Sun,  February  4  

       8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service   

     10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

Sat,  February  10

       5:30 - 8:30 pm  Parents’ Night Out – more details coming soon!

Wed, February 14 – Ash Wednesday observance of the beginning of Lent.

       7:00 pm  Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Worship Service @KRC.

Sat,  February  24

       4:00 pm  CITV Concert - Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook  

                                      Music and the Progression of Life:

                     Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Schubert’s Winterreise

 

Servers Next Sunday, February 4, 2018

Ushers:  

Greeter(s):