Kinderhook Reformed Church

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Worship Service for January 5, 2014 - Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

A warm welcome to visitors.  We would like to get to know you better

and invite you to sign our Guest Book in the entranceway

and fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.


  Welcome and God's Greeting

  Call to Worship                             

*Hymn #96 (All verses)                                                                Praise Him! Praise Him!

  Morning Prayer

  Prayer for Illumination and Scripture Lesson                              John 1:1-14 (p. 750)    

  Message                                                                                  "Recognizing Jesus in 2014"    

  Prayer of Blessing

  Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings                                                              

  Intercession and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn #562 (All verses)                                            Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies



All are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship

downstairs in the Fellowship Room following today’s Worship service.

Ushers:  Jim Baker, Bob Dreier, Ben Hart, John Schubert

Greeter(s): Bill and Suzy Nieman                  Preschool Nursery available downstairs.
Guest Organist:  David Smith

   Prelude                    “How brightly shines the morning star”                 D. Buxtehude

  Welcome and Announcements


  Call to Worship (Responsive)  Based on John 1

Come, let us worship Christ the Creator,

       who, by his word alone, brought all things into being.

Come, let us exult Christ, the Son of Man,

       who became flesh, the very representation of God, and lived among us.

Come, let us receive Christ, the Light of Life,

        who is the true light, offering eternal life to all who believe in him.

Come, let us praise Christ, the One and Only,

        who is full of grace and truth.

*Hymn of Praise #96 (All verses)                                               Praise Him! Praise Him!

  Call to Confession  Based on Romans 8:39

We know that nothing is able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.  Let us in freedom confess the wrong we have done.

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

Eternal God,  we confess that often we have failed to be an obedient church:

we have not done your will; we have broken your law; we have rebelled against your love; we have not loved our neighbors; and we have not heard the cry of the needy.

[Silent Prayer of Confession]

Hear our prayers, merciful God.

Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for joyful obedience.

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon

God the Creator brings you new life, forgives and redeems you. Take hold of this forgiveness, and live your life in the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.


  Children’s Message and Blessing  (Unison)

Lord Jesus, may our children always acknowledge you as the Son of the Most High God, and may they experience the power and direction of your Spirit within them.  May they be your light in this world, testifying without shame to your truth, and attracting many to the good news of your gifts of salvation and eternal life.  Amen.



  Prayer for Illumination and Scripture Lesson                              John 1:1-14 (p. 750)    

  Message                                                                                  "Recognizing Jesus in 2014"    

  Prayer of Blessing


  Installation of Consistory Office Bearers


  Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings/Offertory

“The old year is passed” Op. 8         H. Distler

*Doxology (#809) and Offertory Prayer  (Unison)

Heavenly Father, you first loved us, that we might know how to love; you first blessed us, that we might know how to bless; you first gave to us, that we might know how to give. In humble gratitude, we present these offerings to you.  Sanctify them, we pray, for the purpose of upholding and furthering the gospel of grace through Jesus Christ, your Son.  Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn #562 (All verses)                                            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                                          Toccata in a minor                                  J. P. Sweelinck


~ Many thanks to those who contributed to this year’s Christmas poinsettias ~

Will and Jayne Ferguson – In loving memory of

Will and Theresa Ferguson

Mid Glass – In loving memory of Susan Lester

Tana Strome – In memory of Edwin Thompson

Nancy Swinyard – In loving memory of

Reginald and Edna Swinyard and

Linda Swinyard Morehouse

Virginia Rothermel – In loving memory of

 Ed, Bill, and Paul Rothermel, and Justin Lynch

Sug Hawver – Maureen Mooney – Sue Patterson

Florence Rivera – Glenn and Cricket Warren


The following have been duly elected to serve on the 2014 Consistory of Kinderhook Reformed Church:  As Deacons: Noreen Dick and Barbara Vosburgh.  As Elders: Dawn Tuttle and Patti Varga. Please keep these individuals in your prayers as they begin serving the Lord in their respective ministries.


  Paul Clause (2nd), Libby Little (2nd), Kari Anne Powell (2nd), Harriet Simpkins (2nd), Robert Carroll (12th), Stacey Baker (20th), Ben Hart (20th), Noreen Dick (22nd),

Sug Hawver (27th), Jean Skipper (29th), William Carroll (31st), Ainsley Clinton (31st)

       For those who are using the envelope system to present tithes and offerings to the church, NEW ENVELOPES FOR 2014 ARE NOW READY FOR PICK-UP IN THE BACK OF THE SANCTUARY.  Boxes are labeled in alphabetical order by last name. PLEASE USE YOUR NEW ENVELOPES BEGINNING TODAY.



       In addition to the $4500 in pledged contributions KRC gives annually in support of 9 missionaries and missionary husband-and-wife teams, our church family has consistently shown a most generous spirit in their dollar donations to numerous other outreach efforts this past year: KRC’s two Compassion children ($990); Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry ($435); hurricane/tornado disaster relief ($760); the Deacons Fund ($2385); Summer camp for Angel Tree children ($810); Living Gospel Ministry free-will offering ($700); Vacation Bible School ($1558); Alight Pregnancy Center ($50).  Besides these cash donations, the church family donated 300 food items to the Food Pantry Thanksgiving baskets for needy local families; gave 40 Christmas gift packages to Capital City Rescue Mission for homeless men; and provided 52 Angel Tree Christmas gifts to 26 prisoner’s children representing 12 local families.  Over and above these gifts, KRC donated non-perishable food items to the Food Pantry and used clothing and textile-recyclables to Capital City Rescue Mission throughout the year.

       A sincere thank-you to everyone who contributed financially and materially to these ministries, and who give of their time and energy to coordinate and assist in carrying them out.  Special thanks to Dolly Petith and Maureen Mooney (Food Pantry); Sara Hartman, Sally Heimroth, and six gift-delivery volunteers (Angel Tree); and Jane Deane (Thanksgiving Baskets and CCRM gifts).


Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
Consistory and all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete their callings.
KRC's Consistory, whose dedication to their calling is an inspiration to all.
all His provisions for our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows His love to us, especially during difficult times.
the good report that John Scofield, Patti Varga's father, is now home following vision and dizziness issues.
the joyous times of community outreach, worship, and celebration of the Christmas  season at KRC’s recent annual Sunday School Christmas Pageant, Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Eve Candlelight services. Praise God also for the more than 800 people who entered the doors of our sanctuary to hear the gospel of Christ proclaimed in song and word; and our appreciation to all who gave of their time, talents, and efforts to the successful fulfillment of these ministries. 
those men and women who have served or are now serving our country, & those who have sacrificed their well-being and lives for the peace & liberties we enjoy.

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 and prayer requests, to or call Paul at 859-4158.


those who do not know Christ, or who are struggling in their faith.
KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; VBS; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs.   KRC’s 2013 Consistory members; KRC’s administrative ministries, chairpersons, and supporting members. 
our missionaries: Dave and Char Alexander; Perry Jones and Capital City Rescue Mission, Alex and Fran Knauss, Maureen Menard, Dick and Carolyn Otterness, Brian and Bea Post, Seth and Melissa Rogati, Betty Ann Stedwell. 
our children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies..
our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace.
victims of warfare, terrorism, and  violence worldwide,  that they may be blessed with God’s peace and the reassuring knowledge that he is in control.
our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
those, especially children, suffering violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially those grieving the loss of Jennifer Kline, following a long and difficult battle with cancer; and those grieving the death of Kenneth Robinson, 97, husband of Barbara Vosburgh’s sister.  
Rosemary Whitmore & Mrs. Martinez, mothers of Paul Varga's best friends, both dealing with cancer at this time.
Steven Blun, recently diagnosed with kidney cancer.
others battling or recovering from cancer: Mary, Jessica Farley's mom; Dawn Tuttle's daughter-in-law; Leonard, Susan Lamont's cousin; Kim Lyle's grandma; Rose and Joanne, friends of the Simpkins and Spaulding families; Charlie Roppolo; Luci & sister, Marilyn; Dan McNeil; Kathy White, friend of Dawn VanBuren; George, father of Nancy Baker’s friend; Gail, daughter of a friend of Barbara Vosburgh; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Sal Alessi; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Dawn Van Buren; Jane Zanchelli; Susy Nieman; Mike Rivera; Nancy Baker's brother; Dawn Van Buren's mom, Doris; Rachel’s infant son; Jane Smith; Noreen Kennedy; Dawn Tuttle; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Liz Carroll; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Faity Tuttle. 
those facing challenges and difficult decisions: Christians suffering persecution; Libby Little.
reassurance and peace for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life.
those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members, Gordie Van Buren; Murray Leonardson.
those who are traveling.



     Kinderhook Reformed Church is pleased to present the 2014 portion of Concerts in the Village (CITV), a concert series begun 4 years ago under the sponsorship of KRC’s Stewardship Ministry as a music outreach to the church’s surrounding communities featuring our refurbished pipe organ.  Continuing under the dedicated administration of KRC’s CITV committee and the capable and talented leadership of music director and organist, David Smith, the series has evolved to include a variety of orchestral instrumentalists, vocal soloists, a chorus of over 70 voices (now known as the Broad Street Chorale), and a wide selection of sacred and secular pieces from diverse musical periods and cultures.

     All of the following concerts will be performed in KRC’s sanctuary.  A suggested donation of $15 will be gratefully accepted to assist in the ongoing funding of this exceptional series.

       FEBRUARY, 2014  Chamber Concert:  English Music of the Renaissance and Romantic Periods:  Madrigals to Part Songs, Motets to Anthems. (Alternatively a concert devoted to the role of pastoral and folk music in England.)

       MARCH, 2014  Organ Recital by David Smith:  English Organ Music from the 17th through 20th centuries.

       MAY, 2014  “Purcell Sacred and Secular: Home, Church and Theater Music of the Early Baroque in England” with the Broad Street Chorale, soloists Amanda Boyd, Jon Morrell and others, and orchestra.  This program will include the famously dramatic opera Dido and Aeneas, as well as the Te Deum and Jubilate of 1694 and a selection of consort and solo vocal music.


KRC’s share of support this year is $5,728.14 for services and resources to be provided for us by the Reformed  Church in America at the local, regional, and national levels. EACH MEMBER’S SHARE OF THIS YEAR’S CLASSIS ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN SET AT $86.79.  All who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above regular giving, their share of this support.  The full share does not have to be given at one time, but may be given in as many increments as are convenient. If offered weekly, that’s just $1.67 per week. All contributions made for this purpose should be designated, “Classis Assessment.”


Just a note to remind parents to keep their children from writing on or tearing the visitors’ cards and the prayer and announcement cards found in the slots on the back of each pew.  The visitors’ cards are purchased from a professional printer, and are expensive to replace.   Please have your children make use of the writing and coloring materials available especially for them in the back of the sanctuary.  Your attention to this request will be greatly appreciated.


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Website Address –

Rev. Rudy is available at his church office

 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

If you wish to meet with Pastor during these times,

please call ahead for an appointment.

Evenings are set aside for meetings, pastoral visitations,  and counseling.

For assistance on Mondays, please call 859-4158

Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

Phone messages are picked up several times daily.

If you need immediate assistance anytime, call 859-4158.



Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory


Jane Deane – ’14,   758-7051

Noreen Dick – ’15,   758-6640

Derick Latorre – ’14,  376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh – ’15,   -6512


Maureen Mooney – ’14,  210-6079

Dawn Tuttle – ’15,  758-6031

Patti Varga – ’15   392-4771

Bob Wildermuth – ’14,  828-0690


                John Schubert, Chairman, Classis Financial Committee


                                                  KRC STAFF

                      KRC Office Manager                     KRC Office Assistant    

                    Paul Clause – 859-4158                   Liz Carroll – 758-6034

    Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton

    Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338



Today, January 5

      8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service    

    10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Sunday School    

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes - Main floor conference and class rooms

Tues., January 7

      7:00  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur, January 9

9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC
       Please join us as we continue our study of the book of Revelation.

    10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Fri.,   January 10

      9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room

Sun.,  January 12

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service resumes           

    10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School    

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes - Main floor conference and class rooms


Servers Next Sunday, January 12, 2013

       Ushers:  Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Glenn Warren, Chip Wood


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