Kinderhook Reformed Church
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
Worship Services for May 26, 2013 - Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
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.
8:30 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
Flowers are given today by Dawn Van Buren
in glory to God that we are able to worship Him in a free country.
*Morning Praise I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
Morning Prayer & Prayer for Illumination Scripture Lesson Romans 5:1-5
Message “Suffering, Endurance, Character, and Hope”
Prayer of Thanks
*Song of Devotion A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
All are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship
downstairs in the Fellowship Room following today’s Worship service.
Ushers: Sal Alessi, Derick Latorre, Steve Shpur, Ken Sutherland
Greeter(s): Wayne and Sally Heimroth
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.
Welcome and Announcements
Boldly Approaching Our God
Call to Worship (Responsive)
The generous love of God abounds.
We celebrate and give thanks for God's infinite love.
The unending grace of God surrounds us.
With humble joy, we give thanks for the astounding gift of God's grace.
The joy of being a child of God encompasses us.
With gratitude for a God who knows us by name, we give our thanks.
The steadfast love of God is always present and always ours.
Let us celebrate the overwhelming love of God.
Come, let us worship and sing our praise!
*Hymn of Praise (Insert) I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
Call To Confession
From age to age is God's faithfulness. From day to day is our striving. Let us confess to our faithful God our failure and our stress.
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Have mercy on me, O God. You created me to be little lower than the angels, but I have not lived up to my potential. I have coveted ease and comfort above wisdom and growth. I have valued security more than integrity. I have preferred convenience above self-discipline. (Continued on next page.)
I have hidden from responsibility by blaming others. I have prized popularity and possessions more than compassion and justice. I have caused others to suffer because of my shortcomings. I know my transgressions. My sin is ever before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity.
Cleanse me from my sin. Pour out your baptismal grace upon me. Grant me a new birth of freedom and hope with the power and perseverance to become what you have created me to be. Thank you for continuing your love to me. Help me grow in love to you. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
You are loved. You are forgiven. You are redeemed. You are the Lord's. Live in His grace, renewed in faith, to walk with God. Amen.
Children's Message and Blessing (Unison)
All-knowing and faithful God, lead our children along paths of righteousness into the places and purposes that you have planned for their lives. May they trust always in your promise and power to guide and direct them in serving you and in bringing blessing to others. Amen.
We Come Before God's Open Word
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture Lesson Romans 5:1-5 (p. 798)
Message Suffering, Endurance, Character, and Hope"
Prayer of Thanks
Presentation of our tithes and offerings
*Doxology, #809, and Offertory Prayer
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host: praise Father, Son, & Holy Ghost. Amen.
Closing Hymn #43 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
*Hymn of Response By the Gift of God’s Grace
By the gift of God’s grace may your burdens be light
and your heart with his love be aglow.
May your spirit be glad, may your soul be at rest,
and may Christ grant you peace as you go. Amen.
The Coffee Hour following our 10 a.m. Sunday Worship Service has grown into a well-attended, enjoyable, and very valuable time of fellowship for the KRC family and visitors. Volunteers are always needed to provide and serve the refreshments and beverages and see to the work of clean-up afterward. A sign-up sheet is available on the back table if you are willing to host or lend a hand to this ministry.
~“THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!”~
● Thank you to all who helped organize, contributed financially to, and/or walked in the recent CROP walk. 112 walkers participated, and over $13,000 was raised in this year’s effort to fight hunger both locally and worldwide!
● Many thanks for your response to our Sunday School’s call for help in funding the $735 worth of equipment and supplies needed. We are happy to report that we have reached our goal with the $780 in generous donations that have been received from KRC family and friends!
KRC’S ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST and PLANT SWAP/SALE
All are welcome to come and to invite family and friends to a delicious all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast THIS COMING SATURDAY, JUNE 1, from 8 – 11 am in the Fellowship Hall. Sausage, coffee, and juice will be served along with the pancakes. No reservations needed, free-will donations accepted, and each year a different charity is chosen to receive the proceeds.
Outside on the same day, “rain or shine”, the church will hold its Annual Plant Swap/Sale from 8 am - 12 noon. Please consider contributing extra divisions or cuttings from your garden to this popular event. We will set up on Friday. If you have something you need divided but need help, please see/call Maureen or Dawn Van Buren. We will also pick up plants if you cannot drop them off. Anyone who helps at the Pancake Breakfast gets to take advantage of a pre-sale/swap Friday evening from 4 - 8 when we will be setting up. Please invite your friends and neighbors.
Congratulations to Stacey (Baker) Williams, daughter of Jim and Nancy Baker, upon her graduation last Sunday from UAlbany, and congratulations as well to the graduating sons and daughters of other KRC families and friends. Pray for God's guidance and blessing on these young people as they move into a new stage of their education or life's work. Stacey graduated with a double major in French/Spanish, and a minor in psychology, and is on track to becoming a counseling psychologist. She is committed to expanding her knowledge about and putting an end to the human slavery still existing in today's world, and is actively working to increase general awareness of human trafficking. Her professional goal is to provide useful counsel to victims who have suffered this abuse, and to help them rebuild and re-establish their lives as independent, resourceful, free people.
Please visit Stacey’s website, Moderndayslavery.weebly.com, to learn more about this issue, and about the “Not for Sale Campaign” being presented by Stacey and her colleagues from 7–9 p.m. June 14 at the SUNY Albany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Posters promoting this event are available on the back table for distribution by anyone interested.
“ON THE BACK TABLE . . .”
● Libby Little’s update since returning from Afghanistan where she was working with the PBS team on the documentary of Tom’s life.
● Info on the Gaither Vocal Band playing at SPAC this coming Wednesday, May 29, at 2 p.m.
● Info on Columbia-Greene’s Stonecroft Ministries dinner for both men and women Tuesday evening, June 11, 6 – 7:30 pm, at Pegasus Restaurant, Rt 9W, Coxsackie. Reservations required.
The KRC Cemetery Committee is pleased to announce the June 1, 2013 opening of Kinderhook Cemetery’s COLUMBARIUM, a portion of the cemetery specifically designed for cremation burials. If you would like more information, please speak to Greg Clause, cemetery supervisor, or Jim Dunham, Cemetery Committee chairperson.
KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH &
MUITZESKILL REFORMED CHURCH PRESENT
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2013 - GOSPEL LiGHT ’S
A RIP-ROARING GOOD TiME WITH JESUS!
VBS will run at KRC from June 24th to 28th, 9 am to Noon, with arrival and sign-in at 8:45 to 9 am daily. All kids of our community ages Pre-K (3 and potty-trained) through Grade 6 are invited to this year’s fun and spiritually-nurturing program, and forms are available on the back table for pre-registering your children or grandchildren. You may also pre-register by calling the church office, 758-6401, or 859-4158.
Christian Ed Ministry is looking for VBS volunteers to teach and to help, and a volunteer sign-up sheet is available on the back table. For information about the positive rewards of serving in this ministry and the relatively small time commitment involved, please speak with Patti Varga.
KRC’s share of support is $5,788 this year 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 $85.12 (up $3.40 from last year). 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. For those who are able, a donation of $2.66 per week for the remaining 32 weeks of this year would meet an individual member’s share. All contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.”
~TESTMONY FROM ANGEL TREE – VOLUNTEERING THAT CHANGES LIVES~
(KRC has, for a number of years, participated in Angel Tree – a program sponsored by Prison Fellowship Ministries which works through local churches nationwide to provide Christmas gifts and the message of Jesus to children who have a parent in prison.)
“I brought my kids to the Angel Tree party, and I put them to work setting up chairs and putting candy on the tables. When the Angel Tree kids arrived, mine just blended right in - carefree kids, playing games, doing crafts, taking pictures, and even helping to hand out presents.
At one point, my youngest son, who we adopted from Ethiopia, caught my eye. Next to his new friend, he looked no different - just two little boys at a Christmas party, their whole lives ahead of them.
And then it hit me - my boy has everything he needs for success. And he has a daddy in his life every day to teach him and be a role model. But Julian’s dad is in prison and has been there his whole life. In fact, Julian’s chances of going to prison himself are 7 in 10 - purely because his dad is there.
That’s why Angel Tree is so critical for these kids. It’s not just about a present for Christmas. It’s about connecting them to a community of Christians who can offer support for their mom or grandma and introduce the whole family to the love of Jesus Christ.”
Dear KRC Family and Friends - Our second photography session with Lifetouch is scheduled for June 14th from 2 pm —9 pm, and we would love to have pictures of the entire congregation for our new Directory. You can schedule your appointment by going to the KRC website and clicking on the “Links” tab at the top right of the home page; or you may call the church office and Liz will schedule your appointment. If no one is in the office when you call, please leave your name and number and we will get back to you. Thank you!
"THE OLDE DUTCH AND SUCH" CRAFTS GROUP MEETS ON FRIDAYS AT 9:30 A.M. in the main floor classroom opposite the church office. We are creating new plans and new items for the 2013 KRC Bazaar, and we are very much in need of new members and new ideas. Last year’s preparation workshops were full of fun, laughter, and good fellowship, and the bazaar was a huge success. We warmly welcome you to join us in our efforts to make this year’s even better!
REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR
those who do not know Christ, or who are struggling in their faith .
KRC’s 2013 Consistory members, especially those recently reinstalled or ordained and serving for the first time.
KRC’s administrative ministries, their chairpersons, and supporting members.
KRC programs & projects and those administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs
our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
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, that they may know God’s presence and protection.
families and friends of our military troops and victims of warfare, terrorism, misunderstanding, and violence worldwide, that they may be blessed with God’s peace and the reassuring knowledge that he is in control.
those suffering loss of loved ones and homes in the wake of the recent tornadoes.
those, especially children, suffering the abuses of violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially: Barbara Vosburgh and family and friends grieving the recent loss of Frank Vosburgh; and those grieving the recent death of Randy Longe.
Rev. Mark Frickey, Lutheran minister from southern Columbia County, in NYU Hospital awaiting a liver transplant. Mark is not doing well, and needs our prayers.
Florence Rivera, who will remain hospitalized through this weekend. Pray for God's guidance in finding effective medication and treatment, and for reassurance and peace for Florence. Cards or notes of encouragement may be sent to her at PO Box 434, Kinderhook, NY 12106; or you may call her hospital phone, 525-7202, or home phone, 758-1666, later in the week.
those battling or recovering from cancer, especially Barbette Leclair; Paul Varga’s friend; John Warren; Patti and Diane; Uncle Tony; Jack; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Jill Shpur; Rosanne; Connie; Helen Drumm; Sal Alessi; Tom Saulpaugh; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Edward; Faith, cousin of Claudia March; Ted Call; Cricket Warren’s father; Carly Rippel; Carol, cousin of Diane Morgan; Eleanor Whitbeck, Patrice Lyons’s mother; Tina Holley, friend of Sara Hartman; Tom Catchpole; Marthie; Maureen Mooney; Nancy Swinyard; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Jan; Faity Tuttle; Sara Schubert; Bea Post; Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Paul Varga; Susan Patterson.
those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: the Crawford family; Jonathan, dealing with difficult personal issues; Lisa, Kyle, and Kyle's mother, Cindy, following the loss of Cindy's home in a fire; the Richard family; others who have lost loved ones, received injuries, or lost their homes in recent tragedies; Kristen Clause and son, Greg; Olivia, that God will give her peace and guidance; Paul, that God will give him wisdom, determination, and peace in making and carrying out difficult decisions; the Royce Family; the Schuberts attempting to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Libby Little.
those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members, Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera, Gordie Van Buren.
Regular updates are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists. Please forward this information, as well as new praise and prayer requests, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Paul at 859-4158. If you are not on our email prayer list, and would like to receive prayer and praise requests through email, contact Paul to have your address added. If you do not have email, contact Jane Smith, 758-6442, to be put on the phone prayer chain.
REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision, back in the pulpit today leading Worship and preaching the Word.
all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete projects and responsibilities.
the joy of blessing the students of our growing Sunday School each Sunday morning as they go to their classes.
His blessings of family, friends, and all the provisions for our basic life needs.
the wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times.
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.
Many KRC family and friends have, in the past, provided cut flowers for the pulpit in celebration of an anniversary or birthday, in honor of a special day or event, and in loving memory of family and friends who have passed away. Crazy Daisy florist shop is again able to both create arrangements with a range of price options, and to deliver them to the church free of charge. Dawn Van Buren is happy to coordinate this ministry, and if you are interested in providing flowers for a particular Sunday, please contact Dawn, 758-7564, and she will assist you.
OFFICE, EMAIL, WEBSITE, AND FAX INFORMATION
Email Address – email@example.com
Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com
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.