Kinderhook Reformed Church
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
Worship Services for May 12, 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.
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: Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Arnie March, Glenn Warren
Greeter(s): Steve and Janet Shpur
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.
Flowers are given today by Dawn VanBuren
In love for our mothers.
Guest Organist: David Smith
Prelude Prélude, op. 31, Livre I (1914) Louis Vierne
Drawing Nearer To God
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
*Hymn of Praise #26 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Allowing God to Shape Us
Scripture Lesson Luke 22:54-62
Betraying of Jesus
The Meaning of the Sacrament
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we come to the table of our Lord
in remembrance, communion and hope.
We come to Remember -
that our Lord Jesus Christ was sent into the world
so we might be saved through him.
We come to be in Communion -
with this same Christ who has promised to be
with us always, even to the end of the world.
We come in Hope -
believing that this bread and cup are a pledge and foretaste
of the feast of love in the kingdom to come.
Since by his death, resurrection, and ascension, Christ has obtained for us
the life-giving Spirit who unites us all in one body,
so we are to receive this Supper in true love,
mindful of the communion of saints.
This is the Lord’s Table. All who profess the Lordship of Christ in their lives are invited to share in the feast of the Lord’s Table. Come, for all things are now ready.
Hymn #777 The Lord Is Here!
The Communion Prayer (Responsive)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts!
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is holy, right, and our joyful duty to give thanks to you at all times and in all places, Almighty and everlasting God. You have shown us the fullness of your love in sending into the world your Eternal Word, Jesus Christ our Lord, made flesh for us and for our salvation. For the precious gift of this mighty Savior who has reconciled us to you, we praise, bless, and worship you, O God:
Hymn Of Praise #2 (Verse 4) Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth, and sky, and sea!
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Most righteous God, we remember in this Supper the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sin of the whole world. In the joy of his resurrection and in expectation of his coming again, we offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices, and proclaim this mystery of the faith:
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!
Send your Holy Spirit upon us, we pray, that this grain, gathered from many fields into one loaf, and these grapes, gathered from many hills into one cup, may be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ. Grant that, being joined together in him, we may attain to the unity of the faith; and that your whole Church may soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! And now as Christ taught us, we are bold to say:
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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.
The Lord Jesus, the same night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me."
(Distribution of the bread)
The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.
After the same manner also, he took the cup when they had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
(Distribution of the cup)
The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.
Prayer After Communion (Responsive)
O Lord, Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Savior, we thank you for forgiving our sins,
just as you forgave Peter's denial and those who crucified you.
We thank you that you count not our transgressions,
but, rather, our tears of repentance;
that you remember not our iniquities,
but, more especially, our sorrow for the offenses we have committed against you.
Make your dwelling place within us,
and we will be true to your Word.
Make our righteousness shine as the sun,
and we will praise and glorify you in love and in service all the days of our lives. Amen.
Giving Ourselves for God's Glory
Presentation of Our Tithes and Offering / Offertory
Free improvisation in the style of Louis Vierne
*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 #663 Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
*Hymn of Response 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 Postlude quasi fantasia, op. 31, Livre II (1913) Louis Vierne
Matthew & Tina Zawisza of The Living Gospel Ministry are a husband and wife, full-time, traveling ministry team based in New York State’s Capital Region. Specializing in Living Sermons, it is the goal of their ministry, now in its 6th year, to present God’s Word in a unique way and with a new perspective absolutely necessary for today’s world. The eyes remember more than the ears. Jesus knew this, and often revealed the truth of his Word through highly-visual and dramatic parables. In a Living Sermon, the Word is not only heard, but also seen & felt. What are Living Sermons? They are personalities from the Bible invited to your church as guests speakers, and today, through the ministry of Matthew and Tina, we will witness The Living Sermon, “Peter”, especially adapted for Mothers Day, as part of our worship.
From the very beginning, Matthew and Tina have been a faith-based ministry, which means they do not charge a fee, but accept only love offerings. They believe their call is to edify one another and fellow believers through the teaching of the Word of God, which is the number one priority when it comes to the assembling of the Church; and they believe there is no better way to do this than by hearing, seeing, experiencing, and feeling the Word’s power & truth. Over the 6 years of their full-time ministry, Matthew & Tina have seen God do some amazing things.
In addition to our regular Sunday offering today, a separate love offering will be taken in support of The Living Gospel Ministry.
Sunday School students will remain in the sanctuary today for The Living Sermon, “Peter”.
~“THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!”~
We would like to thank everyone who planned, attended, and brought goodies and gifts to the open house party May 4th at the parsonage in celebration of Elize’s 40th birthday. It was a delightful surprise, and a much-appreciated expression of your love and thoughtfulness. Elize and Rudy
Our gratitude to all those who gave so diligently of their time, energy, expertise, and talents to insure the success of the Concert in the Village presented here at KRC last Sunday afternoon. We thank God for your dedication to this outreach ministry, which was very well-received by an enthusiastic audience.
Compliments to those who provided last Monday’s Synod luncheon through food-donation, preparation, or service. We are most grateful to you for your contributions, hard work, and willingness to be a part of this ministry.
Thank you to all who helped organize, contributed financially to, and/or walked in last Sunday’s 2013 CROP walk. Please watch for more details to come about the success of this year’s effort to fight hunger both locally and worldwide.
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 SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 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 that same day, “rain or shine”, the church will hold its Annual Plant Swap/Sale from 8 a.m. - 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.
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.
HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAY!
Elize Visser (4th), Joan Clause (5th), Sara Hartman (9th),
Brenda Longe (9th), Tom Call (23rd), Andrew Welcome (23rd),
Sarah Bailey (24th), Mike Rivera (25th), Liezl Visser (28th),
Anina Visagie (29th), Jerry Flansburg (30th).
PLEASE PICK UP A COPY FROM THE BACK TABLEOF LIBBY LITTLE’S UPDATE SINCE RETURNING FROM AFGHANISTAN WHERE SHE WAS WORKING WITH THE PBS TEAM ON THE DOCUMENTARY OF TOM’S LIFE.
~IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM KRC SUNDAY SCHOOL COORDINATORS~
Dear Friends in Christ,
As you know, our Children’s Sunday School group is growing. Due to increased enrollment, we find our rooms in need of a few improvements. With the flooding of the basement nearly every year, we’ve lost all the rugs in the nursery and Sunday School rooms. The heat on that side of our basement is under-floor heating, and over the years it has stopped working in some areas. Where the heat is working, the rooms heat up only 8 degrees for every 6 hours, which means that some mornings we truly are freezing down there. We've decided to let everyone know that we are in need of support to defray the cost of expenses accrued during February of this year, and we’ll appreciate any help however small! For donations toward the expense of any of the following, please specify that they are for “Sunday School”:
Two portable infrared heaters in the Sunday school rooms ($130 each)
Smaller infrared heater for the Nursery ($40)
Bible bags for the senior group who received Bibles recently ($8 each) x10
To sponsor a Bible for ($20 each) x16
Boxes of tissues and rolls of paper towels are needed throughout the year!
MANY THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY CONTRIBUTED!
"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!
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.
REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR
those who do not know Christ, or are struggling in their faith or with other spiritual issues.
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 and 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, especially children, suffering natural disaster; the abuses of violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially: family and friends grieving the recent death of Patrick Flood, Jim Baker's uncle; those grieving the recent loss of Ed Gimber, friend of the Bakers; those grieving the recent death of Elsie Hacker, mother of Linda Araoz and Lou Hacker;
Lisa and Kyle, friends of Loren Speer, and Kyle's mother, Cindy, following the loss of Cindy's home in a fire.
Barbette Leclair, diagnosed with breast cancer and scheduled for surgery sometime this month.
Carol, cousin and best friend of Diane Morgan, recovering from recent serious eye surgery following the diagnosis of being legally blind in one eye. Unable to see even the big E on the eye chart, she can now read the three top lines! There is no guarantee that she will regain all her sight, but this is a great improvement and the healing is going as expected. Diane thanks you for your prayers, and asks that you continue to pray for Carol as she still has a long way to go.
Carly Rippel, undergoing therapy to regain the use of her vocal cords. Please pray that Carly's speaking ability will be restored completely, and for reassurance for her and her parents while she continues to recover.
A friend of Paul Varga, diagnosed with cancer.
Glenn Warren’s brother, John, diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Friends of Cricket Warren, Patti, fighting leukemia, and Diane, diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
others battling or recovering from cancer, especially 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: Bert Beach; Miner Smith; Vanessa Vick; Baby Mya Elizabeth; Eleanor Whitbeck; Tina Holley; Frank Vosburgh; Tom Catchpole; Donna Harden; Marthie; Maureen Mooney; Nancy Swinyard; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Jan; Faity Tuttle; Sara Schubert; Bea Post; Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Paul Varga; Susan Patterson.
those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: 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, strength, perseverance, safety, and His direction; 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 Barbara Vosburgh and Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members, Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera, Gordie Van Buren.
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.
the safe return of Patti Varga and the Zietsman family from their recent travels.
last Sunday’s 2013 CROP Walk for Hunger.
the outreach of last Sunday’s Concert in the Village, and for all those who worked so diligently sharing their time, talents, and expertise to insure the success of this ministry to our community.
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.
~SECURITY NOTE: If you are the last person leaving the church,
please make sure that the building is locked. Thank you!
Today, May 12– Mother’s Day
10:00 am Communion Worship
The Living Gospel Ministry team presents a Living Sermon, “Peter”.
Please Note: Sunday School students will remain in the sanctuary for the Living Sermon Presentation.
11:15 am Adult Sunday School Classes:
1st John study group meets in the classroom opposite the office.
Romans study group meets in the main floor conference room.
Mon., May 13
5:30 pm CITV Committee meets
6:30 pm Consistory meets
Tues., May 14
7:00 – 8:30 pm KRC Youth group,
Thur, May 16
9:00 am Small Group meets @ KRC - Chip Ingram study continues -
Living on the Edge – Dare to Experience True Spirituality
10:00 am Community Prayer Group @ KRC
Fri., May 17
9:30 am Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room
9:30 am Olde Dutch and Such crafts group meets opposite KRC office
Sun., May 19
8:30 am Early Worship Service
10:00 am Worship and Children’s Sunday School
11:15 am Adult Sunday School Classes:
1st John study group meets in the classroom opposite the office.
Romans study group meets in the main floor conference room.
Mon., May 20
6:45 pm Outreach Ministry Meeting
7:00 pm Food Pantry Meeting
Sat., June 1
8:00 am – 11:00 am Annual Pancake Breakfast @ KRC
8:00 am – Noon Annual Plant Sale/Swap @ KRC – Rain or Shine
Servers Next Sunday, May 19, 2013
Ushers: Sal Alessi, Derick LaTorre, Steve Shpur, Ken Sutherland
Greeter(s): Bob Drier