KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES June 28, 2015
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor
A warm welcome to visitors. We 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
Announcements, The Lord’s Greeting, and Morning Prayer
Scripture Colossians 1:10-20 (p. 833)
Prayer of Thanks
Offering and Prayer of Blessing
*Closing Hymn and Benediction
10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
All are invited to refreshments and fellowship downstairs today following worship.
Ushers: Pat Calhoun, Max DiOrio, Merrill Johnson, Dick Van Alstyne
Greeter(s): Preschool Nursery available downstairs.
Welcome and God’s Greeting
Drawing Near To God
Call to Worship (Responsive) Based on the hymn, We Will Glorify
We have come to glorify Christ, the King of kings,
the Lord Jehovah, the Lord of lords, who reigns in majesty.
Let us glorify Christ, the Lamb. Let us bow before his throne
and worship him alone, in righteousness.
We have come to honor Christ, the Lord and creator of heaven,
the Lord and creator of earth and of all who live.
Let us sing hallelujah to Christ the Lord, who is above the universe.
Let us shout hallelujah to Christ, the great I AM!
*Hymn Praise #92 Crown Him with Many Crowns
Allowing God to Shape Us
Call to Confession
In truth, we know that we have not been the faithful servants that or Lord, Jesus Christ, has called us to be, but have turned in disobedience away from him and his will for our lives. Let us turn to him now in confession.
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Merciful Christ, we confess that we have frequently disregarded your sovereign lordship over all things, including our individual personal lives. Instead of seeking after and following your perfect will and purpose, we have often pursued our own self-centered agendas. Forgive us for our arrogance in choosing our own ways over yours. In humility, we yield ourselves anew to your benevolent authority. We acknowledge the awesome blessing of your power to sustain all creation, and we submit to your supremacy in everything, through which we are made right with God.
Assurance of Pardon (Responsive)
Chronicles 30, verse 9 reads, “The LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him."
Thanks be to Christ, who has reconciled us to God. Amen.
Coming before God’s Open Word
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture Colossians 1:10-20 (p. 833)
Message “The Son of God Who Holds All Things Together”
[Moment of Silent Reflection]
Silent Prayer for Those Seeking to Accept Christ as Their Savior:
"Dear Jesus, I confess that I'm a sinner, and I admit that I am not right with you. I repent and ask your forgiveness. I believe that you died on the cross to take my punishment and to pay the price for my offences. I believe that you rose from death to give me new life. Wash me clean, Jesus, from all sin, shame, and guilt, and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior. In your name I pray. Amen."
Prayer of Thanks
Offering and Offertory
Offertory Prayer (Unison) Based on 1 Chronicles 29:10-13
Praise be to you, O Christ, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours is the greatness, the power, the glory, the majesty, and the splendor; for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Wealth and honor come from you; in your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, Lord Jesus, we thank you for these gifts that have been offered, and praise your glorious name. Amen.
Prayer Requests, Pastoral Prayer, and The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn of Exultation #262 Rejoice, the Lord Is King!
*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)
~ PLEASE NOTE – BEGINNING NEXT SUNDAY ~
SUNDAY, JULY 5, THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6,
8:30 & 10 AM WORSHIP SERVICES WILL COMBINE FOR WORSHIP AT 9 A.M.
KRC family and friends are encouraged to volunteer as front-door greeters for our 9 a.m. combined summer worship service. A sign-up sheet for this purpose may be found on the back table of the sanctuary, and your willingness to participate in this important ministry is much appreciated.
During the summer months, the outdoor Lemonade Stand Fellowship is offered on the front lawn of the church in place of coffee hour in the fellowship hall. If you are willing to host the Lemonade Stand for one or more Sundays following Worship in July and August, please contact Sally Heimroth, 784-3164. Joy Bertram will host the first Lemonade Stand Fellowship next Sunday, July 5th.
For those of you who would like to donate flower arrangements for the pulpit in memory of loved ones or in celebration of special occasions, please contact Dawn Van Buren.
“FIRST FRIDAY” COMMUNITY POTLUCK DINNER
RESCHEDULED FOR “SECOND FRIDAY”
You are cordially invited to “SECOND FRIDAY” POTLUCK DINNER Friday, July 10, in the fellowship room. Everyone is welcome, so even if you don't cook, or don't have time to, please come and enjoy the GOOD FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP. There is always more than enough for everyone to have a hearty meal, and we hope to see you there.
STONE HOUSE DAY
Please look over the brochures on the back table inviting us to the 65th Annual Stone House Day, rain or shine, 10 am – 4 pm Saturday, July 11, sponsored by the Hurley Reformed Church in Hurley, NY. This is an opportunity to enjoy guided tours of several of America’s oldest homes (one of which was the temporary capitol of New York State), militia reenactments, homemade food, craft demonstrations, and much more. If you have never attended Stone House Day, this is a family event you will enjoy, especially if you have an interest in history.
KRC VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015
VBS will run this summer at KRC from AUGUST 17th to 21st, 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. Forms will soon be available on the back table for pre-registering your children or grandchildren.
Christian Ed Ministry is looking for VBS volunteers to teach and to help. For information about the positive rewards of serving in this ministry and the relatively small time commitment involved, please speak with Patti Varga.
HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY!
Jeff Barmen (2nd), Edward Bailey (2nd), Sally Heimroth (3rd), Virginia Rothermel (3rd),
Patrice Lyons (5th), Jay Rippel, (6th), Will Ferguson (7th), Haley Hickman (12th,)
Dick Van Alstyne (13th), Ted Tuttle (18th), Edward Arnold (26th), Glenn Warren (26th), Carien Zietsman (28th), Patti Varga th)
CLASSIS ASSEMENT 2015
KRC’s share of support this year is $5,633.28 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 $88.02. All who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above regular giving, their share of this support. T
he 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 over $3.25 weekly for the remaining weeks in this year. All contributions made for this purpose should be designated,
FORGIVENESS IN CHARLESTON - LIGHT SHINING IN DARKNESS
Today, we felt compelled to talk about the [recent] horrific killing of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Why? Because we're seeing in those events how light overcomes darkness. How love overcomes hate.
As you almost undoubtedly know, on June 17, a man described as “white, with sandy-blond hair, around 21 years old and 5 feet 9 inches in height, wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans” entered Emanuel and participated in a Bible study led by the Church’s pastor, Clementa C. Pinckney.
At about 9 pm, the man, subsequently identified as Dylann Roof, opened fire killing nine people, including Pastor Pinckney. Scarcely had the news broken than pundits [on all sides] started using the shooting to further pet causes, from banning the Confederate flag to permitting people to carry guns in church.
But, remarkably, the people of Emanuel wanted to talk about something far more important: grace and forgiveness. In an interview with the BBC, the children of Sharonda Singleton, one of the victims, told the reporter, “We already forgive [Dylann Roof] and there's nothing but love from our side of the family.”
And they weren’t alone. Stephen Singleton, Emanuel’s former pastor, told NPR, “We’re people of faith, and people of faith know that we heal. God helps us heal. This doesn’t drive us away from God. This drives us to God, and that’s why I’m here now.” When asked what his former parishioners had told him, he continued, “There are a lot of broken hearts, a lot of sorrow, and a lot of healing to be done. And that’s what we’re going to work on, and that’s what we’re going to focus on, because if we get bitter and angry, we just make a bad situation worse.”
A relative of another victim, Myra Thompson, said, “I forgive him and my family forgives him. But we would like him to take this opportunity to repent” and “give [his] life to the one who matters most: Christ.”
Senator Tim Scott, appearing on Face the Nation, said that while Roof may have intended to ignite a war between the races, he brought the people of Charleston closer together.
And that’s because the people of Emanuel have responded in a way that is distinctly, if not uniquely, Christian: loving those who hate you, forgiving those who sin against you, and blessing those who would persecute you. Christian ideas may no longer have power in our culture that they once had. But to paraphrase the Apostle Paul, against the kind of grace on display in Charleston there is no argument.
We even saw it on display in Roof’s capture. A North Carolina woman, at great personal risk, followed Roof's car until she was sure it was him and then called the police. When asked why, she replied, “I had been praying for those people on my way to work . . . I was in the right place at the right time that the Lord puts you.”
This was so reminiscent of the horrific event from years ago, the murder of five Amish girls in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. The members of the Amish community forgave the murderer. The families of the victims reached out to the widow of the perpetrator. And on this program then, Chuck Colson asked questions we should ask again today: “How are we working in our own communities to build cultures of grace? Are we teaching our children to forgive? Are we actively working to restore offenders and reach out in aid to victims? Are we overcoming evil in the world by good, as we are commanded to do?” And I would add, “If evil and tragedy come our way, are we ready to respond in love the same way our brothers and sisters in Charleston have?”
What happened in Charleston is a tragic reminder of the great darkness in the world. But in the aftermath we see the truth that the “light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.”
BreakPoint Daily Radio Commentaries
June 23, 2015
REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR
PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS THE MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES
AROUND THE WORLD THAT KRC HELPS TO SUPPORT:
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, 15, Bolivia Giulbert Muguna, 18, Kenya
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Paul at 859-4158.
REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
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.
Please call ahead for an appointment.
Evenings are set aside for meetings, pastoral visitations, and counseling.
For assistance on Mondays, and for immediate assistance at any time, call
Church Phone 758-6401 Church Fax 758-6402