Kinderhook Reformed Church

Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY

 Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

Worship Services for April 21, 2013

 “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

  Welcome/Announcements

  Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise                                                                  How Great Is Our God

  Prayer of Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                        Revelation 7:9-17

  Message                                                        “Forging Forward, Praising God.”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Video                                                                                             You Raise Me Up

  Offering

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                                          When Peace Like a River

*Benediction

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:  Jim Baker, Bob Drier, Ben Hart, John Schubert

Greeter(s):  Joy Bertram

Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

   Prelude   

Drawing Nearer To God

   Welcome and Announcements

   God's Greeting

   Call to Worship  (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 113

Enter the house of the Lord with Praise.

Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord.

     Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore.

     From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,

     the name of the Lord is to be praised.

The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens.

     Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high?

     He stoops down to raise the poor from the dust.

He lifts the needy from the ash heap and seats them with princes.

     Praise the lord.

*Hymn of Praise #689                                         The Church’s One Foundation

Turning Our Hearts to God

   Call to Confession  Based on Isaiah 45:21-22

“There is no God apart from me,” says the Lord.  “I am a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.  Seek after me, for I am God, and there is no other.  Turn to me and be saved, all of you. ”   

   Prayer of Confession  (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 106

O Lord, we have put you to the test; we have not believed your promises or remembered your many miracles and kindnesses.

Holy God, we have rebelled against you, and have turned to other sources to sustain us.  In times of great need, instead of putting our faith in you, we have made gods of our own inadequate abilities and resources.  Instead of seeking  your righteousness and empowerment, we have done as we pleased and willfully pursued our own devices and solutions to our troubles.  We have provoked you with our proud attitudes and self-centeredness; and we have wasted away in our sin.

 [Silent Prayer of Confession]

Save us, O Lord our God.

Renew us with the righteousness of your Son, Jesus Christ; humble and sanctify us for service to you through the power of your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive) Based on Isaiah 44:21-23

“Remember these things,” says the Lord.  “You are my servants; I have made you, and I will not forget you.  I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.  Return to me; sing for joy and shout aloud, for I have redeemed you.”

                 Allowing God to Shape Us

   Children’s Sermon and Blessing  (Unison)

Jesus, through the work of your Holy Spirit, make your presence, known to these children; live within them and be with them always; and through every difficulty of life, may they seek your guidance and wisdom, and experience your comfort and your peace.  Amen.

   Prayer for Illumination

   Scripture Lesson                                                                       Revelation 7:9-17

   Message                                                       “Forging Forward, Praising God.”

   Prayer of Blessing

Giving Ourselves for God's Glory

   Call to the Presentation of Our Offering/

   Offertory – Quartet                                          All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus

  Nancy Baker, John Bosquet-Morra, Paul Clause, Deborah Spaulding

*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.

   Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Closing Hymn #710                                       We Are Called to Be God’s People 

*Benediction

*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

FOOD DONATIONS  NEEDED

Donations of finger foods are needed for KRC’s Concerts in the Village reception at 5 p.m. following the concert Sunday, May 5; and donations of pies are needed for the Synod Luncheon to be served at 12 noon Monday, May 6.  We are also very much in need of volunteer helpers to clean up after the luncheon.  Sign-up sheets are available on the back table for those of you who are able to contribute food items for either of these fast-approaching events.  If you are able to help with clean-up following the Synod Luncheon, please note this at the bottom of the luncheon pie sign-up sheet, or contact Noreen Dick.  

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.

HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY:

Deborah Spaulding (1st), Annake Visser (6th), Beth Anne Rippel (11th),

Anne-Marie Zietsman (11th), Angela Rivera (12th), Diane Morgan (14th), Anna Hart (15th),  Sophia Hart (15th), Bill Nieman (16th), Arnie March (17th),

 Cydney Rippel (22nd), Paul Zietsman (29th)

~A  MESSAGE FROM COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF COLUMBIA/GREENE COUNTIES~

     Our semi-annual training for new Hospice volunteers will begin in May. Through Hospice, volunteers provide support to patients and families during the process of dying and grieving. Those who choose not to be with patients assist with other duties.

     Over the years it has become evident that the majority of our volunteers have come from area churches and synagogues.  Thank you for your ongoing support in bringing this message to potential volunteers who can help us continue to make a difference in so many lives. Please pick up a flyer from the back table; call Patty PerrelIa, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 943-5425, Ext 110; or see Maureen Mooney or Patrice Lyons for information on training to become a Hospice volunteer.

"THE OLDE DUTCH AND SUCH" CRAFTS GROUP HAS BEGUN MEETING AGAIN 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!

OUR HEARTFELT THANK YOU to Arnie and Claudia March for their generous gift to Kinderhook Reformed Church.

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.

You are invited to attend the DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SERIES sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society at 3 p.m. this coming Saturday, April 27, here at Kinderhook Reformed Church. Margaret Roach, the first gardening editor of Martha Stewart Living magazine, and author of the nationally acclaimed blog, A Way to Garden, will blend personal stories with the nuts-and-bolts gardening smarts that make her Hudson Valley garden a visual treat every day of the year. She will discuss her new book, The Backyard Parables, focusing on “Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days.”

Lecture only: $5 Members, $7 Non-members

Lecture & Reception at the Nathan Wild House:

$35 in advance; $40 at the door

For reservations, call (518) 758-9265

The next performance of the Concerts in the Village series,

“Baroque to Classical – A Musical Journey with the Bach Family,”

will be presented at Kinderhook Reformed Church at

3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, featuring the following works:

Johann Christian Bach:  Miserere in B-flat (1757)

American premiere

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach:  Keyboard Concerto in c minor (1771)

Johann Christian Bach:  Excerpts from Endimione (1772)

The 45-plus member chorus, now known as the Broad Street Chorale, we will once again contribute to and be joined by an outstanding assembly of vocal soloists including Amanda Boyd, Carol Curran, John Davey, Vincent Festa, Ruth Moore, John Musacchio, Katie Roppolo, and Vicki Smith.  Also contributing their talents will be a group of outstanding instrumentalists, among them Karen Hosmer (oboe), Sharon Levin (flute), Lauren Moore (French horn), and David Smith (piano). The concert, under the musical direction of David Smith, is certain to be another outstanding  and  inspiring  KRC musical  outreach .

Suggested Contribution - $15

Reception to follow the concert

 NORTHERN COLUMBIA COUNTY 10th ANNUAL CROP HUNGER WALK
CONTACT FOR INFORMATION: PATRICE LYONS
Date:  SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013
Starting Location:  Kinderhook Elks Club, Route 9H, Kinderhook
Registration: 1:30 P.M. – Walk: 2:00 P.M.


 CROP Hunger Walks help children and families worldwide -- and right here in the U.S. -- to have food for today while building for a better tomorrow. Each year, some two million CROP Hunger Walkers, volunteers, and sponsors put their hearts and “soles” in motion, and in the last 20 years have raised some $294 million to help end hunger and poverty around the world and in our own communities.  Hungry people in developing countries typically walk as many as six miles a day to get food, water and fuel, and to take their goods to market. CROP Hunger walkers walk to be in solidarity with their struggle for existence.  They walk because they want to end hunger – one step at a time. Our local efforts are making a huge difference, and you can be a part of it! Last year’s CROP walk against worldwide hunger and in support of local food pantries was a HUGE SUCCESS! 114 walkers participated, and over $13,000 was raised.  More than $3000 went directly to local food pantries.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK TO CONTRIBUTE!  Checks made out to “CWS/CROP” are welcome and are tax-deductable.

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

Funds raised in a CROP Hunger Walk assist people in need around the world:

$75 can enable three women to attend a literacy class for a year and change their lives forever.

$110 can provide emergency food supplies for a family of five’s needs for a month.

$140 can give a struggling farm family a new source of income: a pair of pigs. A piglet from each litter is then given to another family in need.

$350 can enable the eldest in a child-headed household of AIDS orphans to receive vocational training, so they can support their siblings and themselves.

$1,050 can support community-based health, hygiene, and sanitation training for

an entire community.

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.
Dick and Bev Van Alstyne’s safe arrival home from Florida.
the birth this past week of Baby Katherine Theodora diTargiani to parents Mary Jean (Herrmann) and Joseph diTargiani.  Katherine weighed in at 8 pounds 1 ounce, and Grandmother Jan Herrmann is overjoyed at the arrival of her first granddaughter.  Please keep Mary Jean and Joseph in your prayers as Mary Jean recovers from a C-section following 30 hours of labor.
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.

Regular reports are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists.  If you have updated information, especially regarding individuals whose names appear in bold print, please forward this information, as well as new praise and prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net 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 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:  those grieving the loss this past week of Elsie Hacker, mother of Linda Araoz and Lou Hacker; those grieving the recent death of Ursula Unnewehr, friend of Nancy Swinyard,
 the Richard family, whose 8 year old son, Michael, was killed in Boston Monday. Michael's mother has suffered brain damage from the explosion and his little sister has lost a leg. Remember also Suzy and Bill Nieman and their grandson, Kai, who became friends of the Richards and their children during summers in New Hampshire, and who are devastated by this tragedy.
other who have lost loved ones, received injuries, or lost their homes in the explosions in Texas and Boston.
Tina Holley, friend of Sara Hartman, recovering from surgery to relieve severe pain due to spinal deterioration.
Baby Mya Elizabeth, born 8 weeks early.  Also keep Mya’s parents in your  prayers.
Miner Smith, nephew of Jane Smith, recovering from recent shoulder surgery.
Eleanor Whitbeck, mother of Patrice Lyons, recovering at home from a broken hip.
others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Frank Vosburgh; Tom Catchpole; Donna Harden; Maureen Mooney; Marthie; Nancy Swinyard; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Jan; Faity Tuttle; Tom Saulpaugh; Sara Schubert; Bert Beach; Bea Post; Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Paul Varga; Susan Patterson.
Uncle Tony, battling neck and throat cancer
others battling or recovering from cancer, especially Jack; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Ed Gimber; Jill Shpur; Rosanne; Connie; Helen Drumm; Sal Alessi; Donna Scalera.
those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Kristen Clause and her 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 the difficult decisions; the Royce Family; the Schuberts attempting to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Libby Little.
those travelling, especially Patti Varga travelling to Texas, and Paul and Johanna Zietsman and family traveling to South Africa. 
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.

SECURITY NOTE:  If you are the last person leaving the church, please make sure that the building is locked.  Thank you!

COMING EVENTS

Today, April 21

        8:30 am  Early Worship           

     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.

Tues., April 23

      7:00 – 8:30 pm  P.R.A.Y. Youth group, Milemarker

Thur, April 25

 9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC - Chip Ingram study,                
          Living on the Edge – Dare to Experience True Spirituality   

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Fri.,   April 26   

       9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room

       9:30 am  Olde Dutch and Such crafts group meets opposite KRC office

Sat.,   April 27

       3:00 pm  Distinguished Author Series @KRC with acclaimed Hudson Valley      

         gardener, Margaret Roach – Sponsored by Columbia County Historical Society  

Sun., April 28

       8:30 am  Early Worship            

     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

Sun., May 5

       8:30 am  Early Worship            

     10:00 am  Worship and Children’s Sunday School

Please Note:  Next Communion Worship Services Sunday, May 12

     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.

    *Northern Columbia County CROP WALK at Kinderhook Elks Club*

                1:30 pm Registration

                2:00 pm Walk begins

   3:00 pm  Concerts in the Village series @KRC - “Baroque to Classical –

                          A Musical Journey with the Bach Family,”

Mon., May 13

       6:30  Consistory Meeting

Mon., May 20

       6:45 pm Outreach Ministry Meeting

       7:00 pm Food Pantry Meeting

 

Servers Next Sunday, April 28, 2013

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

Greeter(s):  KRC Youth Group

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