December 30, 2012

Kinderhook Reformed Church
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
Worship Service, 10 a.m. December 30, 2012
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor
Guest Preacher, Rev. Perry Jones
Executive Director, Capital City Rescue
Mission

A WARM WELCOME TO VISITORS
You are invited to sign our Guest Book at the church entrance and to fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.  We would like to get to know you better, and we invite you to enjoy refreshments and fellowship downstairs in the Fellowship Room following today’s Worship service.


Ushers: Dave Ennis, Will Ferguson, Chuck Rothermel, Andrew Welcome
Greeter(s):  Ruth Edge and Mid Glass
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

Celebration of Worship
  Prelude       
Offering Our Praises to the Lord
  Welcome and Announcements
  Call to Worship - Based on passages from Isaiah 60  (Responsive)
Arise, shine, for our light has come!
     The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Praise the Lord together.
     The sun shall no longer be our light by day,
     nor will the brightness of the moon shine on us,
for the Lord will be our light, and our God will be our glory.
     The Lord will be our everlasting light,
     and our days of sorrow will end.

Come, let us stand and greet each other with the Peace of Christ
and sing praises to our light and salvation!
*Passing of the Peace
*Hymn of Praise: #92                                 Crown Him with Many Crowns
  Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon
(Based on the words of the prophet, Malachi)
Almighty Lord, we have not set our hearts to honor you, revered your name, followed your ways, or kept faith with you or with one another.  We acknowledge that we have sinned and fallen from grace, and we seek your mercy upon us.  Forgive us, O Lord, we pray; purify us, and refine us. Let the righteousness of Jesus Christ rise within us like the sun, with healing in its wings.
[Silent Prayer of Confession]

     Praise be to God, who forgives us through faith in his Son, our redeemer;
who keeps us pure and blameless - who sanctifies us body, soul, and spirit for his righteous purposes - until the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.
  Children’s Message and Blessing  (Unison)
May these children diligently seek after Christ and walk in discipleship with him, that they may know his truth, enjoy the freedom that it brings, and become his light in this world.


We Come before God's Open Word
  Prayer for Illumination
  Scripture         Matthew 2:1 - 12 (pp. 681-2)
  Message                                                            “The Wise Men Still Seek Him.”
  Prayer of Blessing
   
We Celebrate and Pay Tribute to God
*Song of Redemption #473                        And Can It Be That I Should Gain?
  Offering/Offertory
  Doxology and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)
Holy God, we present these offerings to be used to preach the truth of salvation and eternal life through the gift of Christ Jesus, your Son; to proclaim your promise of renewal of mind, body, and spirit; and to make known the blessings of your love, reassurance, and peace to a world in need.  Amen. 
  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn of Tribute #95                                     All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
*Benediction and Response Hymn  – 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.
  Postlude                     

       For those who are using the envelope system to present tithes and offerings to the church, NEW ENVELOPES FOR 2013 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 NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 6.
       IF YOU ARE NOT USING OFFERING ENVELOPES, BUT WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN, PLEASE FILL OUT ONE OF THE SMALL GREEN REQUEST SLIPS (STANDING UP IN BACK OF ONE OF THE BOXES) AND DROP IT IN THE OFFERING PLATE.  YOU MAY DO THIS NOW OR AT ANY TIME WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
• Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled preacher of the Word and leader of vision.
• all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, & working together to complete projects and responsibilities.
• Dawn Tuttle’s presence with us again following a recent hospitalization.
• the joy of seeing the students of our growing Sunday School celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus in song and pageant recently.
• the beauty of the recent Lessons and Carols worship service and the spiritual ministry of music and Word it provided for our church family and community in this season of celebration.
• His blessings, especially at this Christmas season, of family, friends, and all the provisions for our basic life needs and much more.
• the good report that Judy Iocco is doing well  following treatment for leukemia.
• 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.


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; church restoration; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group.
• 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.
• communities, families, & individuals grieving the tragedies of recent gun violence.
• 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 death of Dorothy (Dimpie) Davidson;  Jane Smith, her son, David, and other family members and friends grieving the recent death of Ken Smith.
• Tom Saulpaugh, father of a close friend of the Clauses, now in hospice care.
• Jim Baker's dad, hospitalized Christmas Day with an undiagnosed illness.  Pray for a speedy diagnosis and effective treatment, and for reassurance for Jim's dad and family.
• Baby Savannah, niece of Pastor Visser, born prematurely and weighing just over 2  pounds.  Pray also for reassurance for her mother, Karina, and family.
• Jill Shpur, sister-in-law of Steve and Janet Shpur, recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  Pray for reassurance and peace for Jill and her family as she begins treatment.
• Frank Vosburgh, hospitalized for treatment of several health issues; pray also for Barbara as she attends to Frank’s needs.
• those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Ian, cousin of Maureen Mooney; Eleanor, mother of Patrice Lyons; Timmy Alvarez; Doris; Ken and Marion P; Fred Steeves; Jack, grandfather of Patti Varga; Pastor Glenn Metzler; Sara Schubert; Bert Beach; Bea Post; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Dave Ennis’s father; Florence Rivera; Paul Varga. 
• those battling or recovering from cancer: Melissa M; Stephanie; Ron Jensen; Patricia’s mother; Dick; Don Berlin; Suzanne W; Jenny Kline; Betsey Klein; Rosanne and Connie, friends of the Warrens; Helen Drumm; Sal Alessi; Donna Scalera.
• those traveling. especially those traveling over this holiday season.
• those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: the Royce Family; the Schuberts attempting to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Libby Little.
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Derick and Heather LaTorre, recently married; new parents, Ben and Kathryn Hart (Baby Daniel Robert, born October 29).
• those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
• our residence-bound members, Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera, Gordie Van Buren.


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 already on our email prayer list, and would like to receive prayer and praise requests through email, please contact Paul to have your address added. If you do not have email, contact Jane Smith, 758-6442, to be included in the phone prayer chain.

Birgitta Sherman (2nd), Liz Carroll (4th), Beth Ennis (8th), Merrill Johnson (15th), Neal Clinton (16th), Marion Arnold (22nd), Nikki Barmen (22nd), Mackenzy Clinton (22nd), Cricket Warren (26th), Patrick Carroll (27th)

Please enjoy the four display panels now installed on the side walls in the rear of the sanctuary. These beautiful works, featuring highlights of Kinderhook Reformed Church’s 300-year history, will be a rich source of information to KRC visitors as well as to our church family, and they will serve as an excellent enhancement to KRC’s ongoing free guided tour program.

KRC’s share of support is $6,546 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 $81.72, UP ONLY 87¢ FROM LAST YEAR!  All who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above regular giving, their share of this support.  Contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.” To date, $3,440 has been received to help defray this expense, and MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED.


KRC 2013-2014 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

       Deacons

Jane Deane – ’14
Noreen Dick – ’13 
Derick Latorre – ’14
Patrice Lyons – ’13

         Elders

Maureen Mooney – ’14
Dawn Tuttle – ’14
Dawn Van Buren – ’13 
Bob Wildermuth – ’14

            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

OFFICE, EMAIL, WEBSITE,  AND FAX INFORMATION 
Email Address – krc@fairpoint.net
Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com
Rev. Rudy is scheduled to be in his church office
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 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 Fridays, 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.

 

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