February 14, 2016

KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE, FEBRUARY 14, 2016

“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

*Morning Praise

  Scripture                                                                                              Luke 4:1-13 (p. 727)

  Message                                                  “Temptations of Bread, Power, and Safety”       

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction

10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP 

    All are invited to enjoy fellowship and refreshments

downstairs in the Fellowship Room today following worship.

 

Thanks to today’s ushers, Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Glenn Warren, Chip Wood.

Thanks to today’s greeter(s), Bill and Suzy Nieman.

 

  Prelude                                                Draw Me Nearer                                                    #534     

  Welcome and Announcements

  God’s Greeting

Drawing Near to God

  Call to Worship (Responsive)—Adapted from Psalm 91

We live in the shelter of the Most High, in the shadow of God Almighty.

       Our refuge and our fortress is God in whom we trust.

The Lord will deliver us and protect us from our enemies.

       God will shelter us under his wings.

       God's faithfulness forms a shield around us.

Because God watches over us, we have no reason to fear.

       We trust in God's care and presence.

God's angels stand guard around us,

and God is always ready to help in times of trouble.

       God's loving presence is our sure defense. God's salvation is our joy! 

*Hymn #78                                                                            O God Our Help in Ages Past

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession

Lent is a time of reflection, preparation, and repentance. As we fix our gaze upon Christ's great sacrifice, let us examine ourselves and confess our sin before God and one another. Let us pray.

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

Merciful Savior, we have been a wayward people. We were dead in our sin, and you gave us life. We wandered away from you, becoming exiles, and you rescued us and carried us home. We have been sick, broken, and needy, and you healed and restored us. 

[Moment of Prayerful Silence]

We deserve none of this. We deserve the penalty you bore on our behalf. Yet, your love is so deep, your mercy so wide, your embrace so all-enfolding that you have done for us what we could never do for ourselves. You have made us your own. You have forgiven us and loved us. We receive this gift with gratitude, joy, and awe. For the sake of Christ we pray. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon 

You have been forgiven by the unfailing mercy of Christ Jesus your Savior. Go, as beloved children of God, to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Children’s Message and Prayer of Blessing (Unison)

All-powerful and merciful God, preserve these children from falling into sin and its spiritually and physically destructive evils.  Empower us, through your Holy Spirit, to raise them up to lead holy and virtuous lives of faithfulness, love, and humble service to you and to others. Amen.

  Blessing on the Word Proclaimed             

  Scripture                                                                                              Luke 4:1-13 (p. 727)

  Message                                                  “Temptations of Bread, Power, and Safety”       

  Prayer of Thanks 

Celebrating God  

  Offering/Offertory                 Just a Closer Walk with Thee                                          #562

*Doxology and Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Holy Father, sustainer and supplier of all our needs, our hearts overflow with joy and love for the privilege of walking in close relationship with you and for the blessing of being called your own. Receive these gifts, we pray, as our faithful and grateful response to your gifts of grace and mercy in our lives. Amen.

  Prayer Requests, Pastoral Prayer, and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn of Exhortation #540                                                                  Take Time to Be Holy

*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)

  Postlude                             

 

~UPCOMING “FIRST FRIDAY” POTLUCK DINNER~

The Outreach Ministry encourages you to mark your calendar for March 4, the next scheduled First Friday community outreach meal.  We are especially excited about this March date, as we will have a free concert by the Irish vocal group, Triskele, and an Irish dance demonstration by our very own Clinton girls following the meal.  So, save the date and plan to attend! 

 

Loudonville Community Church in Albany is offering an evening dinner event at 6 pm Friday, March 11, to promote the work of Interserve, and Libby Little will be the main speaker.  There is no cost for the meal, but an offering for Interserve's work will be taken.  KRC family and friends are cordially invited. An RSVP is requested, and if you  plan on attending, please contact Paul or email krc@fairpoint.net .

PLEASE NOTE:

Jim and Bonnie Dunham will be going to this event, and have offered to take two or three others along with them.  If you would like to ride  with the Dunhams, please let them know.

 

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith. Pray also that God will provide opportunities for us to witness for Jesus, and give us the courage and winsome words needed to make the most of these opportunities.

KRC ministries, programs & projects and those planning & administering them: KRC’s Consistory, especially new members, Tana Thompson and Chip Wood; KRC’s administrative ministries; KRC’s Youth Group; KRC’s small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; First Friday, and other outreach programs. 

our state, national, and world leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.

our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace.

victims world-wide suffering natural and other hardships and tragedies: famine, earthquakes, and other climate-related disasters; economic instability; poverty, hunger, and poor health; political oppression, unrest, terrorism, war, displacement.

those grieving the death of loved ones, especially the Rivera family and friends grieving the recent loss of Florence.

all who have suffered and struggled with significant recent loss of any kind.

those who, even after many years, still hurt from the void left by loved ones who have passed on from this world. 

reassurance, peace, and dignity for loved ones who are nearing the close of this life.

those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill

Baby Ben, grandson of Sara Hartman, born prematurely.  Pray for continued healthy development for Ben, and for God’s reassurance and peace for his family.

Baby Chase Zincio, born January 26 with some health issues.  Pray for complete health for Chase, and for God's peace and reassurance for Chase's parents and other family and friends.

those battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Donna Scalera; Maria Zincio; Dorothy Wheeler; Darryl Ferguson; 6-month-old Baby Szafran; TJ Vooris; Judy Alvarez; Leonard Blish; Carol, Elize Visser’s sister-in-law; Marlene.

those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Tom Carroll, son-in-law of Barbara Gross; Maggie Brower; Brian Post; Stacey Baker; Vickie Metzger; Ann Powell; April Grimes; Gary Silvano; Angie Rivera; Harriet Stockhoff; Rev. Ed Van Kampen; Ruth Edge; Merrill Johnson; Jean Skipper; Steve Shpur; John Bowen; Floyd Haber; Art Gross; Alan Dick; Paul Varga; Liz Carroll; Laurie Maul.

those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: Don and Phyllis Tymeson; Harry Sturgill; the alarming wave of new, young heroin addicts; those facing the challenges of a higher level of education or seeking a career; Cliff Laraway; Greg L and friend, Joshua; Vince Beaudoin; Libby Little.

God's protection and safety for those traveling, especially Ted and Dawn Tuttle as they drive their RV to and from Florida for a month's vacation.

residence-bound member, Murray Leonardson.

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS OUR MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES

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/prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call 859-4158. 

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR 

Pastor Rudy Visser, our Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision, and for the Christ-centered messages God gives to Pastor each and every Sunday for the spiritual nourishment and growth of our church family.

those men and women who have served or are now serving our country, and those who have sacrificed their well-being and lives for the peace & liberties we enjoy.

the good report that Stacey Baker has recently made substantial progress in her recovery from a concussion suffered nearly a year ago, and is considering increasing her work activity.  Stacey wishes to thank everyone for their prayers since her accident last March.

for the First Friday free meal program and for those who are making this church family fellowship and community outreach ministry possible.  

the good news of the healthy birth of Harper Ollie LaTorre, born January 26 to Heather, Derick, and Ellie LaTorre.  Harper weighed in at 8 pounds 11 ounces.

the happy news that Sara Schubert has a granddaughter due to arrive May 29 to son, Josh Schubert, and his wife, Helen.

the happy news from Arnie and Claudia March that they have a grandson who is due to arrive in May. 

all His provisions for our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows His love to us, especially during difficult times.

the many dedicated and hard-working friends and members of the Kinderhook Reformed Church Family who serve on Consistory, ministries, and committees; teach Sunday School; lead Youth Group, Bible studies, and prayer group; organize special events; prepare food, serve, and clean up for coffee hours, receptions, and dinners; and who always offer whatever support they can to those in need.

 

                        HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY!

Jayne Ferguson (1st), Courtney Wood (8th),  Filip Carroll (9th),

 Mary Schubert (9th), Heather LaTorre (18th), Chip Wood (23rd),

 Jackson Carroll (24th)

 

                                                                                    ~ANNUAL BARE ROOTS TREE SALE~

The Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District is now holding its Annual Bare Root Tree Sale.  Orders may be mailed in or delivered to the District’s office prepaid, and must be received in the office by April 1.  Order forms and additional Information on the sale details are available on the back table for your convenience.

 

           2016 CLASSIS ASSSESSMENT

General Synod:     $53.71   (Up $1.98 from 2015)

Albany Synod:       $29.00   (Unchanged from 2015)

C.  G.   Classis:        $  6.22   (Down $1.07  from 2015

              2016 TOTAL PER MEMBER:        $88.93  

                             (Up $0.91 from 2014)

 

The School for Christian Living and Service, a ministry of the RCA Mid-Hudson and Orange Classes, is offering its spring courses beginning April 2:  Dignity and Grace in Dying; Preparing Children’s Sermons; Multi-Media; and Church History 2. Times, dates, locations, and course details may be found in the handouts available on the back table. Please feel free to pick one up. 

 

KRC family and friends are asked to volunteer as greeters

for our 10 am worship services.

Please sign up on the sheet available at the back table.

 

EMAIL, WEBSITE,  AND FAX INFORMATION 

Email Address – krc@fairpoint.net

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 immediate assistance at any time, call 859-4158.

Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

 

 

 

 

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