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February 15, 2015

KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES FEBRUARY 15, 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

*Morning Praise                                                       We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                 Mark 9:2-9 (p. 714)

  Message “Our Desire to Experience God only in the Mountaintop Moments of Life”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn                                                                          I Need Thee Lord, I Need Thee

*Benediction

10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

  All are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship downstairs following Worship.

 

  UshersJim Dunham, Keith Garwood, Barry Knights, Gary Leggett

Greeter(s): Patrice Lyons                       Preschool Nursery available downstairs.

 

 

 

  Prelude

  Announcements and God’s Greeting

 

Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship  Based on Revelation 4 and  5

Come and worship the One 

who sits on the throne of heaven, a throne encircled with a rainbow resembling an emerald, and from which come flashes of lightning and peals of thunder.

Come and worship the One

before whose throne it is like a crystal-clear sea of glass, and the seven spirits of God are blazing lamps.

Come and worship the One

around whose throne are living winged creatures, covered with eyes all around, who day and night never stop saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." 

Come and worship the One

who lives for ever and ever, whose throne is surrounded by twenty-four elders who fall down before Him and worship Him. They lay their golden crowns before Him saying: "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Come and worship the One

whose throne is encircled by angels numbering ten thousand times ten thousand, all singing in a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" 

Come and worship the One

who, with his blood, purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.  

Come and worship the One 

who has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and to one day reign on the earth.

*Hymn of Praise #98                                                         Majesty, Worship His Majesty

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession  Based on Hebrews 4:14, 16

Seeing that we have a great High Priest Jesus Christ, who has entered the inmost heaven, let us therefore approach his throne of grace with fullest confidence, that we may receive mercy for our failures and grace in our hour of need.  In the strength of this assurance, let us confess our sins to God.

  Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, we confess how hard it is to be your people. You have called us to be the church, to continue the mission of Jesus Christ to our lonely and confused world. Yet we acknowledge we are more indifferent than energetic in fulfilling our mission; more stingy than sharing with your gift of spiritual light; more self-centered than other-centered; more callous than compassionate; more obstinate than obedient; more legalistic than loving; Gracious Lord, have mercy upon us and forgive our sins.

[Moment of Silent Confession]

Merciful God, remove the obstacles preventing us from being

your representatives to a broken world.

Awaken our hearts to the purposes and power of your indwelling Spirit.

This we pray in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon

For this is what the high and lofty One says - he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” 

  Children’s Message and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Lord Jesus, draw each of these children face-to-face with you.  May they know your goodness, your love, and the glory of your divine presence in their lives; may they experience your power to renew and strengthen them; and may they be eager to share their knowledge of you with others.  Amen.

  Prayer for Illumination    

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                 Mark 9:2-9 (p. 714)

  Message “Our Desire to Experience God only in the Mountaintop Moments of Life”

  Prayer of Blessing

  Offering/Offertory

*Doxology and Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Gracious God, you have given us your only Son, shown us the brilliance of his glory, and clothed us in his garments of holiness and everlasting life. Inspired by your generosity, we give these gifts freely in return so that others may know your love, salvation, and life eternal through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn #721                                                                                            Shine, Jesus, Shine

*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

 

Saratoga Springs

 

All are invited to worship at the Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Service

7:00 pm this coming Wednesday, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Valatie.

 

Many thanks and blessings to the KRC family for their ongoing generosity in support of the Valatie Food Pantry. Donations of cake and brownie mixes would be especially appreciated at this time; however, other non-perishable foods always popular at the Pantry are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti/spaghetti sauce; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the entryways of the church.

 

 

 

 CLASSIS ASSESSMENT 2015

 

Classis Assessment contributions are divided three ways among the General Synod (national), Albany Synod (regional), and Columbia-Greene Classis (local).  The 2015 individual assessment is $88.02, and will be distributed as follows:

                                                              General Synod:  $51.73   (Up $2.44 from 2014)

Albany  Synod:  $29.00   (Unchanged from 2014)

C.  G.   Classis:  7.29   (Down $1.21 from 2014)

2015 TOTAL     $88.02   (Up $1.23 from 2014)

 

 

TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
  • Pastor Rudy Visser, our Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision. Praise God also that Pastor Rudy, Elize, and kids are home safely from their vacation in South Africa and back with us in Worship
  • Praise God with Tana Thompson for the thoughtful and loving people of the KRC family.  Tana is very grateful for all of the prayers, cards, and notes she received following the recent death of her mother.
  • Praise God with Jim and Nancy Baker for their safe and enjoyable trip to Denver, Colorado, to visit their daughter, Stacey.  
  • Alan Dick’s excellent recovery following several days of hospitalization recently for pneumonia.
  • 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.
  • 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, church ministries, and committees; teach Sunday School; lead Youth Group, Bible studies, and prayer group; organize and carry out special church events; prepare food, serve, and clean up for coffee hours, receptions, and dinners; and who are always ready to offer whatever help and support they can to those in need.

 

 

 

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR HEARTS 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

 

 

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

  • those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith, especially Diane, that she will come to know the Lord or experience a renewal.
  • KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs. 
  • KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries, chairpersons, and supporting members.
  • our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace.
  • survivors of warfare, terrorism, violence, and natural and other disasters worldwide, Pray for an end to the violence and persecution, for safety of Christians in Niger and throughout the world, and for protection of homes, churches, and businesses.
  • our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
  • those, especially children, suffering poverty and hunger; abuse; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
  • families and friends grieving the death of loved ones, especially Kim and Kayla Lyle, members of KRC's Youth Group, grieving the recent loss of their grandmother; and those grieving the recent death of Mary Rutherford.
  • Mid Glass, recovering in Columbia Memorial Hospital following successful intestinal surgery.  Mid will be transferring soon to Whittier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Ghent, to continue her recovery.  Watch for details on where to send notes and cards of encouragement.
  • Kent Busman and his wife, whose home was destroyed by fire recently. Kent, long-time director of Camp Fowler, has been a guest preacher at Kinderhook Reformed Church on many occasions.  If you would like to assist the Busmans financially at this critical time, make checks payable to Kinderhook Reformed Church with “Busman Fire Recovery” in the memo, and place in the offering plate.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer: Larry and Leonard, Susan Lamont’s brother and cousin; Zoe Covey; Andy; Lucy B. and Rodrigo; Jean; Edward Giordano; Glen Simmons; 2-year-old Logan; Sandy; Bridget; Charlie Ropollo; Donna Scalera.
  • those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Harriet Simpkins; Doris, Cricket Warren’s aunt, and Doris’s elderly husband, Dick; a grandmother with congestive heart failure; Stan Bertram; Alan Dick; Scott Calhoun; Baby Emma; Paul Varga; Floyd Haber; Dick Van Alstyne; Alan Dick; Jane Smith; Blanche Rogers; Liz Carroll; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Florence Rivera.
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions:  Diane, friend of Cricket Warren, and Jim, in need of job opportunities; Greg L; Bill and Abby, in need of many special prayers; Craig Johnson; Holly and Marc Morales; those facing the challenges of their college education - pray that God will bless them with wisdom in all of the many choices, and decisions that they are facing; Libby Little.
  • those who are traveling,  reassurance and peace for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life; those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
  • Residence-bound members Gordie Van Buren, Murray Leonardson, Doris Schmieder, Joan Van Alstyne.

 

 

 

 

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 krc@fairpoint.net or call Paul at 859-4158. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY 

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

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

Angie Hickman (24th), Jackson Carroll (24th)

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 assistance on Mondays, and for immediate assistance at any time, please call 859-4158

Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

Phone messages are picked up several times daily.