February 23, 2014

Kinderhook Reformed Church

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Worship Service for February 23, 2014 - Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

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

  God’s Greeting and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise                                                          O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                    Matthew 5:38-48

  Message                                                           “Minimum Standards for Living Holy?”

  Prayer of Blessing                                                                                                        

  Offering        

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                                                                       Living for Jesus

*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:  Dave Ennis, Will Ferguson, Chuck Rothermel, Andrew Welcome

Greeter(s): Paul, Anna-Marie, Paul, and Carien Zietsman
Preschool Nursery available downstairs.
 

  Prelude

  Announcements and God’s Greeting

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  Adapted from Psalm 27

The Lord is our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear?     

       The Lord is the stronghold of our lives; of whom shall we be afraid?
The Lord will protect us and guide us.

Let us gladly offer ourselves before our God with shouts of joy; let us         sing praises to the Lord, our God.

  Hymn of Praise #130                                                O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing 

  We Come with Open Hearts

  Children’s Blessing  (Unison)

Loving Father, transform our children into the likeness of your Son, Jesus Christ. Renew them day by day, and bring them ever closer to His perfection. Clothe them in His righteousness, and produce a rich and mature harvest of holiness in their lives.  Amen.

The Law of God as Call to Confession  Matthew 22:37-40

As God’s forgiven people, how are we to live?

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question:  ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘ “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ ”

  Prayer of Confession   Psalm 119: 33-37  (Unison)

Teach me, Lord, the way of Your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.
Give me understanding, so that I may keep Your law and obey it with all my heart.

 

[Moment of Silent Confession]

O LORD God of hosts, restore us!

Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain.

Prayer Song  (Insert)  Hide Me, Lord, in Your Holiness

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to Your word. Restore us to Yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored!

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)

Hear this good news: Our God is a God of mercy and love. In the name of Christ, your sins are forgiven.

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.  (Psalm 27:18-19)

 

We Come with Eager Ears

  Prayer for Illumination     

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                     Matthew 5:38-48

  Message                                                           “Minimum Standards for Living Holy?”

  Prayer of Blessing  

  We Come with Generous Spirits

  Invitation to Offering  (Responsive)

With thankfulness we give in gratitude and joy. With prayer-fulness we give in sacrifice and love. With hopefulness we give in commitment to God.

        As recipients of abundant life in Christ, we now offer our gifts to God.

  Offertory

*Doxology (p. 809)

  Offertory Prayer   (Responsive)

Good and generous God, we pray that Your life would so overflow in us that our neighbors both near and far would be fed by Your Spirit. Use the offerings of our resources and our lives to proclaim the gospel, spread Your love and bring forth Your kingdom. For the sake of Christ we pray. Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn #569                                                                                                  Living for Jesus

*Benediction and Blessing

*Response Hymn

  Postlude                                                                                    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.

 

 

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church family, Valatie, together with other area churches, continue the tradition of free dinners once a month in the St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall. KRC will be providing and serving the free dinner THIS COMING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, and it is anticipated that up to 150 people will be attending.  A sign-up sheet is now on the back table for volunteers who are willing to participate in this ministry.

 

Two of the three pianos in the Sunday School classrooms, plus the electronic organ in the handicap ramp entranceway, are free-for-the- taking to anyone who would like to make use of them or who knows of someone who would.  Although it has some issues, the organ is playable, and the pianos, which mainly need to be tuned, would make good practice instruments for beginning piano students. If interested, please contact Patti Varga.
 

Greetings Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

 

     In March the Visser family will be heading to the warm and sunny southern states for vacation.  The consistory would like the Vissers’ vacation to be a stress-free family trip full of memories to last a lifetime.  We feel the Lord is leading us to bless our Pastor and his family and to truly say thank you for all they do each and every day.  We realize many of you already bless the family regularly and  have helped out in the past as needs have arisen.  We simply ask that you prayerfully consider this opportunity to bless our Pastor and his family.

    First we seek your prayers for the family while they are away, March 12-26. If you feel led to bless the family with a financial gift towards their trip, please make checks payable to Kinderhook Reformed Church and note ‘Visser Vacation’ on the memo line and place in the offering plate.  You may also use cash and mark ‘Visser Vacation’ on your offering envelope, or you can use the special ‘Visser Vacation’ envelopes on the back table.

In His name,

The Consistory of the Kinderhook Reformed Church

 

Susan Lamont is looking for an inexpensive used car, but one that will pass inspection and be in suitable condition to meet her need. Please contact the Dunhams if you know of such a vehicle for sale.

 

~UPCOMING EVENTS~

 

2014 Crop Walk planning meeting – 7 p.m. March 3, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Crop Walk Event day is May 4.  Watch for more details to come.)
Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Service – 7 p.m. March 5, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9.  Set your clocks FORWARD ONE HOUR Saturday evening, March 8.

 

~CONCERTS IN THE VILLAGE PLANNED FOR 2014~

 

     Kinderhook Reformed Church is pleased to present the 2014 portion of Concerts in the Village (CITV), a concert series begun 4 years ago under the sponsorship of KRC’s Stewardship Ministry as a music outreach to the church’s surrounding communities featuring our refurbished pipe organ.  Continuing under the dedicated administration of KRC’s CITV committee and the capable and talented leadership of music director and organist, David Smith, the series has evolved to include a variety of orchestral instrumentalists, vocal soloists, a chorus of over 70 voices (now known as the Broad Street Chorale), and a wide selection of sacred and secular pieces from diverse musical periods and cultures.

     All concerts will be performed in KRC’s sanctuary, and a suggested donation of $15 will be gratefully accepted to assist in the ongoing funding of this exceptional series:

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 3:00 P.M.

The third offering in the 2013-2014 Concerts in the Village series will be "Henry Purcell Sacred and Secular: Home, Church and Dramatic Music of the Early Baroque in England.” Featured will be the Broad Street Chorale, soloists Amanda Boyd, Jon Morrell and others, and orchestra.  This program will include a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas, the first important opera in the English language, as well as instrumental and solo vocal music.

 

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY!

Jayne Ferguson (1st), John Schubert (4th), Courtney Wood (8th),

 Filip Carroll (9th), Mary Schubert (9th), Heather LaTorre (18th),

Chip Wood (23rd), Angie Hickman (24th), Jackson Carroll (24th)

 

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

those who do not know Christ, or who are struggling in their faith.
KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; VBS; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs.   KRC’s 2013 Consistory members; KRC’s administrative ministries, chairpersons, and supporting members. 
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. 
the Christian community in Afghanistan; winter snow in the country’s mountains to assure spring irrigation of farmlands; the upcoming election of a new Afghan President – one that will be of God’s choosing.
our children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies..
our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace.
victims of warfare, terrorism, and  violence worldwide,  that they may be blessed with God’s peace and the reassuring knowledge that he is in control.
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 violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
the mom and child of one of our long-time VBS families, who had to leave their home recently with just the clothes on their backs and a police escort.  They have an order of protection against the father, who apparently has a long history of violence in the home. 
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones
Bev Van Alstyne, recovering from a fractured pelvis following a fall. Please pray for a speedy and complete healing for Bev, and pray also for Dick as he assists in her recovery.  Notes and cards of encouragement may be sent to PO Box 442, Kinderhook, 12106.
those battling or recovering from cancer: George, father of a friend of Nancy Baker; Kevin; Theresa Van Warner; Rosemary Whitmore & Mrs. Martinez, mothers of Paul Varga's best friends; Steven Blun; Mary, Jessica Farley's mom; Jen, Dawn Tuttle's daughter-in-law; Leonard, Susan Lamont's cousin; Kim Lyle's grandma; Rose and Joanne, friends of the Simpkins and Spaulding families; Charlie Roppolo; Luci & sister, Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Sal Alessi; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Jackie Gough, Susan Lamont's stepmother; Sylvia Ramm, Susan Lamont's aunt; auto crash victims Adam and David Rivenburgh and Gerald Jennings; Maureen Mooney; George Clowe; Jane Smith; Liz Carroll; Jane Zanchelli; Dawn Tuttle; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera.   
the Laraway/Lamont family as they establish themselves in a new rental home and new jobs.  Pray also for peace, reassurance, and release from fear, especially for the children.
those facing challenges and difficult decisions: Christians suffering persecution; Libby Little.
reassurance and peace for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life.
those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members Gordie Van Buren and Murray Leonardson.
those who are traveling, especially Ted and Dawn Tuttle

 

 

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.

 

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR

Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete their callings.
KRC's Consistory, whose dedication to their calling is an inspiration to all.
all His provisions for our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times.
the good report that Nancy Baker’s recent dental surgery was not as difficult as anticipated, and was very successful.
those in the KRC family and beyond who are always ready to offer whatever help and support they can to those in need.
the blessing of times in which families fellowship, grow, and bond together
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.

 

 

KRC’s share of support this year is $5,728.14 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 $86.79.  All who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above regular giving, their share of this support.  The 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 less than $2 per week. All contributions made for this purpose should be designated, “Classis Assessment.” 
 
 

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, 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.

 

KRC 2014 CONSISTORY

 Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                                               Deacons

 

Jane Deane – ’14,  Outreach     758-7051

Noreen Dick – ’15,  Church Family    758-6640

Derick Latorre – ’14,  Stewardship / KRC Treasurer    376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh – ’15,   Property   758-6512

 

                                                   Elders
Maureen Mooney – ’14,  Outreach / Consistory Vice-President     210-6079
 

Dawn Tuttle – ’15,  Worship / Personnel / Consistory Clerk   758-6031

Patti Varga – ’15  Christian Education / Classis Delegate   392-4771

Bob Wildermuth – ’14,  Pastoral Relations    828-0690

 

                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

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