Kinderhook Reformed Church

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Worship Service for February 2, 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 and Announcements

  God’s Greeting and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                Isaiah 49:5–6, Matthew 4:12-23 (pp. 520, 683)
  Message                                                             “Our Christian Mission and Message”

  Prayer of Blessing

  Communion

  Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion

*Benediction and Blessing

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 Dunham, Derick Latorre, Steve Shpur, Ken Sutherland

Greeter(s): Barry Knights and Laurie Phillips         Preschool Nursery available downstairs.
Guest Organist:  David Smith
 

   Prelude         Partita on “Jesus, Priceless Treasure”          Johann Gottfried Walther

  Welcome and Announcements

BOLDLY APPROACHING OUR GOD

  Call to Worship (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 108

Our hearts are steadfast, O God;

we will sing and make music with all our souls.

       We will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;

       we will sing of you among the peoples.

For great is your love, higher than the heavens;

your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

       Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

       and let your glory be over all the earth

*Hymn of Praise #50 (All verses)                      Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

  Call to Confession  Psalm 51:16,17

The psalmist declares, “O Lord, you do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”  In acceptance of this truth and with repentant hearts, let us confess our sin.

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)  Based on Psalm 51:1-12

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your great compassion. Against you, and you only, have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight, and our sin is always before us. Hide your face from our sins, and blot out our transgressions; cleanse us, and we will be clean.  Wash us, and we will be whiter than snow.

[Silent Prayer of Confession]

Create in us pure hearts, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within each of us.

Do not cast us from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from us, but restore to us the joy or your salvation. Grant us willing spirits, to sustain us, and we will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)  Psalm 50:14,15 ; 48:14

Our compassionate God promises, “Fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will honor me.”

This God is our God for ever and ever!

He will be our guide even to the end!  Amen.

  Children’s Message and Blessing  (Unison)

Lord Jesus, may our children have hearts that are open to your eternal presence. May they know that, when you are living within them, your goodness becomes their goodness in the eyes of God.  May they be your light in this world, testifying faithfully to your truth, and attracting many to your gospel of salvation and eternal life.  Amen.

 

WE COME BEFORE GOD'S OPEN WORD

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                Isaiah 49:5–6, Matthew 4:12-23 (pp. 520, 683)
  Message                                                             “Our Christian Mission and Message”

  Prayer of Blessing

CELEBRATING GOD

  Communion

*Prayer Hymn #626 (All verses)                                                                        Our Father

  Presentation of Our Tithes and Offering/Offertory

“Soul, adorn thyself with gladness,”  Opus 122          Johannes Brahms

*Doxology (#809) and Offertory Prayer  (Unison)

Holy Father, sustainer and supplier of all our needs, we present these offerings to you as an expression of our gratitude and as an investment in fulfilling the mission you have put before us - to know Christ and to make him known.  Sanctify our gifts for these purposes we pray.  Amen.  

  Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn #731 (All verses)                                                                      O Christians, Haste

*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                         Fugue in a minor (1973)                 Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg

 

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 offered 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.

 

~ALSO ON THE BACK TABLE~

January update from Libby Little. - please take a copy
Nursery volunteers sign-up sheet for 2014
Youth Group helpers sign-up sheet

 

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)

 

MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO THE KRC FAMILY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN SUPPORT OF THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY.  IN 2013, THE PANTRY SERVED 3915 PEOPLE REPRESENTING 1065 FAMILIES. Non-perishable foods that are 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; cake & brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the entryways of the church.

The Ichabod Crane High School Art Club is hosting the sixth annual “Empty Bowls” supper THIS COMING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, from 4:30-6:30 pm in the ICHS cafeteria.  The public is invited to enjoy a delicious simple meal at this community event and take home a ceramic bowl made by Ichabod Crane students. The bowl serves as a visible reminder that people go to bed hungry every night. Admission by cash donation includes handmade bowl, soup, bread, and beverage. The ceramic bowls have been created by members of the Art Club and students in Ceramics classes at ICHS.   All proceeds from this “Empty Bowls” supper benefit the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry. In case of bad weather, the snow date will be Thursday, February 6.

                                                                    Thank you,   Laura Cannamela

 

~NOTE OF THANKS FROM CAPITAL CITY RESCUE MISSION~

Dear Reformed Protestant Dutch Church,

Your gift of $190 for our Christmas Campaign just arrived. Your generous support brings joy to my heart.  I can’t thank you enough.  Your gift has made a difference for many homeless people in our community – some of whom have spent decades suffering on the streets.  You have given these struggling souls a reason to be grateful this past Christmas season.  And that may change everything.  A decent meal, out of the elements, can inspire people who need help to pursue a better life. They may be moved to enter our long-term care, where they receive counseling, spiritual nourishment, accountability, and job retraining that helps them regain their independence and God-given purpose.  That’s why providing meals during the Christmas season is such a wonderful way to help your homeless neighbors.  It is a “spark” than can lead to transformed lives by the power of Christ.  Thank you and God bless you.

                                                   Gratefully,    Perry Jones, Executive Director

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.” 
 

~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.

 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.

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 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.

  
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 blessing that all members of the Laraway/Lamont family escaped without injury the recent fire that destroyed their home.
the good news that Maureen Mooney's operation was successful and that the prognosis for a full recovery is very good.
the good report that the children we recently requested prayer for, Esmeralda and Miguel, are back home safely with their Dad.  The family has a difficult road ahead, but at least they are back together and are safe. Thanks to everyone who remembered them in prayer.
the good news that Liz Carroll’s surgery went well, pathology returned negative, and that Liz is getting back into her regular routines of life.
the healthy birth of Jane Deane's grandson, Fin.
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 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. 
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.
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially: the Wrigley Family, relatives of Arnie March, grieving the unexpected death of a dear family member; those grieving the sudden death of Rosemary Klugo, very close friend of Beth and Dave Ennis; those grieving the recent loss of Peter Knapp Sr.
Ted Tuttle, recovering from cataract surgery this past Thursday.
the Laraway/Lamont family as they search for and begin to establish themselves in a new rental home following the fire that claimed nearly all of their personal belongings.  Pray also for peace, reassurance, and release from fear, especially for the children.
Teresa Van Warner, fighting a difficult battle with cancer.
others battling or recovering from cancer: 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, Marilyn; Dan McNeil; Kathy White, friend of Dawn VanBuren; George, father of Nancy Baker’s friend; 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; Maureen Mooney; George Clowe; Jane Smith; Liz Carroll; Jane Zanchelli; Dawn Van Buren's mom, Doris; Rachel’s infant son; Noreen Kennedy; Dawn Tuttle; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera. 
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; Murray Leonardson.
those who are traveling, especially Glenn Warren in Florida

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.

~A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT PEW CARDS~

Just a note to remind parents to keep their children from writing on or tearing the visitors’ cards and the prayer and announcement cards found in the slots on the back of each pew.  The visitors’ cards are purchased from a professional printer, and are expensive to replace.   Please have your children make use of the writing and coloring materials available especially for them in the back of the sanctuary.  Your attention to this request will be greatly appreciated.

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

COMING EVENTS

Today, February 2

      8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service       

    10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Sunday School    

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Class - main floor Conference Room

             Please join in our continuing study of The Lord’s Prayer.

Tues., February  4   

       4:30 – 6:30 pm  “Empty Bowls” supper  IC High School cafeteria.

       7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur, February  6

  9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC

       Please join us as we continue our study of the book of Revelation.

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Fri.,    February  7

       9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room

Tues., February 11

     10:00 am  Restoration Committee meets, main floor Conference Room

       7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Tues., February 25  

       KRC serves free dinner served at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Valatie

Sun., March 30        

       3:00 pm  Third offering in the 2013-2014 Concerts in the Village series:      

                                  "Henry Purcell Sacred and Secular”

Servers Next Sunday, February 9, 2014

       Ushers:  Jim Dunham, Derick Latorre, Steve Shpur, Ken Sutherland

       Greeter(s): Will and Jayne Ferguson

 

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