KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES

February 8, 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.

10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

Newly elected Consistory members - Liz Carroll, Patrice Lyons, Dawn VanBuren, and Merrill Johnson - will be ordained and installed during today’s worship service.  Following the service, all are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship at Coffee Hour downstairs, and to welcome our new Consistory and thank outgoing members, Maureen Mooney, Bob Wildermuth and Dawn Tuttle .

 

UshersJim Dunham, Keith Garwood, Barry Knights, Gary Leggett

Greeter(s): Sara Hartman                       Preschool Nursery available downstairs.

Guest Organist, David Smith

  Prelude                   “Now praise we Christ, the Holy One”                    Healey Willan

  Announcements and God’s Greeting

                                                                                                       Drawing Near To God

 Opening Prayer  (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 105

O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name;
       Make known God’s deeds among the peoples.
Sing praises to God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
       Glory in God’s holy name;

       let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Let us remember the wonderful works of God.
       Rejoice, people of God! Praise the Lord!

*Hymn of Praise and Prayer #701                                                                 God Is Here!

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession  Adapted from Psalm 25.

Trusting, with the psalmist, that God is truly good and upright and willing to teach sinners in God's own ways, let us confess our sins with confidence, seeking God's instruction.

  Prayer of Confession --Adapted from Psalm 25.
LEADER:  Merciful God, forgive us when we stray from your path and succumb to the temptation of the moment.
       PEOPLEMake us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.
LEADER: Forgive us for failing to see every person as one of your beloved children.
       PEOPLEMake us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.
LEADER: Forgive us when we fail to share from the resources we have, when others go hungry for lack of food, or have no place to rest.
       PEOPLEMake us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.
LEADER: Forgive us when we hold onto our anger and hurts, failing to forgive as you have forgiven us.
       PEOPLEMake us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.
LEADER: Forgive us when we forget to live our lives in a way that shows that you are our God and we are your people.
       PEOPLEMake us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path

  Assurance of Pardon

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. Believe the good news of the Gospel, in Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Amen.

  Children’s Message and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Heavenly Father, help us to provide our children with a unified, prayerful, Bible-teaching church family that will draw them into community, give them a hunger for your Word, and involve them in your work; bless them with spiritual leaders who are trustworthy, dedicated, and humble.   Amen.

  Prayer Hymn for Illumination #315 (verse 4 only)      Break Thou the Bread of Life

  Scripture Lesson                                                                  Matthew 14:22-33, (p. 692)

  Message                                                          “Imagine a Church Walking on Water.”

  Prayer of Blessing

  Installation of Office Bearers  

*Prayer Hymn of Commitment #534 (Verses 1 & 2)                         Draw Me Nearer

  Communion 

 

                                                                                   THE MEANING OF THE SACRAMENT

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we come to the table of our Lord in Remembrance, Communion, and Hope. 

We come in Remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was sent into the world so we might be saved through him.

We come to be in Communion with this same Christ who has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the world.

We come in Hope, believing that this bread and cup are a pledge and foretaste of the feast of love in the kingdom to come.

Since by his death, resurrection, and ascension Christ has obtained for us the life-giving Spirit who unites us all in one body,

so we receive this Supper in true love, mindful of the communion of saints.

 

THE INVITATION

This is the feast of the Lord’s Table, in which all who profess the Lordship of Christ in their lives are invited to share.  Come, for all things are now ready.

       COMMUNION HYMN #315 (Verses 1, 2, and 3)  Break Thou the Bread of Life

 

                                                 THE COMMUNION PRAYER

Let us lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is holy and right to lift up our hearts and give God thanks and praise.

It is with joy that we give thanks to you in all times and places, Almighty and Everlasting God. You have shown the fullness of your love by sending to us Jesus Christ our Lord, made flesh for us, for our salvation, and for reconciliation with you.  For this precious gift of your Son, we worship and sing praise to you, O God:

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name in earth, and sky, and sea.

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Most righteous God, we remember in this Supper the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sin of the whole world.  In the joy of his resurrection and expectation of his coming again, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that we may offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices, and proclaim this mystery of the faith:

Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

As this grain and these grapes are gathered from many fields and hills into one loaf and one cup, to be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ, grant also that your whole Church may be joined together in him, attain unity in the faith, and soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your Kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! And now, as Christ taught us, we pray together:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.

                                                                 THE COMMUNION

The Lord Jesus, the same night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me."

(Distribution of the bread)

The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.

 

After the same manner also, he took the cup when they had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

(Distribution of the cup)

The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.

PRAYER after COMMUNION  (Unison)

Dear Lord Jesus, through the darkness of this world, we look for the light of your truth.  Open our hearts and spirits to your gifts of salvation and everlasting life.  Turn us away from those things that weaken our relationship with you.  Keep us alive to your radiant presence around us and within us. Enable us to recognize and receive each day’s blessings with grateful hearts. Shape us into effective disciples in our daily lives and peacemakers in our world. Empower us to be dedicated witnesses to your gospel until the day of your coming.   Amen.

  Offering/Offertory        “Praise God the Lord, ye Sons of men”          Healey Willan

*Doxology 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 of Assurance #609                                           Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

*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                      Fantasia in E-flat major, T. 254                      Johann Pachelbel

 

Many thanks and blessings to the KRC family for their ongoing generosity in support of the Valatie Food Pantry.  In November, the pantry served 317 people representing 87 families. Those served included 49 handicapped/seniors, 152 adults, and 136 children.  In December, the pantry served 291 people representing 81 families. Those served included 37 handicapped/seniors, 151 adults, and 103 children.

       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)

 

KRC family and friends are invited to a recital of Amanda Boyd Grout’s vocal students today at 2 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sylvester St., Kinderhook.  Two of KRC’s members – Nancy Baker and Tana Thompson – will be performing.

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.
  • Kent Busman and his wife, whose home was destroyed by fire this past Friday. The Busmans were out at the time of the fire, but their dog, Jonah, was alone in the home and did not survive.  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.
  • An anonymous request for a grandmother’s recovery from congestive heart failure.
  • Doris, Cricket Warren's aunt, recovering from knee surgery.  Remember also Doris's husband, Dick, who is very elderly and failing in health.
  • Diane, friend of Cricket; Diane has been battling multiple myeloma, which is in remission, but she has now lost her job and is in search of a new one.
  • Larry, Susan Lamont's brother, recently diagnosed with cancer.
  • Leonard, Susan Lamont’s cousin, fighting the return of stage 4 cancer.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer: 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: 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.
  • Please pray for Stacey Baker’s continued success with her college studies, and that she will quickly throw off a possible attack of the flu.
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions:  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. 

 

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 today!
  • 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

 

 

~NOTE FROM EDDY HEALTH ALERT, ST. PETER’S HEALTH PARTNERS~

 

Dear KRC Family and Friends,

       Eddy Health Alert, part of St. Peter’s Partners, is introducing new technology with REDUCED pricing!  We all want our loved ones, neighbors, and friends to be safe – home and away from home.  Please call 833-1040 to learn about the new equipment that is now available and its advantages.  

                                                                               Kathleen Leonard, Program Manager

 

 

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)

 

 

Crazy Daisy florist shop, long-time supplier of our fresh-cut flowers, has closed its doors.  However, we have our own vases available for displaying flowers on the pulpit, and Dawn Van Buren has volunteered, for the time being, to provide flower arrangements for those who wish to donate them in memory of loved ones or in celebration of special occasions.  Please contact Dawn for details.

 

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 at anytime, call 859-4158.

 

                                               KRC 2014 CONSISTORY

                     Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                                                           Deacons

Liz Carroll – ’16,  758-6034

Noreen Dick ’15,  758-6640

Derick LaTorre ’16,  376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh ’15,  758-6512

                                                             Elders
        Merrill Johnson – 828-672
        Patrice Lyons – 758-8400
        Dawn Van Buren 758-7564

Patti Varga ’15, 392-4771

            

                                                          KRC STAFF

                      KRC Office Manager                     KRC Office Assistant     

                   Paul Clause – 859-4158                   Liz Carroll – 758-6034

                                       Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton

                                               Greg Clause – 369-8472

 

 

                                                   COMING EVENTS

Today,  February 8Pastor Rudy and Family home from South Africa 

       10:00 am  Combined Communion Worship Service & Children’s Sunday School

                    New Consistory Members Installed and Ordained

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

         2:00 pm  Recital by vocal students of Amanda Boyd Grout

                        St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kinderhook

Mon.,  February  9

         6:30 pm  Consistory meets 

Tues.,  February 10

         7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur., February 12

       9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets

  Please join us as we prepare to begin a new Bible study on the Book of Isaiah.

       10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Sun.,  February 15         

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

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

Wed.,  February 18Ash Wednesday begins the 2015 Lenten Season.

Mon.,  February 23

         6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets 

 

                        Servers Next Sunday, February 15, 2011

       Ushers:  Jim Dunham, Keith Garwood, Barry Knights, Gary Leggett              

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