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KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE, JANUARY 17, 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                                                                                   1 Corinthians 12:1-12 (p. 813)

  Message                                                                          “Shadow Work vs. Spiritual Work”

  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, Jim Dunham, Keith Garwood, Barry Knights, Gary Leggett.

Thanks to today’s greeters, Bill and Suzy Nieman.

Preschool Nursery facilities available downstairs.

 

  Prelude                                          Choral (1917)                                          Arthur Honegger

  Welcome, Announcements, and God’s Greeting

 

Drawing Near To God

   Call to Worship (Responsive)  Based on selected verses from Ephesians & Colossians

Come and worship as members of one body,

       sharers together, through the gospel, in the promises of Jesus Christ.

Come and worship as members of one body,

       putting off all falsehood and speaking truth one to another.

Come and worship as members of one body,

       called to one hope in Jesus Christ.

Come and worship as members of one body and one Spirit,

       called to peace, and in whose hearts the peace of Christ rules.

 *Hymn #5                                                                                        Come Thou Almighty King

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

   Call to Confession

We cannot come before God unless we are first honest with ourselves about who we are, about the mistakes we make, and about how well or poorly we care for others. In this spirit, let us offer our prayers of confession to God.

   Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin. Although Christ is among us as our unifier and our peace, we are a people whose behavior often leads to divisions. We neglect to exercise the good gifts you have given us, yet we covet the talents you have bestowed upon others. Our petty jealousies and pride often give rise to discord and bitter feelings between ourselves and others. The suspicions and fears that we harbor set us one against the other, and we acknowledge that we are too inclined toward anger and resentment. Forgive us, and allow us to partake of the blessing of oneness you have promised the peacemakers, who shall be called the children of God. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

   Assurance of Pardon

Christ is our peace; those who are divided he has made one. He has broken down the barriers of separation by his death, and has built us up into one body with God. To all who repent and believe, he has promised reconciliation. So live as people reconciled. Amen.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Children's Message and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Father, fill these children with your Holy Spirit, we pray. Show them how to exercise their spiritual gifts, and enable them to bear all the good fruit of your Spirit in ministry to others - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Amen.  

  Scripture                                                                                   1 Corinthians 12:1-12 (p. 813)

  Message                                                                          “Shadow Work vs. Spiritual Work”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Reaction to the Proclaimed Word - Hymn #690                                     Bind Us Together

 

Celebrating God

  Offertory                                             Adagio, op. 21/7                                  Gustav Merkel 

*Doxology and Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Generous God, you have given us life and abundance.  Open our eyes to each other and to all our brothers and sisters, especially the poor, the oppressed, and the needy. Together as one body in Christ, empower us to help and comfort them in humble ministry, so that your love, justice, and peace may come to them. Through Jesus Christ, we consecrate ourselves and our gifts to you and to the service of others. Amen.

  Update and Discussion, Elevator for the Handicapped

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

*Prayer Hymn #295                                                                Breathe on Me, Breath of God

*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                                         Volles Werk, op. 21/8                               Gustav Merkel

 

 

MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED

TO THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

~ Will and Jayne Ferguson, in loving memory of

Will Sr. & Theresa Ferguson, and our dear friend, Zoe Covey

~ Arnie and Claudia March, in memory of

Doris Schmieder and loved ones

~ Virginia Rothermel, in loving memory of

Ed, Bill, and Paul Rothermel and Justin Lynch

~ Nancy Swinyard, in loving memory of

Reginald and Edna Swinyard and

Linda Swinyard Morehouse

~ Glenn and Cricket Warren, in memory of

Ann Van Benschoten~ Sug Hawver            ~ Bill and Suzy Nieman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

~KRC YOUTH GROUP ATTENDS EXCEL CONFERENCE~

7 Members of the KRC youth group (5 students and 2 leaders) return from Saratoga Springs today after attending the Youth for Christ high school conference called EXCEL. This is an annual event where 600-1000 area youth and their leaders join together to worship, hear speakers, and attend seminars to strengthen their relationship with Christ. The cost per person to attend this event is $150 for the conference and hotel. As always we do not turn any student away from attending due to financial need, and yes, we do have students in need again this year.  If you would like to help sponsor a student, please place your offering of any amount in the plate and designate it as EXCEL YFC .  

 

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.

 

~UPCOMING “FIRST FRIDAY” POTLUCK DINNERS~  

The Outreach Ministry encourages you to mark your calendar for February 5 and March 4.  These are the next two scheduled First Friday community outreach meals.  We are especially excited about the 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 & stay tuned for more details to follow! 

 

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: Pat H, family, and friends grieving the death of Pat’s daughter; David Smith, family, and friends grieving the death of David’s mother, Jane Smith; Nancy Baker and family and friends grieving the recent loss of Nancy's brother, Bill Metzger.

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.

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

Brian Post, Wycliffe Bible Translators missionary KRC helps to support, recovering from surgery this past Thursday.

Helen, experiencing her first pregnancy and dealing with anxiety and health issues. Pray for improved health and relief from fear for Helen.

Dorothy Wheeler, fighting cancer and awaiting test results.  Pray for good test reports, reassurance, and peace for Dorothy.

others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Darryl Ferguson; 6-month-old Baby Szafran; Donna Scalera; 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: grandparents of Marissa Brevoort; Bob, friend of Patti Varga; Christopher Proper; Ann Powell; young Greg Clause; April Grimes; Gary Silvano; Angie Rivera; Florence Rivera; Harriet Stockhoff; Rev. Ed Van Kampen; Stacey Baker; 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; Tom Eastman; 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

 

 

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.

Praise God for the traveling mercies he has provided for family and friends during the holidays. 

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.

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. 

 

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAY!

  Paul Clause (2nd), Libby Little (2nd), Kari Anne Powell (2nd),

 Robert Carroll (12th), Jennifer Jennings (19th), Stacey Baker (20th),

Noreen Dick (22nd), Sug Hawver (27th), Jean Skipper (29th), 

William Carroll (31st), Ainsley Clinton (31st)

 

 

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

 

CLASSIS ASSESSMENT 2016

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)

 

~JOB OPENING AT REGIONAL SYNOD OF ALBANY~

The Regional Synod of Albany invites you to share widely their new job posting for a part-time Administrative Assistant. The job hours are 15-21 hours a week, Tuesday-Friday, and are flexible. The principle responsibilities for the Administrative Assistant are to help maintain the weekly operations of the Synod office, which include but are not limited to communication support, telephone reception, calendar management, and overseeing of office volunteers. Also, the Administrative Assistant will provide office assistance in keyboarding, production, editing, copying, scanning, and email; working closely with the other members of the Synod Staff. The Synod offices are located at 1790 Grand Ave in Schenectady NY. All interested applicants should send their resume to Rev. Abby Norton-Levering at nortonlevering@gmail.com

 

KRC 2016 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

           Deacons

Liz Carroll – ’16  

Derick LaTorre – ’16  

Tana Thompson – ’17

Wood, Chip – ’17

           Elders

Merrill Johnson – ‘16

Patrice Lyons – ‘16

Patti Varga – ’17

Barbara Vosburgh – ’17

 

                                                        KRC STAFF

                    KRC Office Manager                     KRC Office Assistant     

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

                                 Cemetery Supervisor         KRC Sexton

                                       Greg Clause                 Mike Deegan

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, January 17  Youth Group Returns from Excel Conference   

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

     10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School

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

               The class continues its study of 1 & 2 Peter and Jude.

Tues, January 19

       6:30 pm  Youth Group meets @KRC

Thur, January 21

  9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Sun,   January 24     

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

     10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School

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

               The class continues its study of 1 & 2 Peter and Jude.

Mon,  January 25

       6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets 

Sun,   January 31    

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

     10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School

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

               The class continues its study of 1 & 2 Peter and Jude.

Fri,    February  5

       6:00 pm  First Friday free community potluck dinner 

Sun,   February 7     

       8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service

     10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Sunday School

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

               The class continues its study of 1 & 2 Peter and Jude.

Wed, February 10  Ash Wednesday

 

Servers Next Sunday, January 24, 2016

       Ushers:  Jim Baker, Bob Dreier, Dick Silvano, Andrew Welcome

       Greeter(s):  Mike Deegan and Donna Rhodes