KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE, JANUARY 31, 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                                                                                                  Luke 4:21-30 (p. 727)

  Message                                                                                   “The Cost of Dismissing God”

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Update and Vote, Funding the Elevator for the Handicapped

  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 Baker, Dick Silvano, Andrew Welcome.

Thanks to today’s greeter(s), Joy Bertram.

Preschool Nursery facilities available downstairs.

  Prelude

  Welcome

  Announcements

  God’s Greeting

Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive) Adapted from Psalm 63 

You, God, are my God.

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
       I will praise you as long as I live,

       and in your name I will lift up my hands.

On my bed I remember you;

I think of you through the watches of the night.
       Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings

        and your right hand upholds me. You, God, are my God.

*Hymn #17                                                                Praise the Lord! O Heavens, Adore Him.

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

   Call to Confession   Based on Isaiah 45:21-22

“There is no God apart from me,” says the Lord.  “I am a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.  Seek after me, for I am God, and there is no other.  Turn to me and be saved, all of you.”

   Prayer of Confession (Unison)   Arrangement of 1 Corinthians 13

If we speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if we have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if we have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If we give away all our possessions, and hand over our bodies so that we may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; Love is not irritable or resentful; Love rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, Love believes all things, Love hopes all things, Love endures all things. Love never ends. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon 

What amazing love is this, that God never cuts us off from compassion and mercy? We are loved, we are forgiven, we are given a seat of honor at the banquet. Friends, this is Good News! Alleluia! Amen.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Prayer of Blessing for Our Children  (Unison)

Father, bless these children with the knowledge that you have adopted them into the family of Christ with unconditional, measureless love, and in return, may they love you and one another wholeheartedly with the same love. Amen.

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture                                                                                                  Luke 4:21-30 (p. 727)

  Message                                                                                   “The Cost of Dismissing God”

  Prayer of Thanks

Celebrating God

  Offertory

*Doxology and Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Lord Jesus, may your love, through the power of the Spirit, be clearly reflected in the attitude with which we present these gifts to you and in the manner in which we use them for the sake of your Gospel. Amen.

  Update and Vote, Funding the Elevator for the Handicapped

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

*Hymn of Exhortation #523                                                                             Trust and Obey

*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

CITV CONTINUES ITS SIXTH SEASON FEBRUARY 7

       Concerts in the Village (CITV) continues its sixth season at 2:00 p.m. next Sunday, February 7, at the Jack Shainman Gallery: The School, 25 Broad Street Kinderhook, with Arthur Honegger’s powerful oratorio, King David, in its original 1921 orchestration. Led by David Smith, CITV’s Artistic Director and Conductor, this dramatic work will feature over 50 performers, including the Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra, soprano Amanda Boyd-Grout, mezzo soprano Vicki Smith, tenor David Rudnick, speaker Wendy Spielmann, and as Narrator, Benjamin Luxon.

       CITV is honored that Luxon will be delivering the moving narration of King David. Well known as a singer, speaker, and actor, Luxon’s rich, direct, beautifully modulated baritone voice has been heard in a wide range of operatic, orchestral, and recital repertoire, earning him accolades worldwide. “I cannot imagine a more compelling voice to narrate King David,” says Smith. “That Benjamin Luxon will be with us is truly special.”

       King David recounts in the most colorful musical terms the life of David, including his time as a shepherd, victories in battle, rise to power, disregard of God in pursuing another’s man’s wife, painful distress at his son’s death, and moving end of life. King David is justly popular: the story has it all and Honegger’s music – somehow created in a mere two months! – spares no emotion.  In addition to the oratorio, the program includes chamber works of Honegger’s fellow composer, Francis Poulenc, performed by flutist Elizabeth Chinery and pianists Noah Palmer and David Smith.    

       This will be CITV’s 17th performance since its founding in 2010. As the late critic John Paul Keeler has written: “Concerts in the Village is fast becoming a major musical treasure.” Contribution of $20 includes an off-site reception immediately following. To be assured seating and for further information please visit: www.concertsinthevillage.org

 

UPDATE FROM ANDY LIGHTCAP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CAPITAL DISTRICT YOUTH FOR CHRIST

       There was an overwhelming excitement as hundreds of kids arrived at the Saratoga City Center for Excel 2016, many not knowing what God had in store for them.  Many of them were challenged in their walks with Jesus, and some were challenged to begin a relationship with Him for the first time - it was a life-transforming weekend these kids will never forget.

       Kids like Katie.  Katie is a young lady who is involved with our Schenectady City Life Ministry.  Going into Excel, Katie did not have a relationship with Jesus.  In fact, she was raised Hindu.  That is what she had known all her life, but at Excel she encountered something different.  She told one of our staff that the Hindu religion and culture never interested her, and it was never something that she felt she could embrace.  She said that what she experienced at Excel is different - that Jesus is real, and that is why she gave her life to Him.  Katie’s is just one of many stories of kids whose lives were changed this weekend at Excel.  Please pray for them, that they would continue to seek Jesus and allow their lives to be framed by the Gospel.

       In Christ, Andy Lightcap

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       5 youths and 2 leaders from KRC’s youth group attended Excel, the annual Youth-for-Christ conference in Saratoga Springs.  We praise God that our trip was very rewarding and spiritually uplifting, and we are grateful for all the prayers that were sent along with us!

       From Friday evening until dinner time on Sunday, the group was immersed in Christ-centered worship and teaching in 5 two-hour large-group general sessions, interspersed with 4 one-hour specialized seminars. Of course, there was also free time for meals and for hanging out together!

     The cost per person to attend this event was $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 contribution of any amount in the offering plate and designate it as “YFC EXCEL”. 

 

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 the Rivera family and friends grieving the recent loss of Florence.  Pray also for family and friends grieving the loss of Walter Michaud.
  • all who have suffered and struggled with significant recent loss of any kind.
  • 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.
  • Maggie Brower, recovering from back surgery this past week. Please pray for a successful outcome and quick healing without complications for Maggie. . 
  • Tom Carroll, son-in-law of Barbara Gross, dealing with traumatic brain injury and other health issues related to a serious fall suffered a year ago.
  • Baby Chase Zincio, born January 26 with some health issues.  Pray for complete health for Chase, and for God's peace and reassurance for Chase's parents and other family and friends.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Donna Scalera; Maria Zincio; Dorothy Wheeler; Darryl Ferguson; 6-month-old Baby Szafran; 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: Brian Post; Stacey Baker; Vickie Metzger; Ann Powell; April Grimes; Gary Silvano; Angie Rivera; Florence Rivera; Harriet Stockhoff; Rev. Ed Van Kampen; 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.
  • the welcome report that Aaron Clause’s kidney issue appears to be resolving itself following a recent diagnosis of kidney stones. Pray for continued relief from this condition for Aaron.
  • the good news of the healthy birth of Harper Ollie LaTorre, born January 26 to Heather, Derick, and Ellie LaTorre.  Harper weighed in at 8 pounds 11 ounces.
  • the happy news that Sara Schubert has a granddaughter due to arrive May 29 to son Josh Schubert and his wife, Helen.
  • 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

 

 

                                      

                     KRC 2016 CONSISTORY

                             Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

     Deacons                                      Elders

Liz Carroll – ’16                              Merrill Johnson – ‘16

Derick LaTorre  ’16                     Patrice Lyons – ‘16 

Tana Thompson  ’17                   Patti Varga – ‘17

Wood, Chip  ’17                            Barbara Vosburgh – ‘17

 

 

                                   COMING EVENTS

Today, 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

Tues, February  2

       6:30 pm  Youth Group meets @KRC

Thur, February 4

     9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

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.

Mon,  February 8

       6:30 pm  Consistory meets 

Wed, February 10  Ash Wednesday, Lent Begins

 

Servers Next Sunday, February 7, 2016

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

       Greeter(s):  Patrice Lyons

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