KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES June 21, 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.

 

8:30 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

  Announcements, The Lord’s Greeting, and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Scripture                                                                                        1 Samuel 17:23-27 (p. 203)

  Message                                                              “Off to Battle with Shepherd-Weapons!”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction

 

10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

  All are invited to refreshments and fellowship downstairs today following worship.

Ushers:  Derick LaTorre, Chris Laurie, Ken Sutherland

Greeter(s):                         Preschool Nursery available downstairs.

Flowers today are given in memory of Gordie Van Buren.

 

  Prelude 

  Announcements

  Welcome and God’s Greeting

 

  Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 103

Come, let us bless the Lord! For the Lord is like a father to his children,

compassionate and merciful, filled with endless love.

He forgives our sins, and heals the sickness inside us;

he surrounds us with love and mercy and fills our lives with good things!

Let’s worship God together!

*Hymn of Invitation and Praise to God #5                             Come Though Almighty King

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession

Our faith calls us to break down walls and to live our lives courageously so that others might know who we are by our love. For the times when we have been less than faithful disciples, we offer now our prayer:

  Prayer of Confession (Unison)

O God, we confess that we would like the road map of our life laid out before us. We want to know where we are going. Any unexpected twists and turns so easily disconcerts us from you. When we hear you calling us to a task we are prone to make excuses. Lord, forgive our reliance on ourselves and our lack of trust in you. Forgive our willful turning away from your will for our lives and the refusal to hear and believe your assurances for our journey. Forgive Lord, all that is past, and free us to a new and living faith in you, through Christ our risen Lord. Amen

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)

Our God is a God of love and mercy, who allows us always to begin again. By God's grace, we are forgiven to walk in newness of life. 

       Thanks be to God. Amen.

  Duet  Ron Moore and Deborah Spaulding                                     I Need Thee Every Hour

 

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture                                                                                      1 Samuel 17:23-27 (p. 203)

  Message                                                              “Off to Battle with Shepherd-Weapons!”

 [Moment of Silent Reflection]

Silent Prayer for Those Seeking to Accept Christ as Their Savior:

"Dear Jesus, I confess that I'm a sinner, and I admit that I am not right with you. I repent and ask your forgiveness.  I believe that you died on the cross to take my punishment and to pay the price for my offences.  I believe that you rose from death to give me new life. Wash me clean, Jesus, from all sin, shame, and guilt, and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  In your name I pray.  Amen."

  Prayer of Thanks

    Celebrating God

  Offering and Offertory

  Offertory Prayer

You have blessed us with every good gift, generous God. Our hearts overflow with joy and love for the privilege of walking with you and being called your own. Receive these gifts, we pray, as our faithful and grateful response to your gifts of grace and mercy in our lives. Amen.

  Father’s Day Litany  (Responsive)

Our relationships with our fathers are complicated.

For some of us, our father's love is like God's love—

too deep, too long, too wide, too strong to measure.

Some of our dads are here; some were never here.

For some of us, God's love fills in the empty spaces our fathers left behind.

All of us are shaped by the relationship or lack of relationship with our fathers.

On this day when we remember

what it means to have a father or be a father,

we recognize the importance of fathers in our communities.

We pledge, as a congregation, to love and nurture the fathers among us

so that they will manifest the love of God in all that they do. Amen.

*Hymn of Exhortation #748                                                          Onward Christian Soldiers

*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

 

 

~ PLEASE NOTE ~

SUNDAY, JULY 5, THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6,

8:30 & 10 AM WORSHIP SERVICES WILL COMBINE FOR WORSHIP AT 9 A.M.

 

KRC family and friends are encouraged to volunteer as front-door greeters for our 10 a.m. worship service.  A sign-up sheet for this purpose may be found on the back table of the sanctuary, and your willingness to participate in this important ministry is much appreciated.

 

For those of you who would like to donate flower arrangements for the pulpit in memory of loved ones or in celebration of special occasions, please contact Dawn Van Buren.

 

~ NOTES OF THANKS ~

       A big “Thank-You” to all who put such a tremendous effort into making our recent recycling sale such a big success.  As a result of all the hard work, $1400 was received to benefit KRC’s Christian Education programs.         

 

L OOKING AHEAD

KRC VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015

       VBS will run this summer at KRC from AUGUST 17th to 21st, 9 am to Noon, with arrival and sign-in at 8:45 to 9 am daily.  All kids of our community ages Pre-K (3 and potty-trained) through Grade 6 are invited to this year’s fun and spiritually-nurturing program.  Forms will soon be available on the back table for pre-registering your children or grandchildren.    

     Christian Ed Ministry is looking for VBS volunteers to teach and to help. For information about the positive rewards of serving in this ministry and the relatively small time commitment involved, please speak with Patti Varga. 

 

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR 

Pastor Rudy Visser, our Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
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.
Deborah and Michael Spaulding’s enjoyable vacation in the Pacific Northwest and a safe trip home.
the good news that 7-year-old Callan, following recent hospitalizations in Albany and Boston for a digestive issue, is now home, able to eat and hold down food, and recuperating nicely.  Callan is the grandson of Sally and Wayne Heimroth.
Paul and Joan Clause’s celebration on Flag Day of their 57th wedding anniversary.
the good report that Jim, son of Cricket Warren, landed the job for which he recently interviewed.
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.

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith, especially Anne, that she will see beyond the deception of the things of this world and know peace, mercy and grace in the truth and promises of the Lord's covenant in Jesus Christ. Anne is fighting a spiritual battle that seems to enslave her to all that she does not think she has and does not trust she will receive.  
KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s VBS; 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, especially Tom Eastman, fulfilling a tour of military duty in Afghanistan. Pray for Tom's safety, and for his family’s peace & reassurance.
survivors of warfare, terrorism, violence, and natural and other disasters worldwide.
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.
those, especially children, suffering poverty and hunger; abuse; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the death of loved ones, especially the families and friends of the nine people shot to death in the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina this past Wednesday; Carol Zincio and family and friends grieving the recent loss of Carol’s mother, Lois Gorts; Mark Van Buren and family and friends grieving the recent death of Mark’s father, Gordie Van Buren.
Bruce Hawver, husband of Sug Hawver, recovering from a severe dog bite on the forearm. Praise God that no substantial damage was done to nerves or major arteries, although some skin grafts will be needed to repair the wound completely.  Please pray for a speedy healing without complications for Bruce, and pray also for peace, reassurance, and strength for Sug as she assists Bruce in his recovery. 
Merrill Johnson, that doctors will quickly be able to successfully diagnose and treat his cardiac issue.
Bill Van Alstyne, recovering from successful surgery recently to repair a broken hip.  Pray for a speedy healing for Bill as he enters rehab, and for his wife, Arlene, as she assists in Bill’s recovery.
Caleb, dealing with depression & anger.  Pray that he gets the care and placement needed to help him overcome these issues. 
Diane, friend of Cricket Warren, in remission from multiple myeloma and badly in need of employment.
others in hospice care or battling, or recovering from cancer:  Faity Tuttle; Jack; Bob Mellott; Joan Kennedy; Donna Scalera; Marlene; Daniel; Zoe Covey; Andy; Lucy B. and Rodrigo; Jean; 2-year-old Logan; Sandy; Charlie Ropollo. 
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Bill, brother of Tana Thompson; Jean skipper; Florence Rivera; Steve Shpur; Carley Rippel; Stacey Baker; Harriet Stockhoff; John Bowen; Floyd Haber; Art Gross; Alan Dick; Paul Varga; Jean Skipper; Jane Smith; Blanche Rogers; Liz Carroll; Ruth Edge; Laurie Maul.
those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions:  Vince Beaudoin; Libby Little – copies of Libby’s May newsletter are available on the back table; Jean and Evangelique, sponsored Compassion International Children of John & Isabelle Bosquet-Morra; Susan Lamont and her children; Bill and Abby; Greg L; Craig Johnson; those facing the challenges of graduation, beginning a higher level of education, or seeking a career - pray that God will bless them with wisdom in all of the many choices and decisions they face.
those who are traveling
reassurance, peace, and dignity for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life, especially Faity Tuttle, who will be 104 in July; those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
Residence-bound members 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. 

 

                            HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY !

Leré Visagie (2nd), Jean Hacker, (9th), David Mooney (10th),

Dawn Tuttle (10th), Lois Bertram (13th), Seth Mooney (15th),

Brooke Barmen (21st), Bill Schneider (26th), Florence Rivera (27th)

 

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR 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

 

CLASSIS ASSESSMENT 2015

KRC’s share of support this year is $5,633.28 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 $88.02.  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 just $3.26 weekly for the remaining weeks in this year. 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, and for immediate assistance at any time, call

859-4158.

Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

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