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Kinderhook Reformed Church

Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY

Worship Services for June 23, 2013, Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Rev. Tom McCrossan, Guest Preacher

Tom McCrossan is an ordained RCA minister.  He is currently serving full time at City Mission of Schenectady as Assistant Chaplain and Assistant Director Shelter Operations.  He was a full time pastor for nearly 30 years and is a member of Schenectady Classis.  He is married with three children and three grandchildren.

 

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. All are invited to enjoy refreshments & fellowship in the hallway outside the double doors, front right of sanctuary, and downstairs in the Fellowship Hall following 10 a.m. Worship.

 

CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP – 8.M. & 10 A.M.

Ushers (10 am Worship):

Dave Ennis, Will Ferguson, Chuck Rothermel, Andrew Welcome

Greeter(s) (10 am Worship):  Jim and Nancy Baker

Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

Flowers are given today by Bill and Suzy Nieman in celebration of the wedding of their daughter, Elizabeth, to David Webster yesterday in New Hampshire.

Guest Organist (10 am Worship):  David Smith

 

  Prelude (10 am Worship)   We now implore the Holy Spirit, BuxWV 208    D. Buxtehude       

  Welcome and Announcements

           We Approach God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive) - From Psalm 91

Leader:  Those who live in the shelter of the Most High,

who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord,

     People:  My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.

Leader:  Those who love me, I will deliver, says the Lord.

     People:  I will protect those who know my name.

Leader:  When they call to me I will answer them,

I will be with them in trouble.

     People:  I will rescue them and honor them, and show them my salvation.

*Hymn of Praise #60                                                                     Great Is Thy Faithfulness  

*Prayer for Our Worship  (Unison)       

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

  Call to Confession  (Unison)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

   Prayer of Confession

Minister:  Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

People:  Holy God, you have called us to follow in the way of your risen  Son, and to care for those who are our companions, not only with words of comfort, but with acts of love.  Help us to be true friends of all in this   world Christ loved so much he died for. You walk behind, beside, beyond; you shepherd us. Forgive and restore us. Break through the disillusionment and despair clouding our vision, so that, with wonder at your mercy and love, we may find our way and journey on as messengers of your good news.  Amen.

[Time for personal prayer and confession]

   Words of Hope and Assurance 

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  John 3:16-17

Believe this Gospel and go forth to live in peace.    Amen.

   Children’s Sermon and  *Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)  (10 am Worship)

Father, bless these children with all the spiritual blessings they have in Christ Jesus, especially your measureless love, and may they love you and one another with the same unconditional love. Amen.

   Law of God - Ephesians 4:32-5:2

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

*Passing of the Peace

The Peace of Christ be with you

     And also with you!

   Prayer for illumination

   Scripture                                                                                  John 13:31-35 (p. 763)

This is the Word of the Lord.

     Thanks be to God!

   Message                                                                        “They’ll Know by Our Love”

We Respond to God’s Word

   Prayer of Saint Francis  (Unison)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;  to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.  Amen.

   Giving of Our Gifts, Tithes, and Offerings

   Offertory (10 am Worship)  Jesus Christ, our Blessed Savior, BuxWV 198  D. Buxtehude

   Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Heavenly Father, with glad and eager hearts we lay our offerings before you. Sanctify them for the purposes of bringing honor and glory to the name and Gospel of Christ, and increase to his kingdom.  Amen.

*Doxology, #809

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him all creatures here below;

      praise him above, ye heavenly host: praise Father, Son, & Holy Ghost.  Amen.      

  Sharing Our Joys and Concerns

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord's Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in 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, for ever. Amen.

*Hymn of Response #593                                                                            The Gift of Love

*Benediction

*Hymn of Response                                         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 (10 am Worship)     Now praise, my soul, the Lord, BuxWV 214    D. Buxtehude

~UPCOMING EVENTS~

Today, June 23 - Lemonade Stand Fellowship Hour begins on the front lawn of the church following today’s 10 a.m. Worship, and continues through the month of August following each Worship service.   If you are willing to offer your services to this ministry, please contact Sally Heimroth.

Next Sunday, June 30 - VBS Youth Sunday with picnic on the side and back lawn of the church following Worship.

July 7 - The 8:30 am and 10 am Worship services will combine and meet at 9 am through July and August.

We are in need of empty 28 oz plastic coffee containers, the type usually used by Folger's or Maxwell House to package their coffee.  Kindly bring any containers you may have to the church office, and they will be picked up from there.  Many thanks.

KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH &

MUITZESKILL REFORMED CHURCH PRESENT

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2013 - GOSPEL LIGHT ’S

SONWEST ROUNDUP

A RIP-ROARING GOOD TIME WITH JESUS!

VBS will run at KRC BEGINNING TOMORROW, June 24, through 28, 9 am to Noon, with arrival and sign-in at 8:45 to 9 am daily, and 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 are available on the back table for pre-registering your children or grandchildren, or you may pre-register by calling the church office, 758-6401, or 859-4158. Registration forms are also available at the Muitzeskill Reformed Church and the Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop.  Please return completed registrations to one of the churches or the gift shop as soon as possible.   You may also return registrations to KRC on the day VBS starts, but if you choose this option, please let us know in advance via email (or patvarga@aol.com) so that we'll be prepared to meet the needs of all children attending.

KRC’s share of support is $5,788 this year 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 $85.12 (up $3.40 from last year).  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. For those who are able, a donation of $3.15 per week for the remaining 27 weeks of this year would meet an individual member’s share. All contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.”

HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY

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

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

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

Bev Van Alstyne (27th).

MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO THE KRC FAMILY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN SUPPORT OF THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY.  85 families were served in the month of April, including 45 handicapped senior citizens, 144 adults, and 122 children.  Foods that are always popular and needed are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti sauce; pasta; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice; cake & brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the front and side entryways of the church.

Many KRC family and friends have, in the past, provided cut flowers for the pulpit in celebration of an anniversary or birthday, in honor of a special day or event, and in loving memory of family and friends who have passed away.  During the summer months, those of you who are gardeners are invited to arrange and display your own garden flowers on a Sunday of your choice.  If you are interested in providing flowers for a particular Sunday, please contact Dawn, 758-7564.

"THE OLDE DUTCH AND SUCH" CRAFTS GROUP MEETS ON FRIDAYS AT 9:30 A.M. in the main floor classroom opposite the church office. We are creating new plans and new items for the 2013 KRC Bazaar, and we are very much in need of new members and new ideas.  Last year’s preparation workshops were full of fun, laughter, and good fellowship, and the bazaar was a huge success.  We warmly welcome you to join us in our efforts to make this year’s even better!

The KRC Cemetery Committee is pleased to announce the opening of Kinderhook Cemetery’s COLUMBARIUM, a portion of the cemetery specifically designed for cremation burials.  If you would like more information, please speak to Greg Clause, cemetery supervisor, or Jim Dunham, Cemetery Committee chairperson.

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

KRC’s 2013 Consistory members; KRC’s administrative ministries, their chairpersons, and supporting members.
those who do not know Christ, or who are struggling in their faith; Angel Tree campers, Melquan, Myaijah, and Maniyah, that they will come to know Jesus Christ during their experience at Camp Pinnacle and that it will make a lasting difference in their young lives. 
KRC programs & projects and those administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; VBS; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs
our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
The country of South Africa as it faces the failing health of Nelson Mandela.
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, that they may know God’s presence and protection.
families and friends of our military troops and victims of warfare, terrorism,  misunderstanding, and  violence worldwide,  that they may be blessed with God’s peace and the reassuring knowledge that he is in control.
those suffering loss of loved ones and homes in recent natural disasters.
those, especially children, suffering the abuses of violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility. 
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially the Hanson Family grieving the loss of husband and father of 3; Tonya Frickey and her three children grieving the recent death of husband and father, Rev. Mark Frickey;  Kirk, friend of Arnie March, whose son died in Afghanistan.
Haley Hickman’s grandfather recovering from back surgery.
Mary Ann, whose cancer has returned.
a proper diagnosis and treatment for Craig.
Sue, former housekeeper of Priscilla Frisbee, hospitalized with health issues.
Debbie, recovering from recent leg surgery.
7-year-old Kevin, recovering from a recent auto accident.
Karen, friend of Patrice Lyons, recovering from recent kidney surgery.
Joan Clause, recovering at home from hip-replacement surgery this past week.
Paul Varga, suffering a recurrence of gout.
Rose, mother-in-law of Patrice Lyons, doing well following recent shoulder surgery
Barb, dealing with health issues.  
those battling or recovering from cancer, especially Tom Kennedy; Jane Deane’s sister-in-law; Charlie Roppolo; Barbette Leclair; Paul Varga’s friend; John Warren; Patti and Diane; Uncle Tony; Jack; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Jill Shpur; Rosanne; Connie; Helen Drumm; Sal Alessi; Tom Saulpaugh; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Jean; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Edward; Faith, cousin of Claudia March; Cricket Warren’s father; Carly Rippel; Carol, cousin of Diane Morgan; Eleanor Whitbeck, Patrice Lyons’s mother; Tina Holley, friend of Sara Hartman; Marthie; Maureen Mooney; Nancy Swinyard; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Jan; Faity Tuttle; Sara Schubert; Bea Post; Ruth Edge; Susan Patterson.  
those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: the Richard Family; the Crawford Family; Jonathan, dealing with difficult personal issues; Lisa, Kyle, and Kyle's mother, Cindy, following the loss of Cindy's home in a fire; Kristen Clause and son, Greg; Olivia, that God will give her peace and guidance; Paul, that God will give him wisdom, determination, and peace in making and carrying out difficult decisions; the Royce Family; the Schuberts attempting to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Libby Little.
those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members, Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera, Gordie Van Buren.

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 projects and responsibilities.
Joan Clause's very successful hip-replacement surgery.  Joan is home and walking with a walker, is not in significant pain, has started physical therapy, and is in good spirits.  We thank you and God bless you for all of your prayers. Please continue to pray for Joan’s speedy and complete recovery without complications.
the good news that there were 7 decisions for Christ at the recent Stonecroft Ministries dinner in Coxsackie.
the good report that Kay Haber has recovered well and is feeling great. 
Baby Mya, who came home 8 days ahead of schedule after being born at 28 weeks and weighing less than 3 pounds. She now is at 7 pounds.
Cricket Warren's father's successful back surgery.
the good news that Karen, friend of Patrice Lyons, is doing well following kidney surgery; and Patrice's mother-in-law also doing well following shoulder surgery.
the 55 years of marriage celebrated by Paul and Joan Clause June 14.
His blessings of family, friends, and all the provisions for our basic life needs.
the wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times.
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.

Regular updates are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists.  Please forward this information, as well as new praise and prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call Paul at 859-4158.  If you are not on our email prayer list, and would like to receive prayer and praise requests through email, contact Paul to have your address added. If you do not have email, contact Jane Smith, 758-6442, to be put on the phone prayer chain.

OFFICE, 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.

 

 KRC 2013-2014 CONSISTORY

  Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

Jane Deane – ’14,  Christian Education      758-7051

Noreen Dick – ’13,  Church Family    758-6640

Derick Latorre – ’14,  Stewardship / KRC Treasurer      610-8090

Patrice Lyons – ’13,  Outreach     758-8400

                                                   Elders
Dawn Tuttle – ’13,  Worship       758-6031
Maureen Mooney – ’14,  Outreach / Clerk      210-6079

Dawn Van Buren – ’13,  Cemetery / VP of Consistory  758-7564

Bob Wildermuth –’14,  Personnel / Pastoral Relations    828-0690

 

                John Schubert, Chairman, Classis Financial Committee