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Kinderhook Reformed Church

Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY

Worship Services for June 2, 2013 

Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

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.

8:30 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

  Welcome/Announcements

  God's Greeting & Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise                                                                                          O Worship the King

  Prayer for Illumination            

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                                    Luke 7:1-10

  Message                                                             “Jesus’ Ever Presence vs. Virtual Reality"                                                                                                                       

  Prayer of Thanks

  Communion

  Offering

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                                          All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

*Benediction

10 A.M. CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

All are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship

downstairs in the Fellowship Room following today’s Worship service.

Ushers:  Al Dick, Merrill Johnson, Bob Wildermuth, Paul Zietsman

Greeter(s):

Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

  Prelude      Adagio e dolce from Trio Sonata III in d minor, BWV 527        J. S. Bach    

  Welcome, Announcements

  God's Greeting

           Boldly Approaching Our God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 20

     In times of trouble and distress, God is always present with us.
                He is my answer in the day of trouble! When we call out, God hears us.
     The name of the Lord brings comfort to heavy hearts.
                In God’s name alone do we put our trust.
     The Lord will help those who seek God.
                God will answer the prayers of the people.
     Some take pride in their might and accomplishments.
                We will boast in God alone.
     We rise and stand on the righteousness of God.
                Let us worship God who is faithful, merciful, and just!

*Hymn of Praise #60                                                                    Great Is Thy Faithfulness

  Call To Confession  1 John 1:8-10

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar, and his word is not in us.

   Prayer of Confession  (Unison)  Based in part on Psalm 52.

We confess, O Lord, that we boast of our mischief all day long. Our tongues are like sharp razors. We love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. Our words devour and our thoughts trespass.  We find it so easy to be pompous and rude.   Deliver us, O Lord, from putting down our neighbors. Protect us from being cynical towards others. Forgive our intolerance and cruel indifference, and teach us to truly love.

[Moment of silent reflection]
Lord God, we seek to trust in your steadfast love forever and ever.

We seek to put aside our mischief.  We thank you forever for what you have done through your Son; and in the presence of your people, we proclaim your name, for it is good.  Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon  Psalm 130:3-5

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord. My whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.   

       Hallelujah, Amen.

 Children's Sermon and Blessing  (Unison)

Lord Jesus, bless our children with the certain knowledge that you are their greatest treasure, and that you are coming again.  Help us as we teach them to be your faithful, watchful servants, ready to be received into your eternal glory.  Amen

We Come Before God's Open Word

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                              Luke 7:1-10 (p. 730) 

  Message                                                          "Jesus’ Ever Presence vs. Virtual Reality"

  Prayer of Blessing

  Communion  (Insert)

Celebrating God

  Presentation of Tithes and Offerings / Offertory    Ayre    John Ward   (1571-c1638)

*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.      

Offertory Prayer  (Unison)       

Help us to give and count not the cost, and to love without boundaries and stipulations.  As we are transformed by your love, Lord, so may our gifts and our lives transform our world.  Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer

  Closing Hymn #95                                                  All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

*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                    Prelude and Fugue in D major                            G. F. Handel

     ~“THANK YOU,  THANK YOU,  THANK YOU!”~

     ● Our grateful appreciation to all who worked so diligently to make KRC’S Annual Pancake Breakfast and Plant Swap/Sale events yesterday such a successful outreach to our community!

     ● Thank you to all who helped organize, contributed financially to, and/or walked in the recent CROP walk. 112 walkers participated, and over $13,000 was raised in this year’s effort to fight hunger both locally and worldwide.

 THANK YOU FROM THE REGIONAL SYNOD OF ALBANY

Dear Pastor Rudy and Congregation:

        What a joy it was for the Regional Synod of Albany to hold its annual assembly at your church building this past May 6. Your hospitality helped set the stage for a meaningful meeting. There are so many people to thank for the good work done on our behalf: those who welcomed us with coffee and other refreshment items as the delegates gathered; the musicians whose music created a worshipful invitation to the day; Pastor Rudy with his inspiring message; and those who prepared the lunch and cleaned up after our departure. All in all, it was truly a blessing for Albany Synod to gather at your facility. Please be sure to express our thanks and appreciation to all those individuals who fit into the groups mentioned above as well as those we might have overlooked.

                            Blessings in Christ, Robert Hoffman, Temporary Administrator, RSA

      Congratulations to Stacey (Baker) Williams, daughter of Jim and Nancy Baker, upon her graduation last Sunday from UAlbany, and congratulations as well to the graduating sons and daughters of other KRC families and friends. Pray for God's guidance and blessing on these young people as they move into a new stage of their education or life's work.  Stacey graduated with a double major in French/Spanish, and a minor in psychology, and is on track to becoming a counseling psychologist.

     Her professional goal is to increase general awareness of and put an end to human trafficking, to provide useful counsel to victims who have suffered this abuse, and to help them rebuild their lives as independent, resourceful, free people. Please visit Stacey’s website, Moderndayslavery.weebly.com, to learn more about this issue, and about the “Not for Sale Campaign” being presented by Stacey and her colleagues from 7–9 p.m. June 14 at the SUNY Albany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Posters promoting this event are available on the back table for distribution by anyone interested.

“ON THE BACK TABLE . . .”

     ● Libby Little’s update since returning from Afghanistan where she was working with the PBS team on the documentary of Tom’s life.

     ● Info on Columbia-Greene’s Stonecroft Ministries dinner for both men and women Tuesday evening, June 11, 6 – 7:30 pm, at Pegasus Restaurant, Rt 9W, Coxsackie.  Reservations required.

     ● Info on North Chatham Methodist Church’s CLOTHING BARN, now open.

The KRC Cemetery Committee is pleased to announce the June 1, 2013 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.

Dear KRC Family and Friends - Our second photography session with Lifetouch is scheduled for June 14th from 2 pm —9 pm, and we would love to have pictures of the entire congregation for our new Directory. You can schedule your appointment by going to the KRC website and clicking on the “Links” tab at the top right of the home page; or you may call the church office and Liz will schedule your appointment.  If no one is in the office when you call, please leave your name and number and we will get back to you. Thank you!

 

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 from June 24th to 28th, 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, and forms are available on the back table for pre-registering your children or grandchildren. You may also pre-register by calling the church office, 758-6401, or 859-4158.

     Christian Ed Ministry is looking for VBS volunteers to teach and to help, and a volunteer sign-up sheet is available on the back table.  For information about the positive rewards of serving in this ministry and the relatively small time commitment involved, please speak with Patti Varga.

    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 $2.66 per week for the remaining 32 weeks of this year would meet an individual member’s share. All contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.” 
 

~TESTMONY FROM ANGEL TREE – VOLUNTEERING THAT CHANGES LIVES~

(KRC has, for a number of years, participated in Angel Tree – a program sponsored by Prison Fellowship Ministries which works through local churches nationwide to provide Christmas gifts and the message of Jesus to children who have a parent in prison.)

            “I brought my kids to the Angel Tree party, and I put them to work setting up chairs and putting candy on the tables.  When the Angel Tree kids arrived, mine just blended right in - carefree kids, playing games, doing crafts, taking pictures, and even helping to hand out presents.

       At one point, my youngest son, who we adopted from Ethiopia, caught my eye.  Next to his new friend, he looked no different - just two little boys at a Christmas party, their whole lives ahead of them.

       And then it hit me - my boy has everything he needs for success. And he has a daddy in his life every day to teach him and be a role model. But Julian’s dad is in prison and has been there his whole life. In fact, Julian’s chances of going to prison himself are 7 in 10 - purely because his dad is there.

       That’s why Angel Tree is so critical for these kids. It’s not just about a present for Christmas. It’s about connecting them to a community of Christians who can offer support for their mom or grandma and introduce the whole family to the love of Jesus Christ.”

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

those who do not know Christ, or who are struggling in their faith .
KRC’s 2013 Consistory members, especially those recently reinstalled or ordained and serving for the first time.
KRC’s administrative ministries, their chairpersons, and supporting members.
KRC programs & projects and those administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; 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.
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 the wake of the recent tornadoes.
those, especially children, suffering the abuses of violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.  
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially:  Barbara Vosburgh and family and friends grieving the recent loss of Frank Vosburgh; and those grieving the recent death of Randy Longe.
Florence Rivera, now at home following a recent hospitalization in which progress was made in bringing her water retention under control.  Florence’s AFib, however, remains a concern; please pray that her cardiologist will quickly find an effective treatment to manage this condition.
Kay Haber, recovering from a concussion and bruising following a recent fall.
Gordie Van Buren, not feeling good or doing as well as usual. 
a family member of Jane Deane, recovering from cancer surgery this past Wednesday. 
the Richard family, whose 8 year old son, Michael, was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing:  Mrs. Richard, who suffered brain damage from the explosion, has lost sight in one eye; the Richards' young daughter, Jane, who lost a leg, is doing amazingly well in her recovery following 12 surgeries. Dad, however is having a very difficult time coping.  Please continue to pray for physical and emotional healing for this family who has been struck with such devastating tragedies.
Charlie Roppolo, diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and currently undergoing chemo treatments.  Pray for complete healing and return to full health for Charlie.
Rev. Mark Frickey, Lutheran minister from southern Columbia County, in NYU Hospital awaiting a liver transplant.  Mark is not doing well, and needs our prayers.
those battling or recovering from cancer, especially 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: Edward; Faith, cousin of Claudia March; Ted Call; Cricket Warren’s father; Carly Rippel; Carol, cousin of Diane Morgan; Eleanor Whitbeck, Patrice Lyons’s mother; Tina Holley, friend of Sara Hartman; Tom Catchpole; Marthie; Maureen Mooney; Nancy Swinyard; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Jan; Faity Tuttle; Sara Schubert; Bea Post; Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Paul Varga; Susan Patterson.  
those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: 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.

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.

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR

Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision, back in the pulpit today leading Worship and preaching the Word. 
all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete projects and responsibilities.
Dave Ennis's mom’s continued improvement.  Dave and his family are grateful for your prayers.
Eleanor Whitbeck’s sufficient recovery which enabled her to enjoy the special Christmas celebration held for her recently by her daughter, Patrice Lyons, and her family! Due to hip injuries, surgeries, and rehabilitation, Eleanor was unable to celebrate Christmas last December. 
the joy of blessing the students of our growing Sunday School each Sunday morning as they go to their classes.
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.

 

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 Alstyne (27th).

"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!

 

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.

COMING EVENTS

Today, June 2

      8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service       

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

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes:

                1st John study group meets in the classroom opposite the office.

                Romans study group meets in the main floor conference room.

Mon., June 3

      6:30 pm  Consistory Meets

Tues., June 4

      7:00 – 8:30 pm  KRC Youth group meets

Thur, June 6

 9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC - Chip Ingram study continues -                  
          Living on the Edge – Dare to Experience True Spirituality   

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Fri.,   June 7   

       9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room

       9:30 am  Olde Dutch and Such crafts group meets opposite KRC office

Sun., June 9

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service              

     10:00 am  Worship and Children’s Sunday School

     11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes:

                1st John study group meets in the classroom opposite the office.

                Romans study group meets in the main floor conference room.

Mon., June 10

       6:45 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Tues., June 11

       6:00 – 7:30 pm  Stonecroft Ministries dinner for both men and women

                                 Pegasus Restaurant, Coxsackie

Fri.,    June 14   

       2:00 - 9:00 pm  2nd KRC Directory photo session with Lifetouch

Mon. – Fri, June 24 – 28

       9:00 - Noon   Vacation Bible School – SonWest Roundup

Servers Next Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ushers:  Al Dick, Merrill Johnson, Bob Wildermuth, Paul Zietsman

Greeter(s):