KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES June 7, 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                                                                                                                                GenesIs 3:8-15 (pp. 2, 3)

  Message                                                                                                                              “The First and Last Adam”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Communion

  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.

 

  UshersTed Call, Jerry Flansburg, Glenn Warren, Chip Wood

  Greeter(s):  Dawn Van Buren                       Preschool Nursery available downstairs.

Guest Organist:  David Smith

 

  Prelude                                Méditation from Suite Médiévale                        Jean Langlais        

  Announcements

  Welcome and God’s Greeting

 

  Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship   (Responsive) 

Let us give thanks to God with our whole hearts.
       Before God, let us sing praises.
In God's sanctuary let us proclaim God's love and faithfulness.
       Let us tell of all God's wonderful deeds.
Let us exalt God's holy name.
       Come, let us worship the Lord!

  Hymn #29                                                                                                                                                                   O Worship the 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 to Confession  (Unison)  St. Augustine 

O life of my soul, it is a good thing to make my confession unto you, O God of my heart, and say, “Have mercy upon me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you; and let me never abuse your mercy and take it for a license to sin, but remember your words, ‘Behold, you are made whole, sin no more lest a worse thing come unto you.’ ” For who are you, O God, but the very wellspring of righteousness, who renders to every one of us according to our works; and a broken and contrite heart you will not despise.

  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.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture                                                                                                                                                                GenesIs 3:8-15 (pp. 2, 3)

  Message                                                                                                                                                              “The First and Last Adam”

 [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 Blessing

    Celebrating God

  Communion 

                                        THE MEANING OF THE SACRAMENT

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we come to the table of our Lord in Remembrance, Communion, and Hope. 

We come in Remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was sent into the world so we might be saved through him.

We come to be in Communion with this same Christ who has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the world.

We come in Hope, believing that this bread and cup are a pledge and foretaste of the feast of love in the kingdom to come.

Since by his death, resurrection, and ascension Christ has obtained for us the life-giving Spirit who unites us all in one body,

so we receive this Supper in true love, mindful of the communion of saints.

THE INVITATION

This is the feast of the Lord’s Table, in which all who profess the Lordship of Christ in their lives are invited to share.  Come, for all things are now ready.

COMMUNION HYMN #783 (verses 1, 2, & 3)    Here, O My Lord, I See You

THE COMMUNION PRAYER

Let us lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is holy and right to lift up our hearts and give God thanks and praise.

It is with joy that we give thanks to you in all times and places, Almighty and Everlasting God. You have shown the fullness of your love by sending to us Jesus Christ our Lord, made flesh for us, for our salvation, and for reconciliation with you.  For this precious gift of your Son, we worship and sing praise to you, O God:

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name in earth, and sky, and sea.

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Most righteous God, we remember in this Supper the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sin of the whole world.  In the joy of his resurrection and expectation of his coming again, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that we may offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices, and proclaim this mystery of the faith:

Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

As this grain and these grapes are gathered from many fields and hills into one loaf and one cup, to be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ, grant also that your whole Church may be joined together in him, attain unity in the faith, and soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your Kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! And now, as Christ taught us, we pray together:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on 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, forever, Amen.

                                                                 THE COMMUNION

The Lord Jesus, the same night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me."

(Distribution of the bread)

The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.

 

After the same manner also, he took the cup when they had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

(Distribution of the cup)

The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.

PRAYER OF FAITH AFTER COMMUNION  (Responsive)

Jesus, in whom dwells all the glory, power, and majesty of God himself,

we believe in you.

Jesus, who crushed the serpent’s head, we believe in the saving power

of your death and the renewing and healing power of your resurrection.

Let our faith be full and unreserved.  

Let our faith be joyful and give peace and gladness to our spirits.  

Jesus, beloved Son of the living God, in faith, let us be obedient

to the impulses of the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus, with whom your Father, God, is well-pleased,

let us be humble and submissive in our faith – your gift to us.  Amen.  

  Offering/Offertory     Improvisation (Élévation) from Suite Médiévale      Jean Langlais          

  Doxology and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

All good things come from you, O God, and with gratitude we return to you what is yours. You created us with love in your image, and when our love failed, your love remained steadfast through the gift of your Son, our Savior, Jesus. All that we are, and all that we have, is a trust from you, and in union with Christ’s offering for us, we offer ourselves, and all that we have to you. By your Holy Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world. Amen.

  Prayer Requests and Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn #502                                                                                                         Amazing Grace

*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                                            O Lamb of God                                   Johann Pachelbel

 

~ 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.

 

 

 

~INVITATION FROM THE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS~

       The Adult Sunday School Class, which meets in the main floor conference room following Worship and Coffee Hour each Sunday, is currently studying the book, The Ten(der) Commandments: Reflections on the Father's Love, by Ron Mehl.  The Ten Commandments are often portrayed as ominous warnings from an all-powerful, vengeful God, but this book recasts them as messages of our Creator’s love for us. Pastor Ron Mehl interprets The Ten Commandments as guiding steps to keep us from being broken in the deadly traps of a fallen world.  He shows how, rather than running into the same brick walls of and clawing helplessly up the same impassable sand banks, we can be led by God’s hand through life with confidence.  All are encouraged to join the class and take advantage of this opportunity to gain a new understanding of God’s ten simple guidelines for living.

 

 

~ A “THANK-YOU” FROM THE OUTREACH MINISTRY TEAM ~

Our annual Pancake Breakfast earned $533.00 for the City Mission of Schenectady. Many thanks to all of the cooks, servers, and cleaner-uppers who made the morning a success.  We enjoyed wonderful fellowship while serving our Lord! The plant sale also did very well, bringing in over $600 for Camp Fowler sponsorships.  A huge thanks to all who donated plants and supported the sale with their time and hard work!  

 

A NOTE OF THANKS FROM THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRY

We would like to thank Joan Clause for her years of loving faithfulness and dedicated effort to the ministry of organizing and managing the KRC Library. Many KRC family members and friends have enjoyed and been blessed by the books and other materials available, and in order to better serve their needs, an inventory and an updated listing of all library items are currently being completed. If you have not yet visited the library, located in the church basement across from the fellowship hall, you are cordially invited and encouraged to do so. You are sure to find a selection of interest among the hundreds offered, and check-out is easy and operates on a self-serve/honor-system basis.  

 

 

LOOKING 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. 


 

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),

 

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.

 

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

  • those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith, that they will come to know the Lord or experience a renewal.
  • KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; 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 Susan Lamont’s nephew and his wife, John and Lynn Matthews, grieving the recent death of their newborn baby, Emma Marie; family and friends grieving the recent death of Mid Glass; Ruth Edge, grieving the recent loss of her sister-in-law.
  • Carol Zincio’s mother, recovering from hip surgery this past Monday following a fall.
  • 7-year-old Callan, grandson of Sally and Wayne Heimroth, hospitalized recently with digestive issues. 
  • Jean Skipper, KRC member now living in New York City near her daughter; Jean has been hospitalized 8 times since last October for treatment of cardiac and respiratory issues, and has been placed on oxygen round the clock.
  • Florence Rivera, now at home following recent hospitalization for anemia and AFib.
  • those in hospice care or battling, or recovering from cancer:  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: Steve Shpur; Carley Rippel; Stacey Baker; Harriet Stockhoff; Bill, brother of Tana Thompson; John Bowen; Floyd Haber; Art Gross; Faity Tuttle; Alan Dick; Harriet Simpkins; 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, now back in New York; 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, especially Deborah and Michael Spaulding as they tour the Pacific Northwest for the next week and fly home next Sunday.
  • reassurance and peace for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life; those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
  • Residence-bound members Gordie Van Buren, 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. 

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.
  • the good news that Florence Rivera and Art Gross were able to be in Worship with us this past Sunday.
  • the good report that Jim, son of Cricket Warren, landed the job for which he recently interviewed.
  • 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.

 

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

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 over $3 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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