Kinderhook Reformed Church

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Worship Service for March 2, 2014 – Transfiguration Sunday

Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

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 and Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise                                                        

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                        2 Peter 1:16-21

  Message                                                      “The Voice, the Lamp, and the Prophecy”

  Prayer of Blessing                                                                                                        

  Communion

  Offering        

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                                                                      

*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:  Dave Ennis, Will Ferguson, Chuck Rothermel, Andrew Welcome

Greeter(s): Jerry and Donna Flansburg              Preschool Nursery available downstairs.
Guest Organist: David Smith
 

  Prelude        Mystique from Trois Nouvelles Pièces, Op. 87      Charles Marie Widor

  Announcements and God’s Greeting

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  Based on Matthew 17:1-8

Today, O Christ, we would go with You as Your chosen disciples

to a high mountain.

     Today we would see Your face shine like the sun

     and Your raiment became as white as light.

Today we would hear the voice of Your Father say, "This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!"

     Today we would feel Your touch of encouragement and be raised up.

Today we would hear Your voice of reassurance and be freed from all fear.

     Today, O Christ, we will lift up our eyes and see only You.

  Hymn #86                                                                                We Come, O Christ, to You

  We Come with Ready Hearts

  Call to Confession  (Unison)   Based on the words of the prophet, Zephaniah

Let us acknowledge our arrogant disobedience to God, and seek righteousness and humility.  Let us seek forgiveness from the Lord our God, for He is mighty to save.

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

O God, You have shown us the way of life through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  We confess with shame our slowness to learn of Him, our failure to follow Him, and our reluctance to bear the cross.  Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. We confess the poverty of our worship, our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of responsibilities in our service, our imperfect stewardship of Your gifts. Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. Amen.

 

[Moment of Silent Confession]

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)   Based on 2 Corinthians 4:6

Almighty God, who caused light to shine out of darkness, shines in our hearts, cleansing us from all our sins, and restoring us to the light of the knowledge of God’s glory, in the face of Jesus Christ, our Savior.    

     Amen and amen!

  Children’s Message  and Blessing  (Unison)

Draw our children face-to-face with You, O Christ.  May they know You as God’s beloved Son; may they feel Your presence, taste Your goodness, and sense the value You place upon them; may they experience Your majesty and know Your power to renew and strengthen them in times of need; and may they long for more of You each day of their lives.  Amen.

 

We Listen with Expectant Hearts

  Solo Deborah Spaulding, soprano,  “Jesu joy of man’s desiring” from Cantata No. 147,  J.S. Bach

  Prayer for Illumination     

  Scripture Lesson                                                                                        2 Peter 1:16-21

  Message                                                      “The Voice, the Lamp, and the Prophecy”

  Prayer of Blessing

  Communion  (Insert) 

  We Give with Liberal Hearts

  Invitation to Offering  (Unison)

In acknowledgement that all that we have belongs in the first instance to God, let us offer our material gifts cheerfully, our time generously, and our talents humbly to Him.

  Offertory                Invention V from 24 Inventions, Op. 50                  Marcel Dupré

*Doxology (p. 809)

  Offertory Prayer   (Responsive)

God of glory, receive these gifts and the offering of our lives.  As Your beloved Son, Jesus, was lifted up from earth, draw us to Your heart in the midst of this world, that all creation may be brought from bondage to freedom, from darkness to light, and from death to life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn #98                                                                                                                 Majesty

*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                 Prelude and Fugue in g minor, BWV 558                   J. S. Bach (?)

 

The Outreach Ministry wishes to thank to all of the chefs, servers, and cleanup volunteers who participated at the outreach dinner at St. Luke's Tuesday evening. It was a great success as we served 139 people from the community.  We were truly blessed to experience the warmth of ecumenical fellowship while serving the Lord.

 

HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAY!

Doris Schmieder (1st), Maureen Mooney (5th), Kathy Schneider (5th), Priscilla Frisbee (6th), Jack Hart (10th), Stan Bertram (12th), Nancy Call (14th), Greg Clause (19th), Emily Wood (20th), Dave Ennis (30th), Paul Zietsman (31st).  PRISCILLA FRISBEE, TURNING 96, IS THE OLDEST MEMBER OF THE MARCH BIRTHDAY GROUP! ! If you wish to send a personal greeting, Priscilla’s address is P.O. Box 173, Stuyvesant Falls, NY 12174.

 

Greetings Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

     In March the Visser family will be heading to the warm and sunny southern states for vacation.  The consistory would like the Vissers’ vacation to be a stress-free family trip full of memories to last a lifetime.  We feel the Lord is leading us to bless our Pastor and his family and to truly say thank you for all they do each and every day.  We realize many of you already bless the family regularly and have helped out in the past as needs have arisen.  We simply ask that you prayerfully consider this opportunity to bless our Pastor and his family.

    First we seek your prayers for the family while they are away, March 12-26. If you feel led to bless the family with a financial gift towards their trip, please make checks payable to Kinderhook Reformed Church and note ‘Visser Vacation’ on the memo line and place in the offering plate.  You may also use cash and mark ‘Visser Vacation’ on your offering envelope, or you can use the special ‘Visser Vacation’ envelopes on the back table.

 

In His name,

The Consistory of the Kinderhook Reformed Church

 

~UPCOMING EVENTS~

2014 Crop Walk planning meeting – 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 3, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Crop Walk Event day is May 4.  Watch for more details to come.)
Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Service – 7 p.m. March 5, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Daylight Saving Time begins NEXT SUNDAY, March 9.  Set your clocks FORWARD ONE HOUR Saturday evening, March 8. 
Wee Care Sewing Day Saturday, March 22 - You are invited to come and sew flannel receiving blankets for the Wee Care project. Wee Care is a new ministry providing mothers in need with blankets and infant clothing. Bring your sewing machine and two yards of flannel. There will be assistance on hand and refreshments.  Please watch for additional details in upcoming bulletins.

 

~2014 CONCERTS IN THE VILLAGE ~

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 3:00 P.M.

     The third offering in the 2013-2014 Concerts in the Village series will be "Henry Purcell Sacred and Secular: Home, Church and Dramatic Music of the Early Baroque in England.” Featured will be the Broad Street Chorale, soloists Amanda Boyd, Jon Morrell and others, and orchestra.  This program will include a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas, the first important opera in the English language, as well as instrumental and solo vocal music.

    IF YOU ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE FINGER-FOOD ITEMS

FOR THE RECEPTION FOLLOWING THE MARCH 30th CONCERT,

PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE SHEET AT THE BACK TABLE.

All CITV concerts will be performed in KRC’s sanctuary, and a suggested donation of $15 will be gratefully accepted to assist in the ongoing funding of this exceptional series:

 
  
Matthew and Tina Zawisza of The Living Gospel Ministry have blessed KRC several times with Matthew’s moving portrayals of the Biblical characters Barabbas, Peter, and Joseph.  Recent major repairs on the vehicles they travel in, together with a decrease in the number of engagements they have been able to book, have taken a serious financial toll on Matthew and Tina and their work.  KRC has been asked to prayerfully consider offering some financial support at this difficult time to this talented and dedicated couple and The Living Gospel Ministry. Donations may be sent to Matthew and Tina at 939 Norwood Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12303.
   

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

those who do not know Christ, or who are struggling in their faith.
KRC programs & projects and those planning & administering them: adult and children’s Sunday School; KRC’s youth; VBS; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; outreach programs.   KRC’s 2013 Consistory members; KRC’s administrative ministries, chairpersons, and supporting members. 
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. 
the Christian community in Afghanistan; winter snow in the country’s mountains to assure spring irrigation of farmlands; the upcoming election of a new Afghan President – one that will be of God’s choosing.
our children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies..
our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace.
victims of warfare, terrorism, and  violence worldwide,  that they may be blessed with God’s peace and the reassuring knowledge that he is in control.
our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
those, especially children, suffering violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
Sara Schubert, suffering a relapse of Lyme disease.
the mom and child of one of our long-time VBS families, who had to leave their home recently with just the clothes on their backs and a police escort.  They have an order of protection against the father, who apparently has a long history of violence in the home. 
families and friends grieving the recent death of Don Chrysler; pray especially for wife, Marilyn, and son, Joe.  
Nora Tuttle, sister-in-law of Dawn Tuttle, whose surgery to repair the three breaks in her ankle was postponed due to significant swelling.  Nora is home resting and taking measures to reduce the swelling so that the surgery can take place this week. Pray that God will lift her spirits with his peace and reassurance at this stressful time.
Bev Van Alstyne, who was moved recently to Evergreen, a rehab center/nursing home in East Greenbush, where she will be for a number of weeks.  Please continue to keep Bev in your prayers, and remember Dick as well as he assists in Bev's recovery. Notes and cards of encouragement may be sent to PO Box 442, Kinderhook, 12106.
those battling or recovering from cancer: George, father of a friend of Nancy Baker; Kevin; Theresa Van Warner; Rosemary Whitmore & Mrs. Martinez, mothers of Paul Varga's best friends; Steven Blun; Mary, Jessica Farley's mom; Jen, Dawn Tuttle's daughter-in-law; Leonard, Susan Lamont's cousin; Kim Lyle's grandma; Rose and Joanne, friends of the Simpkins and Spaulding families; Charlie Roppolo; Luci & sister, Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Sal Alessi; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: auto crash victims Adam and David Rivenburgh and Gerald Jennings; Maureen Mooney; George Clowe; Jane Smith; Liz Carroll; Jane Zanchelli; Dawn Tuttle; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera.   
the Laraway/Lamont family as they establish themselves in a new rental home and new jobs. 
those facing challenges and difficult decisions: Christians suffering persecution; Libby Little.
reassurance and peace for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life.
those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members Gordie Van Buren and Murray Leonardson.
those who are traveling, especially Ted and Dawn Tuttle

 

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, 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 their callings.
KRC's Consistory, whose dedication to their calling is an inspiration to all.
all His provisions for our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times.
the good news that Ted Tuttle now has 20/20 vision in the eye that was operated on for cataracts.
the KRC family and beyond who are always ready to offer whatever help and support they can to those in need.
the blessing of times in which families fellowship, grow, and bond together
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.

 

Two of the three pianos in the Sunday School classrooms, plus the electronic organ in the handicap ramp entranceway, are free-for-the- taking to anyone who would like to make use of them or who knows of someone who would.  Although it has some issues, the organ is playable, and the pianos, which mainly need to be tuned, would make good practice instruments for beginning piano students. If interested, please contact Patti Varga.
 

KRC’s share of support this year is $5,728.14 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 $86.79.  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 $2 per week. 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, 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.

 

~A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT PEW CARDS~

Just a note to remind parents to keep their children from writing on or tearing the visitors’ cards and the prayer and announcement cards found in the slots on the back of each pew.  The visitors’ cards are purchased from a professional printer, and are expensive to replace.   Please have your children make use of the writing and coloring materials available especially for them in the back of the sanctuary.  Your attention to this request will be greatly appreciated.

 

KRC 2014 CONSISTORY

 Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

Deacons

 

Jane Deane – ’14,  Outreach    758-7051

Noreen Dick – ’15,  Church Family     758-6640

Derick Latorre – ’14,  Stewardship / KRC Treasurer     376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh – ’15,   Property   758-6512

 

                                                   Elders
Maureen Mooney – ’14,  Outreach / Consistory Vice-President   210-6079
 

Dawn Tuttle – ’15,  Worship / Personnel / Consistory Clerk     758-6031

Patti Varga – ’15  Christian Education / Classis Delegate   392-4771

Bob Wildermuth – ’14,  Pastoral Relations      828-0690

 

                John Schubert, Chairman, Classis Financial Committee

 

                                                 KRC STAFF

                      KRC Office Manager                     KRC Office Assistant    

                    Paul Clause – 859-4158                   Liz Carroll – 758-6034

    Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton

    Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, March 2

      8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service        

    10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Sunday School     

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Class - main floor Conference Room

             Please join in our continuing study of The Lord’s Prayer.

Mon.  March 3

       6:45 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

       7:00 pm  2014 Crop Walk planning meeting, St. Luke’s Church, Valatie   

Tues., March 4

Wed.  March 5

       7:00 pm  Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service, St. Luke’s Church, Valatie 

Thur, March 6

  9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC
       Please join us as we continue our study of the book of Revelation.

     10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Fri.,   March 7

       9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room

Sun., March  9  -  Daylight Saving Time begins.

      Set your clocks FORWARD ONE HOUR Saturday evening, March 8.

Sat.,  March 22 – Wee Care sewing project – Watch for additional details .

Sun., March 30         

       3:00 pm  Third offering in the 2013-2014 Concerts in the Village series:      

                                  "Henry Purcell Sacred and Secular”

  

Servers Next Sunday, March 9, 2014

       Ushers:  Jim Dunham, Fred Hickman, Barry Knights, Gary Leggett 

       Greeter(s):  Sue Patterson

 

 

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