March 31, 2013 Easter Sunday

Easter Celebration Worship Services – Sunday, March 31, 2013
REV. RUDY VISSER, PASTOR
“To Know Christ, and to Make Him Known”

                                             ~”Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”  1 Corinthians 15:20~

 

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 Praise                              Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
  Morning Prayer
  Prayer for Illumination
  Scripture Lesson:                             1 Corinthians 15:12-28 (p. 815)
  Message:                 "Risen Indeed"
  Prayer of Thanks
  Testimony                                           Agnus Dei
  Offering and Prayer of Blessing
  Intercessory Prayer
*Song of Devotion                                                     Thine Is the Glory
*Benediction

    10 a.m. Celebration of Worship
All are invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship
downstairs in the Fellowship Room following this Worship service.
Guest Organist:  David Smith
Ushers: Dave Ennis, Will Ferguson, Chuck Rothermel, Andrew Welcome
Greeter(s):  Alan and Noreen Dick
Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

  Prelude                        Pastorale in E major, op. 19              César Franck
 
Drawing Nearer To God
  Welcome and Announcements
  God's Greeting
  Call to Worship  (Responsive) 
Jesus Christ is risen today!
     Christ is risen, indeed!
The tomb could not hold him.
     The grave is empty. Christ is risen!
Humanity’s sin could not condemn him.
     He shattered sin’s power over us. Christ is risen!
Death could not contain him.
     He conquered death for all eternity. Christ is risen!
Jesus Christ is risen today!
     Christ is risen, indeed!
*Hymn of Praise #234                                           Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!   
Turning Our Hearts to God
  Call to Confession
Beloved, we are God’s children because of the love God has for us, yet we sometimes fail to respond to God’s outpouring of love. Let us confess our sins together.
  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)
Loving God, we confess that at times we do not share in the joy of the resurrection but are caught in the worries of the world. We confess that we thrive in discontentment, grumbling, and anxiousness.  Forgive us for not living the Good News. We need your joy and encouragement of new life in Christ! Call us back to your ways, O God, to seek hope and reconciliation, restoration and peace, in you. In the name of the Risen Christ, we pray. Amen.
  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)      
We know love by this, that Jesus laid down his life for us. Friends, hear the good news and believe: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
     Alleluia! Amen.
               Allowing God to Shape Us
  Children’s Sermon and Blessing  (Unison) 
Lord Jesus, may our children always acknowledge you as the Son of the Most High God, and may they experience the power and direction of your Spirit within them.  May they be your light in this world, testifying without shame to your truth, and attracting many to the good news of your gifts of salvation and eternal life.  Amen.
  Prayer for Illumination
  Scripture Lesson                                                 1 Corinthians 15:12-28 (p. 815)
  Message                               “Risen Indeed”
  Prayer of Thanks
  Duet      Deborah Spaulding, Nancy Baker      Because He Lives     Bill Gaither

(Over, please)
Giving Ourselves for God's Glory
  Call to the Presentation of Our Offering/Offertory
                            Free Improvisation on an Easter Theme
*Doxology/Offertory Prayer   Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
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. 
  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
*Closing Hymn #251            Thine Is the Glory
*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                  Postlude in G major (1896)                   Arthur Foote       

Our appreciation to those whose donations provided our Easter lilies:

Nick & Michele Amoroso
in memory of the Amoroso, Coon, and Fenoff families
Alan & Noreen Dick in honor of the family    
Nancy Swinyard
in memory of Reginald and Edna Swinyard and Linda Swinyard Morehouse
Virginia Rothermel 
in loving memory of Ed, Bill & Paul Rothermel, and Justin Lynch

Mid Glass     Bruce and Sug Hawver 
Bill & Suzanne Nieman       Susan Patterson      Laura Rafferty          

2013 LENTEN JOURNEY AT KRC
KRC’s Lenten Bible Study, 24 Hours That Changed the World, will conclude this Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. The closing topic will be “Christ the Victor.”

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who helped serve at the St. Luke's Outreach Community Dinner this past Tuesday, especially the KRC Youth Group.  There were 145 people served.

The Bible, a 10-hour miniseries presented by the History Channel, will air its final episode, “Passion and Courage,” at 8 p.m. this evening.  If you have been following this series, you will not want to miss its conclusion.
REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR
• those who do not know Christ, or are struggling in their faith or with other spiritual issues. 
• 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; church restoration; small group ministries; adult Bible studies; Community Prayer Group.
• 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 and 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, especially children, suffering natural disaster; the abuses of violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
• families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially: Jane Thompson and family grieving the recent sudden death of Jane’s husband, Paul; those grieving the recent death of Audna Morse, sister-in-law of Kay and Floyd Haber; those grieving the death of Lisa Greene, friend of Isabelle Bosquet-Morra.
• Donna Harden, cousin of Paul Clause, hospitalized with a mild stroke which has affected her vision.
• Ed Gimber, who recently had fluid tapped from his lung which contained cancer cells; Ed is on continuous oxygen and is awaiting further tests.
• Jack, battling throat cancer; Jack is recovering from surgery this past Tuesday to remove his voice box and is now awaiting further test results.
• Tom Catchpole, awaiting tests on his stomach and pancreas.
• others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Maureen Mooney; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Marthie; Nancy Swinyard; Dolly Petith; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Jan; Faity Tuttle; Tom Saulpaugh; Sara Schubert; Bert Beach; Bea Post; Ruth Edge; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Paul Varga. 
• others battling or recovering from cancer, especially Jill Shpur; Rosanne & Connie; Helen Drumm; Sal Alessi; Donna Scalera.
• those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Kristen Clause and her son, Greg; Olivia, that God will give her peace, strength, perseverance, safety, and His direction; Paul, that God will give him wisdom, determination, and peace in making and carrying out the difficult decisions that are challenging him; the Royce Family; the Schuberts attempting to sell John’s mother’s home in Troy; Libby Little.
• those travelling, Paul and Johanna Zietsman and family traveling to South Africa.
• those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Barbara Vosburgh and Diane Morgan.
• our residence-bound members, Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera, Gordie Van Buren.

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
• Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled preacher of the Word and leader of vision.
• all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete projects and responsibilities.
• traveling mercies for the Clauses and for their presence with us again in worship.
• the good news that Laurie Maul continues to do well following her return to work this past week.  Your prayers are much appreciated by Jim, Bonnie, and Laurie and her family.
• 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 and much more.
• 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 reports are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists.  If you have updated information, especially regarding individuals whose names appear in bold print, 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.

COMING EVENTS
Today,  Easter Sunday, March 31
  8:30 am  Early Worship Service
     10:00 am  Worship Service – Children's Sunday School is in recess today.
            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.
Tues., April 2
       7:00 – 8:30 pm  P.R.A.Y. Youth group, session 9
Wed., April 3
  7:00 pm  Lenten Bible Study, closing session - "Christ the Victor"
Thur, April 4
9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC - Chip Ingram study,                
          Living on the Edge – Dare to Experience True Spirituality    
  10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC
Fri.,   April 5    
       9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room
       9:30 am  Olde Dutch and Such crafts group meets opposite KRC office
Sun.,  April 7
   8:30 am  Early Worship Service
     10:00 am  Worship Service
                           Children's Sunday School in recess
     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., April 8
  6:45 -  Outreach Ministry meets.
Tues., April 9
   7:00 – 8:30 pm  P.R.A.Y. Youth Group, session 10
Sun., April 14
        8:30 am  Early Worship Service
      10:00 am  Sunday Worship Service, Rev. McCrossan Preaching
                      Children's Sunday School resumes.
      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., April 15
  6:30 pm – Consistory meets.


                    Servers Next Sunday, April 7, 2013
Ushers:  Jim Dunham, Fred Hickman, Barry Knights, Gary Legget,
Greeter(s):  Dolly Petith
                   
                     

 

 

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