Kinderhook Reformed Church

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Worship Service for March 9, 2014

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

  Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise

  Prayer of Illumination                                                                I Need Thee Every Hour

  Scripture Lesson:                                                                         Matthew 6:1-6 (p. 684)

  Message:                                                                                                   “Facing Our Sin”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                                                   Take My Life and Let It Be

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

Greeter(s): Sue Patterson              Preschool Nursery available downstairs.
 
 

Prelude

Drawing Nearer To God

Announcements and God’s Greeting

Call to Worship (Responsive)   Based on Psalm 19

The heavens cannot keep silent!
      The skies are shouting, too and God's majesty compels creation to speak.
Day and night, night and day, God's glory is the talk of the universe.
      The roar of praise reaches the farthest star in the cosmos.

The sound of "hallelujahs" is deafening

and the chorus of worship cannot be contained.
      Let us join creation in ascribing honor to our God!
      The heavens cannot keep silent, and neither can we!
*Hymn of Praise #21                                                                          How Great Thou Art

Turning Our Hearts to God

  Call to Confession

The Lord is a good and faithful God, yet we doubt and question God’s plans and intentions toward us. Let us confess our sins, that we might be reconciled to Christ and one another.

  Prayer Of Confession (Unison)

Merciful Savior, we confess that what we say we believe, and the beliefs our lives profess, frequently aren’t the same. We say that You are good, yet we’re quick to blame You when discomfort, turmoil or distress arises. We say that You love us, but we act as if Your will for our lives cannot be trusted. We proclaim that we are forgiven, yet we continue to carry the burdensome baggage of our past. We profess that You are a faithful God, yet we’re riddled with anxiety, fear, and impatience. Forgive us, Lord. Give us the courage to look honestly at the disparity between what we say we believe and the truth that our actions and attitudes tell. We pray for the grace to close the gap between the two. Amen.

 

  Assurance of Pardon

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. Believe the good news of the Gospel, in Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Amen.

*Praise Song #53                                                                        Let All Things Now Living

  Children’s Blessing  (Unison)

Lord, lead our children to trust not in their own good works, but only in the grace of Jesus’ sacrifice for their salvation; assure them that, through faith in Jesus, their souls are secure in your hands for all eternity.

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Prayer for Illumination                                                                                                            

  Scripture Lesson:                                                                         Matthew 6:1-6 (p. 684)

  Message:                                                                                                   “Facing Our Sin”

  Prayer of Blessing

  Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings/Offertory

*Doxology (

  Offertory Prayer

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn of Commitment #658                                                 Take My Life and Let It Be

*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

~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:

 
The Outreach Ministry wishes to thank to all of the chefs, servers, and cleanup volunteers who participated at the recent outreach dinner at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. 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

 

~WEE CARE – A NEW MINISTRY~

Wee Care is a new ministry providing mothers in need with receiving blankets and infant clothing. You are invited to a Wee Care Sewing Day, 1 – 3 pm Saturday, March 22, here in the KRC Fellowship Room.  Come with your sewing machine and two or more yards of flannel and help us sew!  Assistance and refreshments will be on hand.

 
UPDATE FROM PROPERTY MINISTRY

Property Ministry at the present time is made up of Patrice Lyons - Chairperson, Dawn Van Buren - Secretary, Gary Leggett - Treasurer,  Alan Dick, Paul Zietsman and Barbara Vosburgh - Liaison to the Consistory. It is our intention to spend some time getting rid of much of the accumulation of years found in all parts of the building. Last week we opened the boiler room for an inspection by a man from the insurance company and found all the paper, cardboard and wooden signs from many events stacked along one of its walls. No combustibles should be in that room and we pulled them all out into the foyer downstairs. We ask each ministry to find someone who will take the signs it uses home to be stored there. With ALL materials please adopt the policy, If you carry it in, carry it out. Thank you in helping us to clean things up.

  
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 depend on to carry out their ministry, 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.

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.”

 

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.
families and friends grieving the recent death of Don Chrysler; pray especially for wife, Marilyn, and son, Joe. 
Sara Schubert, suffering a relapse of Lyme disease.
Loren Speer, recovering from a painful cracked rib.
Deborah Spaulding, following a procedure performed on her left leg this past Friday morning.  Pray for a speedy recovery and successful outcome.
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; 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: Bev Van Alstyne; Nora Tuttle; 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.
those who are traveling, especially Pastor Rudy and family and Dawn and Ted Tuttle as they vacation in Florida.
those facing challenges and difficult decisions: The Laraway/Lamont family as they establish themselves in a new rental home and new jobs; the mom and child of one of our long-time VBS families, who had to leave their home recently due to family violence; 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.

 

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.
for the encouraging update on sisters Rose and Joanne, cancer patients for whom we have been praying.  Rose is much better, and Joanne’s condition is relatively stable.
for the good report that Ginny Rothermel, following a recent emergency admission to ICU for breathing difficulties, is home and doing very well.  Doctors were able to diagnose her condition quickly and treat it successfully.
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.

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

 

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