KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES MAY 10, 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                                                   Isaiah 66:12-13 (p. 533), John 13: 31-35 (p. 763)

  Message                                            “Love Is . . . What You Do and Not What You Feel.”

  Prayer of Thanks

  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.

  Ushers:  Jim Dunham, Keith Garwood, Barry Knights, Gary Leggett

Greeter(s): Dave and Beth Ennis                      Preschool Nursery available downstairs.

 

  Prelude            

  Announcements

  Welcome and God’s Greeting

  Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship (Responsive)

As we gather for worship, so let us gather ourselves.
       As we greet our neighbor, so let us greet God.
As we shake hands with a stranger, let him be a stranger no more.
       As we speak openly with a friend, so let us talk openly to God.
As the candles are lit, so let our hearts be lit by the warmth of God's love.
       We gather together to praise God and offer our thanksgiving

       for the bounty that is ours. Alleluia! Amen!

*Opening Hymn of Praise (Insert )                     I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession

Our world and our lives are not all that they should be. We fall short of reflecting the image of God and being the hands and feet of Christ to the world. Let us confess our sin, confident that God hears the cries of a sinner who repents.

  Prayer of Confession  (Responsive)

Merciful God, like the disciples we are short-sighted and small-minded. We focus on problems and needs and on what seem like logical or "possible" solutions. We rely on our own strengths and resources and are quickly overwhelmed. We forget to turn to you, and we fail to depend on your Spirit. Forgive us, Lord.

 [Moment of Quiet Confession]

Remind us yet again that your ways are not ours, and that with you, all things are possible.

Lord God, revitalize our faith and renew our hearts, that we might worship you fully. Renew us in faith and commitment, that we might trust you in every situation. Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon

What a precious gift that we do not remain broken and burdened by our sin! Jesus Christ forgives us, renewing us to walk in freedom and power.

       Thanks be to God. Amen.

  Children’s Blessing  (Unison)

Gracious Father, shower our children with blessings that exceed our dreams, and let your love flow abundantly into their lives.  Fill them with an irresistible desire to share your love and the gifts of your blessings with those who are in spiritual and physical need.   Amen.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture                                                   Isaiah 66:12-13 (p. 533), John 13: 31-35 (p. 763)

  Message                                            “Love Is . . . What You Do and Not What You Feel.”

 

 [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 Thanks

    Celebrating God

  Offering and Offertory 

*Doxology and Offertory Prayer  (Unison)

You have blessed us with every good gift, generous God. Our hearts overflow with joy and love for the privilege of walking with you and being called your own. Receive these gifts, we pray, as our faithful and grateful response to your gifts of grace and mercy in our lives. Amen.

  Mothers’ Day Prayer

       Lord, on this day set aside to honor and remember mothers, we give you thanks for our mothers. We are grateful that you chose to give us life through them, and that they received the gift of life from your hands, and gave it to us. Thank you for the sacrifices they made in carrying us and giving us birth.

       We thank you for the women who raised us, who were our mothers in childhood. Whether birth mom, adopted mom, older sister, aunt, grandmother, stepmother or someone else, we thank you for those women who held us and fed us, who cared for us and kissed away our pain. We pray that our lives may reflect the love they showed us, and that they would be pleased to be called our moms.

We pray for older moms whose children are grown.

       Grant them joy and satisfaction for a job well done.

We pray for new moms experiencing changes they could not predict.

       Grant them rest and peace as they trust you for the future.

We pray for pregnant women who will soon be moms.

       Grant them patience and good counsel in the coming months.

We pray for moms who face the demands of single parenthood.

       Grant them strength and wisdom.

We pray for moms who enjoy financial abundance.

       Grant them time to share with their families.

We pray for moms who are raising their children in poverty.

       Grant them relief and justice.

We pray for step-moms.

       Grant them patience and understanding and love.

We pray for moms who are separated from their children.

       Grant them faith and hope.

We pray for moms in marriages that are in crisis.

       Grant them support and insight.

We pray for moms who have lost children.

       Grant them comfort in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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We pray for moms who gave up their children for adoption.

      Grant them peace and confidence as they trust in your providence.

We pray for adoptive mothers.

       Grant them joy and gratitude for the gift you have provided.

We pray for girls and women who think about being moms.

       Grant them wisdom and discernment.

We pray for women who desperately want, or wanted, to be moms.

       Grant them grace to accept your timing and will.

We pray for all women who have assumed the mother’s role in a child’s life.

       Grant them joy and the appreciation of others.

We pray for those people present who are grieving the loss of their mother

in the past year.

       Grant them comfort and hope in Christ’s resurrection.  Amen.

*Hymn of Thanks  #262                                                                      Rejoice, the Lord Is King

*Blessing, Benediction, and Response Hymn                       By the Gift of God’s Grace

By the gift of God’s grace may your burdens be light, and your heart with his love be aglow.

May your spirit be glad, may your soul be at rest,

and may Christ grant you peace as you go.  Amen.

  Postlude

                     

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.

 

~ UPCOMING KRC EVENTS ~

TODAY, MAY 10 – Last day of Children’s Sunday School Classes this season

SUNDAY, MAY 17 – Youth Sunday Celebration, with members of KRC’s Sunday      

    School and Youth Group participating in the 10 am Worship Service

SATURDAY, MAY 30 – Annual KRC Pancake Breakfast and Plant Swap/Sale 

    All are welcome to come and to invite family and friends to a delicious all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday, May 30, from 8 – 11 am in the Fellowship Hall. Sausage, coffee, and juice will be served along with the pancakes.  No reservations needed, free-will donations accepted, and each year a different charity is chosen to receive the proceeds.

     On the same day, “rain or shine”, the Outreach Ministry will hold its Annual Plant Swap/Sale from 8 am - 12 noon.  Please consider contributing extra divisions or cuttings from your garden to this popular event. We will set up on Friday, May 29. If you have something you need divided but need help, please see/call Maureen Mooney.  We will also pick up plants if you cannot drop them off. Anyone who helps at the Pancake Breakfast gets to take advantage of a pre-sale/swap Friday evening from 4 - 8 when we will be setting up. Please invite your friends and neighbors.             

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, JUNE 5 and 6 – KRC Recycling Sale.

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Donations will be accepted from now until sale week and stored in the classroom directly across from the nursery.  Questions may be addressed to Elize Visser or Patti Varga.

 

HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAY !

Elize Visser (4th), Joan Clause (5th), Sara Hartman (9th), Tom Call (23rd),

Andrew Welcome (23rd), Sarah Bailey (24th), Liezl Visser (28th),

 Anina Visagie (29th), Jerry Flansburg (30th)

 

~ NOTE OF GRATITUDE FROM THE BUSMAN’S~

“If I should pass the tomb of Jonah, I would stop there and sit for awhile,

because I was swallowed one time

 deep in the dark

and came out alive after all.”                                                  

                                                                      Carl Sandburg

 

“Barn’s burnt down . . . Now I can see the moon.”

                                                                      Masahide, Japanese Poet, 1657

To the Church in Kinderhook –

       To be surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses humbles us. We are grateful for your support, humbled by your care, and strengthened through your friendship.  Thanks for your generosity in prayers and love.

                                                                                       With much gratitude and love,

                                                                                       The Busman Clan - Kent and Jill

(Kent, director of Camp Fowler and pulpit supply for KRC on several occasions, and his wife, Jill, lost their home and their dog, Jonah, to fire this past February.)

 

 

CLASSIS ASSESSMENT 2015

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 $2.40 weekly for the remaining weeks in this year. All contributions made for this purpose should be designated, “Classis Assessment.” 

 

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 little Finn Calhoun will not require surgery on his hand The Calhouns thank you all for your prayers.
the encouraging news that John Bowen has significantly improved following his recent stroke.
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

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, especially those impacted by the earthquake in Nepal: pray for those who have been injured or displaced or lost loved ones; for healing for injured people; for  medical workers and aid workers responding to immediate needs; for quick arrival of basic supplies, such as food and water.
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 Doris Williams, Dawn Van Buren, and Leo Dolan, grieving the death this past week of Doris’s husband, Richard Williams. Pray also for wisdom for Dawn and Leo as they assist Doris, who lives in Nevada, in making essential decisions that will impact both her immediate and long-term future.
Vince Beaudoin, grandson of Paul and Joan Clause, hospitalized in Columbia Memorial where he is being treated for mental health issues.  Pray also for his caregivers and his immediate family members as they work together with Vince to establish medication protocols and long-term treatment programs that will restore him to health. 
those in hospice care, battling, or recovering from cancer: Jack; Bob Mellott; Joan Kennedy;  Donna Scalera; Marlene; Mid Glass; Daniel; Zoe Covey; Andy; Lucy B. and Rodrigo; Jean; Edward Giordano; 2-year-old Logan; Sandy; Charlie Ropollo. 
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: John Bowen; Floyd Haber; Stacey Baker; Michelle; Art Gross; Marge Laurie; Faity Tuttle; Alan Dick; Harriet Simpkins; Marie Fronczak; Bob, husband of Patti Varga's Aunt Kathy; Jean Skipper; Paul Varga; Jane Smith; Blanche Rogers; Liz Carroll; Ruth Edge; Laurie Maul; Florence Rivera.
first-time parents, Andrew and Melissa Welcome, expecting a baby girl this month.
those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions:  Jean and Evangelique, sponsored Compassion International Children of John & Isabelle Bosquet-Morra; Carly Ripple; the Smith Family; Susan Lamont and her children, now back in New York; Bill and Abby - pray that God will bless them with his strength, hope, and guidance; Diane, friend of Cricket Warren, and Jim, in need of job opportunities; Greg L; Craig Johnson; those facing the challenges of their college education - pray that God will bless them with wisdom in all of the many choices, and decisions that they are facing.
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. 

 

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.

 

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, please call 859-4158

Church Phone  758-6401                Church Fax   758-6402

Phone messages are picked up several times daily.

 

                                              KRC 2015 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

                                                           Deacons

Liz Carroll – ’16,  Clerk of Consistory / Outreach /  CITV Committee     758-6034

Noreen Dick – ’15,  Church Family     758-6640

Derick LaTorre – ’16,  KRC Treasurer / Stewardship /  Cemetery   376-1882

Barbara Vosburgh – ’15, Property    758-6512

                                                             Elders
Merrill Johnson – ‘16,  Worship    828-6726
Patrice Lyons – ‘16,  Outreach   758-8400

Dawn Van Buren – ‘15,  Personnel / Pastoral Care   758-7564

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

 

                                                          KRC STAFF

                      KRC Office Manager                     KRC Office Assistant     

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

                                       Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton

                                               Greg Clause – 369-8472

 

COMING EVENTS

Today,May 10

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service and last day of Sunday School classes this season

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

Mon.,  May 11

          6:30 pm  Consistory meets @KRC

Tues.,  May 12

         7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur., May 14

         9:00 am  Small Group Bible Study meets

  Please join us as we continue our Bible study on the Book of Isaiah.

       10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Sun.,   May 17

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service and Youth Sunday Celebration

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

Mon.,  May 18

          6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets @KRC

Fri.,     May 29Pancake Breakfast/Plant Swap Set-up

Sat.,     May 30

          8:00 am – 11:00 am  KRC’s Annual Pancake Breakfast /Plant Swap

            in conjunction with the 39th Olde Kinderhook Fair, 10 am – 3 pm,

                  and Olde Saratoga Fyfe and Drumms Parade & Muster

Fri. and Sat., June 5 and 6 – KRC Recycling Sale

 

Servers Next Sunday, May 17, 2015

       Ushers:  Jim Baker, Bob Dreier, Dick Silvano, Andrew Welcome

       Greeter(s): The Bailey Family

 

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