KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES MAY 24, 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                                                                                            Romans 8:22-27 (p. 800)

  Message            “Prayer Is . . . the Spirit Interceding with Sighs too Deep for Words.”

  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 Baker, Bob Dreier, Dick Silvano, Andrew Welcome

Greeter(s): Joy Bertram                               Preschool Nursery available downstairs.

Guest Organist, David Smith

 

  Prelude                                 Pastorale, op. 156, no. 8                              Josef Rheinberger

  Announcements

  Welcome and God’s Greeting

  Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)

Father, Son and Spirit, we worship you today!

Father, we celebrate that we are your children.

Son, we celebrate that you have called us your sisters and brothers.

Holy Spirit, we celebrate that you dwell within us.

We praise the Father, we praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, three in one!

*Opening Hymn #356                                                       All Creatures of Our God and King

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession   Romans 3:23

Let us come, confessing our sin, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

O Holy Spirit, who moves subtly and secretly in our midst, catch us off guard and illumine the rough edges and the hidden corners of our prideful and anxious lives. We are sinful, arrogant, selfish people. We spend so much time looking out for ourselves, trampling on the people closest to us as a result. We have broken our relationships with friends, with our children, with our spouses. Oh, how desperately we need a Savior! Oh Father, break our hearts and teach us how to love again. Help us not to fear love, but to love courageously as your Son loves. Kindle in us new visions for faithful living, through Christ our Lord, in whom we find our rest and courage.  Amen.

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)   Romans 3:24

Know that are all justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 

       Thanks be to God! Amen.

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture                                                                                            Romans 8:22-27 (p. 800)

  Message            “Prayer Is . . . the Spirit Interceding with Sighs too Deep for Words.”

[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

  Memorial Sunday Choir                                                        Eternal Father, Strong to Save

    Celebrating God

  Offering and Offertory              Moment musicale, op. 10, no. 4              Joseph Bonnet

  Doxology and Prayer of Blessing

O Lord, our God, we bring to you our special gifts, all the choice possessions we have vowed to give, our sacrifices, and our freewill offerings.  Here, in your presence, O Lord, we rejoice because you have blessed the work of our hands.  Amen.  

  Memorial Prayer  (Responsive)

PASTOR:   In peace let us pray to the Lord:

We remember the sacrifice of those who have given their lives for their country, and whose graves we visit this Memorial Day weekend. Inspire in us a commitment to the ideals for which they perished, we pray to the Lord.

CONGREGATION:  We remember our veterans, whom we have sent to far countries on our behalf, and who have often endured fear, trauma, and sorrow that no human should have to face. May they receive healing of body, heart, soul, and mind, and a welcome home from their towns, families, and churches, we pray to the Lord.

PASTOR:   Lord, hear our prayer.

***

We remember our men and women serving under orders this day, especially those who may be in situations of danger or captivity. May their love of God and country inspire them to faithful duty and honorable conduct; and may they receive strength equal to every challenge they face, we pray to the Lord.

CONGREGATION:  We remember the families of men and women now on active duty; families of veterans; civilian families who have suffered in time of war; and families whose tables will always have an empty chair.  May they be blessed with God’s reassurance, peace, and comfort, we pray to the Lord.

PASTOR:  Lord, hear our prayer.

***

We remember our leaders, who have the power to promote peace and justice or to extinguish life itself from our planet. May any and all decisions relating to the use of armed forces be preceded by prayer and accompanied by anguish, we pray to the Lord.

CONGREGATION:  We remember ourselves, our church family, our pastor, and all persons of faith: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, may the dwelling of God be within us; may we be God’s holy people; and may we recognize that a genuine faith in Christ expresses itself in virtuous works:  Let us build community as we preach salvation. Let us promote outer peace as we nurture inner harmony.  Let us obtain justice for our world as well as fairness for ourselves.  To this end, may the former things pass away and war and strife be no more, we pray to the Lord.

ALL:    Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.

*Hymn #634                                                                         Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

  Choral Prayer  -  Memorial Sunday Choir                                              God Bless America

*Congregational Response  (Insert)                                                           God Bless America

  Benediction

  Postlude                             In Memoriam, op. 156, no. 7                         Josef Rheinberger

A memorial service will be held here at the church at 12 noon this coming Friday, May 29, in celebration of the life of Mid Glass, and a memorial reception will be given for family and friends in the fellowship hall following the service.  A long-time member of Kinderhook Reformed Church, Mid was a faithful supporter of the church’s programs and mission, “To Know Christ, and to Make Him Known”.   She will be greatly missed by her church family.  

 

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 – cold, harsh words from an all-powerful and vengeful God.  This book recasts them as messages of love – ten declarations of our Creator’s love for us.  Pastor and award-winning author, Ron Mehl, interprets The Ten Commandments as guiding steps that can keep us from being bruised and broken by the deadly traps of a fallen world.  He shows how, rather than running into the same brick walls of life and clawing helplessly up the same impassable sand banks, we can be led by God’s guiding hand and walk through life with confidence.
        All are encouraged to join the class and take advantage of this excellent opportunity to gain a new understanding of God’s ten simple guidelines for living.

 

MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO THE KRC FAMILY

FOR THEIR ONGOING GENEROSITY IN SUPPORT OF THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY.

The Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry served 90 families in the month of March: 38 were handicapped/seniors, 171 adults, and 133 children (342 total). Non-perishable foods always popular at the Pantry are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti/spaghetti sauce; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice; cake and brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the entryways of the church.

 

~ UPCOMING KRC EVENTS ~

NEXT 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.

     This year our Education ministry will coordinate our Annual Recycling Sale.   Getting involved has lots of pros like:

motivation for spring cleaning
donating towards a great purpose
get rid of stuff
unclutter your house
get kids involved in community work
help kids to decide on what to donate . . . yes I'm talking about all the unused toys/books/clothes etc.
Fun fellowship while working
Enjoy free coffee and donuts
and I'm sure there are more things I just can't think of any right now!!!   

 

     If you have any unwanted stuff that someone else can buy or use, please consider donating it instead of putting it on the sidewalk for garbage removal.  Donations will be accepted from now until sale week and stored in the basement classroom diagonally across from the nursery.  I'm willing to pick up anything at any time . . . just e-mail or phone Elize at  elizevisser73@gmail.com  or 788-9311.

     And last but not least, WE WOULD APPRECIATE ONE HOUR OF YOUR TIME TO HELP US PREPARE FOR THE SALE!!  There will be a sign up sheet every week on the back table of the sanctuary for volunteers to sort before the sale and to set up on the days of the sale.  Please help us to make this our biggest and most successful event!!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 

 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 Floyd Haber’s his hip is healing nicely. This week or early next week ends his at-home PT and nursing services from the EDDY will end, at which time he will continue PT at the Bone and Joint Center on Fish and Game Road.   Once again, Floyd and Kay wish to thank KRC family and friends for their prayers for Floyd during the past few months. 
the happy news that Milo David Unger was born in North Carolina 3 minutes before midnight Friday, May 15, to Juliette, daughter of David and Vicki Smith.  Baby Milo arrived by C-section, and both he and Juliette are doing well.  David and Vicki were in North Carolina at the time for Milo's birth and Juliette's college graduation. Congratulations to Juliette, Baby Milo, and first-time grandparents, David and Vicki!
the happy news that Baby Madeline Lee Welcome arrived at 10:38 pm Tuesday, May 12.  Madeline weighed 8 lbs 4 oz, was 21 inches long, and has a full head of black hair! Congratulations to Mom, Dad, and Baby, all of whom are doing well.
the encouraging news that John Bowen has recovered significantly following his recent stroke. and that he continues to improve each day.
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.

 

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 recent earthquake in Nepal and by the train disaster in Philadelphia this past week.
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 John and Lynn Matthews, nephew and wife of Susan Lamont, grieving the death of their baby, Emma Marie, born last Tuesday, May 12; family and friends grieving the death of Mid Glass, who passed away very peacefully Friday, May 15; Ruth Edge, grieving the recent loss of her sister-in-law; Doris Williams, Dawn Van Buren, and Leo Dolan, grieving the recent death of Doris’s husband, Richard Williams.
Florence Rivera, now at home following recent hospitalization for anemia and AFib.
Carly Rippel, recently diagnosed with a condition that has caused abnormal pressure on areas of her brain and that may require surgery.
Bill, brother of Tana Thompson, recovering from recent open-heart surgery.
Harriet Stockhoff, wife of Rev. Ron Stockhoff, suffering severe dementia.
Stacey Baker, not recovering full cognitive abilities as quickly as had been hoped for following a severe concussion some weeks ago.
Vince Beaudoin, grandson of Paul and Joan Clause, still 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, long-term treatment programs, and appropriate housing that will restore him to health. 
those in hospice care, 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: John Bowen; Floyd Haber; 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.
those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions:  Jean and Evangelique, sponsored Compassion International Children of John & Isabelle Bosquet-Morra; 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. 

 

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

 

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)

 

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.

 

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 less than $2.50 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

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, May 24

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service 

   Please Note:  Children’s Sunday School is in recess until the fall.

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

Please join us in our current study of

The Ten(der) Commandments: Reflections on the Father's Love, by Ron Mehl.

Tues.,  May 26

         7:00 pm  KRC Youth Group meets

Thur., May 27

          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

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

       12 Noon   Memorial service for Mid Glass, with memorial reception

                          to follow in the fellowship room for family and friends

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 31, 2015

       Ushers:  Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Glenn Warren, Chip Wood

       Greeter(s): Erika Johnson

 

 

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