KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES MAY 31, 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 Reading                                                                                     Isaiah 6:1-8 (p. 487)

  Message                                                                         “The Fullness and Holiness of God”
  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:  Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Glenn Warren, Chip Wood

  Greeter(s), Erika Johnson                                Preschool Nursery available downstairs.

 

  Prelude

  Announcements

  Welcome and God’s Greeting

  Drawing Near To God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 29

Pastor:  Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings! 
       Men:  Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
       Women:  Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name. 
       All:  Let us worship the Lord in holy splendor.
Pastor: The voice of the Lord is over the waters. 
       Men:  The God of glory thunders; the voice of the Lord is powerful.
       Women:  The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 

Pastor:  May the Lord give strength to his people! 

Women:  May the Lord bless his people with peace! 
All:  Come, let us worship the Lord with joy and thanksgiving!

*Hymn #5                                                                                         Come, Thou Almighty King

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Call to Confession   Based on Isaiah 45:21-22

“There is no God apart from me,” says the Lord.  “I am a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.  Seek after me, for I am God, and there is no other.  Turn to me and be saved, all of you. ”

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

God Almighty, Ruler of the Universe, who sets suns and moons above us and mountains and valleys beneath us, we have often hid from your majestic and holy presence, and have seldom sought your life-giving face and your renewing hand! We have often forgotten you, and have seldom really loved and followed you! We have often failed to respond to your promptings, and have seldom sought after your wisdom or your guidance! God, our Father, forgive us for thinking small thoughts of you and for disregarding your immensity and greatness. God, our Lord Jesus, forgive us for ignoring your kingship over all creation and rejecting your lordship over our small lives. God, the Holy Spirit, forgive us for minimizing your power and squandering your gifts. We admit, O triune God, that our blindness to your wondrous glory has resulted in shallow and half-hearted repentance, and we plead your mercy upon us.  

[Moment of Silent Confession]

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)  Isaiah 57:15

Hear the words of the prophet, Isaiah, and know that your sin is forgiven:  “For this is what the high and lofty One says - he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’ ”

       Thanks and praise be to our God of mercy! 

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Reading                                                                                     Isaiah 6:1-8 (p. 487)

  Message                                                                         “The Fullness and Holiness of God”
 [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

    Celebrating God

  Offering and Offertory              

  Doxology and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Exalted God, yours are the greatness, the glory, and the majesty! In your hands are power and might to make great and give strength to all.  Prosper these gifts, and bless the services we would render you, that they may be profitable in the advancement of your kingdom. In the name of Jesus your Son, our Savior, we would serve you now and evermore. Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer 

*Praise Hymn #66                                                                         The God of Abraham Praise

*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

 

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.

 

A NOTE OF THANKS FROM THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRY

We would like to thank Joan Clause for her years of loving faithfulness and dedicated effort to the ministry of organizing and managing the KRC Library. Many KRC family members and friends have enjoyed and been blessed by the books and other materials available, and in order to better serve their needs, an inventory and an updated listing of all library items are currently being completed. If you have not yet visited the library, located in the church basement across from the fellowship hall, you are cordially invited and encouraged to do so. You are sure to find a selection of interest among the hundreds offered, and check-out is easy and operates on a self-serve/honor-system basis.  

 

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 FRIDAY, JUNE 5

You are cordially invited to FIRST FRIDAY POTLUCK PICNIC and MOVIE NIGHT at 6 p.m. served on the church lawn and in the fellowship room. Everyone is welcome, so even if you don't cook, or don't have time to, please come and enjoy the GOOD FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP. There is always more than enough for everyone to have a hearty meal, and we hope to see you there.

NEXT 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 directly 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 is a sign up sheet 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!

 

SUNDAY, JULY 5, THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

8:30 & 10 AM WORSHIP SERVICES WILL COMBINE FOR WORSHIP AT 9 A.M.

  

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.
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 Susan Lamont’s nephew and his wife, John and Lynn Matthews, grieving the recent death of their newborn baby, Emma Marie; family and friends grieving the recent death of Mid Glass; Ruth Edge, grieving the recent loss of her sister-in-law;
Florence Rivera, now at home following recent hospitalization for anemia and AFib.
Vince Beaudoin, grandson of Paul and Joan Clause, still hospitalized in Columbia Memorial where he is being treated for mental health issues.  
those in hospice care or 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: Bob, husband of Patti Varga's Aunt Kathy; Michelle; Marie Fronczak; Carley Rippel; Stacey Baker; Harriet Stockhoff; Bill, brother of Tana Thompson; John Bowen; Floyd Haber; Art Gross; Faity Tuttle; Alan Dick; Harriet Simpkins; Paul Varga; Jean Skipper; Jane Smith; Blanche Rogers; Liz Carroll; Ruth Edge; Laurie Maul.
those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions:  the Smith Family; Libby Little – copies of Libby’s May newsletter are available on the back table; Jean and Evangelique, sponsored Compassion International Children of John & Isabelle Bosquet-Morra; Susan Lamont and her children, now back in New York; Bill and Abby; Greg L; Craig Johnson; those facing the challenges of graduation, beginning a higher level of education, or seeking a career - pray that God will bless them with wisdom in all of the many choices and decisions they face.
those who are traveling, especially Deborah and Michael Spaulding, flying out today for the Pacific Northwest where they will tour by car for the next two weeks.
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. 

 

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. At-home PT and nursing services have ended, and Floyd 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 on 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 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.

 

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

 

 

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