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November 24, 2013

Kinderhook Reformed Church

Christ the King Sunday

Worship Service for November 24, 2013 - Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

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 and God's Greeting

  Call to Worship                             

*Hymn of Praise #92                                                       Crown Him with Many Crowns

  Morning Prayer and Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                         Colossians 1:11-20 (p. 833)   

  Message                                "Crown Him the Lord of Years, the Potentate of Time."   

  Prayer of Blessing

  Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings                                                              

  Intercession and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn #118  (All verses)                                             We Will Glorify the King of Kings

*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:  Alan Dick, Merrill Johnson, Bob Wildermuth, Paul Zietsman

Greeter(s):                          Preshool Nursery available downstairs.

  Prelude

  Welcome and Announcements

  Handicap Ramp Repair Update – Michael Foote

BOLDLY APPROACHING OUR GOD

  Call to Worship (Responsive)  Based on Colossians 2:3; Revelation 5:12

The Lord Jesus who calls us to worship Him today

is the same Jesus who refused to worship the evil one.

     Rather than receive the glorious kingdoms of this world,

     He endured the shame of the cross,

and today is Lord of lords and King of kings.

     Now are gathered in Him all the treasures

     of wisdom and knowledge, glory, and power.

With the saints of all ages we say, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

     to receive power and wealth and wisdom

     and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

*Hymn of Praise #92 (All verses)                                   Crown Him with Many Crowns

TURNING OUR HEARTS TO GOD

  A time for Confession

Because we have not lived in full obedience to His commands, let us now confess our sins to God, trusting Christ as our Savior, Lord, and King.

Prayer of Confession (Responsive)

     Wondrous God, who sets suns and moons above us, mountains and valleys beneath us:  how often have we tried to hide from Your presence; how seldom have we looked for Your creating face and Your fashioning hand!  Lord, have mercy upon us.

     Wondrous God, who took upon Yourself flesh of our flesh in Jesus our brother, and being found in human form made the ultimate disclosure of Yourself in the face of Jesus Christ:  how often we have forgotten You; how seldom have we really loved and followed You!  Christ, have mercy upon us.

[Silent Prayer of Confession]

Wondrous God, who freely pours out Your Holy Spirit upon us,

and who freely offers forgiveness for our transgressions:

we heed Your promptings to draw close to You, to seek Your help, and to accept Your gift of saving grace!  Lord, have mercy upon us.  Amen.

Assurance of Pardon (Responsive)  From Acts 13:38, Ephesians 1:7

Through Jesus Christ forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of His grace.

     In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  Glory to God. Amen.

  Children’s Message – Moment for Missions - and Blessing (Unison)

Loving Father, transform our children into the likeness of Your living Son, Jesus Christ. Guard them from the evils of this world, and renew them day by day.  Bring them ever closer to Christ’s perfection, and clothe them in His righteousness.   Amen.

WE COME BEFORE GOD'S OPEN WORD

  Prayer for Illumination and   Scripture Lesson               Colossians 1:11-20 (p. 833)         

  Message                                "Crown Him the Lord of Years, the Potentate of Time."

  Prayer of Blessing

  CELEBRATING GOD

  Presentation of our Tithes and Offering/Offertory

*Doxology (#809) and Offertory Prayer

Holy God, we offer these gifts to be used to preach the truth of salvation through Your Son, Christ Jesus, King of heaven, the only gateway to fullness of life and to life eternal; to proclaim His promise of renewal of mind, body, and spirit; and to make known the blessings that await those who listen and respond to His voice of love and reassurance.  Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn #118  (All verses)                                             We Will Glorify the King of Kings

*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

 
~ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS CONTINUES STUDY OF THE LORD’S PRAYER~

The adult Sunday School class led by John Schubert continues a study based on The Lord's Prayer. The study will include audio lessons from  Adrian Rogers’ messages as well as a study guide.  The prayer that Jesus taught His disciples and us is filled with the way we should seek to be in communication with God.  From praise, to longing for His presence, to seeking His forgiveness, to asking for His favor and strength in our lives, we acknowledge who God is in His character, love, and power.  It is hoped that this study will be of help to any who feel the need to draw closer to our God, and all are invited to attend.

 

~ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY~

At 7 p.m. this coming Wednesday, November 27, the Stuyvesant Reformed Church will be hosting the Ichabod Crane Council’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service. A combined choir of singers from all of the churches will perform a special anthem.  All are invited to share in the blessing of this Thanksgiving Worship.

 

NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, CONSISTORY IS PRESENTING THE FOLLOWING SLATE OF NOMINEES FOR ELECTION TO POSITIONS ON THE 2014-15 CONSISTORY, and these nominees have agreed to serve if elected:  As Deacons: Noreen Dick and Barbara Vosburgh.  As Elders: Dawn Tuttle and Patti Varga. Please keep these individuals in your prayers as they anticipate serving the Lord in their respective ministries.

 

THANK-YOU FROM NEW YORK STATE SENATOR

KATHLEEN A. MARCHIONE, 43RD  SENATE DISTRICT

Dear KRC Family,

   I want to take this opportunity to recognize your church’s recent efforts to assist with the packaging of over 14,000 meals for the “Stop Hunger Now” program. What an amazing accomplishment in just a few hours! This certainly could not have been accomplished without the efforts of volunteers like the ones from your church.

   Stop Hunger Now is a wonderful organization that, over the past 15 years, has delivered much needed aid, disaster relief supplies, school supplies, food, and much more to over 65 countries. It is devastating to know that more than 868 million people throughout the world lack adequate food and more than 25,000 of them die each day from hunger-related illnesses. With the help of churches like yours, Stop the Hunger can bring relief to many of those 868 million people and help prevent dying due to hunger.

   Please let your volunteers know how much I admire their dedication to their fellow man and tell them to keep up the great work.

                                                                        Sincerely, Kathleen Marchione

~CCRM MEN’S GIFT PROGRAM BEGINS TODAY~

LET’S SHARE OUR BLESSINGS and bring some warmth and caring to many who might not otherwise have much “Holiday Cheer” in these difficult times.  BEGINNING TODAY, NOVEMBER 24, KRC will be collecting gifts for homeless men, and Capital City Rescue Mission will distribute these gifts at the Mission’s community Christmas dinners.  In a gallon-size zip lock bag, place the following 5 items: (1) two new pairs men’s warm socks; (2) one hat; (3) one pair of LG or XLG mittens or gloves; (4) a personal care item or pair of items such as toothbrush/paste, deodorant, shaving gel/razor, nail clipper; and (5) a non-perishable snack or treat that will not crush or melt.  Wrap with festive paper (no bows), tape securely, mark LG or XLG on the outside of package, and return to the church collection boxes by Sunday, December 15.

 

~KRC SANCTUARY DECORATION TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3~

Decorating the church for the Christmas Season will be done from 9 am - 12 noon Tuesday, December 3, under the direction of Jim and Bonnie Dunham.  All are invited to offer their services to the ministry of beautifying our sanctuary in celebration of the birth of our Lord.

 

  ANGEL TREE GIFT PROGRAM~

     Gift needs for Angel Tree’s children of prisoners will soon be displayed on angel cut-outs on a Christmas tree in the church’s main entrance. Each angel will contain very specific age, size, and gift-request information for a particular child to assist donors as they gift-shop.  Please watch for the Angel Tree, and consider taking an angel.  Your gifts will bring Christmas joy to those Christ blessed and of whom he said, “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

     Volunteers will also be needed to help deliver the gifts to local families. Please see Sara Hartman at church, or call 828-6368 or 917-538-657, if you would be willing to participate in the gift-delivery ministry.

 

CANDLELIGHT NIGHT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13E

KRC will sponsor its annual Candlelight Night Open House 6 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, December 13, in conjunction with Kinderhook Village’s Candlelight Walk celebration.  KRC’s Open House will feature tours of our beautiful sanctuary -  decorated with lighted garlands, candles, poinsettias, the lovely Chrismon tree, and the nearly-life-size Fontanini Nativity - together with Christmas music, cookie decorating, refreshments, and community fellowship in the Fellowship Room. Refreshment buffet will include cookies, cake, candy, hot drinks, and eggnog. Volunteers to assist, as well as donations of buffet items and Christmas paper products, will be much appreciated.  Please watch for a sign sheet to be provided on the back table in the near future, but feel free to contact a member of the Outreach Ministry  if you are able to help with this ministry.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15S

As part of our Worship Service Sunday, December 15, KRC’s Sunday School children will be celebrating the birth of Jesus with the presentation of their Annual Christmas Pageant.

 

~LESSONS AND CAROLS 3 P.M. DECEMBER 22~

KRC’s Fourth Annual Lessons and Carols Christmas Worship Service directed by David Smith will be presented at 3 p.m., December 22. Lessons and Carols is a worship service celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books, and the Gospels, along with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns, and choir music. The first Lessons and Carols was held on Christmas Eve, 1918, at King's College, Cambridge, England, and has been broadcast from there by the BBC to millions of listeners around the world each Christmas Eve since 1931. The order of worship was adapted from an order prepared 38 years earlier by Edward White Benson, Bishop of Truro. Tradition says that the bishop organized a 10 pm service in Cornwall on Christmas Eve, 1880, in a temporary wooden shed serving as his cathedral.

      A Christmas gift to our community from the KRC family, Lessons and Carols is open to all.

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR

Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
Consistory and 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
Praise God for the good news from Deb Spaulding and her mother, Harriet Simpkins, that their family member in the Philippines has checked in and is fine.  Deb and Harriet wish to thank the KRC family for all their prayers.
all His provisions for our basic life needs, and 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 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 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.   Pray especially for KRC's adult Sunday School class led by John Schubert as the group begins a new prayer study.
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.  
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 loss of loved ones, especially those grieving the recent death of Al Seebode.
victims of natural disaster
those battling or recovering from cancer: Dawn Tuttle's daughter-in-law; Leonard, Susan Lamont's cousin; Kim Lyle's grandma; Rose and Joanne, friends of the Simpkins and Spaulding families; Charlie Roppolo; Luci & sister, Marilyn; Jen Kline; Dan McNeil; Kathy White, friend of Dawn VanBuren; George, father of Nancy Baker’s friend; Gail, daughter of a friend of Barbara Vosburgh; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Sal Alessi; Tom Saulpaugh; Donna Scalera.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care:  Cliff; Chris Proper; Grace Rugen; Rose, friend of Kim Lyle; Heather LaTorre's mother; Maureen Mooney's Uncle Jerry; South African family who survived a brutal farm attack; Dawn Tuttle; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Liz Carroll; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Faity Tuttle.  
those facing challenges & difficult decisions: DIck Tasker and family; Bill, his wife, and children going through a very difficult time - Bill and his family are neighbors of Merrill and Erika Johnson; Middle East Christians; Libby Little.
those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members, Gordie Van Buren; Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera

 

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.

If you wish to meet with Pastor during these times,

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.

 

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY!

Fred Hickman (3rd), Ted Call (11th), Claudia March (22nd), Joan Van Alstyne (26th)

 

~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.


 
~LOOKING AHEAD ~
A NOTE ON NEXT YEAR’S (2014) CLASSIS ASSESSMENT~

In response to some who have had questions regarding the distribution of our Classis Assessment contributions, they are divided three ways among the General Synod (national), Albany Synod (regional), and Columbia-Greene Classis (local).  Next year, 2014, the assessment will be $86.79, and will be distributed as follows: 

General Synod:  $49.29   (up $1.67 from 2013)

Albany  Synod:           $29.00   (unchanged from 2013)

C.  G.   Classis:   $  8.50   (unchanged from 2013)

2014 TOTAL      $86.79 

Please see RCA’s  Stewardship Report (when it becomes available) for information on  General Synod’s use of  its share of  assessed funds. Albany Synod’s portion is used to cover administrative and Camp Fowler expenses, as well as services to our congregation, including leadership development, library/video resources, and crisis management.  Classis’s share is used to cover administrative costs and retreats.

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, November 24 - CCRM Men’s Christmas Gift Collection Begins Today

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

    10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School    

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes - Main floor conference and class rooms

      The adult Sunday School class led by John Schubert continues their study,        

        The Lord’s Prayer.  All are welcome to join this class following Worship.

Mon., November 25

      6:30 pm  Consistory meets

Tues., November 26

                 Please Note:  Youth Group will be in recess until December 7.

Wednesday, November 27

      7:00  pm  Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, Stuyvesant Reformed Church.

Thur, November 28

   Please Note:  Thursday’s Small Group Study and Community Prayer Group

                                  will be in recess until December 5.

Fri.,   November 29 

                 Please Note:  Weight Watchers will not meet until December 6

      6:00 pm  New Members Class at the parsonage

Sun., December   1 - Election of Consistory Officers

      8:30 am  Early Worship Service

    10:00 am  Worship Service and Sunday School    

    11:15 am  Adult Sunday School Classes - Main floor conference and class rooms

      The adult Sunday School class led by John Schubert continues their study,        

        The Lord’s Prayer.  All are welcome to join this class following Worship.

Fri.,  December 13  6 - 8:30 pm  Annual Candlelight Night Open House at KRC

Sun., December 15 – Worship and Sunday School Christmas Program

Servers Next Sunday, December 1, 2013

       Ushers:  Dave Ennis, Will Ferguson, Chuck Rothermel, Andrew Welcome