Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Services October 19, 2014

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

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

 

  Announcements and the Lord’s Greeting

  Morning Prayer

*Morning Praise                                                        Come, Now Is the Time to Worship                                         

  Scripture                                                                                   Matthew 22:1-14 (p. 699)
  Message                                                                          “God's Invitation to Salvation”

  Prayer of Blessing

  Offering

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn                                                                                                   I Will Follow

*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): Dawn Tuttle                           Preschool Nursery available downstairs.


 

 

  Prelude          Praeludium and Fugue II in B-flat major, op. 16         Clara Schumann       

  Announcements and the Lord's Greeting

Drawing Near To God  

  Call to Worship (Responsive)

In your grace, O God, you call us to worship you.

You welcome us as honored guests, and do not cast us off.

       We enter into your house, alive to your invitation,

       ready to respond with heart, soul, strength, and mind.

We listen, alive to your wisdom,

alive to your promise of salvation and life abundant.

       We wait expectantly, alive to your holy presence - 

       sometimes quiet and subtle, sometimes startling and surprising.

       We celebrate, alive to your transforming power.

*Hymn of Praise #108                                                        Come, Christians, Join to Sing 

Turning Our Hearts to God  

  Call to Confession

When we gather to praise God, we remember that we are people who have often preferred our wisdom and will to his.  Accepting his power to become new persons in Christ, let us confess our sin before God.

  Prayer of Confession  (Unison)

Merciful Savior, the parable of the wedding banquet reminds us of your ever-gracious invitation to be part of your family, to receive the gift of your salvation, to respond to your call to follow you. We confess that far too often we act like ungrateful guests. We allow other priorities to crowd you out. Our addiction to busyness leaves us no time to celebrate with you. We erect other gods that require our attention and loyalty. In our vain attempts to look "successful" we polish the veneer of our lives without attending to our deepest needs and longings, including our need and longing for you. Forgive us, we pray, and restore us to health and wholeness.  Amen. 

  Assurance of Pardon  (Responsive)

What amazing love is this, that God never cuts us off from compassion and mercy? We are loved, we are forgiven, we are given a seat of honor at the banquet. Friends, this is Good News!                 Alleluia! Amen. 

 

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Children’s Sermon and Prayer of Blessing  (Unison)

Draw our children face-to-face with you, O Lord.  May they know and celebrate your presence, goodness, and love in their lives; may they experience your salvation and power to renew and strengthen them in times of need; and may they long for more of you each day.  Amen.

  Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture                                                                                   Matthew 22:1-14 (p. 699)
  Message                                                                          “God's Invitation to Salvation”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings/Offertory            

                Andante con moto in g minor, MWV W 15         Felix Mendelssohn *Doxology and Offertory Prayer  (Unison)

Holy God, we offer these gifts to be used to preach the truth of salvation and eternal life through Christ Jesus, your Son; to proclaim your promise of renewal of mind, body, and spirit; and to make known the blessings of your love, reassurance, and peace to those who are in need.  Amen.    

  Prayer Requests and Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn of Invitation #441                                        Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling

*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            Praeludium and Fugue III in d minor, op. 16           Clara Schumann

 

Praise the Lord for the good food, games, and fellowship enjoyed by those who attended the first “First Friday” potluck supper sponsored by Outreach Ministry, and thanks to all who helped make this a successful event.  Next First Friday Potluck supper will be served Friday, November 7.

 

~Muitzeskill Reformed Church Turkey Dinner~

       The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual turkey dinner Saturday, October 25.  The church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road in Schodack Landing. The dinner is served family style, and the menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, squash, cranberry sauce, and dressing, with pie for dessert.  Seatings are at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 pm, and take-out is available at 4 pm & 5 pm (no early arrivals, please). Adults: $12.00; children 6-12: $6.00; under 6: free.  Reservations are required. For reservations call 732-7345. If no answer, leave a message with your name, phone number, and state that you are calling regarding the church dinner. Your call will be returned. For information other than reservations, call the church office at 732-7500.

 

~VALATIE FOOD PANTRY THANKSGIVING BASKETS~

Dear Kinderhook Reformed Church Family and Friends,

       Thanksgiving Food Baskets will be given to families who use the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry and request one.  As we ready the sheets for people to sign up, we have 242 families who are eligible with a total of 883 individuals. We are writing to ask for any help your congregation is able to give.

       The baskets include food for Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, potatoes, corn, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and brownies. If your congregation would like to help financially (we buy all food items in bulk), checks may be made payable to “Kinderhook Reformed Church” with “Thanksgiving Baskets” on the memo line and dropped into the offering plate.

       Thank you in advance for any help you are able to give.  Any monies or food items left over after the baskets are distributed will be put into the pantry account or onto the pantry shelves.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  Jean S. Norton, for the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry, Inc.

 

The Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry is a not-for-profit charitable organization with 501 (c) (3) status. The pantry does provide any goods or services, in whole or partial consideration, for contributions given.

 

~OUTREACH MINISTRY BEGINS THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE TODAY~

Along with the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry’s financial appeal in support of its Thanksgiving Food Basket program, KRC’s Outreach Ministry is once again collecting Thanksgiving food items for the pantry. THE DRIVE BEGINS TODAY and will end on Sunday, November 16.  Please place your bagged donations in the foyer on or before November 16.  Suggested food items most needed are, CANNED SWEET POTATOES and YAMS; PUMPKIN; CRANBERRY SAUCE; WHITE, BLACK, and RED KIDNEY BEANS; FLOUR; SUGAR; CEREAL; and DISH SOAPS.  Otherwise, bring in whatever your heart moves you to provide - any nonperishable food items will be welcomed! AS A RESULT OF LAST YEAR’S FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND FOOD COLLECTION DRIVE, MANY NEEDY FAMILIES IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES ENJOYED GREAT THANKSGIVING DINNERS, AND KRC CONTRIBUTED SUBSTANTIALLY TO THIS MINISTRY. LET’S MAKE THIS YEAR EVEN BETTER!

KRC’S OLDE DUTCH ‘n  SUCH ANNUAL BAZAAR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 10 AM – 2 PM

    The Olde Dutch ‘n Such Bazaar will feature a gourmet lunch, including our famous clam chowder; homemade baked goods and jams; candy; unique hand-crafted gifts; and Christmas decorations. You are sure to find a treasure or two and to enjoy the homemade food and goodies. The Bazaar is sponsored by Church Family Ministry, and we look forward to seeing each of you there! 

     SPONSORS ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO DONATE BAKED GOODS FOR SALE AND/OR TO WORK AT THE BAZAAR. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP OUT WITH EITHER OF THESE, PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE SHEET AVAILABLE AT THE BACK TABLE. 

 

CITV CONCERT SERIES PLANNED FOR 2004 - 2015

    Kinderhook Reformed Church is pleased to present the 2014 – 2015 season of Concerts in the Village (CITV), a concert series begun 5 years ago under the sponsorship of KRC’s Stewardship Ministry as a music outreach to the church’s surrounding communities featuring our refurbished pipe organ.  Continuing under the dedicated administration of KRC’s CITV committee and the capable and talented leadership of music director and organist, David Smith, the series has evolved to include a variety of orchestral instrumentalists, vocal soloists, the Broad Street Choral - a chorus of over 70 voices, and a wide selection of sacred and secular pieces from diverse musical periods and cultures.

     A suggested donation of $15 will be gratefully accepted to assist in the ongoing funding of this exceptional series.

Sunday, November 9, 3:00 pm, Kinderhook Reformed Church

The Glory of Handel III

Featuring the splendid Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Chandos Anthem No. 6 (“As pants the hart”), Organ concerto in g minor, op. 4/3, and Concerto grosso for flute and strings, op. 3/3, performed by the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra, with Amanda Boyd-Grout (soprano), John Davey (tenor), Karen Hosmer (oboe), Sharon Levin (flute), Cornelia McGiver bassoon), Jon Morrell (tenor), Erica Pickhardt (cello), Jay Shulman (cello), Elizabeth Silver (violin), David Smith (organ), Vicki Smith (mezzo-soprano), and David Smith, conducting.

February, 2015 - date, time, and location to be announced

A Sonic Celebration

including 19th – 20th c. music for women’s voices, vocal soloists and instruments, by Brahms, Elgar, Scriabin, Debussy, and others.

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 3:00 pm, Kinderhook Reformed Church

19th c. Music for Voices and Orchestra

including works of Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn.


 

HAPPY OCTOBER BIRTHDAY !

Bobby Bailey (4th), Bonnie Dunham (6th),

Susan Patterson (14th), Jean Wildermuth (15th), Aiden Visagie (18th),

Will Patterson (21st), Amy Clinton (22nd), Rudy Visser (27th), Austin Bailey (28th), Barbara Vosburgh (28th), Derick Latorre (29th)

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR HEART AND 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, especially: Michael; Brian, who is also experiencing disabling health issues; and Craig.
  • 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.
  • survivors of warfare, terrorism, violence, and natural and other disasters worldwide, especially those in Syria, Iraq, other areas of the Middle East, and in our own country, that they may be blessed with God’s reassurance 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 poverty and hunger; abuse; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
  • family and friends grieving the death of Glenn Wallace.
  • containment of the ebola virus, and for those who are suffering from or have lost family members and friends to this disease.
  • Lucy B. and Rodrigo, friends of Bob Dreier, both with a cancer diagnosis.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer: Zoe; Jean; Edward Giordano; Glen; Karen; 2-year-old Logan; Sandy; Bridget; Charlie Ropollo; Donna Scalera.
  • those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness;  chronically ill; or in hospice care: Bill, family friend of Patti Varga; Jennifer and her unborn baby; Morgan Hickman; Paul Varga; Jackie and her sister Barbara; Brother Arnold, Shaker friend of Suzy Nieman; Alan Dick;  Doris Schmeider; Maureen Mooney; Jane Smith; Blanche Rogers; Baby Ellie LaTorre; Liz Carroll; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Florence Rivera.
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: Bill,  Abby, and Christopher, dealing with unspoken personal issues; the Heimroth Family;  Holly and Marc Morales; Amber and others as they face 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; Susan Lamont and kids, in need of strength and peace in hard times. Cliff, desperately in need of prayers; Greg and Lisa, fighting addictions; Christians everywhere who are suffering persecution; Libby Little.
  • those who are traveling.
  • reassurance and peace for our loved ones who are nearing the close of this life; those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.
  • our residence-bound members Gordie Van Buren, Murray Leonardson, and Joan Van Alstyne.

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 report that Vicki Metzger, mother of Nancy Baker, is now out of rehab and doing exceptionally well at home.
  • Diane Morgan’s presence with us in worship following a month-long battle with a stubborn and debilitating virus.
  • The good news that Susan Lamont has at last located living quarters suitable to the needs of her family.
  • 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.
  • all His provisions for our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows His love to us, especially during difficult times.

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. 

 

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 at anytime, call 859-4158.

 

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, October 19Ecumenical Food Pantry Thanksgiving Drive Begins     

          8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

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

         4:00 pm  New Members’ Class meets, parsonage   

Tues., October 21

                                   Please Note:  Youth Group will not meet Tuesday, October 21.     

Tues, Wed., October 21, 22

         5:30 pm  CCRM Silent Auction

         6:30 pm  CCRM Banquet

Thur., October 23

   9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC

Please join us as we continue our new Stonecroft Bible Study,

Living in God’s Will – A Guide to Decision-Making

       10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Sat.,  October  25

         4 pm – 6 pm  Muitzeskill Reformed Church Annual Turkey Dinner

Sat.,  November 1 

       10 am – 2 pm  Annual KRC Bazaar

Sun.,  November 2Compassion International Awareness Weekend

         8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service

       10:00 am  Communion Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

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

Fri.,    November 7 

         5:30 pm  “First Friday” pot-luck dinner, KRC Fellowship Hall

Sun.,  November 9          

         8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       10:00 am  Worship Service and Children’s Sunday School

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

         3:00 pm  Concerts in the Village, The Glory of Handel III, KRC sanctuary

 

Servers Next Sunday, October 26, 2014

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

       Greeter(s):  Virginia Rothermel 

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