Kinderhook Reformed Church Celebration of Worship, October 1, 2017

“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                                                                                       Matthew 21:23-32

  Message                                                                                                  “The Way of Change”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Sacrament of Communion

  Offering and Prayer of Blessing

  Intercessory Prayer

*Closing Hymn and Benediction

 

  10:00 A.M.  CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

Following worship today, all are invited to enjoy fellowship and refreshments

downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Thanks to today’s ushers, Phil Hurst, Glenn Warren, Andrew Welcome.

Thanks to today’s greeter, Maureen Mooney.

 Nursery facility available downstairs.

 

  Prelude                Adagio espressivo from Sonata 2, op. 65              Joseph Rheinberger         

  Welcome, Announcements, and God's Greeting

Drawing Near to God

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)

Come, all you who are weary.

       Come, all you who are broken.

Come, all you who are beaten down, abused, depressed, and full of sorrow. 

       Come, come and worship.

Let the praise of your heart be honest and pure.

       Let us now find joy and rest in his presence, for our God is here!

*Hymn of Praise #103                                                                                 Ye Servants of God

Allowing God to Shape Us

  Summary of The Law of God  Matthew 22:34-40

  Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Compassionate God, forgive us our failure of nerve and loss of vision; our shortage of hope and lack of trust; our eyes that see not and our ears that hear not; our wanting too little and our expecting too much; our efforts in middling causes and our mediocrity in serving your Kingdom. Forgive us Lord, and lead us into new patterns of living. Renew within us hearts that are open to receive your grace. Refresh our spirits by the cleansing rain of your forgiveness. Rekindle within us faith, compassion, and generosity. We ask this in the name of our Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ. Amen.

  Assurance Of Pardon  (Responsive)  Based on Psalm 103

“As far as the east is from the west, so far God removes our transgressions from us.” Friends, this is the message of the gospel. This is the Good News which we believe and proclaim: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

       Alleluia! Amen.

  Children Invited to Sunday School

Coming before God’s Open Word

  Prayer Hymn for Illumination #574                                                         Lord, Speak to Me

  Scripture Reading                                                                                       Matthew 21:23-32

  Message                                                                                                  “The Way of Change”

  Prayer of Thanksgiving

Silent Prayer for Those Seeking to Accept Christ as Their Savior:

"Dear Jesus, I confess that I'm a sinner, and not right with you. I repent and ask forgiveness.  I believe that you died on the cross to take my punishment and to pay the price for my sins.  I believe that you rose from death to give me new life. Wash me clean from all sin, shame, and guilt, and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  In your name I pray.  Amen."

Celebrating God

  Sacrament of  Communion 

THE MEANING OF THE SACRAMENT

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we come to the table of our Lord in Remembrance, Communion, and Hope. 

We come to Remember that our Lord Jesus Christ was sent into the world so we might be saved through him.

We come to be in Communion with this same Christ who has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the world.

We come in Hope, believing that this bread and cup are a pledge and foretaste of the feast of love in the kingdom to come.

Since by his death, resurrection, and ascension Christ has obtained for us the life-giving Spirit who unites us all in one body,

so we receive this Supper in true love, mindful of the communion of saints.

THE INVITATION

This is the feast of the Lord’s Table, in which all who profess the Lordship of Christ in their lives are invited to share.  Come, for all things are now ready.

COMMUNION HYMN #121 (Verses 1, 2, 3)   Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

                                                 THE COMMUNION PRAYER

Let us lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is holy and right to lift up our hearts and give God thanks and praise.

It is with joy that we give thanks to you in all times and places, Almighty and Everlasting God. You have shown the fullness of your love by sending to us Jesus Christ our Lord, made flesh for us, for our salvation, and for reconciliation with you.  For this precious gift of your Son, we worship and sing praise to you, O God:

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name in earth, and sky, and sea.

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Most righteous God, we remember in this Supper the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sin of the whole world.  In the joy of his resurrection and expectation of his coming again, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that we may offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices, and proclaim this mystery of the faith:

Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

As this grain and these grapes are gathered from many fields and hills into one loaf and one cup, to be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ, grant also that your whole Church may be joined together in him, attain unity in the faith, and soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your Kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

                                                                         THE COMMUNION

The Lord Jesus, the same night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me."

(Distribution of the bread)

The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.

 

After the same manner also, he took the cup when they had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

(Distribution of the cup)

The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.

 

  Hymn of Thanksgiving after Communion #72                                   To God Be the Glory

  Offering/Offertory                                Fantasy improvisation on a theme sine nominee

PLEASE NOTE:  OFFERING BASKETS HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THE BACK TABLE

FOR ON-GOING COLLECTION OF DISASTER RELIEF DONATIONS.

*Doxology #809                                                   Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below.

Praise him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

*Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Awesome God, you sent Jesus to teach us firsthand the power of your love, grace, and authority. Jesus performed countless miracles so that even the faithless would experience your love. Keep us mindful of the extraordinary miracles that you continue to work in our lives, and may this offering undergird our mission to show others your miraculous love, grace, and authority. Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn of Blessing #520                                                           'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

*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                  Fuga cromatica from Sonata 4, op. 98                Joseph Rheinberger

 

Praises and thanks to our Lord that last Wednesday’s BROOKS BAR-B-CUE/dessert sale/community outreach, sponsored by Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, more than met expectations.  $4,568 was raised, all of which will go toward operation and maintenance of the cemetery grounds, an increasingly costly ministry to our community. The Cemetery Committee wishes to thank all those who helped in making this important event an even greater success than it was last year!   

 

Stewardship Ministry will be meeting soon to review and prepare for the 2018 Budget.  Anyone interested in assisting with this essential work please contact Derick LaTorre (derick.latorre@gmail.com or 518-376-1882).  We typically meet once or twice in October.

 

RISE AGAINST HUNGER MEAL-PACKING EVENT UPDATE

Around noon Saturday, September 9, over 100 people – including those from 8 churches, 1 Brownie troop, 1 birthday party, and the Ichabod Crane football team - entered the Kinderhook Town Hall, and for three or so hours worked together to pack 13,176 nutritious meals under the sponsorship of Kinderhook Reformed Church and Rise Against Hunger.  Praise God for and many thanks to all of those who provided hands-on participation in this effort to help relieve hunger world-wide, and to all of you who gave your financial support to ensure its success.

 

~NOTES OF THANKS~

8/24/2017

 

To:  Pastor Rudy, Members of the Consistory, and Members of the Congregation of the Kinderhook Reformed Church

 

       I would like to thank the members of the KRC who sent me such thoughtful birthday cards for my 90th Birthday. I would also appreciate it if you would put in the KRC newsletter that Ed and I celebrated our 66th wedding anniversary on August 6.  No cards, though -  your thoughts and prayers would suffice.                      

                                                                                                  Best regards, Pat (Marion) Arnold  

9/20/2017

 

Dear Kinderhook Reformed Church,

       Thank you for the unexpected blessing to our family while we welcomed our new angel, Lily Anna, into the world.  The clothing and burp cloths were a true blessing to us!

                                                                                                              God Bless, Lily and Mandy

 

CAPITAL CITY RESCUE MISSION CORDIALLY INVITES YOU

to attend its Annual Banquet & Silent Auction, ONE NIGHT ONLY THIS YEAR, on Tuesday, October 10.  CCRM IS EXCITED TO CELEBRATE THIS EVENT IN A NEW LOCATION, THE ALBANY MARRIOTT, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.  KRC has traditionally been well-represented at this inspiring event, where you will hear how your volunteer efforts, prayers, and generous support make a difference in the lives of people who are hungry, street-weary, and hopeless. 

       “George Chochos will share his dramatic story, “From Jail to Yale,” at the Banquet.  His first job out of Sing Sing prison was at the Capital City Rescue Mission.  You will be amazed by his transformed life.  We are looking forward to celebrating with you the hope God provides in Christ . . . especially as we report on progress for out new home for women and children.  Come invite your church family, and learn more.   God bless you, Perry Jones, Executive Director.

       If you would like to attend, see or call Paul Clause, 859-4158. Your reservation and ticket payment will be made for you, and you can reimburse KRC $35 per ticket reserved by dropping your designated check made out to KRC into the offering plate at anytime. RESERVATIONS SHOULD BE MADE NO LATER THAN TODAY, and TICKETS WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU BY NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8.  CCRM banquet organizers will arrange for those attending from KRC to be seated together at 1 or 2 tables, depending on the number of reservations we make.  Reservations may also be made at capitalcityrescuemission.com or by calling Susan Jones, 462-0421.  Let Sue know if you wish to sit with the KRC group.

 

 

COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS

Exhibits and Panel on Addictions and Recovery

Saturday, October 14, 4:00 p.m.

McNary Center, St. Paul’s Church, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook

   Addiction hurts individuals, families, and communities physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, economically, and spiritually. Working together, public, private, and religious institutions improve quality of life for everyone. The Kinderhook Public Library will showcase recovery literature, and community resources will be available to share information and answer questions.  

For information, call Father Tom, 518-758-6271, or SPECK1851.weebly.com/Contact Us

 

 

~ENJOY A PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF~

Emanuel Stuyvesant Falls & St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

              as members of the Tri-County Lutheran Parish

are hosting a Pancake Breakfast Saturday, October 14, 8 - 11 a.m.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Valatie, NY.

FREE-WILL DONATIONS ACCEPTED FOR HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF.

 

 

THE SCHOOL FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING AND SERVING

A Ministry of the Mid-Hudson and Orange Classes

FALL 2017 COURSE OFFERING

(Please find information/registration packets on the back table of the sanctuary.)

THE ART OF CARING VISITS

(Elders & Deacons, General Interest)

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Don Heringa

Date: Saturday, October 21, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Location: The Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz, NY, 12561

Tuition: $15, plus books and materials

       Have you ever wondered what to say to someone who is sick, struggling with relationship difficulties or in grief? The Art of Caring Visits is an introduction to the pastoral and practical dimensions of visiting hurting people. This class is aimed at helping us respond following the way our God has responded to people throughout the scriptures, by following the principles of IDENTIFICATION, EMPATHY AND LOVING ACCEPTANCE.  This course includes theory and practice of active listening, psychology of illness, and biblical principles to help motivate caring visits. 

Course registration deadlines are one week prior to the course unless otherwise stated. Please register in time to insure the class will run. Scholarships are available from the School. Please contact the Registrar for financial assistance, (518) 537-4221 or albizu@gtel.net. 

 

COME CELEBRATE THE 500TH ANNIVESARY OF THE REFORMATION!

After returning from a trip to Wittenberg Church and Eastern Europe,

The Rev. Dr. Eric Titus will speak to us of this momentous anniversary.

When: Monday October 30 at 7 p.m.

Where: Wallkill Reformed Church, 45 Bridge Street, Wallkill, NY 12589

Cost: FREE, with complimentary refreshments. 

Please RSVP with number attending from your church.

Call (518) 537-4221, text (518) 965-7538, or email <albizu@gtel.net>.

 

REFORMED CHURCH OF SCHODACK TO HOLD ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER

The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual turkey dinner SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28.  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 will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, and a variety of pies for dessert.  Sittings are at 4:30, 5:30, & 6:30 pm. Take-out is also available at 4 pm & 5 pm (no early arrivals, please).  Adults: $12.00, children 6 - 12: $6.00, under 6: free.  For reservations (required) call 732-7345. If no answer, leave a message with your name and phone number, and say you are calling regarding the church dinner. Your call will be returned the same day to confirm your reservation.  If your call is not returned, please call again.

 

HAPPY OCTOBER BIRTHDAY!

Bonnie Dunham (6th), Susan Patterson (14th), Jean Wildermuth (15th), Aiden Visagie (18th), Will Patterson (21st),

Amy Clinton (22nd), Rudy Visser (27th), Barbara Vosburgh (28th),  Derick Latorre (29th)

 

 

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR

  • Pastor Rudy Visser, our Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision, and for the Christ-centered messages God gives to Pastor each and every Sunday for the spiritual nourishment and growth of our church family. 
  • the inspirational ministries of our guest preachers, Perry Jones, Tom McCrossan, John Bowen, Derek DeJager and others who lead worship at KRC from time to time.
  • those men and women who have served or are now serving our country, and those who have sacrificed their wellbeing and lives for the peace & liberty we enjoy.
  • the good news that, although she is exhausted from the rounds of surgeries and chemo treatments she has undergone over the last several months, Jen is now cancer free!
  • the encouraging report that Linda Moran's recent operation was successful, and that although she suffered a small stroke following the surgery, she is recovering nicely in rehab at Whittier.
  • the IC football team, which provided such good and timely help at the recent Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event and is now learning to "pray before play" at their games.                                   
  • for the happy news that Amy Deweerd has published a children's book entitled Scooter and Sophie, a story about Kinderhook Farm. The book is being offered on Amazon and also at a signing October 7 at the Cross Eyed Owl gift shop on US Route 9. 50% of the profits from the signing will be donated to Rise Against Hunger.
  • all those of KRC's family and friends who volunteer their time, talent, and energy so generously and so selflessly to the various ministries and programs of our church, and who often do this quietly behind-the-scenes with little notice or recognition.
  • His provision for all of our basic life needs, and the wonderful ways God shows His love to us, especially during difficult times.

REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

  • those who do not know Christ or who are struggling in their faith journey. Pray also that God will provide opportunities for us to witness for Jesus, and give us the courage and winsome words needed to make the most of these opportunities.
  • Pastor Rudy and Rev. Paige Convis, KRC’s associate pastor, as they fulfill their ministerial duties.
  • KRC ministries, programs & projects and those planning & administering them: KRC’s Consistory; KRC’s administrative ministries; KRC’s Youth Group; Sunday School; KRC’s small group ministries and Bible studies; Community Prayer Group; 1st Friday; and other outreach programs.
  • our state, national, and world leaders, especially President Donald Trump and all of the new government officials now in office, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely.
  • our military men & women, their families, and friends, that they may know God’s presence, protection, and peace, especially Jason Lansing serving in S. Korea.
  • victims world-wide suffering natural and other hardships and tragedies: economic instability; poverty, hunger, and poor health; political oppression, unrest, terrorism, war, displacement.
  • those suffering loss of loved ones, livelihoods, and property, as well as life-threatening hardships due to recent earthquakes and hurricanes, especially those in Mexico, Puerto Rico and adjacent islands, Texas, and Florida.
  • those grieving the death of loved ones.
  • those who, even after many years, still hurt from the void left by loved ones who have passed on from this world.
  • reassurance, peace, and dignity for loved ones nearing the close of this life
  • Lesley Haywood, facing hernia surgery for the third time, and for Michael, brother of Lesley’s wife, Mary Jane, who is battling lung cancer.  Pray for successful surgery for Lesley, a positive response to treatment and healing for Michael, and pray also for God's peace, reassurance, and strength for Mary Jane at this very difficult and stressful time.
  • Michelle Martino, facing dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant.  Pray for God's healing and return to health for Michele.
  • others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; or chronically ill: Linda Moran; Nancy Baker; Ruth Edge; Merrill Johnson; Barbara Vosburgh; Virginia Rothermel; Art Gross; Harriet Stockhoff; Jean Skipper; Floyd Haber; Paul Varga
  • Donna Scalera, that she will maintain strength as she undergoes continued treatments for cancer, and pray as well for positive outcomes.
  • others battling or recovering from cancer or in hospice care: Connie Witkowski; Michael; Don Morse; Jill; J.B; Jen; Bill, Janet Smith's brother; Ronny; Ron Dick; Donna Scalera; Carol Nel; Jeff Peter; Mark; Ann; Steve; Dorothy Wheeler
  • those facing challenges, stressful circumstances, and difficult decisions: our students, from grade school to college, as they prepare to meet challenges of higher levels of education in this new school year, career choices, and job searches; Suzy and Bill Nieman as they settle into their new home in New Hampshire; Greg Clause Jr.; Stacey Baker; Libby Little-Saxton, working with Afghan refugees – Libby’s latest newsletter is available for pick-up on the back table of the sanctuary; the epidemic of addiction to life-threatening drugs.
  • residence-bound KRC family, George Clowe, and those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill.

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/prayer requests, to krc@fairpoint.net or call 859-4158. 

 

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS OUR MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES

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

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO READ THE THANK-YOU NOTES ON THE MISSIONS BULLETIN BOARD IN THE FELLOWSHIP ROOM

 FROM SOME OF OUR MISSIONARIES.

 

All of us from time to time, as members and friends of the KRC family, have had concerns and issues about church policies; Consistory decisions; order and times of our worship services; the preaching ministry; and sometimes even issues and concerns related to our interpersonal relationships within the church family.  We would like you to know that the Elders are available to speak with you about any concerns you may have and invite you to contact them at any time.

 

KRC 2017 CONSISTORY

Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory

Deacons

Jane Deane  ’17  Outreach, Cemetery. . . . . .  758-7051  jdeane1943@gmail.com

Noreen Dick  ’18  Church Family . . . . . . . . . . 758-6640  noreend122@twc.com

Patrice Lyons – ’17  Property. . . . . . . . . . . . . .    758-8400  patricelyons50@gmail.com

Beth Anne Rippel ’18  Stewardship  . . . . . . . 392-5044  barippel@yahoo.com

Elders

Merrill Johnson’18  Worship      . . . . . . . . . . . 828-6726  docjohnson36@gmail.com

Dawn Van Buren ’18  Pastoral Relations . . 758-7564  dawnandleo@fairpoint.net

Patti Varga  ’17  Christian Education, Outreach,

                                Consistory Vice President . .755-3054  patvarga66@gmail.com

Barbara Vosburgh  ’17 Personnel, Clerk. . . . 758-6512  vosburgh1@nycap.rr.com

 

COMING EVENTS

Today, October 1

       8:30 am  Early Communion Worship Service

       9:45 am  Bible study, Book of Genesis, resumes, main floor Conference Room

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

Tues,  October 3

      Please Note:  Youth Group will not meet October 3 or October 17.

Thur, October 5

       9:00 am  Small Group continuing Bible study @KRC.

              Group continues 1 & 2 Thessalonians

      10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @KRC

       7:00 pm  Bible study, 1 and 2 Peter, KRC main floor Conference Room

Fri,   October  6 

      6:00 pm  First Friday Free Community Dinner and fellowship. 

                                         Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Sun,  October  8

       8:30 am  Early Worship Service

       9:45 am  Bible study, Book of Genesis, resumes, main floor Conference Room

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

Mon, October  9

     6:30 pm   Consistory meets

Tues, October 10  Capital City Rescue Mission Silent Auction and Banquet

                      Albany Marriott Hotel, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY.

       5:30 pm  Silent Auction

       6:30 pm  Dinner

       7:00 pm  Youth Group meets @KRC

Sat,   October  14

                  8 – 11 am  Hurricane Disaster Relief Pancake Breakfast

                   St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Valatie, NY.

        4:00 pm  Communities in Crisis - Exhibits & Panel on Addictions and Recovery

                McNary Center, St. Paul’s Church, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook

Sat,   October  21 

     12 Noon – 2 pm  Ladies’ Complimentary Interfaith Luncheon and Fellowship

        1st Reformed Church, 52 Green Street, Hudson, Rev. Paige Convis, guest speaker

Mon, October  23

     6:30 pm  Outreach Ministry meets

Sat,   October  28  Reformed Church @Muitzeskill Annual Turkey Dinner

 

Servers Next Sunday, October 8

Ushers:  Phil Hurst, Glenn Warren, Andrew Welcome

Greeter(s):  Dave and Beth Ennis

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