Kinderhook Reformed Church

Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY

Worship Service for October 20, 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/Announcements                                          

  Morning Prayer

 *Morning Praise                                                         Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

  Prayer for Illumination

Scripture Lesson                                                                                                     Luke 17:5-10

  Message                                                                                                 “Dutiful Faith”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Offering

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                                                             Great is Thy Faithfulness

*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:  Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Arnie March, Glenn Warren

Greeter(s):  Steve and Janet Shpur           Preschool Nursery  available downstairs.

Guest Organist:  David Smith

  Prelude                      Cantilène from Sonata No. 11, op. 148                J. Rheinberger

  Welcome and God’s Greeting

DRAWING NEARER TO GOD

  Call to Worship (Responsive)  (Based on Psalm 27)

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
         I have no reason to fear.
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
         God hides me in the shelter of his hand in time of trouble,
And lifts me up and sets me high on a rock.
         One thing I ask of you, O Lord, is that I may dwell in your house

        all the days of my life.
Show me your ways. Teach me the paths you would have me follow.
         I know I can wait for you, Lord, for my courage comes from you.

*Hymn of Praise #26   (All verses)                        Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

TURNING OUR HEARTS TO GOD

  Call to Confession

God is merciful and gracious, with a steadfast love toward us that reaches as high as the heavens. Because of that love, God is slow to anger and always ready to forgive us. Let us confess our sins, knowing that God is eager to hear our heartfelt prayer of repentance.

 Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Turning to you, O God, we confess that accounts of Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion are all too familiar. We so easily lose touch with what your Son really did for us and take His sacrifice too lightly. We confess that we do not succeed in sharing Jesus' sorrow for our sin.

 [Moment of Silence]

We also confess, O Lord,

that we so easily hang onto bitterness, hurt, anger and disappointment, rather than letting go in faith and trust, releasing ourselves to the healing and cleansing power of your Spirit. Forgive us for our willingness to settle for so much less than you desire to give us and to do in us.  Restore us to right relationship with you and with one another, for the sake of your Son, our Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Assurance of Pardon (Responsive)

“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’s Message and Blessing (Unison)

All-knowing God, preserve these children from the sins of selfishness and greed.  Lead them into holy and virtuous lives of love, humble service, and generosity to you, to the work of your Kingdom, and to others. Amen.

ALLOWING GOD TO SHAPE US

Prayer for Illumination

Scripture Lesson                                                                                     Luke 17:5-10 (p. 741)

  Message                                                                                                       “Dutiful Faith”

  Prayer of Blessing

  GIVING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES FOR GOD’S GLORY

  Offering/Offertory                 Invention No. 20 (Mesto)                           H. Strategier

*Doxology (#809) and Offertory Prayer (Unison)

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, maker of all things.  Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts. With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us - Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

  Offertory Prayer —  Ignatius of Loyola.  (Unison)

Gracious God, the generosity of your Spirit is evident all around us in the diversity and pageantry of your creation. May our giving to your mission and ministry be cheerful, open-handed, and gracious as we give thanks for our blessings and recognize the needs of our neighbors, both near and around the world.

  Pastoral Prayer and the Lord's Prayer

*Hymn #60  (All verses)                                                              Great Is Thy Faithfulness

*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                          Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 557                           J. S. Bach

 

~ ELECTIONS FOR  THE 2014 CONSISTORY ~

All active, confessing KRC members should have received their ballot and informational letters by now for election of the 2014 consistory.  If you have not received yours, please contact Paul immediately following today’s service.  All nomination ballots must be returned and in the hands of the election stewards TODAY, OCTOBER 20, IN ORDER TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NOMINATION PROCESS.

Response to sales of KRC’s Commemortive Cookbook has been so overwhelming that the book’s second printing will be off the press and available for distribution by October 25.  Books are still $45, and make great gifts for friends and family members.  Pre-sales are going on right now, and the book will also be sold at KRC’s Bazaar/Craft Fair.  If you are interested in pre-paying for a book, please see or contact Bonnie Dunham, 758-6171.

THE REFORMED CHURCH OF SCHODACK AT MUITZESKILL WILL BE HOLDING ITS ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER THIS COMING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26.  The church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road and Muitzeskill Road in Schodack.  The Turkey Dinner is served family style.  Menu is turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, and dressing with home baked pie for dessert.  Dinner servings are at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.  Adults:  $12; children 6 – 12, $6; under 6 free.  Take-out available at 4 and 5 p.m.   Reservations are required.  Call 732-7345.  If no answer, leave a message and your call will be returned.

 

~THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE BEGINS OCTOBER 27~

KRC’S OUTREACH MINISTRY IS ONCE AGAIN COLLECTING ITEMS FOR THE VALATIE ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY FOR THANKSGIVING. THE DRIVE WILL BEGIN NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, and will end on Sunday, November 17.  Please place your bagged donations in the foyer on or before November 17.  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 THE PANTRY’S FOOD COLLECTION DRIVE LAST YEAR, OVER 100 THANKSGIVING BASKETS WERE DELIVERED TO NEEDY FAMILIES, AND KRC CONTRIBUTED SUBSTANTIALLY TO THIS EFFORT. LET’S MAKE THIS YEAR EVEN BETTER!

 

KRC’S OLDE DUTCH & SUCH FALL BAZAAR/CRAFT FAIR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 10 AM – 3 PM

    The Olde Dutch & Such bazaar will feature baked goods, hand crafted gifts, Christmas decorations, and a delicious lunch (served noon to 1:30 pm) prepared by Jeff Barmen. You are sure to find a treasure or two and to enjoy the home-made goodies and gourmet food. 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, a sign-up sheet is available on the back table.

 
 
"THE OLDE DUTCH AND SUCH" CRAFTS GROUP meets on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in the main floor classroom opposite the church office, and we warmly invite you to join us in creating items for the 2013 KRC Bazaar.  IF YOU ENJOY CRAFT ACTIVITIES, BUT ARE UNABLE TO MEET WITH US ON FRIDAY MORNINGS, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTRIBUTE CRAFT ITEMS TO THE BAZAAR BY WORKING FROM HOME ON YOUR OWN TIME SCHEDULE.

SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

SPONSORED BY KRC CEMETERY COMMITTEE

The Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery Committee will serve a spaghetti dinner Friday, November 8, to raise additional funds in support of the maintenance and operation of the cemetery.  The dinner will be open to the public, and we look forward to the pleasure of your company.  PLEASE WATCH FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN UPCOMING BULLETINS. 

 

~A THANK-YOU NOTE FROM GHENT~

Dear Kinderhook Reformed Church Family,

        Thank you to the volunteers from your congregation who attended Saturday’s Meal Packaging Program for Stop Hunger Now. Without everyone’s help, we could not have accomplished what we did [10,000 meals were packaged].  We hope you found the experience rewarding.

                                                              Ghent Reformed Church

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.
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, that they may know God’s presence and protection. families and friends of our military troops and 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: the Ennis family grieving the death this past Wednesday of Dave’s mom, Cora Ennis; Sue Patterson and family grieving the loss of Sue’s father-in-law, John Patterson Jr., who passed away last Sunday night; the Alessi family grieving the recent death of Becky’s grandmother.  
Bill Van Alstyne, member of Stuyvesant Reformed Church, seriously ill and hospitalized at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Please pray also for peace and reassurance for Bill’s family.
Sisters Rose and Joanne, long time friends of the Simpkins and Spaulding families, both diagnosed with cancer. Rose, whose husband has multiple medical problems and resides in a local nursing home, will undergo an operation to remove part of her liver this coming Wednesday. Please pray for both sisters and their respective families.
others battling or recovering from cancer:  Luci & sister, Marilyn; Jen Kline; Dan McNeil; Kathy White, friend of Dawn Van Buren; George, father of Nancy Baker’s  friend; Gail, daughter of a friend of Barbara Vosburgh; Mary Ann, friend of Erika Johnson; Penny, cousin of Florence Rivera; Tom Kennedy; Charlie Roppolo; Barbette Leclair; Paul Varga’s friend; Peter; Patti and Diane; Uncle Tony; Jack; Rosanne; Connie; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Sal Alessi; Tom Saulpaugh; Donna Scalera.
Dawn Tuttle, now recovering at home. Dawn will be in a wheel chair temporarily, as she won't be able to put any weight on her new knee for a few more weeks.

 

those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care:  Susan Lavin, friend of the Dicks; Roberta; Gail, sister of John Schubert; Dan, friend of Patrice Lyons; Char, sister of Lori Kolb-Speer; Jim, cousin of Florence Rivera; Jeannie Dunbar; Joe McCormick; Mr. O’Neil and son; Lucy Neubauer; Carol, Diane Morgan's cousin; Vicki Metzger, Nancy Baker’s mom; Ruth Edge; Laurie (Dunham) Maul; Liz Carroll; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Maureen Mooney; Faity Tuttle.  
those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Christians in the Middle East; Jonathan, dealing with personal issues; Olivia, that God will give her peace and guidance; Paul, that God will give him wisdom, determination, and peace in carrying out difficult decisions; the Royce Family; Libby Little.
those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan.
residence-bound members, Gordie Van Buren; Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera.

 

REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR

Pastor Rudy Visser, a Spirit-filled minister and leader of vision.
all who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, and working together to complete projects and responsibilities.
KRC's Consistory, whose dedication to their calling is an inspiration to all
the blessing of family, friends.
the work of Capital City Rescue Mission and Perry Jones.  CCRM’s annual banquet, featuring testimonies from several individuals whose lives have been completely changed by the gospel message preached and lived at the mission, was an inspiration to everyone who attended 
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.

HAPPY OCTOBER BIRTHDAY!

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

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

Will Patterson (21st), Rudy Visser (27th), Austin Bailey (28th), Barbara Vosburgh (28th), Daniel Hart (29th), Derick Latorre (29th)

     

~CITV CONCERT SERIES PLANNED FOR 2013 – 2014~

     Kinderhook Reformed Church is pleased to present the 2013 – 2014 season of Concerts in the Village (CITV), a concert series begun 4 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, a chorus of over 70 voices (now known as the Broad Street Chorale), and a wide selection of sacred and secular pieces from diverse musical periods and cultures.

     All of the following concerts will be performed in KRC’s sanctuary.  A suggested donation of $15 will be gratefully accepted to assist in the ongoing funding of this exceptional series.

 

     NOVEMBER 10, 2013 3:00 PM  “Handel Sacred and Secular:  Royal, Church and Theater Music of the Baroque in England” with the Broad Street Chorale, soloists Amanda Boyd, Jon Morrell and others, and orchestra. The program will include the third suite of The Water Music, the monumental anthem “The Ways of Zion do Mourn,” and opera arias, duets and choruses.

       FEBRUARY, 2014  Chamber Concert:  English Music of the Renaissance and Romantic Periods:  Madrigals to Part Songs, Motets to Anthems. (Alternatively a concert devoted to the role of pastoral and folk music in England.)x

 

       MARCH, 2014  Organ Recital by David Smith:  English Organ Music from the 17th through 20th centuries.

       MAY, 2014  “Purcell Sacred and Secular: Home, Church and Theater Music of the Early Baroque in England” with the Broad Street Chorale, soloists Amanda Boyd, Jon Morrell and others, and orchestra.  This program will include the famously dramatic opera Dido and Aeneas, as well as the Te Deum and Jubilate of 1694 and a selection of consort and solo vocal music.

       Also directed by David Smith, KRC’s Fourth Annual Lessons and Carols Christmas Worship Service will be presented on 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.

 
~LOOKING AHEAD ~
A NOTE ON NEXT YEAR’S 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.

~A FRIENDLY REMINDER~

Just a note to remind those who use the Fellowship Room and kitchen to take a few minutes to be sure that these rooms are left in good condition – refuse picked up from the floor, tables and serving counter cleared and wiped down if needed, coffee pots emptied and washed, dirty dishes placed in the dishwasher, sink rinsed down, etc.  Your attention to these things will be greatly appreciated.

COMING EVENTS

Today, October 20 - Deadline for submitting 2014 Consistory Nomination Ballots

      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

Tues., October 22

     7:00 pm  Youth Group meets

Wed., Thur., October 23, 24 - 5 pm

           CCRM Silent Auction and Banquet - Michael’s Banquet House, Latham

Thur, October 24

9:00 am  Small Group meets @ KRC

       Please join us as we continue our study of the book of Revelation.

    10:00 am  Community Prayer Group @ KRC

Fri.,   October  25 

      9:30 am  Weight Watchers meet, KRC Fellowship Room

      9:30 am  Olde Dutch and Such Crafts Group meets opposite KRC office

Sat.,  October  26  Annual Turkey Dinner, Reformed Church at Muitzeskill

        Servings at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 pm – Reservations required, 732-7345

Sun.,  October 27Outreach Ministry’s Thanksgiving Food Drive Begins

      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 Sat.,  November  2

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm  KRC’s Olde Dutch & Such Bazaar / Craft Fair

KRC Fellowship Room

Fri.,  November 8    Spaghetti dinner fundraiser, Cemetery Committee

                              KRC Fellowship Room – Watch for details to come                                       

Sun., November 10

      3:00 pm  Concert in the Village, KRC Sanctuary, “Handel Sacred and Secular:      

                 Royal, Church and Theater Music of the Baroque in England”

Wed., November 27  Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, Stuyvesant Reformed Church.  An ecumenical choir is being planned to sing a special anthem.  If you are interested in singing in the choir (1 or 2 rehearsals), please contact Paul.

 

 

Servers Next Sunday, October 27, 2013

       Ushers:  Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Arnie March, Glenn Warren

       Greeter(s):

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