September 15, 2013

Kinderhook Reformed Church

Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY

Worship Service for September 15, 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                                                                                  Here I Am to Worship

  Prayer of Illumination

  Scripture Lesson:                                                                     1 Timothy 1:12-17 (p. 839)

  Message:                                                                          “Interviewing the Apostle Paul”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Confession of Faith – The Heidelberg Catechism, Q & A #1
Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
        A. That I am not my own, but belong - body and soul, in life and in death - to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.  He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.  Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.  Amen.

  Offering

  Intercessory Prayer

*Song of Devotion                                                                                   Be Thou My Vision

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

Greeter(s):  KRC Sunday School Students

Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

 

  Prelude                 

  Welcome, Announcements, and God’s Greeting

DRAWING NEARER TO GOD

  Call to Worship  (Responsive)

In Christ, the God of heaven has made his home on earth.

     Christ dwells among us and is one with us.

Highest above all creation, he lives among the least.

     He journeys with the rejected, welcomes the weary,

     and pardons the worst offenders.

Come now, all who thirst,

     and drink from his fountain of life.

Come now, all who hunger,

     and be filled with his goodness.

Come now, all who seek,

     and find his infinite love.

*Hymn of Praise #497                                                               Wonderful Grace of Jesus

TURNING OUR HEARTS TO GOD

  Call to Confession - Based on Hebrews 4:14, 16

Seeing that we have a great High Priest in the inmost heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us confess even our greatest failures to God with confidence that we will receive his forgiveness.

  Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry and too deep to undo.  Forgive what our lips tremble to name and what our hearts can no longer bear.  Through Jesus Christ, the light of the world, set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your image.  Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 [Silent Prayer of Confession]

  Assurance of Pardon (Responsive)

In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we are assured that there is no sin so terrible that God cannot forgive, no hurt so terrible that God cannot heal.  God accepts, God forgives, and God sets free.  Receive his forgiving love.

              Hallelujah!  We are set free.

  Children’s Sermon

  Prayer of Blessing upon Our Children  (Unison)

Lord Jesus, may our children always acknowledge you as the Son of the Most High God and experience the power and direction of your Spirit within them.  May they be your light in this world, testifying without shame to your truth, and attracting many to the good news of salvation and eternal life.  Amen.

ALLOWING GOD TO SHAPE US

Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                    1 Timothy 1:12-17 (p. 839)

  Message                                                                        “Interviewing the Apostle Paul”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Congregational Response to Today’s Sermon

  Confession of Faith – The Heidelberg Catechism,  Q & A #1
Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
        A. That I am not my own, but belong - body and soul, in life and in death - to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.  He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.  Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.  Amen

  GIVING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES FOR GOD’S GLORY

  Offering/Offertory

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

God of wonder, you have done great things for us, and holy is your name.  Bless all we offer you – ourselves, our time, and our possessions – that through us your grace and favor may be made known to all the world, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.  Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

  Hymn of Commitment #492                                                  I Will Sing of My Redeemer

*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

 

~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.

     SEPTEMBER 29, 2013, 3:00 PM.  “The Art of Song in England”  Vocal solo and piano music 1900-1950, featuring works of Benjamin Britten, Frank Bridge, Roger Quilter, Gerald Finzi, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Performing will be soprano Amanda Boyd, tenor Jon Morrell and pianist David Smith.

    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.)

      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.

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     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.

 

~THANK YOU FROM CAPITAL CITY RESCUE MISSION~

Dear KRC Friends – Thank you so much for your donation of school supplies! Your gift is a crucial part of helping the Mission offer the basic necessities of life.  And even beyond this, you are sending a message to someone in need that you care.                                                                   With a grateful heart, Perry Jones

 

Please pick up your copy of

Libby Little’s August Update on the back table.

 

     The Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery is sponsoring a BROOKS BAR-B-CUE again this year from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, on the front and side lawns of the church. Full dinners are $10, and chicken-only dinners, $6.  All proceeds will go toward operation and maintenance of the cemetery grounds, an increasingly costly ministry to our community, and the Cemetery Committee is counting on your help in making this important fundraising event a success again this year.  As part of the fundraiser, desserts will be sold at a very reasonable price to enhance the meal.  If you are able to donate baked goods to help supply the dessert menu, please indicate your contribution on the sign-up sheet at the back table.

     The Consistory would like to thank all who have contributed to the more than $3,500 received to date toward the cost of replacing the parsonage windows.  The total expenditure for this capital improvement is upward of $7,000, and additional donations will be greatly appreciated.    Gifts clearly designated "Parsonage Windows" may be placed in the weekly offering plate.

 
"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 new plans and new items for the 2013 KRC Bazaar.  IF YOU ENJOY CRAFT ACTIVITIES, BUT ARE UNABLE TO MEET WITH US ON FRIDAY MORNINGS, PLEASE CONSULT WITH DAWN TUTTLE ABOUT HOW YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE BAZAAR BY WORKING FROM HOME ON YOUR OWN TIME SCHEDULE. 
 

If you are willing to reserve Saturday, October 5, 2013, on your calendar for participating in the ministry of packaging 10,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Program at Ghent Reformed Church, please sign on the sheet provided on the back table. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a short time of devotions, followed by a brief gathering to learn about world hunger and the true blessings we have in our small community. Lunch is at noon, and the meal packaging process, which should take only about an hour and a half, will begin at 1:00 pm.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY:

Jane Deane (1st), Donna Flansburg (5th), Morgan Hickman (5th),

Gordie Van Buren (11th – his 87th Birthday!)

John Bosquet-Morra (13th), Dawn Van Buren (20th),

Sophie Barmen (22nd), Phil Sherman (23rd), Nancy Baker (26th),

Chuck Rothermel (30th).

 

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.  Pray also that the KRC church family would be consumed with our Lord's Word, and that from His Word, our deeds would glorify Him; our love and kindness for each other would overflow; and we would walk as the people He would have us be.
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,  misunderstanding, 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.
an end to the devastating civil war in Syria that has now cost the lives of thousands of innocent children, women, and men. Pray especially for the survivors who are suffering and grieving.
those, especially children, suffering violence; exploitation; neglect; family hostility.
families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially: friends and family grieving the recent death of Wendy Ordway; those grieving the recent death of Carol Krause, Patti Varga's godmother; Alice, friend of the Riveras, grieving the recent death of husband, Duke; the Foote family, grieving the death of Chris's father, Ed Murray.
Dawn Tuttle as she prepares to undergo a knee replacement this coming Thursday. Pray for a successful surgery and a speedy healing and return to full mobility without complication for Dawn.
George, father of Lisa (friend of Nancy Baker), not doing well in his battle with severe pneumonia while receiving chemo for leukemia.
Roberta, in hospice care; pray also for Roberta’s family at this stressful time.
others battling or recovering from cancer, especially: Gail; Mary Ann, friend of Erika Johnson; Jenny Kline; Penny, cousin of Florence Rivera; Tom Kennedy; Charlie Roppolo; Barbette Leclair; Paul Varga’s friend; Peter; John Warren; Patti and Diane; Uncle Tony; Jack; Guinda (LaHaie) Derrico; Rosanne; Connie; Sal Alessi; Tom Saulpaugh; Donna Scalera.
Dan McNeil, whose throat operation has been delayed as he had to have a pacemaker installed prior to surgery.  Pray for reassurance for Dan as he awaits a new surgery date.
those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care:  Susan Lavin, friend of the Dicks; Gail, sister of John Schubert; Dan, friend of Patrice Lyons; Char, sister of Lori Kolb-Speer; Jim, cousin of Florence Rivera; 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; Jeannie Dunbar; Joe McCormick; Paul Varga; Blanche Rogers; Florence Rivera; Maureen Mooney; Faity Tuttle.  
those who are traveling: Jim and Nancy Baker;  John & Isabelle Bosquet-Morra.
those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: the Christians in Egypt; Jim and Barbara Hatch; Joan Van Alstyne; the Lamont Family; the Crawford Family; 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 making and 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 recent Worship leadership was both a moving testimony to their dedication to their calling and an inspiration to the church family.
the blessing of family, friends.
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.
Susan Lavin’s successful lung surgery.  Doctors were able to remove all the mass and Susan, who is very strong, is recovering nicely and will probably beat the anticipated healing period. Husband Ed sends "thanks" for all the thoughts and prayers.
the good report that recent tests for Maxine, friend of Patrice Lyons, returned negative for cancer.
Dan, also a friend of Patrice, whose doctors discovered a blood clot on his brain and were able to treat it successfully with emergency surgery. Pray for speedy and complete healing without complications for Dan.

 

KRC’s share of support is $5,788 this year 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 $85.12.  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. All contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.”

 

The KRC Cemetery Committee is pleased to announce the opening of Kinderhook Cemetery’s COLUMBARIUM, a portion of the cemetery specifically designed for cremation burials.  If you would like more information, please speak to Greg Clause, cemetery supervisor, or Jim Dunham, Cemetery Committee chairperson.

MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO THE KRC FAMILY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN SUPPORT OF THE VALATIE FOOD PANTRY.  Foods that are always popular and needed are evaporated milk; coffee; sugar; boxed cereals; pancake mix; syrup; jelly; canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; spaghetti sauce; pasta; mac & cheese; dinner helpers; apple sauce; juice; cake & brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the front and side entryways of the church.

KRC GUIDED TOURS

The church will be open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings through October 12. If you are willing to volunteer as a tour guide, help-sheets for noting points of interest within the sanctuary, recording the number of visitors, and opening and closing the church building are available to assist you in providing this outreach ministry.  If this appeals to you as a way to serve the Lord, please contact Jane Deane, 758-7051.

 

OFFICE, 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.

 

 

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