September 8, 2013

Kinderhook Reformed Church

Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY

Worship Service for September 8, 2013, Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

A WARM WELCOME TO VISITORS

You are invited to sign our Guest Book at the church entrance and to fill out a pew card and place it in the offering plate.  We would like to get to know you better, and all are invited to enjoy fellowship and brunch downstairs following today’s Worship.

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

Greeter(s):  Donna Flansburg

Preschool Nursery facility is available downstairs.

Guest Organist:  David Smith

 

CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

   Prelude                  Pastorale in F major           BWV 590 (mvts. 1-3)             J. S. Bach                          

   Welcome, Announcements, and God’s Greeting

DRAWING NEARER TO GOD

   Call to Worship

To come together is a gift and Jesus has invited us to come. Let us receive this gift with gratitude, responding in grateful worship. Offer your full self to God today. Know that he created this day for his glory. Enter into his presence. Sing, dance, pray, respond – all to the glory of our great and beautiful God.

* Hymn of Praise #50                                          Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

TURNING OUR HEARTS TO GOD

   Call to Confession

   Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Gracious God, we confess our lack of trust in you. We confess that we don't believe in your goodness; we quickly forget your unending faithfulness. When trouble and hardship surround us, we are slow to run to you; we run to friends, entertainment, food, the busyness of our lives - anything to numb the pain or fill the void. And yet, what you want is to hear our cries. Here our cries of repentance as we ask for the forgiveness of our numerous sins.

 [Silent Confession]

If we have been singing with our voices and kept the joy out of our hearts,
        Lord, have mercy on us.
If we have prayed only for what was possible,

and hoped only for what we could  see,
        Lord, have mercy on us.
 If we have taken your grace for granted,

 and expected instant answers to  immediate requests,
        Lord, have mercy on us.
If we have thought of us waiting on you,

and never pondered how you wait on us,
        Lord, have mercy on us. Amen.

   Hymn of Assurance of Pardon #60 (verse 3 only)         "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; 
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning, new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided;
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

ALLOWING GOD TO SHAPE US

Prayer for Illumination

  Scripture Lesson                                                                      Jeremiah 18:1-12 (p. 549)

  Message                                                                    “Dare to Find the Potter's House”

  Prayer of Thanks

  Sacrament of Communion

  GIVING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES FOR GOD’S GLORY

  Offering/Offertory Solo - Vicki Smith, soprano

                     “If God be for us who can be against us”   from Messiah     G. F. Handel

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

O Lord, our God, we bring to you our offerings and sacrifices, our tithes and special gifts, all the choice possessions we have vowed to give, and our freewill offerings.  Here, in your presence, O Lord, we rejoice because you have blessed the work of our hands.  Amen.

  Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

  Hymn of Dedication #584                                                       Have Thine Own Way, Lord

*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                    Pastorale in F major            BWV 590 (mvt. 4)              J. S. Bach                            

 
  
 
NEXT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 - Bar-b-cue Lunch and Bake Sale on the church lawn sponsored by KRC’s Outreach Ministry in conjunction with the Kinderhook Village-Wide Yard Sale.   Set-up for this event will be on Friday, September 13, from noon to 6 p.m. Please sign up at the back table to offer donations of baked goods or other support for this event.
 
~PLEASE NOTE THESE DATES~

  TODAY - Final Sunday of joint summer Worship Services

  9:00 am - Communion Worship Service

10:30 am - Brunch and Consistory Ministry Reports immediately following today’s Worship service

SEPTEMBER 15 

  8:30 am - Early Worship Service Resumes

10:00 am - Worship Service, Children’s Sunday School Resumes

 

Dear KRC Family and Friends,

     We 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.

                                                     In His Name and In His Service,

                                                      The Consistory of KRC

HOSTA PLANTS FOR THE TAKING

In order to make way for KRC’s new permanent outdoor sign, quite a number of hosta plants had to be removed from the front lawn of the church.  The plants have been taken up in clumps of about a dozen plants each, and are now along the outside of the south wall of the church sanctuary between the wall and the handicap ramp.  Anyone who wishes may feel free to take whatever plants they can use for transplanting in their own garden landscapes.

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO PICK UP FROM THE BACK TABLE:

● Information on the opening of the new “Pre-Schoolers Academy Daycare” administered by the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Stottville

● Invitation to participate in or donate to the Columbia-Greene “Out of the Darkness Walk” at Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill, NY, Saturday, September 14, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

 
 
"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. We are creating new plans and new items for the 2013 KRC Bazaar, and OUR GROUP IS NOW LOOKING FOR OLD TEACUPS WITH SAUCERS, AND FOR SMALL DECORATIVE MASON JARS (lids not needed) TO USE IN MAKING SOY CANDLES.  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).

 

Many KRC family and friends have, in the past, provided cut flowers for the pulpit in celebration of an anniversary or birthday, in honor of a special day or event, and in loving memory of family and friends who have passed away.  During the summer months, those of you who are gardeners are invited to arrange and display your own garden flowers on a Sunday of your choice.  If you are interested in providing flowers for a particular Sunday, please contact Dawn, 758-7564.

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: family and friends 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.
Gail, daughter of a friend of Barbara Vosburgh, recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Gail, sister-in-law of Sara Schubert, in constant pain following a fall in which she broke a vertebra.
Roberta, in hospice care; pray also for Roberta’s family at this stressful time.
others battling or recovering from cancer, especially: Susan Lavin;  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's 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:  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: Sara Lyn Schubert;  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.

 

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 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.
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.
Gordie Van Buren's return home from a brief hospital stay.  Gordie is looking good and feeling much better.

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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