Kinderhook Reformed Church
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
Worship Service for November 3, 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 and God's Greeting
Call to Worship
*Hymn of Praise To God Be the Glory
Prayer for Illumination & Scripture Lesson Genesis 45:1-15 (p. 35)
Message “Come Closer to Me!”
Prayer of Blessing
Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn Take Time to Be Holy
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: Sal Alessi, Derick LaTorre, Steve Shpur, Ken Sutherland
Greeter(s): Dolly Petith Preshool Nursery available downstairs.
Guest Organist: David Smith
Prelude “O Lamb of God” Johann Pachelbel
Welcome and God’s Greeting
DRAWING NEARER TO GOD
Call to Worship (Responsive) Based on Psalm 95:6
As we come into the house of the LORD today, let us do so with reverence.
Let us recognize the greatness and glory of the one we worship.
Let us celebrate that we can come just as we are,
and yet, let us come before him with humility for He is our Maker.
For we know, it is no small thing to worship the LORD our God.
Let us sing songs of praise and worship Him with gratitude and awe.
*Hymn of Praise #72 (All 3 verses) To God Be the Glory
TURNING OUR HEARTS TO GOD
Call to Confession
From the very beginning of our history, we have sought to hide our disobedience from God. It is impossible, a futile task. But it is also an unnecessary one — for the God who knows our sins and shortcomings is the God who is at work, seeking us out, reconciling the whole world through Jesus Christ. Let us confess our sin before God.
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Loving God, you call us out of darkness and into your marvelous light. But we crouch in the shadows, ashamed of the wrong we have done, and of the good we have neglected to do. Forgive Us Lord! We have been timid disciples, afraid of putting our lives on the line for the good of your reign on earth. Forgive Us Lord! We conceal our true selves from one another, hiding behind the masks of our own power and competence. Forgive Us Lord!
[Moment of Silent Confession]
Reconciling Lord, call us back into relationship with you.
Equip us for relationships of integrity — in our families, in our church community, and in the world you love. We pray in the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and acknowledging our need for the love of God. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon (Responsive)
In the words of Paul, the gifts of God are irrevocable.
We have been disobedient, but God shows us mercy.
All have been imprisoned, so that God might be gracious to all.
Jesus promised release to the captives.
He died on the cross, but not even the grave could hold him captive.
He rose again, triumphing over any imprisonment this world could devise.
Friends, believe the Good News of the gospel!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and freed.
Children’s Message, Presentation of New Bibles, 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
Moment for Missions
Prayer for Illumination and Scripture Lesson Genesis 45:1-15 (p. 35)
Message “Come Closer to Me!”
Prayer of Blessing
GIVING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES FOR GOD’S GLORY
Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings
Offertory Solo, Deborah Spaulding, soprano My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host: praise Father, Son, & Holy Ghost. Amen.
*Hymn #540 (All verses) Take Time to Be Holy
*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 tertia in a minor Johann Ernst Eberlin
Consistory is presenting the following slate of nominees for positions on the 2014-15 Consistory, and these nominees have agreed to serve if elected: As Deacons: Noreen Dick and Barbara Vosburgh. As Elders: Dawn Tuttle and Patti Varga. Please keep these individuals in your prayers as they anticipate serving the Lord in their respective ministries.
~NEW MEMBERS CLASS~
Pastor Rudy will be offering a New Members Class at the parsonage, 51 Eichybush Rd, from 6 – 7 p.m. each Wednesday in November (6, 13, 20, 26). If you have considered becoming a member of KRC, please contact Pastor and let him know you are interested.
~THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE CONTINUES~
KRC’S OUTREACH MINISTRY IS ONCE AGAIN COLLECTING ITEMS FOR THE VALATIE ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY FOR THANKSGIVING. THE DRIVE continues through 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!
~THANK YOU TO OLD DUTCH & SUCH BAZAAR / CRAFTS FAIR VOLUNTEERS~
Many thanks to all those who helped to make yesterday’s Old Dutch & Such Bazaar / Crafts Fair a great success – the volunteers who contributed craft products, baked goods, and other food items, as well as those who donated their time setting up, working, and cleaning up after the bazaar. Our appreciation also to Jeff Barmen for preparing the delicious food for the bazaar’s lunch menu; and a special thank-you to chairperson Dawn Tuttle, who began organizing the event and working with the crafters weekly beginning last January.
The Bazaar was much more than a financial success: it provided an opportunity to get together weekly to enjoy good fellowship, foster closer relationships, and ultimately create an extraordinary outreach to our community. Please join us in praising God for this dedicated, hard-working, and creative group.
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
SPONSORED BY KRC CEMETERY COMMITTEE
The Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery Committee will serve an eat-in or take-out spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner open to the public Friday, November 8th, 4 – 7 pm. Dinner is $8 (children under 10 eat free), and will include bread, salad, and a free-will dessert table. We look forward to the pleasure of your company, and all proceeds will be used in the maintenance and operation of the cemetery.
Response to sales of KRC’s Commemorative Cookbook has been so overwhelming that the book’s second printing is off the press and available for distribution. Books are still $45, and make great gifts for friends and family members. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please see or contact Bonnie Dunham, 758-6171.
~SERVICE OF COMMISSIONING~
The Reverend Classes of Albany and Schoharie and The Regional Synod of Albany of the Reformed Church in America invite you to attend a Service of Commissioning of the Rev. Robert Hoffman to serve as the Synod Administrator for the Regional Synod of Albany, and the Rev. Abigail Norton-Levering to serve as Synod Ministries Coordinator for the Regional Synod of Albany. Worship will begin at 2 pm Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Herkimer Reformed Church, 102 Church St., Herkimer, NY 13350. Please join us for a celebratory reception to follow. (Pastor Rudy will attend and will offer the Pastoral Prayer for the service.)
~ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE NOVEMBER 27~
Dear Kinderhook Reformed Church Family
On November 27, the Stuyvesant Reformed Church will be hosting the Ichabod Crane Council, Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service. We are planning on having a combined choir of singers from all of the churches perform a special anthem. IF ANYONE FROM YOUR CHURCH WOULD BE INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP SO I CAN HAVE ENOUGH MUSIC AVAILABLE. There will probably be one or two rehearsals involved, but dates have not yet been set. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Yours in Christ, Marilyn Proniske,
FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT PEW CARDS~
Just a note to remind parents to keep their children from writing on or tearing the visitors’ cards and the prayer and announcement cards found in the slots on the back of each pew. The visitors’ cards are purchased from a professional printer, and are expensive to replace. Please have your children make use of the writing and coloring materials available especially for them in the back of the sanctuary. Your attention to this request will be greatly appreciated.
HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY!
Fred Hickman (3rd), Ted Call (11th), Claudia March (22nd), Joan Van Alstyne (26th)
~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.
NEXT SUNDAY, 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.
IF YOU ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE FINGER-FOOD ITEMS
FOR THE RECEPTION FOLLOWING THE CONCERT,
PLEASE SIGN UP AT THE BACK TABLE.
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.
~NEW PERMANENT SIGN DEDICATION NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10~
Between the 8:30 and 10 a.m. Worship Services next Sunday, November 10, the new permanent outdoor sign built by Alan Dick will be dedicated to the purpose of helping communicate KRC’s gospel mission to our community. The 10 a.m. congregation is kindly asked to arrive at the church 15 minutes early in order take part in the dedication ceremony. Also, please find an opportunity to personally offer your thanks and appreciation to Alan for the outstanding job he has done.
REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR
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 email@example.com or call Paul at 859-4158.
REMEMBER TO THANK & PRAISE GOD FOR
~A THANK-YOU NOTE FROM GHENT~
Dear Kinderhook Reformed Church Family,
Thank you to the volunteers from your congregation who attended Ghent Reformed Church’s recent 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 hoP you found the experience rewarding.
EMAIL, WEBSITE, AND FAX INFORMATION
Email Address – firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
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.