Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
August 8, 2010, 9:30 A.M.
Route 9 and Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor
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 we invite you to fellowship with us and enjoy refreshments served by Claudia and Arnie March at our Lemonade Stand on the front lawn of the
church following today’s Worship Service.
A Prayer Partner can be available to pray with you if you so desire.
Ushers: Jim Baker, Bob Dreier, John Schubert, Loren Speer
Greeter(s): Claudia and Arnie March
Preschool Nursery available downstairs, Bonnie Dunham supervising.
Order of Worship
VOTUM and GOD’S GREETING
God’s Children’s Approach
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive) Based on Psalm 84:1-4
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!
O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.
O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young – a place near your altar.
O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE, COMFORT, AND HOPE
Remembering the grieving families of Tom Little and his 9 teammates
Preparation for Worship
*HYMN OF PRAISE #514 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine
CALL TO CONFESSION
We are commanded to love the Lord our God, walk in his ways, and observe his commandments. Although we continually fail, God never ceases to long for us to turn away from our sin and toward him. Knowing the richness of God’s mercy, let us confess our sins before God and one another.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
Merciful God, you created us out of love, calling us to choose blessings and to delight in your law; instead, we follow our own capricious nature. Rather than seeing freedom in your decrees, we see constraints. We convince ourselves that we know what we need better than you do. We make choices that hurt others and lead us away from you. Forgive us for all the ways we fall short in what we do and in what we fail to do. Instill in us the desire to grow in our faith and our discipleship so we can help grow your kingdom with integrity. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Beloved of God, the Lord’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
Let us rejoice and be glad in Him! Amen.
*PRAYER OF BLESSING UPON OUR CHILDREN (Unison)
Lord Jesus, bless our children with the certain knowledge that you are their greatest treasure, and that you are coming again. Help us as we teach them to be your faithful, watchful servants, ready to be received into your eternal glory.
Children age 4 – Grade 4 are invited to attend Children & Worship.
God’s Opened Word
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON Luke 12:32-40 (p. 737)
MESSAGE “Blessed Little Flock of God!”
PRAYER OF BLESSING
God’s Children Celebrating Him
PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS/OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
With gratitude for all your good gifts to us, O God, we dedicate these offerings to you. Use them to sow seeds of hope where there is despair, seeds of compassion where there is pain, and peace where there is discord. Help us not to grow weary in doing what is right with the resources you have given us. We pray in our Savior’s name. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN #517 The Solid Rock
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE By the Gift of God’s Grace
By the gift of God’s grace may your burdens be light
and your heart with his love be aglow.
May your spirit be glad, may your soul be at rest,
and may Christ grant you peace as you go. Amen.
PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED THAT, STARTING IN THE FALL, SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AND RUN UNTIL 9:45. MORNING WORSHIP WOULD BEGIN AT 10 A.M., WITH TIME FOLLOWING FOR COFFEE HOURS, RECEPTIONS, CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS, AND OTHER FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE DISCUSSION OF THIS PROPOSAL NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, FOLLOWING WORSHIP.
ANGEL FOOD MENUS & ORDERING INFORMATION FOR THE MONTH OF JULY ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON THE BACK TABLE. NOTE: ORDERING DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION IS AT KRC SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 11 AM – 12 N00N.
If you have not yet picked up your semi-annual contribution and RCA financial statements from the back table, kindly do so today.
~FOOD PANTRY DRIVE~
The Missions Ministry would like to remind the church family of the Food Pantry Drive continuing through Sunday, August 22nd. With school being out and children home for the summer, this is a time of increased demand for food items at the Pantry. Foods that are always popular and needed are, evaporated milk, coffee, sugar, boxed cereals, pancake mix and syrup, canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, apple sauce and apple juice, cake and brownie mixes. Donations may be placed in the collection containers available in the front and side entryways of the church.
MMini-Market and Chicken Barbecue This SaturdayM
The Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will hold its Annual Mini-Market and Chicken Barbecue Saturday, August 14. The church is located at Muitzeskill Road and Schodack Landing Road in the Town of Schodack. Mini-Market opens at 9:00 a.m., and barbecue will be served from 4 - 6 p.m. Barbecue donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Reservations are not required, but the serving is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Take out is available.
Vacation Bible School will be held August 23rd - 27th. We will be combining with the Muitzeskill Reformed Church again this year, and VBS will be held here at KRC. If you are interested in serving during VBS week, please see Patti Varga or sign up on the sheet at the back table. Leaders, helpers, and kitchen & playground staff are all needed. If your children would like to attend this year’s VBS, please fill out registrations on the back table ASAP.
AANNUAL KRC PICNICC
Come and enjoy the good food and fellowship at KRC’s Church Family Picnic starting at noon Sunday, August 29, at the home of Dawn and Ted Tuttle, 332 Merwin Lake Road. (Detailed directions to come later.) Food items are needed. Please indicate your contribution on the sheet at the back table.
KRC GUIDED TOURS
The church will be opened for guided tours from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings through October 9. There are still one or two Saturdays of the tour season in need of volunteer tour guides, and if you are able to meet this need, help-sheets are available for noting points of interest within the sanctuary, recording the number of visitors, and opening and closing the church building. To assist in this outreach ministry, please contact Jane Deane, 758-7051.
A hearty “thank-you” to those who have already contributed to help defray the $25,000 expense of completing the much-needed new roof on the Christian Education Wing of our building. As a token of your generosity, please help yourself to a shingle from the “Shingle Tree” on display on the back table of the Sanctuary. KRC’s Property Ministry is still seeking support for this project, and contributions may be dropped in the offering plate clearly designated for this purpose.
A SINCERE THANK-YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY OFFERED THEIR INDIVIDUAL SHARE OF THIS SUPPORT. If you have not yet supported this effort, and are able to do so over and above your regular giving, you may place your share ($75 per active member) in the offering plate, clearly designated for this purpose, or you may give it in as many increments as you wish over the remaining weeks or months of this year.
Remember To Thank & Praise God for
• All who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, & working together to complete Ministry projects & responsibilities
• His blessing of a wonderful, caring, Spirit-filled pastor of vision such as Pastor Rudy
• The good report that Kara Ennis Mobley’s recent operation was a success, and that her doctors have said that no further treatment is necessary other than this surgery
• Ann VanBuren’s return home from hospitalization for a number of health issues – Ann is up and about, and says she is feeling better than she has in some time.
• The safe return of Pastor Rudy and his family from their recent vacation
• The happy news that William Carroll is safely home following many enjoyable and exciting experiences during his recent trip to Australia
• The beautiful job being done by the groundskeepers at the cemetery under the direction of Cemetery Supervisor, Greg Clause
• The wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times
Remember to Pray for
• Those whose families and friends are praying for their salvation or other spiritual needs
• KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries
• New KRC programs & projects and those implementing and administering them: Financial Peace University Course; Natural Church Development; Angel Food; roof replacement; church restoration
• KRC’s VBS volunteers, Sunday School staff, and youth leaders as they plan & administer programs this summer and for the fall season
• Our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and personal safety needed to govern effectively
• Our missionaries; children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies
• Those, especially children, suffering abuses of war, exploitation, neglect, family violence, natural disaster
• Families and friends grieving the murders of Tom Little and his teammates, especially Libby and her daughters
• Bella Tarbox, in physical therapy following numerous surgeries to repair her leg and foot severely injured in a lawn mower accident last spring, now recovering from serious injuries to her finger suffered when a heavy door accidentally closed on her hand – pray also for peace and reassurance for Bella’s mom and dad
• Those dealing with cancer: Kara Ennis Mobley; Lillian Roginski; Dawn Meyers; Melanie; Ed B.; Rylyn Swierzewski
• Others awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill, or in hospice care: Brad Warren; Noreen Maine; Chrissey; the Afghans recently treated by Tom Little and his medical team; Bob Rafferty; Holly; Emese; Annake Visser; Betty Barmen; Libby Little; Merrill & Erika Johnson; Priscilla Frisbee; George Clowe; Beth Ryan; Ann VanBuren; Kathy Schneider’s father in Barnwell; Paul Varga
• Those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill
• Those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Challenges facing Diane Morgan, Jean Skipper, Nicole, the Riveras, the Vargas; caregivers of children with health or developmental issues; those facing employment/economic troubles; those struggling with substance abuse, especially Greg L., Martin, & Andy; those suffering low self-esteem, discouragement, depression, despair, other emotional/mental health issues; young people choosing careers, looking for jobs, dealing with the many temptations confronting young adults
• Those who are traveling, especially Connie, Priscilla Frisbee’s daughter, touring Afghanistan for the month of August
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Gary March & Sarah Hubel, recently engaged; Andrew & Melissa (Call) Welcome, recently married; new parents Nate & Kristin Meldrim (Baby Lily), Terry (Baby David Matthew), Tim Schneider & Morgan (baby boy, born in January), Tiffany
• Our residence-bound members: Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera
• Our Military men and women – especially Carrington Hessell, Spencer Moore, and Jay Rippel - that they may know God’s presence and protection; for those who would like to write or send a care package to Jay, his address is: 1SG Jay Rippel, Salerno Hospital, FOB Salerno, APO AE 09314. Care package info is available on the back table.
• Families and friends of our military troops - that they may be blessed with God’s peace and reassurance, especially Carrington’s mother, Gloria, and family; the Moores; and Jay’s wife, Beth Anne, & their two daughters; victims of warfare & violence worldwide
• The power of the peace & love of Christ to subdue everywhere the spirits of hatred, hostility, unforgiveness, cruelty, vengeance, and warfare
• 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.
~ A STANDING INVITATION FROM COMMUNITY PRAYER GROUP~~
KRC’s Community Prayer Group invites you to join us at 9 a.m. Tuesday mornings in the conference room kitty-corner from the church office. If you prefer not to pray aloud, we are delighted to have you join in prayer with us silently. We have a scripture, and pray for the pastor, consistory, our ministries, Sunday School, our youth, and illness and troubles in our families, church, and the world. We use unspoken requests to unload the cries of our hearts on the One who can do all things and do them well.
Search Committee Members Needed
The General Synod Council (GSC) is looking for individuals to serve on a search committee to identify the next general secretary for the RCA. If you would like to be considered for the search committee, please fill out a profile form and send it in by Sunday, August 15.
According to its bylaws, GSC will appoint a search committee to identify the next general secretary. The search committee will include 10 to 12 people who are broadly representative of the RCA and are members of a local church. The committee may include the GSC moderator, Michelle Chahine, and two other GSC members. The current general secretary, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, will not serve on the committee.
The GSC will meet on September 8 to appoint the search committee, considering all profile forms it has received. The search committee will develop and implement a strategy for its work, with the goal of presenting a candidate to GSC for approval in March 2011. The candidate will also need to be approved by General Synod in June 2011.
If you are interested in serving as a member on this search committee, please see or contact Paul Clause, 859-4158.
KRC OFFICE, EMAIL,WEBSITE, AND FAX INFORMATION
Email Address – email@example.com
Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com
Rev. Rudy is scheduled to be in 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 have been set aside for meetings, pastoral visitations, and counseling.
For assistance on Mondays, please call 758-9703 or 859-4158
Church Phone 758-6401 Church Fax 758-6402
Phone messages are picked up several times daily.
If you need immediate assistance anytime, please call 859-4158.
KRC 2010-2011 CONSISTORY
Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory, Classis Delegate
Jane Deane, Missions, Assistant Treasurer – ’10 758-7051
Patrice Lyons, Stewardship, Pastoral Relations – ’10 758-8400
Loren Speer, Property – ’11 784-2901
Dawn Tuttle, Church Family, Clerk of Consistory – ’11 758-6031
Arnie March, Personnel, Pastoral Relations – ’10 758-6066
Ann VanBuren, Vice President of Consistory, Cemetery, Worship,
Classis Delegate – ’11 758-9703
Dawn VanBuren, Evangelism – ’11 758-7564
Patti Varga, Christian Education – ‘10 758-1266
KRC Treasurer KRC Secretary
Barbara Vosburgh – 758-6512 Paul Clause – 859-4158
Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton
Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338