Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
August 15, 2010, 9:30 A.M.
Route 9 and Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Rev. Perry Jones, Guest 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 Patti Varga 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: Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Arnie March, Glenn Warren
Greeter(s): Florence Rivera
Preschool Nursery available downstairs, Sara Schubert supervising.
Flowers today are given in loving memory of Janet Schurick.
Order of Worship
WELCOME, SILENT PRAYER, & PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
VOTUM and GOD’S GREETING
God’s Children’s Approach
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive) Based on 1 Samuel 2
There is no Holy One like the Lord,
no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
You clothe those who stumble with strength.
The Lord raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ashes,
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s.
He establishes for His children a seat with princes
and gives them a seat of honor.
There is no Holy One like the Lord,
no one besides you, for you are my Rock and my Salvation.
*HYMN OF PRAYER AND PRAISE #60 Great Is Thy Faithfulness
CALL TO CONFESSION Heidelberg Catechism, Question & Answer 5, 7 and 8
Q #5: Can you live up to all [that God’s Law requires] perfectly?
A: No! I have a natural tendency to hate God and my neighbor.
Q #7: Then where does this corrupt human nature come from?
A: From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve,
in Paradise. This fall has so poisoned our nature that we are born
sinners — corrupt from conception on.
Q #8: But are we so corrupt that we are totally unable to do any good and
inclined toward all evil?
A: Yes, unless we are born again, by the Spirit of God.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
Based on Heidelberg Catechism, Question and Answer 12 and 15
Oh God, according to your righteous judgment we deserve punishment both in this world and forever after! There is no way that we can escape this punishment and return to your favor, because your justice requires that it be satisfied. By your grace, in Jesus Christ we have found our true Mediator and Deliverer, the One who is truly human and truly righteous, the One that is more powerful than all creatures, the One who is true God. Before you we come this morning confessing our sin of word and dead, of thought and neglect.
[Silent Prayer of Confession]
Wash us, our God, in the blood of your Son:
Jesus Christ, our true Mediator and Deliverer! 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)
Jesus, may our children always recognize you as the Son of the Most High God, and may they experience the sweet aroma of knowing you. May they be your light in this world, and attract many to your truth and to the good news of your salvation. (2 Corinthians 2; Matthew 5)
Children age 4 – Grade 4 are invited to attend Children & Worship.
God’s Opened Word
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON Isaiah 5:1-7 (p. 486)
MESSAGE "Bearing No Fruit Is Better than Bearing Rotten Fruit!"
PRAYER OF BLESSING
God’s Children Celebrating Him
PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS/OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
Gracious God, who has blessed us abundantly with many good gifts, after your example we lay these offerings before you. May they be used to promote the Good News of Christ, the whole truth of scripture, and spiritual nourishment and growth both within and far beyond our church family. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN #520 ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
*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 TODAY 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 next 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.
Praise God for the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry’s ongoing service to our community, and for both Dolly Petith and Maureen Mooney, who represent KRC so faithfully in this ministry. During the month of June, the Pantry served 84 families, including 177 adults and 109 children.
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.
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
• Tom Saulpaugh’s discharge from the hospital and recovery at home following open-heart surgery
• The good news that Brad Warren is out of the hospital and recovering at home
• Bob Rafferty’s sufficient recovery from pneumonia to be able to return to work
• 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
and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially Susan Patterson and family grieving the recent death of Susan’s mother, Janet Schurick; and Libby Little, family, and friends mourning the murders of Tom Little and his 9 teammates
• Relief from pain and quick healing for Pastor Rudy, recovering from a severely dislocated elbow and a bone fracture suffered in a fall in his garage Saturday afternoon
• Guidance and patience for Diane Morgan & family looking for a suitable rehabilitation facility for Diane’s mother, Blanch Rogers, so she can return home and maintain her physical lifestyle; Blanche is in Memorial Hospital recovering from deep muscle bruising and twisting (no broken bones) suffered in a recent fall – she is doing well, though she cannot stand or sit without pain, and is unable to walk
• Holly, daughter of Paul and Joan Clause, undergoing tests tomorrow
• Russell, young nephew of Ruth Edge, recovering from the most recent of several brain surgeries, this one performed to treat an infection
• Elfie, sister-in-law of Jane Deane, and Vicki Dick, both recovering from knee surgery
• 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: Noreen Maine; Chrissey; Tom Saulpaugh; Brad Warren; Bella Tarbox; 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 Earl Ennis, just entering a nursing home, and 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
KRC OFFICE, EMAIL,WEBSITE, AND FAX INFORMATION
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.
RCA Search Committee Members Needed--Important Update!
The deadline to submit a profile form has been extended until Thursday, August 19. The GSC has recognized the need to allow additional time for the application process, in a continued effort to encourage and include broad representation of the church.
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 the profile form linked to below and send it in by Thursday, August 19.
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 genera l 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.
Fill out the profile form. (Also available as a regular PDF form and RTF.) Please see the Search Committee webpage for tips on filling out and saving the forms. If you encounter any problems please send an email to email@example.com for assistance.
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.
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.
Today, August 15
9:30 am Worship Children and Worship, Perry Jones preaching
• Consideration of proposal for change of service times for the fall season immediately following worship.
• Food Pantry Drive continues through August 22.
Mon, August 16
6:30 pm Property Ministry meets
Tues., August 17 - 9:00 am Community Prayer Group meets @KR
Fri., August 20
9:30 am Church Family Ministry meets
1:30 pm Cemetery Committee meets
Sat., August 21
• Saturdays through Mid-October, 10 am to Noon
free guided tours of the KRC Sanctuary
Mon, - Fri, August 23 - 27 2010 Vacation Bible School @ KRC
9:00 am – Noon daily
Sun., August 29 - KRC Annual Church Family Picnic @ the Tuttles’
beginning at 12 noon
Servers Next Sunday, August 22, 2010
Ushers: Ted Call, Jerry Flansburg, Arnie March, Glenn Warren
Greeter(s): Dolly Petith
Nursery: Elize Visser
Lemonade Stand: Nancy and Ted Call
Children and Worship: