Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
10:00 a.m. May 22, 2011
“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”
Rev. Tom McCrossan, Guest Preacher
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 invite you to enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us downstairs in the Fellowship Room immediately following Worship.
Ushers: Jim Baker, Bob Dreier, Loren Speer
Greeter(s): Susan Patterson
Preschool Nursery facility available downstairs for parental use.
Order of Worship
WELCOME, SILENT PRAYER, and PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
God’s Children’s Approach
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive)
Open the gates of the Lord.
Enter and give thanks, and let sounds of joy and victory resound!
Jesus, the resurrected Christ, fulfillment of the law and the prophets,
sits on high, exalted at the right hand of God the Father.
He is our redemption, our strength, our hope, and our song.
In him we live and move and have our being.
To Jesus, our only God and Savior, be glory, majesty, power, and authority,
before all ages, now and forevermore!
This is the day that he has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it!
*HYMN #517 The Solid Rock
CALL TO CONFESSION Based on Psalm 32
If we keep silent in our sin, we waste away. Day and night, the hand of the Lord is heavy upon us, and our strength is sapped. Let us call upon our merciful God in confession, and seek renewal in the righteousness of Christ.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Responsive) Based on Psalm 25
Remember not, O Lord, our sins and our rebellious ways.
Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love.
Forgive our iniquity, though it is great.
Only you can release our feet from the snare of sin.
Turn to us, be gracious to us, and free us from our anguish.
Look upon our afflictions and our distress, and take away all our sins.
[Silent Prayer of Confession]
Our hope and our salvation are in you, God of mercy and grace.
Redeem us, O Lord, we pray. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON (Responsive)
The Lord delivers from the gates of death those who cry out to him in their distress. He sends forth his word and heals them, and rescues them from death and the grave. He breaks the iron chains of their sin, and brings them out of darkness.
Thanks be to the Lord for his unfailing love.
*PRAISE SONGS I Am the Resurrection and the Life; He Is Lord
CHILDREN’S PRAYER BLESSING (Unison - Congregation may remain seated.)
Loving Father, transform our children into the likeness of your living Son, Jesus Christ. Guard them from the evils of this world, and renew them day by day. Bring them ever closer to Christ’s perfection, and clothe them in his righteousness. Amen.
Sunday School students are now invited to join their teachers.
God’s Opened Word
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE TEXT Romans 8:18-39 (pp. 800-801)
MESSAGE “Resurrection Hope”
PRAYER OF THANKS
God’s Children Blessed by Him
PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS/OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
Heavenly Father, you first loved us, that we might know how to love; you first blessed us, that we might know how to bless; you first gave to us, that we might know how to give. In humble gratitude, we present these offerings to you. Sanctify them, we pray, for the purpose of upholding and furthering the Gospel of Grace through Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN #482 My Hope Is In the Lord
*BENEDICTION and 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.
EVENTS COMING IN JUNE:
KRC’S ANNUAL ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST
All are welcome to come and to invite family and friends to a delicious pancake breakfast Saturday, June 4, 8 – 11 am, in the Fellowship Room. No reservations needed – free-will donations accepted. All proceeds will go to a local, non-profit, faith-based charity. ASK A MEMBER OF THE MISSIONS MINISTRY HOW YOU CAN HELP WITH THIS EVENT.
Kerry Mendez of Perennially Yours will be the leader of this workshop hosted by Evangelism Ministry on Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 - 8 pm. Please pick up a flyer from the back table for more details, and plan to participate in this informative presentation.
KRC’S PLANT SWAP/SALE AND BAKE SALE
Contributions from your garden and kitchen would be most welcome for this annual event sponsored by Evangelism Ministry, Saturday, June 11, 9 am to Noon. See Maureen or Lori for more information.
SUNDAY SCHOOL YOUTH CELEBRATION
AND CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, June 12, we will be celebrating our Sunday School youth and staff during Worship. Immediately after Worship, a brunch will be served followed by a congregational meeting. Please plan to attend and be a part of these events.
Please pick up your family’s May edition of FOCUS ON THE FAMILY from the back table today. This easy-to-read publication features Bible-based articles of good counsel and practical advice especially relevant to families raising children or grandchildren, along with other features of general interest. A new edition will be available to you each month.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
May the Joy of Easter Linger in Your Heart!
Acts 1:3 tells us that after the resurrection there was a period of forty days in which Jesus appeared to His disciples. We see three things that Jesus did during that time.
1) Jesus restored His disciples’ faith & gave them hope.
Jesus’ crucifixion devastated His followers. In Matthew 19:27 Peter said to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you.” And in John 6:68 he said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” In John 20:9 we also learn that they “did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.”
From the perspective of His followers, while Jesus was being crucified, everything they had hoped in and believed in was dying before their eyes. So after His resurrection Jesus set out to restore their hope.
We see Him appear to a sobbing Mary Magdalene in John 20:15-18. With one simple word, “Mary”, Jesus restored her faith and gave her hope. Then in John 20:19-30 Jesus appeared to the apostles and “showed them his hands and side”, which had been pierced for their sin. Then we’re told the apostles were “overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” They had misunderstood. What the world had meant for evil, God meant for good.
2) Jesus taught His disciples how the scriptures pointed towards Him.
As we saw earlier, Jesus’ followers did not understand what the Scripture said about Him. That’s why, once their faith was restored, Jesus moved to ground their faith through Scripture.
We see this in Acts 1:2-3 where we find Jesus giving the apostles commandments and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Again in Luke 24:27 we see Jesus, beginning with Moses and all the prophets, explaining to His disciples what was said in the Scriptures concerning himself.
And again in Luke 24:32, the disciples’ “hearts burned” as Jesus “opened the Scripture” to them. They once were blind to the truth of the Bible, but Jesus gave them spiritual sight.
3) Jesus sent His followers out to share the good news.
With their faith restored and strengthened, Jesus’ final instruction to the apostles in Matthew 28:19 was to “go and make disciples of all nations” by sharing with the world the great things that Jesus has done.
Scripture texts for Sunday, May 29, John 14:15-21
It is my hope and prayer that the scripture texts we are going to be working with during the month of May will help us to grow closer to Him and to live lives of victory because of His resurrection. May the joy of Easter and the resurrection linger in your heart as you grow stronger in Christ!
Remember To Thank & Praise God for
• All who serve KRC Ministries by meeting regularly, setting goals, preparing recommendations, & working together to complete projects and responsibilities
• His blessing of a wonderful, caring, Spirit-filled pastor of vision such as Pastor Rudy
• Faity Tuttle, still recovering her full strength following recent surgery, but up and active
• The substantial improvement in Gordie VanBuren’s condition
• The wonderful ways God shows his love to us, especially during difficult times
• The excellent report from Dave and Beth Ennis that their daughter, Kara Ennis Mobley, successfully underwent her 6th and hopefully last reconstruction surgery; in addition, all scans were negative – praise God for this wonderful news and many thanks for your prayers!
• Sparing young Greg Clause, grandson of Paul and Joan Clause, serious injury following a recent accident in which his car was totaled
• 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
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: Natural Church Development; church restoration; KRC’s 300th birthday celebration
• Leaders and those attending KRC’s Sunday School, Youth Group, Adult Bible Study, and Prayer Group
• Our state and national leaders, that God will grant them the leadership skills, wisdom, and the personal protection needed to govern effectively and safely
• A speedy end to the violence and unrest in the Middle East
• Our missionaries; children sponsored through Compassion or other agencies
• Those who have lost loved ones, suffered personal injury, and lost homes and businesses in the recent tornado and flood devastations
• Families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially the Martinez Family and friends at the loss of Linda Martinez, friend of Patti and Paul Varga; the Balli Family following the recent death of Ed Balli
• Those, especially children, suffering natural disaster, abuses of war and violence, exploitation, neglect, family hostility
• Those dealing with cancer: Ken Scofield; Joann Marvin; Linda Martinez; Rick; Matt; Tom Saulpaugh; Walt; Joe; Jennifer Kline; Julie’s aunt; Dave’s wife; Connie; Carin; Donna Scalera
• Those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Jonah Meldrim; Judy Krumpus; Sue; Romona Den Besten; Noreen Dick's cousin, Judy; young Greg Clause; Florence Schubert; Priscilla Frisbee; Gordie VanBuren; Marge Johnson; Faity Tuttle; Florence Rivera; Ron Stockhoff; Dawn VanBuren; Ken Smith; Merrill & Erika Johnson; George Clowe; Kathy Schneider’s father in Barnwell; Paul Varga
• Those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Libby Little; caregivers of children with health/developmental issues, especially Ashley & Mike, expecting twins in June who may be born with possible medical problems; those with employment/economic troubles; those suffering discouragement, depression, despair, or other mental health issues; those struggling with substance abuse, especially Greg L, Rachael, and Martin; those dealing with family relationships; young people challenged by the demands of schooling, looking for jobs, dealing with the many temptations confronting young adults
• Those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially the Schuberts and Diane Morgan
• Our residence-bound members: Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera
• God’s blessing on those recently engaged/married, expecting babies, new/first-time parents: Derick Latorre and Heather Donahue, recently engaged; Gary and Sarah (Hubel) March, and Andrew & Melissa (Call) Welcome, recently married; Dave and Beth Ennis would like to announce that their daughter, Kelly Ennis Babic, and husband Brad, are expecting a baby girl in early September - please keep them in your prayers; first-time parents, Nicole (Baby Arianna), and Ryan & Jennifer (Deane) Anderson (Baby Grace); new parents, Leré & Anina Visagie (Baby Luke); Luke & Ryan (Hacker) Morris (Baby Jocelyn); Kate (Little) & Chris Stevens (Baby Vivian Elise)
• Those who are traveling, especially the Schuberts and daughters, Lisa and Sara Lynn
• Our military men and women, especially Courtney Hemmert; Will Ryan; Matt Plescia; Carrington Hessell; and Spencer Moore - that they may know God’s presence and protection
• Families and friends of our military troops, and victims of warfare & violence worldwide - that they may be blessed with God’s peace and reassurance;
• The power of the peace & love of Christ to subdue everywhere the spirits of hatred, hostility, unforgiveness, cruelty, vengeance, and warfare
Regular reports are needed on the progress or condition of all individuals on our prayer and praise lists. If you have updated information, especially regarding individuals whose names appear in bold print, please call the church office.
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 OFFICE, EMAIL,WEBSITE, AND FAX INFORMATION
Email Address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website Address – kinderhookreformedchurch.com
Rev. Rudy is scheduled to be in his church office
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 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,
For assistance on Fridays, please call 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 2011-2012 CONSISTORY
Pastor Rev. Rudy Visser, President of Consistory, Classis Delegate
Margaret Herrmann, Stewardship – ’12 758-6175
Laura Rafferty, Property – ’12 828-7189
Dawn Tuttle, Church Family, Clerk of Consistory, Cemetery – ’11 758-6031
Barbara Vosburgh, Missions, Church Treasurer – ’11 758-6512
Maureen Mooney, Evangelism – ’12 210-6079
Dawn VanBuren, Consistory Vice-President, Worship,
Pastoral Relations, Personnel – ’11 758-7564
Patti Varga, Christian Education – ‘12 392-4771
KRC Secretary Cemetery Supervisor/KRC Sexton
Paul Clause – 859-4158 Greg Clause – 369-8472, 758-1338
Sun., May 22
10:00 am Worship & Sunday School, Rev. Tom McCrossan preaching
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study will not meet next Sunday.
11:00 am Fellowship and refreshments, Fellowship Room
11:15 am Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
Mon. May 23
7:00 pm Consistory meets
Tues., May 24
7:00 pm KRC Youth Group meets
Thur., May 26
10:00 am Community Prayer Group meets @KRC
Sun., May 29
10:00 am Baptismal Worship & Sunday School
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study will not meet May 29.
11:00 am Fellowship and refreshments, Fellowship Room
Sat., June 4
8:00 – 11:00 am KRC’s Annual Pancake Breakfast
Sun., June 5
10:00 am Worship and last session of regular Sunday School Classes
11:00 am Fellowship and Refreshments, Fellowship Room
11:15 am Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
Tues., June 7
6:30 pm Garden Workshop with Kerry Mendez of Perennially Yours
Sat., June 11
9:00 am – Noon KRC Plant Swap/Sale and Bake Sale
Sun., June 12
10:00 am Worship and celebration of Sunday School youth and staff
Please Note: Sunday School will be in summer recess after June 12.
11:00 am Brunch and Congregational Meeting
Please Note: Adult Bible Study will not meet June 12.
Wed., June 22
7:00 pm Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, St. John’s, Valatie
Servers Next Sunday, May 29, 2011
Ushers: Jim Baker, Bob Dreier, Loren Speer
Greeter(s): The Zietsman Family
Nursery: Nikki Barmen