Kinderhook Reformed Church Worship Service
Route 9 & Church Street, Kinderhook, NY
10:00 a.m. June 19, 2011
“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 Sally Heimroth at our Lemonade Stand on the front lawn of the church following today’s Worship Service.
Ushers: Jeff Barmen, Derick Latorre, Steve Shpur, Bob Wildermuth
Preschool Nursery facility downstairs, Patti Varga supervising.
Flowers are given today by Elize Visser – Happy Father’s Day!
Order of Worship
WELCOME, SILENT PRAYER, and PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
VOTUM and GOD’S GREETING
Boldly Approaching Our God
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive) Based on Psalm 40, The Message
Blessed are those who give themselves over to God,
WOMEN: who turn their backs on the world’s “sure thing,”
MEN: who ignore what the world worships.
Nothing and no one comes close to you.
ALL: Neither numbers nor words account for you.
You are not impressed by what I do for you or what I can bring to you.
WOMEN: You are not interested in religious and pious platitudes.
MEN: A listening ear and an open heart are the offerings you seek.
I have proclaimed you to everyone I know.
WOMEN: I have not kept the news of your faithfulness a secret.
MEN: I share the truth of your love and grace.
ALL: Now, Lord, pour out your mercy upon us; we are in your hands.
*HYMN OF PRAISE #72 To God Be the Glory
A TIME OF CONFESSION (Responsive) Based on Psalm 52
Why do I boast of my mischief all day long?
My tongue is like a sharp razor and my mind plots destruction and deceit.
I am quick to hide my disobedience and guilt.
My flesh loves evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking the truth.
My waywardness is wrenched in between you and me, O Lord.
I so easily use words that humiliate and devour.
I am wasting away my days with foolishness.
Lord God, break down my pride, and snatch me from this –
my worldly wrongdoing.
[Moment of silence]
O Lord, I will always trust in your unfailing love.
Through your grace and mercy shown,
I am like an olive tree, thriving in your glory.
Because of your righteousness and forgiveness, I too can be victorious.
I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done.
O God, we seek to trust in your steadfast love forever and ever,
and put aside our mischief.
We will thank you forever because of what you have done.
And in the presence of the faithful, we proclaim your name, for it is good.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON (Responsive)
God looks favorably upon those who seek him. He is quick to forgive.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you have been forgiven. Amen.
God’s love is steadfast and true. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Hallelujah, Amen.
We Come before God’s Open Word
INSTALLATION, David Ennis, Elder
HYMN OF PRAYER and BLESSING #653 Make Me a Servant
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (p. 130)
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (p. 813)
MESSAGE “When We Love Others, I Never Comes before U.”
PRAYER OF BLESSING
FATHER’S DAY VIDEO
FATHERS’ PRAYER OF BLESSING UPON THEIR CHILDREN
Help me, Heavenly Father, as an earthly father, to lead a righteous and blameless life before my children. Enable me to bring them up in the training and instruction of your Holy Word, and to counsel and discipline them with love and grace after your own example. Amen.
PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES and OFFERINGS/OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY and OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
O God, these plates contain but a portion of our thanksgiving. The remainder we offer through deeds of loving kindness, through service in the name of Christ, and through enactment of the hope born of faithfulness. To the grace of your goodness we respond with gratitude, now and always, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF GOD
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
*SONG OF PRAISE (Insert) Open the Eyes of My Heart, 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.
If you are willing to offer your services to the Lemonade Stand ministry during the month of August, please contact Sally Heimroth today at the Lemonade Stand following Worship.
Please pick up your family’s copy 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.
Christian Ed Ministry is looking for volunteers to teach in our Vacation Bible School program in August, and a sign-up sheet is on the back table. For additional information about the positive rewards of serving in this ministry and the relatively small time commitment involved, please see Patti Varga.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Putting the Emphases where It Belongs!
As flooding and severe weather continues and tornadoes cause destruction in several regions of the United States, I hear of more and more people who fear the end of the world is at hand. Frankly, being ready for the end of the world that is at hand because God says so, and fearing that the end of the world is at hand and rushing around selling all you possessions and giving up your children’s collage funds, are two very different things. The Bible is clear about two things in this regard. Plainly said, He is coming and no one knows when He is coming. For believers this is good news, and we need not fear the coming of the Lord. Fearing the Lord, not the coming of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom Proverbs 9:10 says.
When reading Luke 21:25-28, the alarmist emphasizes verses 25-26. Prophets emerge from everywhere, capturing all who are willing to listen. They preach destruction, fuel fear, and call it evangelism. The believer focuses on verses 27-28, and with a glad heart awaits the glory of God, stands up, and with eyes on high prays, Maranatha, “Come Lord Jesus, Come.” – 1 Corinthians 16:22, Philippians 4:5, and Revelation 22:20.
Towards the end of the month we will be hearing the Word of God on this topic, so . . . be ready for it.
June 26 Matthew 24:36-51 The End of the World is Nigh
Our congregational meeting, pancake breakfast, plant swap, bake sale, and Garden Workshop activities this month have been a great success, and we thank all who participated with us in each of these outreach events.
As always, and especially with the upcoming summer vacation, you are asked to be faithful, if possible, with your tithing even for those Sundays that you cannot make it to church.
I would like to leave you with the following three scriptures for this month: First, in the light of the doomsday prophet’s messages, Isaiah 31:13, “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” and 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” Secondly, in the light of the pain and annihilation caused by nature and natural phenomena in the Heartland of our nation. Romans 8:35 and 38-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? . . . For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I pray that, as we grow together in Christ and His guidance through the Holy Spirit, and as we gladly await His second coming, we will glorify Him in all we do.
Praise God for the Christ-like example and Christian witness seen in Jim Dunham’s selfless volunteer service to Columbia County citizens and their communities. Jim, Nancy Bryan from Ancram, and Arlene Sweeney from Livingston, along with honorees from across New York State, were recognized recently on Senior Citizens’ Day at the State Capitol for their sustained engagement in and contributions to civic projects.
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
• For Priscilla Frisbee’s presence with us in Worship Sunday
• Success of KRC’s recent outreach events: Pancake Breakfast ($561 in donations to Alight Pregnancy Center in Hudson); Bake Sale at Kindercrafters’ ($200 designated for KRC’s restoration fund); Garden Workshop; Bake Sale and Plant Swap sponsored by Evangelism Ministry, and Compassion Coin Banks ($454)
• 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
Remember to Pray for
• Those whose families and friends are praying for their salvation or other spiritual needs
• Karl and Jen, the new pastor and his wife at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, as they settle into their new home and ministry in Kinderhook
• KRC’s Consistory members and administrative ministries
• 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 disasters
• Families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, especially Earl Johnson and family grieving the recent death of Earl’s wife
• Those, especially children, suffering natural disaster, abuses of war and violence, exploitation, neglect, family hostility
• Scott Clinton, Amy Clinton’s brother-in-law, recovering from recent surgery following a massive coronary; according to Scott’s doctors, almost no one survives this type of attack, and they are calling his recovery a miracle – thank God for this answer to prayer, and please continue to remember Scott who is up and walking and improving but still hospitalized
• Florence Kern, recovering from broken ribs and stitches following a fall - pray for relief from pain and rapid healing for Florence
• Dawn VanBuren, scheduled for glaucoma surgery to save the sight in her right eye on Wednesday, June 22, at Albany Med - please pray that our Lord will give Dawn strength to face and recover quickly from this surgery
• Tammy, battling chronic illness from a tick disease
• Ryan (Hacker) Morris, recovering from recent eye surgery
• Donna Scalera, recovering from recent surgery
• Ryan, recovering from recent brain surgery
• Ginger, sister of Bill Nieman, recently diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor; please keep Bill and Suzy in your prayers as they provide care and support for Ginger
• Others dealing with cancer: Ken Scofield; Joann Marvin; Rick; Matt; Tom Saulpaugh; Walt; Joe; Jennifer Kline; Julie’s aunt; Dave’s wife; Connie; Carin
• Those awaiting test results or surgery; recovering from surgery, injury, or illness; chronically ill; or in hospice care: Doris Schmieder; Priscilla Frisbee; Faity Tuttle; Florence Rivera; Ron Stockhoff; Dawn VanBuren; Ken Smith; Merrill & Erika Johnson; George Clowe; Kathy Schneider’s father in Barnwell; Paul Varga
• Those caring for the elderly, displaced, disabled, or ill, especially Diane Morgan
• Those who are traveling, especially Stacey Baker traveling and studying in France - Stacey will not be returning home until August 25
• Our residence-bound members: Gordie VanBuren, Murray Leonardson, Mike Rivera
• Those facing challenges, conflicts, difficult decisions: Libby Little; caregivers of children with health/developmental issues, especially Ashley & Mike, expecting twins this month 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
• 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)
• 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’s share of support is $6,711 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 $80.85, UP $5.85 FROM LAST YEAR. Still, this averages out to only $1.55 per week. All who are able to do so are encouraged to offer, over and above their 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 throughout the year. All contributions made for this purpose should be clearly designated, “Classis Assessment.” MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED A TOTAL OF $2955 TO DATE TO HELP DEFRAY THIS EXPENSE.
- PLEASE NOTE ON THE BACK TABLE OF THE SANCTUARY -
• Upcoming Camp Fowler retreats, “getaways”, summer camp, & other events
• Synod-sponsored local workshops, learning opportunities, retreats
• Spiritual conference opportunities – information and registration forms
• Words of Hope, & other devotional booklets – Please take for use at home.
• Young Life, Compassion, Service, GO, TWR, Words of Hope - latest world
missions’ magazine issues / updates
• Missions updates from RCA and KRC-supported missionaries
• Recent RCA Today copies
• RCA’s Stewardship and Building and Extension Fund reports and investment
• Volunteer opportunities through RCA
• Personal greetings cards, “thank-you” notes, and letters
• Flower Donation, and other volunteer sign-up sheets
• Surveys and information response sheets
• KRC Library booklist
• Shepherd’s Guide, Christian Yellow Pages & Capital Region church directory
• Public service information and opportunities
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
Dave Ennis ’12 784-9656
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
Today, June 19
10:00 am Worship
11:15 am Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
Mon., June 20
Tues., June 21
6:00 pm Property Ministry meets
7:00 pm KRC Youth Group meets
Wed., June 22
7:00 pm Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, St. John’s, Valatie
Thur., June 23
10:00 am Community Prayer Group meets @KRC
Sun., July 3
10:00 am Communion Worship
11:15 am Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
Sun., July 10
10:00 am Worship – Perry Jones, Guest Preacher
11:15 am Adult Bible Study, main floor conference room
Mon., July 11
7:00 pm Consistory meets
Servers Next Sunday, June 26, 2011
Ushers: Jeff Barmen, Derick Latorre, Steve Shpur, Bob Wildermuth
Nursery: Bonnie Dunham
Lemonade Stand: Donna Flansberg