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Letters 08/07/2017 Sunday at Old Mud

posted Aug 8, 2017, 5:17 PM by Pam Ellingson
Worship in the Faith of our Forefathers
Russell L. Gasero, Archivist of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) in New Brunswick, NJ is coming to conduct the special service in our newly rededicated and restored Old Mud Meetinghouse at Harrodsburg onSunday, September 10, 2017. His sermon will be on Psalm 16:6:  "The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." (from the NIV).  The Public is invited.

Greeters and Ushers will be:
Jon Heavener of Oklahoma,
Dennis Karwatka of Kentucky,
Larry Westerfield of Tennessee,
Dick Bauer of Kentucky,
Gerald Westerfield of Illinois,
Buck Keith of Indiana.

The Cousins will surely all be celebrating our delightful Dutch inheritance that weekend! A typical Dutch Reformed Service of that day would go something like this:

Amalie Preston of Salvisa, Kentucky, has agreed to be our Voorzinger(singer and reader) although women would not have played a part in the Reformed Dutch Church’s early services. (They do today.) The Voorzinger sets the pitch and leads the music. The typical songs sung at a worship service of that day were from the book of Psalms, and women most likely would not have participated.

To finance the church in the beginning, members purchased a pew. Wealthier folks paid more to get the pews up front. Less wealthy sat toward the rear.

Standing in the baptistery below the pulpit, the Voorzinger opens the services by reading the day’s verse from the Bible and leading in the singing of a psalm.

Acting Domine, Mr. Gasero, will stand in silent prayer during the reading and the singing, then he will climb up into the tall pulpit to present the message.

Voorzinger Preston will turn the Hour-glass to mark the length of the sermon.

The Elders: Vince Akers of Indiana,
Eddie Cozine of Kentucky,
John C. Westerfield of Pennsylvania,
Larry Voreis of South Carolina,
Malcolm Banta of Florida.
The Elders will sit up front to keep on eye on the pastor and critique his preaching, because they are responsible for the Spiritual life of the church.

When the sermon ends, the Deacons - responsible for church physical or financial and property issues - take up the collection by thrusting the antique collection staves in front of each row of seats. While the bags are being passed, the Domine might dwell upon the necessities of the poor and he might invoke blessings upon those who give liberally, even calling them by name. Sometimes a bell hangs at the bottom of the bag to call attention to the lack of a contribution.
Church Deacons :
Lynn Rogers of Ohio,
Rodney Dempsey of Kentucky,
Gene Heathcoat of Texas,
Jeff Westerfield of North Carolina.

After the collection, the Voorleser will rise and using  a long rod, she hands to the Domine the requests for prayers or thanksgiving offered by members of the congregation. These prayers are read aloud. Another psalm is sung. The Domine steps down from the pulpit.

Each elder will line up to shake hands with the Domine, as the minister was called — unless they are dissatisfied with that day's sermon. In that case, the Elders will let the Domine know their objection, and they will be sure the congregation knows their thoughts, too.

The congregation is dismissed and they file out in an orderly procession.