Staunton Mennonite Church

2405 3rd St - Staunton, VA 24401 - 540 886-5869
Office hours Monday and Friday, 9am until 1pm
Pastor: Kevin Gasser   540 292-4507
Elder: Glenn Zendt - 886-3550

“Love, Hope, and Light in the Community”

September 14, 2014 No. 37 Vol. XLVlII



"Restoration" - led by Glenn Zendt

10:30 WORSHIP Service

We Gather

Gathering Song
Call to Worship
Opening Prayer

We Praise

Congregational Singing
Children’s Time

We Hear

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11-32
Message: "Forgiveness"

We Respond

Congregational Sharing/Prayer Time
Closing Song -

Today's Leaders

*Song Leader: Joe Shenk
*Worship Leader: Sylvia Yoder
*Children’s Time: Tate Love
*Message: Beryl Jantzi


Today we welcome Beryl Jantzi to our worship service. Beryl is the overseer of the Southern District of Virginia Mennonite Conference as well as the Stewardship Education Coordinator for Everence.

Women’s Care Group will meet this Wednesday at 7:00 pm at Kathy Zendt’s home.

There will be a Fellowship Meal after the worship service next Sunday, September 21.

While Kevin is on sabbatical, Lois Sell will be doing the bulletin. Contact her by phone or e-mail. (886-9180 or if you have information for the bulletin.

The Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale will be held October 3-4 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg. The relief sales offers a little bit of everything—quilts, artwork, homemade food, antiques, crafts, music and activities for the whole family. We hope you’ll join us! Proceeds go to the work of Mennonite Central Committee.
e family. We hope you’ll join us! Proceeds go to the work of Mennonite Central Committee.

Please Prayer For:

  • The racial tension and violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • Those suffering in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

  • The refugee situation along the US-Mexico border.

  • Kevin, Sonya, Paxton, and Hadley, as Kevin begins his study leave.


 Luke 15:32 - But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead
]and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

Staunton Mennonite Church

Photo by A. D. Strickland

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Worship Attendance ~ 46
Offering $

Next Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday School - Matvin Showalter
Worship Leader - Susan Huyard
Music Leader - Susan Huyard

No one truly knows Christ unless they follow Him daily in life" - Hans Denck

Thank you for joining us in worship today.  If this is your first time at Staunton Mennonite,
please fill out the “Welcome” card in the back of the pew and place it in the offering plate.


We are the Lord’s


Leader: Welcoming God, we are so glad for the wideness of
your mercy.
People: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all
his benefits.
Leader: We worship you, Lord, for you see into our hearts.
People: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all
his benefits.
Leader: The Lord says, “As I live, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
People: Bless the Lord, O my soul; give thanks, and
worship this great God.


Welcoming, gracious God, we confess our tendencies to judge
those with other opinions. Help us learn how to live with forbearance
and celebrate true life which lives for the Lord. Open
our eyes to your good dream for your diverse people. Amen.

Dedication Prayer

Leader: Lord of the living and the dead, as we enter another
year of learning, we ask you to help us find our roots
in the story of your people.
People: Whether we are teachers or learners, help us to live
in the Lord and to thankfully reflect your mercy,
grace, and steadfast love.
Leader: Bless those who teach by helping them teach with
godly wisdom. Bless those who learn by inspiring
them to see you at work through your servants.
People: Bless all places of learning so that your children
proclaim, “We are the Lord’s.” Amen.
—Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Today is Christian Formation Sunday. Elsie Rempel is the formation consultant of
Mennonite Church Canada. Mennonite Church Canada engages the world with the
reconciling gospel of Jesus Christ by forming a people of God, becoming a global
church, and growing leaders for the church.

Bible readings for today: Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13; Romans 14:1-12
(8); Matthew 18:21-35.
Bible readings for next Sunday
: Jonah 3:10–4:11; Psalm
145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30 (26); Matthew 20:1-16.