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”

October 19, 2014 No. 42 Vol. XLVlII



"Even So, My Redeemer Lives" - 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: Ephesians 3:14-21
Message: “For this reason…”

We Respond

Congregational Sharing/Prayer Time/Benediction
Closing Song

Today's Leaders

*Music Leader: Susan Huyard
*Worship Leader: Sylvia Yoder
*Children’s Time: Garlan Yoder
*Message: Kevin Clark


Today we welcome Kevin A. Clark to our worship service. Kevin teaches classes in Christian Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where he also serves on the Campus Ministry team. He is ordained by Virginia Mennonite Conference and is on the board of Blue Ridge Ministries.

Wednesday: Prayer meeting, 7:00 p.m., at church.

EMHS is performing “Cinderella” by Rodgers & Hammerstein on October 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and October 26 at 2:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are available online at for $15.

The Fall Harvest Party will be held next Sunday at the Huyard Farm. Help is needed after lunch to cut up vegetables for the Brunswick stew. Bring a good knife. Other things to bring: lawn chairs, a side dish (salad or dessert), containers to take home some stew, and ingredients as assigned (see Kathy). Stew will be ready to serve at approximately 4:30 p.m. There will be some activities for children.

“Consultation and Collaboration of Those Interested in Prison Ministry and Reform,” tentatively scheduled for November 22, place and time yet to be determined. If you have interest in prison ministry, mark your calendar. Further details will be posted when available.

Staunton Mennonite Women: Save the date for our annual Christmas Dinner, Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at our church. Please plan to bring an item for a silent auction: a craft item, holiday goodies, jewelry, a scarf

Prayer requests

  • Peggy Blosser as she recovers from a stroke and for Nelson as he cares for her.

  • The Duncan family as they grieve the loss of Howard’s brother, Gordon.


Ephesians 3:20–21 - Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Staunton Mennonite Church

Photo by A. D. Strickland

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Worship Attendance ~ 36
Offering $691

Next Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sunday School - Marvin Showalter
Worship Leader - Dwight Huyard
Music Leader - Glen Zendt

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.


I will go before you


Leader: Everyone, sing to the Lord a new song!
People: Share the news of God’s wonderful saving work
each day because the Lord is great,
the Creator of all the grandeur of the universe.
Leader: Tell the nations, “The Lord rules!”
People: God set the world firmly in place
and it won’t be shaken.
Leader: Let the heavens celebrate and the earth rejoice.
Let the sea and everything in it roar.
Let the countryside and everything in it dance.
The trees of the forest will shout out joyfully.
All: Join their praise and give glory to God in song.

Affirming Faith

Lord, we believe that you are an utter mystery that came to live
among us, to touch us and to act in our world.
You go before us powerfully.
In fact, you act in places where we don’t expect you
and you leave us puzzled and amazed at times!
You have been known to use the Persian King Cyrus, a donkey,
Samaritans, a persecutor, and us to accomplish your will.
You are God and we are not!
Strangers are not always enemies. Sometimes they are helpers
like Pharaoh’s daughter or Rahab or a Roman centurion.
We rejoice in your closeness and in your mystery.
Now we wait in anticipation for your next unusual messenger.


Glorious God, we bring you our gifts
as well as our songs and our prayers,
so that our worship is complete.
We declare your glory to all. Amen.
—Claire Osinkosky, Cambridge, Ontario

Bible readings for today: Isaiah 45:1-7 (2); Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13); 1 Thessalonians
1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22.
Bible readings for next Sunday:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18;
Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (4); Matthew 22:34-46.