Staunton Mennonite Church

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


“Love, Hope, and Light in the Community”

  November 29, 2015 No.48 Vol. XLIX


9:30 Sunday School

“Teaching God’s Word,” led by Glenn Zendt

10:30 Worship Service

We Gather

Gathering Song - STJ 109
Call to Worship
Opening Prayer

We Praise

Congregational Singing
Children’s Time

We Hear

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:1-10
Sermon: “Learning to Wait”

We Respond

Removal of Chains/Candle Lighting
Closing Hymn

Today's Leaders


*Song Leader: Garlan Yoder
*Worship Leader: Sonya Gasser

 *Message: Kevin Gasser



The annual Staunton Mennonite Women Christmas party will be held this Wednesday, December 2, beginning at 6:00pm. The meal will be provided at a cost of $10 per person. Please bring a mug for our special hot drink bar, and 1 dozen cookies to share. Please RSVP today to Sonya or Kathy.

There will also be an all-church Christmas meal on December 9 starting at 5:30pm. Please join us for a simple meal of pizza as well as sharing in a time of singing and Christmas crafts. Everything will be supplied by the fellowship committee.

Staunton Mennonite has been invited to “adopt” children from the Valley Mission for Christmas. In the coming weeks we will have some basic information available for each of the children living at the Mission. The hope is that we can provide a shoe-box-sized gift for each of the children. Please consider how you might be able to give to our less fortunate neighbors.

Please pray for:

• Those who are lonely, hungry, or suffering this Christmas season


Psalm 25:3 (NRSV),
“Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.”

Staunton Mennonite Church

Photo by A. D. Strickland

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Worship Attendance ~ 45
Offering - $870.00

Next Sunday, December 6, 2015
Sunday School - Garlan Yoder
Worship Leader - Marlene Wenger
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.


Hope: I will fulfill my gracious promise

Call to Worship

Leader: We live in troubled times, waiting for God’s burst of
light into our dark world.
People: Lift up your eyes! God’s justice is on the way.
Leader: Liberating God, sustain us and help us to walk in your
People: Free us from the chains of prejudice and the shackles
of sin.
Leader: This is the moment to wake from sleep.
Be ready, Jesus is coming to set us free.
All: Let us worship God, whose mercy promises us new life
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


God of Advent, in the darkest days and nights of the year,
our hearts turn toward your promised light. Help us to not fear
the shadows in our own lives; help us to have courage to face
what binds us and keeps us from living in freedom in Christ.
Lead us in your light to a manger where the face of God—truth,
justice, mercy—shines bright and clear. Amen.
—adapted from Sing the Story #125


Now may God increase our love for one another and for all,
and strengthen our hearts in holiness
so that we will be blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent–Epiphany worship resources are produced
cooperatively by Mennonite Church Canada Formation, the Denominational
Ministry of Mennonite Church USA, and Leader magazine.

Bible readings for today: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13;
Luke 21:25-36.
Bible readings for next Sunday: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11;
Luke 3:1-6.

Mennonite Worship Bulletins © 2014 MennoMedia, Harrisonburg, Va., and Waterloo, Ont.
Printed in the USA. 11-29-15