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”

  December 13, 2015 No.50 Vol. XLIX


9:30 Sunday School

“Acceptable Offerings,” 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: Isaiah 12:1-6
Sermon: “The Hope We Sing”

We Respond

Removal of Chains/Candle Lighting
Closing Hymn

Today's Leaders


*Song Leader: Joe Shenk
*Worship Leader: Glenn Zendt
*Children’s Time: Shannon Love

 *Message: Kevin Gasser



Staunton Mennonite will be serving the evening meal at the Valley Mission today. Please see Kathy if you are able to chop vegetables after church or would like to help serve the meal.

Eastern Mennonite High School will present "Lessons and Carols," a traditional concert of scripture and song featuring EMS choirs and orchestra, December 15 with an encore performance on December 17, both at 7:30 pm in the school auditorium. All are invited to these free performances which are sure to put you in a holiday mood!

Staunton Mennonite will hold a Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, December 24, beginning at 6:30 pm. This brief service will weave together scripture from the Christmas story with hymns and candle lighting.

Please pray for:

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


Isaiah 12:5, “Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.”

Staunton Mennonite Church

Photo by A. D. Strickland

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Worship Attendance ~ 45
Offering - $992.00

Next Sunday, December 20, 2015
Sunday School - Dwight Huyard
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.


Joy: Be glad and rejoice

Call to Worship

Leader: Sing aloud, O people,
shout out your worship in a loud voice!
People: God takes away the judgment against us;
there’s no need to fear disaster.
Leader: The Lord our God exults over us with gladness; singing
loudly as on a day of celebration.
People: God delivers us from all that oppresses us,
changing our shame into praise.
All: Rejoice! For God is our strength and our might
and has become our salvation.


God of eternity, when the voices of prophets are silent and the
faith of your people low, when darkness has obscured the light
and indifference has displaced zeal, you see that the time is
right and prepare to send your Son. Set us free from fear and
faithlessness, that we may be ready to welcome him who comes
as Savior and Lord. Amen. — adapted from Sing the Story #127


Let us not worry about anything,
but in everything, with thanksgiving,
make our requests known to God.
So God’s peace, which is beyond our understanding,
will guard both our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

Today is the third 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: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18.

Bible readings for next Sunday: Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-
10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55).

Mennonite Worship Bulletins © 2015 MennoMedia, Harrisonburg, Va., and Kitchener, Ont.
Cover design by Paul Stocksdale; © 2015 Church of the Brethren. Printed in the USA. 12-13-15