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
Find us at mennochurch.net, mennochurch.org, or mennochurch.com


“Love, Hope, and Light in the Community”

  April 23, 2017 No.17 Vol. LI


9:30 Sunday School

Christian, Muslim, Friend, led by Danny Weaver

10:30 Worship Service

We Gather

Opening Song ~ 25 HWB
Call to Worship
Opening Prayer

We Praise

Congregational Singing ~ 263, 301, 274 HWB

We Hear

Children’s Time
New Testament Reading: John 20:19-31
Sermon: “The Missouri of Disciples"

We Respond

Congregational Prayer Time
Closing Song ~ 548 HWB

Today's Leaders


*Song Leader: Glenn Zendt
*Worship Leader: Kadrin Anderson *Accompanist: Sandy Carter

Pastor Kevin Gasser



is to raise money for our high school students to attend the Mennonite Church USA youth conference this summer. Offering checks can be combined with donations for the fundraiser by earmarking appropriately.

The annual Southern District Hymn Sing is scheduled for 6:00 pm tonight at Lynside Mennonite. Come and hear missional stories from our district churches as we blend our voices together in songs of praise. Please bring finger foods to share after the event.

There will be a Prayer Meeting this Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

The annual church cleaning day is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 8:00 am until it is all done. Lunch will be provided.

Eastern Mennonite Middle School will present Charlotte’s Web at 7:00 pm on April 28 and 29, and at 2:00 pm on April 30. Tickets will be available at the door.

There are more “Welcome Your Neighbor” signs available in the coatroom. Feel free to take one for yourself or to share.

Please pray for:

• Abi Marrah (Susan’s niece), as she begins treatment for cancer.
• Those who have been affected by recent terrorist attacks around the globe.
• Joyce Showalter, who is now able to start walking on her previously-broken ankle.



John 20:28, “Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”

Staunton Mennonite Church

Photo by A. D. Strickland

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Worship Attendance - 60
Offering - $1,173.00

Next Sunday, April 30, 2017
Sunday School ~                         
Worship Leader ~ Marlene Wenger
Music Leader ~ Garlan Yoder

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.


Easter 2: Creation Care

Call to worship (from Psalm 104)

People - - Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
Leader -  You are clothed with honor and majesty,
wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent.
People - - Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Leader - By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;
From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
People - - Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Leader - You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate
to bring forth food from the earth,
and wine to gladden the human heart,
oil to make the face shine,
and bread to strengthen the human heart.
People - - Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Leader - The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has its home in the fir trees.
People - - Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great

Offering prayer

With all that we have and all that we are, we honor you. Restore us, O God, to live in freedom and trust.

Confession and Words of Assurance

Leader - Loving God, we remember Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father...”
All - You created us, you made this world,
and you called your creation very good.
Yet often we forget that you are our loving Parent
who continues to bless your world.
Leader - Jesus told us that you are “...in heaven...”
All - Yet we fail to live in awe of you.
We take you for granted, and we don’t see the
awesome beauty of the world you have made.
Leader - We pray, “Hallowed be your name...”
All - We confess that our reverence for you does not always
lead us to care reverently for your earth, sky and sea.
Leader - We pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven...”
All - We confess that we often put our own interests first -
exploiting your creation, and living for our own
convenience and self-interest.
Leader - We pray, “Give us today our daily bread.”
All - We confess that we consume more than our share
of the world’s resources, while billions go hungry
every day and your whole creation suffers.
Leader - We pray, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those
who sin against us.”
All - We confess that we see these words only in spiritual terms,
while the Bible is filled with teachings about
economic justice and creation care.
Leader - We pray, “Save us from the time of trial.”
All - Help us to resist the temptations of spending more,
using more, acquiring more, and wasting more.
Leader - We pray, “Deliver us from evil...”
All - Free us from greed and self-centeredness
that separate us from you and others.
Leader - We pray, “For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and forever.”
All - Help us to know that in caring for your wonderful world,
we are working for your kingdom, being good stewards
of your creative power, and giving you glory.
Leader - We pray, “Amen.”
All - We end our prayers with “Amen,” a word that means
“let it be so.” We know we can be faithful disciples
by your grace. Amen!