DSC_0648The creative force behind all great art, all great drama, all great music, all great architecture, all great writing is passion. Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion. Nothing great is ever sustained in life without passion. Passion energizes life, it makes the impossible possible. Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and to say, “I’m going to do something really great with my life today.” Without passion life becomes boring, it becomes monotonous and routine, it becomes downright dull.

God created you and gave you a heart so that you might have passion in your life. God wants you to live a passion filled life. Passion is what mobilizes great movements into action; it is what causes explorers to boldly go where no man’s gone before. Passion is what causes scientists to spend late night hours trying to find the cure for cancer. Passion is what takes a good athlete and turns him or her into a great athlete. You’ve got to have passion in your life.

One day a man walks up to Jesus and he says, “Lord, what’s the most important thing in the Bible?” We’ve talked about it many times Jesus said, “I want you to love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength. Nothing matters more than that. That’s the number one thing in life. Mark 12:29-30

Come and join us this week in another spirit filled time of worship, moving prayer, and joyful music as Pastor Fred Mast begins a series of messages entitled, “Reigniting Our Passion for God”. This week we begin in the Gospel of Mark chapter 12 with the greatest commandment—love for God and neighbor. Come and reignite your passion for life and most importantly, for God once more.

Sedona UMC will begin our Lenten season with our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday February 9th from 4:30 to 6:00PM. Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner! We will enjoy pancakes, ham slices, and fruit salad.  (Diabetic and Gluten Free Choices will be available. Tickets available at the church or at the door for $5 adults $2 Students Children under age 5 are free. See our website at www.sedonaumc.org for additional details and a history of what Shrove Tuesday is.  All are welcome and invited to join our Ash Wednesday service at 7:00PM on February 10th in our sanctuary. We will offer a time of contemplation and devotion and we will have an offering of the ashes at the conclusion of our service. Come and join us as we enter in to a time of “Holy Lent.”  Opportunities abound for adult Bible studies–Monday evenings beginning at 6:30PM, Men’s Bible Study Wednesday mornings at 9:00am, or our Women’s Study Thursday mornings beginning at 10:00am.  Our chancel choir and our new bell choir are always looking for new members.  Sedona UMC is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, off the Back O’Beyond rotary on Route 179, in Sedona and worship starts at 9:30 each Sunday in the sanctuary. Childcare available.  Visit www.sedonaumc.org or call 928-282-1780 for more information on worship, getting a ride to church or any event, Family Movie Night, to hear past services, for missions, Bible studies, Sunday School, youth events, and any of the many activities of our church.