DSC_1025“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)

It is one of the most often quoted scriptures in the entire bible. God’s love for us is what motivated Him to send Christ into the world to save us. Christ paid for our sins, which had separated us from Him. This sacrifice not only brings us peace with God, it also brings us into a personal, loving relationship with Him. God’s atoning love through Christ is the source of all our spiritual blessings. Jesus Christ is the manifestation of the love of God—“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

But how do we adequately describe God’s love for us—is it possible to comprehend? Join us this week at Sedona UMC as we continue our Advent Journey and Pastor Fred Mast delivers a message titled “A Gift Beyond Description” focusing on the indescribable gift of Jesus Christ coming into the world. Sunday mornings we enter a time of spirit filled worship at 9:30 am featuring meaningful times of prayer, joyous music, and spirit led life messages that will help move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Our worship is upbeat and lively, we laugh, we cry, and most of all we welcome all as family.

Fellowship time begins immediately following worship and features the best coffee, sweet treats, and friendship you will find anywhere. This week we will have our “Second Chance Boutique—Still need to find a little something for that special someone for Christmas? This sale will feature local crafters, bracelets, Christmas decorations, books, jams, soup mix, baked goods, pottery and more during our fellowship time. Plan to make a morning of it because once you’re here you won’t want to leave—guaranteed!

Visit our Tinsel Town exhibit at Tlaquepaque beginning December 1st thru January 1st—Our theme is “Lord, Hear Our Prayers” and interactive display providing the community the opportunity to submit their Christmas prayers which will be prayed over by our prayer ministry. Come and bring your prayers to the manger.

So many great ministries and events happening at Sedona UMC—Like us on Facebook and visit our website at www.sedonaumc.org. In need of prayer? Prayer requests may be submitted online or by calling us at 928-282-1780.  We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona.