Jesus said to those who follow Him: “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). This verse of Scripture is tremendously important at this hour in our history. In another part of the Bible we find the same thing stated by John again: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Those who do not love do not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for us” (1 John 4:7-10).
The Bible declares that we who follow Jesus Christ should be just as much in love with each other as God was in love with us when He sent His Son to live among us and sacrifice all for us on the cross. In this we see what it means to love as God loves, because Scripture tells us, “God is love” (1 John 4:16). The basic attribute of God is holiness, but love is probably the most important attribute of God. It is a part of God’s nature to love, and all who know Jesus Christ as Savior also have this supernatural love instilled within their hearts by the Holy Spirit. The greatest demonstration of the fact that we are Christians is that we love one another.
Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as the Rev. Fred Mast shares a message entitled “Love Changes Everything!” celebrating the abundant, unconditional, limitless love God brought into the world in the person of Jesus Christ—the worlds ultimate example of love and the difference love can make in changing everything. Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring uplifting music, special times of prayer and passionate life changing messages designed to move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. Immediately following worship you are encouraged and invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time anywhere featuring lots of delicious snacks, great coffee, and always amazing friendship.
Do you love music? Love to sing? Always wanted to play a musical instrument? Then SUMC is the perfect place for you—come and join our Chancel Choir or our Bell Choir and help us make a joyful noise to the Lord. Our Bell Choir practices on Thursdays at 5 PM and our Chancel Choir practices Thursdays at 6:30 PM. No prior experience necessary just a love of music and a desire to have fun! Call the church office for more information.
We offer a number of book and bible studies: Wednesday’s our Men’s Bible Study at 9am; and Thursday’s our Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. So many great missions, ministries and events happening at Sedona UMC—Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org and “Like” us on Facebook. We would love to pray for you!—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. Come and grow with us!