Jesus Christ is the greatest gift ever given to humanity. He was born in obscurity, with no fanfare not in some palace but in a damp dark cave. Growing up we hear little of Him, and when we do there is a gentle humbleness. In His ministry, we realize His wisdom and compassion. During His final days here on this earth we see His unfailing love and mercy. And in His resurrection, we experience His Power and Majesty. As we reflect on the remarkable life of Jesus Christ we are challenged just as the Apostle Paul was challenged to “Walk Worthy” of His high calling for us.
“…so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us…” (Colossians 1:9-14).
I love it when God’s words jump off the page and grab our attention while reading Scripture. Paul’s words from Colossians 1:9-14 does just that and is a powerful prayer we pray for those we love, but equally a prayer designed to direct our own walks. “Walking worthy” are words we wrestle with—they don’t mean walking perfectly—that’s a struggle for many of us. Walking worthy means being in step with the LORD and walking in the shadow of God’s grace—for He alone is worthy. Jesus walked this earth in a temporal body and knows what a struggle it is—He did it perfectly to redeem our missteps.
Walking worthy isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is for the born-again soul. What we are unable to do in our own strength, God provides through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit—that same Spirit that raised Jesus to new life from the grave will enable us to live our lives worthy of his call. How are you walking? Are you striving to walk worthy along with me? Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as our Chancel Choir presents a Joseph M. Martin production entitled “Walk Worthy”. Come and join us for a Celebration of Palm Sunday featuring a procession of palms, scripture, beautiful music, bells, and plenty of “Hosanna’s” to the King. Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring uplifting music, special times of prayer, and passionate life changing messages that will 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 delicious snacks and great coffee and always friendship.
Our very special “Holy Week” schedule—
Maundy Thursday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m. – Join in a Feast of Friends in Fellowship Hall as we begin the evening with a potluck dinner in the theme of the Last Supper followed by a brief Service of Preparation and Holy Communion.
Good Friday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. – You won’t want to miss this dramatic and powerful “Service of Shadow and Remembrance” as we walk with Jesus through the final hours of His earthly life. Come and prepare for His glorious and incredible resurrection on Easter Sunday!
Resurrection Sunday, April 1st —Two Easter Services featuring Holy Communion – Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. on the patio & Traditional Worship featuring our Bell Choir and Chancel Choirs at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Come sing your favorite Easter hymns and celebrate the Risen Christ!
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. And coming soon a new study on the Psalms. So many great missions, ministries and events happening at Sedona UMC a great place for ALL people—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!