The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.  They brought the donkey and a colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:6-9)

It is traditionally believed that Jesus’ earthly ministry, from baptism to crucifixion, was a period of three years—roughly 1000 days. The writers of the Gospels attempt to summarize this entire period for us—but clearly, they believed that the final week of Jesus’ life was the most important. We call this “Holy Week” and the beginning of this week is called “Palm Sunday”.

Jesus 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 to ask ourselves, “Am I willing to follow Jesus all the way to the cross and beyond?”

Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as our Chancel Choir leads a very special worship service filled with beautiful meaningful songs, scripture that paint amazing pictures, and message by Rev. Fred Mast entitled “How Far Will You Follow?” Come and join this very special celebration of Palm Sunday featuring a procession of palms, spirited music, and plenty of Hosannas to the King.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our special Holy Week/Easter Services—

“Maundy Thursday” April 14th @ 6PM you’re invited to remember the Passover Feast in our fellowship hall in a light supper in the Upper Room/Last Supper theme followed by a brief service of Holy Communion.

“Good Friday” April 15th at 7:00PM, don’t miss the most powerful service of the entire year with our presentation of the “Passion of Christ” in a service of remembrance which will prepare us to receive and celebrate the Risen Christ on Resurrection Sunday.

Easter Resurrection Sunday, April 17th we will begin with our 6:30am Sunrise Service on our patio as we greet the new day and rising sun out in the beauty of nature with spectacular views. We will continue our celebration with our Traditional 9:30am Service in our beautifully decorated sanctuary featuring organ and brass accompaniment of some of our favorite Easter celebration hymns. Both services will offer Holy Communion (all are welcome) and be followed by a time of Fellowship featuring delicious continental breakfast items and amazing coffee/beverages.

Sedona UMC offers several weekly book and bible studies and so many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities—Call for details (928-282-1780 or visit our website –“Like” us on Facebook. We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona. All are welcome at Sedona UMC—Come and grow with us!