What is worship?  Have you ever really thought about it?  Have you come to grips with what worship is in your own life?  The funny thing about trying to define worship is that if you asked 10 different people, you would get 10 different answers; and to some degree, each would be right as they would be giving a shade of meaning to worship.

But what is real worship-better yet, what does the Bible mean when it teaches us about worship.  Does worship happen through song?  Does worship happen in dance?  Does worship happen when you lift your hands?  Does worship only happen in the sanctuary on Sunday morning?

In the Bible, worship describes both a way of life and a specific activity. Praying, praising, adoring, and expressing reverence for God, both publicly and privately, are specific acts of worship. In a broader sense, worship refers to an overall lifestyle of serving and glorifying God and reflecting His glory to others.

The Old Testament prophet Jonah said, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land” (Jonah 1:9). He was speaking of a lifestyle wholly dedicated to glorifying God. The apostle Paul also defined worship as an all-encompassing way of life: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).

Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as Rev. Fred Mast continues a Sermon Series on 1 Timothy offering a message entitled “Worship as If Your Life Depends on It”. 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. Sunday school offered for children kindergarten to 6th grade.

Immediately following worship, you are invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for a very special fellowship time featuring delicious goodies and snacks, beverages, and always great hot coffee. This is the friendliest and most welcoming fellowship time anywhere!

We offer several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s join us @ 1:30 pm for a new study based on the series “The Chosen” at The Gathering Place in West Sedona; and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. We offer so many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities at Sedona UMC.

Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org  and “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! Invite, pick-up, and bring your friends and family.