“He’s calling us to walk out of the dark; He’s giving us new resurrected hearts. Come on and rise up, take a breath, you’re alive now; Can’t you hear the voice of Jesus calling us; Out from the grave like Lazarus.” – These are words from the Christian song by the trio Cain.

I believe that there is more to this story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead than most realize. This story demonstrates the true nature of Christ—It exemplifies His AUTHORITY over death and sin. This story is about the manifestation of Jesus’ far-reaching POWER to go into the grave and raise up the dead. I believe that this story is about more than Jesus having the power and authority to raise this natural body—It also demonstrates His power to bring one from the depths of this world’s hold upon us.

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:17-21)

How often in our own lives we think – “if only God were more involved”, “if only I was closer to Jesus, then things would have gone my way”, “I certainly wouldn’t be in this hardship if Jesus had responded more quickly.” Join us at Sedona United Methodist Church as Rev. Fred Mast brings an inspired message of hope entitled “Livin’ Like We’re Lazarus.”

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 encouraged and invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time anywhere featuring lots of great and delicious brunch treats, and always great hot coffee. This is the friendliest and most welcoming congregation & fellowship time anywhere!

We offer several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s join us @ 1:30 pm for a bible study at The Gathering Place in West Sedona; and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am at the church. So many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities at Sedona UMC—Call our office for additional details.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our special Holy Week/Easter Services. Maundy Thursday – April 6th @ 6PM you’re invited to remember the Passover Feast with Holy Communion; Good Friday April 7th@ 7PM features the most powerful service of the entire year as we journey the Delarosa with Jesus remembering His sacrifice for all of us—preparing the way for Resurrection/Easter Sunday April 9th@ 6:30am (Sunrise on the patio) and 9:30am in the sanctuary.

We offer so many great missions, ministries and opportunities at Sedona UMC—Visit our website at 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 United Methodist—Come and join this growing faith family! Invite, pick-up, and bring your friends and family.