This week at Sedona United Methodist Church we celebrate the festival of the Baptism of Our Lord—Each year this Holy Gospel reading brings us the account of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan at the start of his earthly ministry. This year we hear the account from the 3rd Chapter in the Gospel of Matthew— “At that time Jesus arrived from Galilee and came to John at the Jordan to be
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“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” [Luke 2:11] Christmas is just a day away. We have waited. It seemed like it would never get here—and NOW it’s coming way too fast! It’s not easy to forget Christmas, VISA keeps reminding you for months to come! BUT—what if there hadn’t been that FIRST Christmas? Have you ever thought about
Please join Sedona United Methodist Church for our Christmas Eve Service on Friday, December 24th at 4PM and 6PM. Our service will feature Lessons, Carols and Candlelight and will feature a Brass Quintet from the Cottonwood Community Band at 6PM. Both services are family friendly so bring the entire family—Come, and experience again the birth of “The Christ Child” who came bringing God’s light and God’s ultimate gift to all
2,000 years ago, an angel announced the birth of Christ...and immediately a heavenly host appeared with the angel and ended their visitation with the words, "Peace on earth, good will to all upon whom God's favor rests." (Luke 2:14) Peace on earth...those are beautiful words...words we would all love to have come true. But let me ask you...where is that peace on earth? Where can we find it? Hear the
God first shared the promise of Emmanuel to King Ahaz—Leader of ancient Judah. It was a violent, rebellious, and fearful time for the king and Judah’s people as Assyrian forces occupied the land and persecuted the people. God offered the King a choice—He could either trust in God or suffer defeat at the hands of his enemies. God said, “If you do not stand firm in faith, you will not stand
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was salvation, so God sent us a Savior. (Source unknown)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2) The story of humanity points to Bethlehem—The focal point of history is Bethlehem. Everything in the Scriptures points to Bethlehem. In this Christmas season the prophet brings
To all ye Pilgrims, Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, squashes and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own
Are you declaring the things of God in and over your life? When you do that, you open the door for God’s favor to come flooding into your life and at the same time, you slam it shut on the things of this world that bring challenges. Praise God!! Psalm 30 is a psalm of thanksgiving, traditionally ascribed to David upon the building of his own royal palace—"I will extol