Did they have any idea what they were getting themselves into that day when Jesus came calling? Peter, Andrew, James, and John had no crystal ball that day when Jesus called them. When the call came, they were going about business as usual; casting nets, pulling them back in, sorting and salting the fish, taking them to market, and maintaining their equipment.
We have the advantage of knowing how things turned out. We know the joys and wonders in store for them. We know they will see and experience things they could not imagine from that very first day with Jesus.
What would we give up to hear Jesus say to us, …”to you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven”? (Matthew 13:11). What would that kind of spiritual insight be worth? How much of a pay cut would we endure in order to see the power, intensity, and energy of the Transfiguration, as Peter, James, and John saw? (Matthew 17:1-8). This week in a sermon titled “Immediately Without Hesitation” Pastor Fred Mast will bring a message around the continuing the story of Jesus’ ministry here on earth from the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus brought a sample of what it will be like to be in God’s full presence, to experience true justice and fairness where everyone has enough, to live in joy. In Jesus, God has reached into our world and brought hope.
There are so many exciting new things happening at Sedona UMC and you are invited to be a part of the amazing work we are doing to make a difference in our community. Sedona UMC is known as being the friendliest and warmest community of faith around. No matter where you find yourself in your journey of life and faith, you will find a warm welcome here. SUMC has a new and exciting opportunity available- Are you between 10 and 110? Are you musically talented? Or do you have little musical ability? Then we want to invite you to come and join our SUMC Bell Choir. We will begin practices Saturday, January 23rd at 10:30am. Please call our church office for more details. Come and “ring” in the New Year at SUMC. Sedona UMC is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, off the Back O’Beyond rotary on Route 179, in Sedona and worship starts at 9:30 each Sunday in the sanctuary. Childcare available. Visit www.sedonaumc.org or call 928-282-1780 for more information on worship, getting a ride to church or any event, Family Movie Night, to hear past services, for missions, Bible studies, Sunday School, youth events, and any of the many activities of our church.