Join us for worship this week as Pastor Fred returns and begins a series of sermons based on the miracles of Jesus. This week we begin in the Gospel of John, chapter 2, as Jesus shows up at a wedding party, and not only ends up being the life of the party—but literally saves the party and the bride’s father from great humiliation.
This is the first of many miracles Jesus will perform during his three-year ministry and it is a test case for the miracles that will follow—it’s one thing to turn water into wine, after all many trained magicians or chemists could do a simple task like turning water into wine—a little sleight of hand, or a simple chemical reaction, and bingo! you have wine. But we find this is not just ordinary wine. It is the finest wine they had ever tasted.
Surely, the Master of Miracles would start by moving a mountain, or some other major miracle. Why a seemingly simple science experiment? Wouldn’t modern day promotional guru’s, had they been in Jesus’ ear, would certainly be begging for Jesus to begin with a spectacular healing at a leaper colony? We can almost hear the snickers and the critics screaming, “Your career will never go anywhere—you’ll never be anybody!” But we will find out there is much more to this story. We certainly find the true importance of this first miracle—it is a test case, a foundational moment in history and Jesus’ ministry. We are challenged to understand, to believe, to not limit God’s ability to less than that of ordinary people. Come and join in the journey as we once again see the power and the glory of the one we call Jesus—the Christ.
There are so many exciting things happening at Sedona UMC this summer. Remember to join us for adult Sunday school beginning June 26th at 10:45 am and a six week study entitled “Kingdom Building”. All are welcome and encouraged to come. We also offer a Men’s Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 9 am, and our Women’s Bible Study on Thursday mornings at 10:30 am. If evenings work better, join our Monday evening group that gathers at 6 pm. There is something for everyone and our groups would love to welcome you. Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring meaningful times of prayer, joyous music, and life messages that will help you walk in a close and personal relationship with Christ. Our worship is upbeat and lively, we laugh, we cry, and most of all we welcome all as family. And our fellowship time immediately following worship features the best coffee, sweet treats, and friendship you will find anywhere. Plan to make a morning of it; cause once you’re here you won’t want to leave—guaranteed! 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.