DSC_0642The scene, Jerusalem, by the sheep gate—a pool that in Hebrew is called Bethzatha, in which shepherds came to wet their sheep in preparation for market. The porches or colonnades were covered with invalids who coveted a chance to bathe in the miraculous curative qualities attributed to the pool, particularly in those times when the waters churned. The King James Version follows an ancient manuscript explained by local legend, “An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first stepped in was made whole from whatever ailment might trouble them.” Can you imagine yourself sitting by this pool, an invalid for some 38 years? 38 years of longing to be made whole, waiting for just the right moment to once again put behind him the ailment holding him back from living the life he has only dreamed of living. Isn’t that so often the case with us; desiring to be made whole whether it be an ailment, a relationship gone wrong, or some other weight bearing heavy upon our soul—simply dreaming of being made whole once again. Join Pastor Fred this week as he continues a sermon series based on the miracles of Jesus, this week focusing on the miracle story told in the 5th chapter of John’s Gospel. Come and experience the love of God, a powerful force; the strongest force there is in this world. Worship begins at 9:45am.

Plan to stay after worship and join us for the best fellowship anywhere. Great coffee, great sweet treats, and some of the friendliest folks you’ll meet. Adult Sunday school at 10:45am, children’s Sunday school and nursery during worship. Mark your calendars for a great new event we call “Hot August Nights”. Do you love to sing, tell great jokes, play an instrument, or just want to have some good clean fun? Then this event is for you. There is no charge for this event and we will have delicious sundaes, fresh peach cobbler, and a great time of fellowship. The fun starts at 6PM on August 19th in our Fellowship Hall and everyone is invited and encouraged to come. This is a FREE event so no need for tickets or reservations—just come and bring the whole family.

There are so many exciting things happening at Sedona UMC. We 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. Call our church office for details (928)282-1780 of visit our website at sedonaumc.org.