DSC_0642For so many years Easter has been a day in which we focus solely on messages about Jesus being raised from the dead. This critically important resurrection story found in all four Gospels is faithfully shared with passion and joy. It is considered by most as the reason Jesus came, the story of our faith—the thing that sets Christians apart. The stone was rolled away, the tomb is empty. There are close encounters with angels and Mary sees with her own eyes the risen Savior. We get all dressed up, we celebrate, we sing, we love this story—Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, Indeed! And then we head home well fed spiritually now prepared to be filled physically with delicious Easter traditions like ham, scalloped potatoes, chocolate, and colored eggs.

While I love this story as much as anyone—and realize this story is so critically important to all of creation, there are times when I wonder if this story of new life is possible—what must I do to qualify?  Our society is desperate to find out how resurrection is a present-day reality? There are so many biblical and real-life examples of what is possible because of the Risen Christ. I particularly love the words from Luke 10:34—Peter said, “I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another.” This man, Peter, who knew the ups and downs of walking in faith, is the very one who shares the love of Jesus with people who were once considered outsiders – not welcome – not even eligible for God’s grace. Peter teaches us that because of the power of the resurrection – failure is not fatal—and Easter is for Everyone!

You are invited to join us this week at Sedona UMC for a very special day of celebration as Rev. Fred Mast brings incredible news in a message entitled “Easter is for Everyone!” Rise early and join us on our patio at 6:30am for our “Sunrise Service”—or sleep in a bit and come to our traditional 9:30am service. Both services are spirit filled and will feature Holy Communion, beautiful hymns, touching times of prayer and devotion, and passionate life changing messages that will bring you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Immediately following worship we welcome you to be our guest in Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time you will find anywhere featuring some very special and delicious snacks and always great coffee.

We offer a number of book and bible studies: Tuesdays at 10:30 am Lenten Study; Wednesday’s our Men’s Bible Study at 9am; and Thursday’s our Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. So many great missions, ministries and events happening at Sedona UMC—Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org  and Like us on Facebook.  We would love to pray for you!—Prayer requests may be submitted online or by calling us at 928-282-1780.  We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona. Come and grow with us!