“A Good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the valuable assets in our society.”—Billy Graham. The story from the gospel of Mark Chapter 9 shares the love of a father for his son who is possessed by an evil spirit. Is there any length a parent would go to protect, care for, and give the best possible life to their child? We can usually handle things until a situation arises where our normal means of operation can’t fix it. It isn’t until we can’t overcome a situation that we begin to realize how dependent we are on God. Through this father, Jesus showed them that even the slightest faith in Him has unbelievable power. The whole issue began when this father brought his son to be healed by Jesus. The way the father interacted with Jesus is a great picture of what faith should look like. Jesus asked the boy to be brought to him, who had another seizure right there.
The father used a phrase that we’re all familiar with; surely Jesus, “if you can”. He was already let down by the disciples. They weren’t able to heal his son. He was wondering if Jesus could do any better. All of us have hedged our bets like this in prayer. We far too often don’t go boldly before God and ask Him for what we want. Usually we use small little caveats in our prayers to protect ourselves from being let down. We’ll ask for something and then say, “if it’s Your will,” or “God, do what You think is best”. Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as we welcome Steve Roblee—Director of Church Relations at Rainbow Acres and he shares a heartfelt message of a father longing to protect and bring healing to his son. Steve will share from his deep personal experiences loving and caring for individuals with disabilities and the true gifts coming from his experiences at Rainbow Acres. This will be a very special Father’s Day celebration—We enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring joyful music, special times of prayer and passionate life changing messages designed to move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Immediately following worship you are invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time you will find anywhere featuring delicious snacks and great coffee.
Children and youth ages 4 to 17 are invited to participate in our six-week Theatre Camp beginning June 19th through July 29th. This amazing opportunity is brought to you by the Emerson Theater Collaborative and sponsored and hosted by Sedona United Methodist Church. The camp will feature acting, improv, lighting and costume design, directing, daytrips, workshops, performance’s and more! Camp runs Monday-Thursday from 9AM to 3PM. For more information contact the Emerson Theatre Collaborative (860)705-9711 or visit the website www.emersontheatercollaborative.org. – Space is limited and scholarships are available.
We offer a number of book and bible studies: 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!