Join us this Sunday for a very special Memorial Day celebration at Sedona United Methodist Church. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. In April 1863, in Columbus, Mississippi, after decorating the graves of her two sons who died representing their beloved south-land, an elderly woman walked to two mounds of dirt at the opposite corner of the cemetery to place memorial flowers there also. “What are you doing?” friends shouted, “Those are the graves of two union soldiers.” Softly that compassionate mother said, “I know. But I also know that somewhere in the North, a mother or a young wife mourns for them as we do for ours.”
That loving deed set in motion our celebration which has become known as Memorial Day. A time each year set aside to honor those who have laid their lives down, a sacrifice remembered by their loved ones every single day of the year! We want to honor the memory of all those who have sacrificed their lives on the altar of freedom—Those thousands of sacrificed lives were not given in vain! Because of their sacrifice, we are free today and have the right to assemble ourselves together and worship our God in the ways in which we are comfortable.
Another great Soldier stepped onto a harsh battlefield one day. He took up a mission and entered this world knowing that it would cost Him everything. This Soldier bravely entered that battlefield and won a great victory, but at an ultimate price—This Great Soldier gave His life, not for a nation, but for all humanity. His was not a life given in vain, but the sacrifice of His life served to set free the captives of sin. For the child of God, “Every Day Is Memorial Day.” A day we remember the sacrifice of thousands who have sacrificed as well as Heaven’s Greatest Soldier. This week we celebrate and remember a man named Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us all—along with all those unnamed souls who laid down their lives for another. Come and celebrate with us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church through Scripture, Prayer, and very special tribute to our awesome music program.
Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring beautiful and uplifting music, special times of prayer and passionate life changing messages designed to move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. Immediately following worship, you are encouraged and invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time anywhere featuring delicious snacks and great coffee and always friendship.
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!