“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12) When you hear the word “Compassion”, what comes to mind? Compassion alludes to kindness and sympathy, but there is something much deeper and something even more profoundly powerful, in its meaning. The origin of the word compassion comes from the Latin, ‘compati’ which means to “suffer with.” In this translation compassion means someone else’s heartbreak becomes your heartbreak—Another’s suffering becomes your suffering. True compassion changes the way we live.

Wherever we go, we will encounter people who need compassion. Perhaps these words from the apostle Paul can help us view everyone around us in a different light—as people who need the gentle touch of grace. The pages of the Bible are replete with compassion, it oozes from the pages of the Old Testament, pours out of the Gospels. It presents itself as a challenge to believers and followers of Jesus. The Bible presents a God who has compassion for the people of Israel. It tells of a Savior who suffers for creation, and it asks us to live and act compassionately.

Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as Rev. Fred Mast brings a very special Thanksgiving message entitled, “Have You Seen Jesus My Lord”. Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 a.m. featuring meaningful times of prayer, joyous music, and life messages that will help move you closer in your relationship with Christ. Our worship is upbeat and lively, and spirit filled! 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 our “Pre-Thanksgiving Feast” with turkey and all the fixins’. All are welcome to join us in this special annual celebration.

All are invited, welcomed, and encouraged to come to this year’s (Thanksgiving) Interfaith Prayer Service on Tuesday November 20th beginning at 7:00PM and hosted at Sedona United Methodist Church 110 Indian Cliffs Road—Off of SR 179 at the Back O’Beyond Traffic Circle. There will be an interfaith choir and interfaith handbell choir, and many of the local area faith leaders will share a focus on this year’s theme which is “Compassion”. A time of fellowship will be held right after the service featuring Pumpkin Pie, Coffee and Cider. Come and make some new friends! For more information, please visit www.sedonaumc.org or call 928-282-1780.

Join our Advent Study and journey with us as we travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem in a fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. Using historical information, archaeological findings, and personal testimonies we will look at the most amazing moments in the history of God’s creation. We will follow the footsteps of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and others, gaining into our own journeys with Christ. This will be a four-week Advent study beginning November 27th—Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am at the church (110 Indian Cliffs Rd.), and Tuesday afternoons at 2 PM at the Gathering Place (1835 W. State Rte. 89A) in West Sedona. The entire community is welcome and invited—Please Call the church office for more details (928)282-1780.

We offer a number of book and bible studies: Wednesday’s our Men’s Bible Study at 9 a.m; and Thursday’s our Women’s Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. 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. All are welcome at Sedona UMC—Come and grow with us!