Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. . .” [John10:7] Doors are one of the most common things in the world—There are so many kinds and types of doors. There are ornate doors in churches and cathedrals, steel doors on the vault of a bank, canvas doors on tents, and every other kind imaginable in homes throughout the world. Doors can be expensive or inexpensive, strong or weak, beautiful or very plain, but they all have one thing in common they are entries!
A door provides an invitation to enter. If we want to enter a place as an invitee, we usually enter through the front door. A door is the way invited guests enter into a home or a place of business. We are all invited to enter the kingdom of Heaven, but if we are going to enter the kingdom or the body of Christ, we must enter through ”the door”.
Jesus tells us that HE IS the door for the sheep! In Jesus’ metaphor He is the door through which the sheep enter the safety of God’s fold and go out to the rich pasture of His blessing. It is through Him that the lost can approach the Father. Jesus invites all to enter through Him! Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as Rev. Fred Mast continues a sermon series based on the seven “I Am” sayings of Jesus, this week in a message entitled, “Come On In”.
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 delicious snacks and great coffee and always friendship.
On Saturday morning February 2nd the men of the Verde Valley are invited to gather for a delicious SUMC Men’s Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.—This month in our Fellowship Hall for a “Very Special” program by Jack Ross a retired Naval Pilot who will run us through a pre-flight briefing and give us a behind the scenes look at what it was like as a naval aviator. Java (Coffee) and “Choker Holes” (Donuts) will whet our appetites with a full breakfast offered after the pre-flight briefing—Bring a canned food item for the Food Bank—All men are welcomed, encouraged and invited to attend and come and make a new friendship.
All are invited to “An Afternoon of Play Delight” presented by The Royal Larkspur Players of Sun Valley, Idaho on Sunday February 3rd at 3:00PM as Gary and Connie Hoffman will present selected readings from a number of the classic plays. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, benefitting the SUMC SAGAP (Sedona Area Gap Assist Program) which provides much needed household items to Verde Valley SNAP recipients.
Sedona UMC offers several weekly 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. All are welcome at Sedona UMC—Come and grow with us!