“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”—John 14:6. The city of Jerusalem was bustling with activity because Passover had arrived, and pilgrims were flowing into the city. The Jewish leaders were stirred up and looking for cause to arrest Jesus. This was the day when tears, and cries of pain would flow from Gethsemane—On this day the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter would be more painful for Jesus than the insults or the beatings of the soldiers.

The disciples were disheartened, but Jesus urged them to trust in him and to lift their eyes to behold the coming glories of heaven. He was preparing them for the journey that lie ahead for him and all of them. Thomas said in confusion and doubt, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” To which Jesus gently responded, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is not simply one way among many; he is the only way. Jesus is not just a truth; he is the only truth. And Jesus is the only life that truly satisfies the heart and soul. 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 sharing from the 14th chapter of John’s Gospel a message entitled, “Got Life?”

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.

Join Emerson Theater Collaborative in their production of “The Alabama Story” by Kenneth Jones—Three performances February 22nd & 23rd at 7:00PM, and Sunday February 24th at 2:00PM. All performances to be held in the SUMC Fellowship Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets call (860) 705-9711 or visit www.emersontheatercollaborative.org.

The Verde Valley Community is invited to a very special screening of the film “Being Mortal” based on the Best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande and sponsored by Accord Hospice. This important film will be shown on Wednesday, February 27th at 10:00am in the Sedona UMC Fellowship Hall followed by a discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary. For more information please contact the church office at (928)282-1780.

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!