Fear is a powerful emotion. We’ve all dealt with it. Fear of loss, fear of the unknown, fear of pain or of death. Fear can either motivate us to action or it can paralyze us. In the Gospel of Mark Chapter 4, Jesus has just finished a long day of teaching by the Sea of Galilee—He has been teaching about the Kingdom of God. Jesus had grown tired, so he and his disciples begin to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and as the evening turned to night, a storm suddenly approached.

The fishing boats used by Galilean fishermen at that time had low sides (so that the men could cast and draw in their fishing nets) and would have been easily battered by the wind and waves. Mark tells us that their boat was quickly beginning to be swamped by the waves of a storm. The disciples were confronted by fear—but not the ordinary fear of everyday life. This was sheer terror, the kind of fear that happens when you are confronted with something that is far larger, far stronger than you have the power to control.

Where do the storms that we face come from? What causes the rough seas and howling winds to blow through our lives? Why are we so fearful, so afraid when they come? Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as the Rev. Fred Mast continues a Lenten sermon series in a message entitled “When Jesus Is in the Boat”.

Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring 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.

Sedona United Methodist Church still has spaces available for our Annual Community Parking Lot Sale to be held on Saturday, April 13th from 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Arts, Crafts, Foods, Antiques, Household Items, Books, and so much more. For more information or to reserve a space please call the church office at (928)282-1780.

We offer several weekly book and bible studies: LENTEN STUDY (The Way-Walking the Footsteps of Jesus) BEGINS Tuesday March 5th at two locations—10:30am at the Church (110 Indian Cliffs Rd.) & 2pm 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 continue our Wednesday Men’s Bible Study at 9am; and our Thursday 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!