“You, O Lord are our Father. We are the clay; you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

Father’s Day honors fathers and celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It was traditionally observed in Europe as the Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary (the mother of Jesus) and spread throughout Latin America. In the US the very first national celebration of Father’s Day was on June 19, 1924, by proclamation of President Calvin Coolidge. But it all came about because of the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd.

Sonora was sitting in church listening to a sermon honoring Mother’s when the idea of Father’s Day first came to mind. Having been raised by her father after her mother’s death, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her for all his parental sacrifices & for being, in her eyes, so courageous, selfless, & loving. Through her efforts Pres. Coolidge designated the 3rd Sunday of June as “Father’s Day”—And our nation has been celebrating it ever since.

As Father, God is leader, protector, healer and ultimate source of our salvation. God is kind generous, compassionate, merciful, and loving. God’s only Son is Jesus Christ, but we have been adopted into the family of God, with a great inheritance we look forward to. Worshipping God as Father is an incredibly intimate relationship. He is Abba Father; He knows us only as a parent knows their child. God’s greatest joy is to see us flourish under the purpose and calling that he has set forth for us. Join us for a very special Father’s Day worship as we offer honor, glory and worship to God our creator.

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 us on Tuesday’s for an inspirational study based on Max Lucado’s book study entitled “Grace: More Than We Deserve—Greater Than We Imagine” continuing through June 18th. We are offering two times and 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 encouraged and welcomed to attend—Please Call the church office for more details (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!