He was a devout man, no doubt about that at all. He prayed daily, studied the scriptures with fervor, ministered to the sick, and offered comfort and counsel to those who grieved. He was a regular in worship, in fact he was thought to have his own pew that many believed may had been bequeathed to him by God. He worshipped God with everything he had. When the congregation sang, he sang with gusto. When the congregation prayed, he prayed like none other.
He was a good man, no doubt about that. His name was Nicodemus. Nicodemus was one of the leaders of the Pharisees and as a Pharisee, he believed that God’s law had to be strictly observed and that strict observance was necessary in order to obtain God’s blessing. Given the Pharisees’ concern about keeping God’s laws, and their strict interpretation of those laws, it is not particularly surprising that the Pharisees had what might best be described as a “tense relationship” with Jesus.
But there was something about Jesus that caught Nicodemus’ attention, that made him want to dig deeper, on the oft chance he really was the “one”. Isn’t that how many of us feel about Jesus today—We know there’s something about Him, but??? Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as the Rev. Fred Mast shares a message entitled “Are You Really the One?”.
As we strive to keep our community safe and healthy we continue to offer an amazing Spirit Filled On-Line Worship experience each week—You are invited to access worship through our website (www.sedonaumc.org). Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship featuring meaningful and uplifting music, special times of prayer and passionate life changing messages designed to move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others.
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The Church Building may be temporarily closed—But the Church is certainly open with so many great missions, ministries and opportunities 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—We look forward to seeing you very soon—Come and grow with us!