There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6. These amazing words of hope from Paul are words we so desperately seek today—a source of unity coming to our communities, our churches, and our world today. People can always do more together than they ever can apart. A horse-pulling contest illustrates the effect of synergism especially well. The people put weights on a flat-bed wagon, and a single horse pulled it a measured distance. They added 1,000 pounds at a time, until the horse could no longer pull it. The winner pulled 9,000 lbs., and the runner-up pulled 8,000 lbs. Out of curiosity, someone suggested putting those two horses together. When they hitched both horses to the wagon, they pulled 31,000 lbs.—together the horses pulled more than three times the weight the best of them could pull alone. And so it is with humans. When we work together, when we are unified in mission we can accomplish much more than we can separately.

But how, in a world of so many differences and divisions, do we build such a unity? Come and experience for yourself how the hope that is Jesus Christ can transform and unite us—and realize the amazing difference this can make in transforming our communities and our world.

This article was written by Pastor Fred Mast in July, 2017.

To keep our community safe we continue to temporarily suspend our On-Site Worship and Fellowship Time—But we do offer an amazing Spirit Filled On-Line Worship each week—Please access worship through our website ( 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.

Communion will be served this week during the online sermon, so be sure to have your elements ready!  We will also have an Independence Day weekend Virtual Fellowship starting at 12:30pm on Sunday, July 5th, 2020.  Since we were unable to have our usual Red, White and Blue BBQ in person and together, we look forward to having a BBQ with you virtually on ZOOM.  Stop by for a few minutes to see what everyone has been up to.  Look for more information from the church office coming soon or visit for link information.

Check out our Facebook and Website page for the latest details and updates regarding church activities and Re-Opening Plan coming soon! Don’t hesitate to contact us if we may be of assistance and for pastoral care. We are here to help!

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  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!