Being thankful isn’t just for the Thanksgiving holiday—Scripture tells us to be “. . . thankful in everything, in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When we find ourselves overwhelmed with burdens and worried about tomorrow, we can praise God for who He is and His promise to never leave us or forsake us.

Gratitude or thankfulness comes from the Latin word “gratus”, which is defined as a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, to the giver of said gifts. Gratitude is a fundamental ingredient to a deep and meaningful life.

Scripture is replete with stories of thankfulness—Men, women, children, kings, and sinners all praising God. The Psalms are a book of praise with more references to thankfulness, gratitude, and praise than any other subject. In our world today with all our challenges, we often fail to stop and give God praises and thanksgiving for the many blessings we receive.

Join Rev. Fred Mast as he begins a new sermon series entitled “Living A Life of Thankfulness”. 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.

You’re invited to join us for our annual “Trunk or Treat” celebration on Sunday, October 31st from 5 to 7 PM in our church (front) parking lot. This event is an awesome safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween for kids and adults of all ages and open to the entire community. Lots of candy, fun activities, costumes, decorations, free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks—A great family fun event!

Sedona UMC offers several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s @ 2PM Adult Studies at “The Gathering Place” in West Sedona; and Thursday’s  Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. We offer so many great missions, ministries, and fellowship 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—Come and grow with us! In fact, I would go as far as to say it may be the most important element of a fulfilled life, a joy filled life, a complete life.