If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was salvation, so God sent us a Savior. (Source unknown)

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:9-12)

What was the message of the angel? The Lord has come. The King has come. The Savior has come. This good news of great joy is about an infant born in Bethlehem, the Son of God wrapped in flesh and wrapped in used strips of clothing, lying in a cattle-feeding trough. What a contrast! Who is this baby?

This baby is Jesus, the only Savior of the whole world (John 4:42)—The fulfillment of God’s covenant with David (2 Sam. 7:16). Are you poor? Then good news is preached to you right now. Are you a prisoner? He will set you free. Are you blind? He gives sight to the blind. Are you oppressed by someone or something? He shall release you from your oppression and set you free.

Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as we begin our journey to Christmas and the Rev. Fred Mast brings a special advent message entitled, “What the World Needs Now”. 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 Jesus 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—this week we will offer our “Second Chance Boutique” offering lots of great crafts and treats.

ALL are invited to join in our Advent Study entitled, “Incarnation” where we will rediscover the significance of Christmas. We will meet Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am at the church (110 Indian Cliffs Rd.) in our Fellowship Hall. The entire community is welcome and invited—Please Call the church office for more details (928)282-1780.

So many great missions, ministries and events happening at Sedona UMC.  Visit our website at 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!