This week at Sedona United Methodist Church we celebrate the festival of the Baptism of Our Lord—Each year this Holy Gospel reading brings us the account of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan at the start of his earthly ministry. This year we hear the account from the 3rd Chapter in the Gospel of Matthew— “At that time Jesus arrived from Galilee and came to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.” [Matthew 3:13]

If not for Jesus embarking on this course that would ultimately lead him to the cross, there would be nothing in the water for us. No forgiveness, no salvation, no washing, clean or new creations. We would remain trapped in our sins—Oh, we might have moments of regret and desperation and make our way down to the river to have a dramatic experience, but unless Jesus gets in the water first and then journeys to the cross, there would be nothing in the water to make a real difference for humankind. And—It all depends on who this Jesus is.

Christ’s baptism tells us that he is indeed the very Son of God come in the flesh, come to do the will of his Father, who voices his approval of his beloved Son. The baptism of our Lord tells us that this Jesus is the very Messiah, the promised deliverer, the Christ, the one anointed filled with the Holy Spirit to carry out this messianic mission.

Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as Rev. Fred Mast brings an inspired message entitled “Leading by Example” celebrating the beginning of Jesus’ ministry—a ministry that changed the world for all people and all of eternity. Come and remember your own baptism in this very special service of celebration and remembrance.

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!

Sedona UMC offers several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s @ 1:45pm Adult Studies at “The Gathering Place” in West Sedona (Revelations Study beginning 1/11); and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am (Resuming 1/20). 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—Come and grow with us!