Last week, we saw Jesus give His epiphany to the people of Nazareth—It didn’t go well.  The people of Nazareth tried to kill Jesus.  It is not surprising to learn that Nazareth (Jesus’ hometown) was not chosen as the headquarters for his preaching and teaching ministry.  Although Jesus grew up in Nazareth and although Jesus was known as Jesus of Nazareth, Capernaum eventually became the headquarters for His ministry. Sunday’s Gospel takes place in Capernaum, and we catch a glimpse of what the public ministry of Jesus was like—We follow Jesus on what might have been a very typical day for him, a very busy day at that.

We see Jesus engaged in various ministry activities; teaching, exorcising, healing, and preaching. And the common denominator that runs through all of these activities—We see it in a verse from our text in Luke 4:36—“His word possessed power and authority.” His word alone possessed power and authority in his teaching, in his casting out demons, in his healing the sick, and in his preaching.

We see how the authoritative word of Jesus is manifested in all of His ministry and we learn what this means for us today in our own lives. Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as Rev. Fred Mast brings an inspired message entitled “When Jesus Speaks—Even Spirits Listen”. 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 after worship and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time anywhere!

The men of the Verde Valley are invited to join us for our monthly “Men’s Breakfast” this Saturday morning February 6th at 8:00am. We meet at Café Jose in West Sedona (Safeway Shopping Center). Come and join us for great conversation, delicious food, and make some new friends.

Sedona UMC offers several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s @ 1:45pm Adult Studies at The Gathering Place in West Sedona (Revelations Study); and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am (Priscilla Shriver’s The Armor of God”). 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!