“After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”

(Acts 1:3)

For over a month Jesus appeared to them, spoke with them, taught them, encouraged them.  But why?  Why do you think He remained on earth for forty days before His ascension into heaven?  Certainly, to fulfill prophecy – but was there another reason?  I think there was—I believe it was to make ministers of His disciples.

What was the first thing Peter did post Resurrection?  Understand that he had followed Jesus around for three years and had been a part of His daily ministry. He had seen miracle after miracle—He had already seen the resurrected Jesus twice. But then what did He do? He went headed back to the sea, back to fishing for a living.

And there Jesus found him by the shores of Galilee. When Peter realized it was Jesus there on the shore—he jumped out of the boat and swam as fast as he could to shore. Peter must have been so excited to see his beloved friend and teacher again! Do you remember the first time you became a follower of Jesus—The excitement, the feeling of completeness and fulfillment, the realization of a new way of life—a new you.

Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as Rev. Fred Mast offers a message entitled “Keeping That Spark Alive”.  Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring uplifting music, special times of prayer, and passionate life changing messages that will move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. Sunday school offered for children kindergarten to 6th grade.

Immediately following worship, you are invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for a very special fellowship time featuring delicious goodies and snacks, beverages, and always great hot coffee. This is the friendliest and most welcoming fellowship time anywhere!

Mark your calendar for our Annual Community Parking Lot Sale (Party) to be held next Saturday, May 7th from 8:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.  Arts, Crafts, Foods, Antiques, Household Items, Books, and so much more.  Come for lunch, Los Zpote’s Food Truck will be there all day! For more information please call the church office at (928)282-1780 or check out our website.

We offer 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 (Studying the Gospel of John). We offer so many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities at Sedona UMC.

Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org  and “Like” us on Facebook. 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! Invite, pick-up, and bring your friends and family.