Break one and the same bread, which is the medicine of immortality, the antidote which prevents us from dying and a cleansing remedy driving away evil so that we should live in God through Jesus Christ. –Ignatius, A.D. 110 in his letter to the Ephesians
The story is told of a little girl whose parents had taken her forward to receive Holy Communion—After receiving the small piece of bread she was given to dip in the cup, the child cried out loudly, “I want more! I want more!”
Sunday October 2nd we celebrate “World Communion”—A day which promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation throughout the world. Holy Communion is a sacrament that awakens a holy memory of what Jesus Christ has done for us and for the whole world. It fixes our mind on our need for forgiveness and our dependence upon God’s grace. It communicates God’s love for each soul. And mysteriously, through the offering and receiving of the bread and the cup, the Holy Spirit moves in our midst to bring home to us, both personally and in community, the effects of the great redeeming work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
This sacrament is a celebration of God’s redeeming love and empowering grace. It means our grateful acceptance of God’s gift of forgiveness and new life. It brings a means of renewed commitment and resolve. It invites and it unites. And it is truly something—we just can’t seem to get enough of, just like that little girl in the story!
Join Rev. Fred Mast as he brings a special World Communion message entitled, “More, More, More” looking at one of the great tenants of our faith. Come and be filled with God’s holy word and join in on this most holy of banquets. All are welcomed at Christ’s Holy Table. 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 after worship and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time anywhere!
The pumpkins are coming!—Our “Annual Pumpkin Patch” begins this Saturday, October 1st thru October 31st! Great Pumpkins and Gourds of many different shapes, sizes and colors will be available. Hours of operation are Noon to 6PM Sunday through Friday and 10am to 6PM on Saturday’s (With “Special Pumpkin Festival Events” Saturday 10/08 -Pumpkin Painting & 10/22 Pumpkin Carving). All proceeds go to support Young Life of Sedona and the Verde Valley for youth camp scholarships. Lots of fun and a great cause!!!
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 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 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!