Since this Christmas season began, one word has likely been spoken from our lips more than any other. I don’t think it’s the word hope or love or joy or even peace. It’s not carol or a tree or our favorite food—I think it’s the word “gift”. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” [Luke 2:11] Christmas is just two days away—A Day when we celebrate the greatest gift ever given to humankind.
A rather obscure but important Christmas message comes from 2 Corinthians 9:15—It is not found in the normal Christmas story or related to the nativity scene. But it ought to appear on every Christmas card and in every Christmas story told. It describes in terms that really highlight the gift of God to us—”Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” This “gift” of course is speaking of Jesus Christ—The Christ child in our Christmas story.
You are invited to join us at Sedona UMC for our inspirational and uplifting Christmas Eve Services on Saturday December 24th at two times, 4PM & 6PM. Our services will feature The Christmas story told through Scripture, Christmas Carols, and Candlelight and will feature a Brass Quintet from the Cottonwood Community Band, our Bell Choir, and our Adult Choir.
Both services are family friendly so bring the entire family—Come, and experience again the birth of “The Christ Child” who came bringing God’s light and God’s indescribable gift to all of creation. The entire community is welcome and invited—Please Call the church office for more details (928)282-1780.
Join us in person on Sunday morning, December 25th @ 9:30am for an informal service of stories, carols, prayer, and reflections led by Rev.(s) John & Valerie Fairchild. Pastor Fred will also offer a recorded service on-line (www.sedonaumc.org) featuring a message entitled, “Come and See—Now Go and Tell”. Help us keep the Light of (Christ)mas burning bright!
We offer several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s join us @ 1:30 pm for a bible study at The Gathering Place in West Sedona; and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. So many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities at Sedona UMC—Call our office for additional details.
Visit our website at 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 United Methodist—Come and join this growing faith family! Invite, pick-up, and bring your friends and family.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas & A Blessed New Year!