Mark’s gospel has been described as a highlight tape of Jesus’ life and ministry. His greatest hits. It is short—fast-paced and to the point. But that doesn’t mean it’s simple. It has layers, like the rest of the Bible. It is simple enough for a child yet so deep we can never quite master its complete meaning. Our passage from Mark Chapter 5 is two stories in one—And you cannot
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
Pastor Fred Mast Presents Sermon “Standing Together” on Sunday, 9/13/20 for BOTH In-Person and Online Worship
God has given us His Church which is the body of Christ here on this earth. When someone is baptized into Christ, they are baptized into the body of Christ. Through Christ we are bound together in a community of faith—Belonging to Christ we belong to each other. Fellowship with Christ means fellowship with each other. Through Christ God has made us a family, a community of faith. This is
“He's calling us to walk out of the dark; He's giving us new resurrected hearts. Come on and rise up, take a breath, you're alive now; Can't you hear the voice of Jesus calling us; Out from the grave like Lazarus.” These are words from a new Christian song by Cain. I believe that there is more to this story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead than most realize.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6. These amazing words of hope from Paul are words we so desperately seek today—a source of unity coming to our communities, our churches, and our world today.
This Sunday at Sedona United Methodist Church we are excited to honor and celebrate Moms. Happy Mother’s Day! Genesis 1:27 tells us “So God created humankind in his own image—In the image of God, He created them in his own image—Male and Female He created them.” When we think of Mother’s—I believe they truly have characteristics and traits that they received directly from our creator-God—I believe God invented mother’s—I believe
I can’t remember how many times I have felt like God was a million miles away and then, in an instant, I recognized that He was actually closer than I could possibly imagine. The Bible says in Psalm 22:3 that He actually lives and dwells in our praises. This is the mystery and the miracle of the breakthrough power and presence of God when we worship! When we worship, we
Sedona United Methodist Church has suspended normal worship gatherings at the church effective immediately through March 29, 2020 at which time we will reassess, evaluate and act accordingly. In the meantime, Pastor Fred and the worship staff are working on an online worship service which will be available for viewing by 9:30am on Sunday morning. Please keep checking your email or the church website for more information.