The Sedona United Methodist Church has been serving Sedona and the Verde Valley for over 30 years. Whether you are a visitor, newcomer or a part of our family, you are invited to share the glory of God with us. Our Spirit filled congregation has become known as one of the friendliest places around Sedona. Please explore our website to learn more about us. We invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30a.m. or at any of our many activities. We have a place for you, come and worship with us!
Sedona United Methodist Church welcomes you.
We are located at: 110 Indian Cliffs Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
We are located on Highway 179, at the round-a-bout at Indian Cliffs Road in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.
Church office is open: Monday thru Thursday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed on Friday and on major holidays
Phone number is: 928-282-1780
Fax number is: 928-282-6377
Sunday, December 21st Christmas Cantata and Open House Luncheon. Begins with 9:30am Worship. The Choir will perform their Christmas Cantata “A Song Unending” by John W. Peterson and then you are invited to stay for a free soup luncheon.
CHRISTMAS EVE Services
3:00p.m. “Service of Carols”
7:00p.m. “Candlelight” Worship
A Message from the Pastor.
We are coming into one of our busiest seasons, Christmas. The choir is practicing for the Cantata, the Special Events Team hustled with last minute ideas and preparation for our Holiday boutique, and UMW is preparing for their bake sale as well as making sure we have enough soup for dinner and fellowship after the Cantata, and myself pondering ideas about the Christmas Eve service. So much about Christmas, but what about Advent. In many congregations that I have pastored Advent gets lost between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many start singing Christmas carols without considering the wonderful hymns of Advent. The question I often ask: “Is Advent important” and the answer for me is yes! Every year we should prepare and celebrate the coming Messiah. Not just remembering his birth, but also his second coming.
The History of Advent
The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas. By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas.
As part of our remembering Jesus’ birthday and preparing for his return, we are having four weeks of bible study during the Advent season entitled “Under Wraps: The gift we never expected”. We will explore: Session 1: God Is Expectant, Session 2: God Is Dangerous, Session 3: God Is Jealous, Session 4: God Is Faithful, and end on Christmas Eve with the Season of Joy. Each week the sermons will be centered around the theme and sessions began the fifth Sunday, November 30th.
This will be an exciting time for our congregation. Let us come with joyful hearts singing,
“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne. Words: Charles Wesley
Pastor Jimelvia Martin
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