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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.
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A Message from Pastor Fred Mast
M. Scott Peck, author of the Best Selling Book “The Road Less Traveled”, tells the story of a monastery that had fallen upon hard times. Once a great order, now, all its branch houses were lost and it had become decimated to the extent that there were only five monks left in the decaying mother house: the abbot and four others, all over seventy years of age. Clearly, now, it was a dying order.
In the deep woods surrounding the monastery there was a little hut that a rabbi from a nearby town occasionally used for a solemn space of meditation. Through their many years of prayer and contemplation the old monks had become a bit psychic, so they could always sense when the rabbi was in his place of contemplation. “The rabbi is in the woods” they would whisper to each other.
As he agonized over the imminent death of his order, it occurred to the abbot that he might visit the rabbi in the hut and ask the rabbi if by some possible chance he could offer any advice that might help save the monastery.
The rabbi welcomed the abbot at his hut, but when the abbot explained the purpose of his visit, the rabbi could only commiserate with him. “I know how it is,” he exclaimed. “The spirit has gone out of the people. It is the same in my town. Almost no one comes to the synagogue anymore.” So the old abbot and the old rabbi wept together. Then they began to read parts of the Torah and quietly speak of deep things.
The time came when the abbot had to leave. They embraced each other. “It has been a wonderful thing that we should meet after all these years,” the abbot said, “but I have still failed in my purpose for coming here. Is there nothing you can tell me, no piece of advice you can give me that would help me save my dying order?” “No, I am sorry,” the rabbi responded. “I have no advice to give. The only thing I can tell you is that the Messiah is among of you.”
When the abbot returned to the monastery his fellow monks gathered around him to ask, “Well what did the rabbi say?” “He couldn’t help,” the abbot answered. “We just wept and read the Torah together. The only thing he did say, just as I was leaving, was that the Messiah is one of us. I don’t know what he meant.”
In the days and weeks and months that followed, the old monks pondered this and wondered whether there was any possible significance to the rabbi’s words – The Messiah is among us. Could he possibly have meant one of us monks here at the monastery? If that’s the case, then which one?
Do you suppose he meant the abbot? Yes, if he meant anyone, he probably meant Father Abbot. He has been our leader for more than a generation. On the other hand, he might have meant Brother Thomas. Certainly Brother Thomas is a holy man. Everyone knows that Thomas is a man of light. Certainly he could not have meant Brother Elred! Elred gets crotchety at times. But come to think of it, even though he is a thorn in people’s sides, when you look back on it, Elred is virtually always right.
Maybe the rabbi did mean Brother Elred. But surely not Brother Phillip. Phillip is so passive, a real nobody. But then, almost mysteriously, he has a gift for somehow always being there when you need him. He just magically appears by your side. Maybe Phillip is the Messiah. Of course the rabbi didn’t mean me. He couldn’t possibly have meant me. I’m just an ordinary person.
As they contemplated in this manner, the old monks began to treat each other with extraordinary honor and respect, and a renewed sense of affection on the off chance that one among them might be the Messiah. And on the off chance that each monk himself might be the Messiah, they began to treat themselves with extraordinary honor and respect.
Because the forest in which it was situated was beautiful, it so happened that people still occasionally came to visit the monastery to picnic on its tiny lawn, to wander along some of its paths, even now and then to go into the dilapidated chapel to meditate. As they did so, without even being conscious of it, they sensed the aura of extraordinary adoration and respect that now began to surround the five old monks and seemed to radiate out from them and permeate the atmosphere of the place.
There was something strangely attractive, even compelling, about it. Hardly knowing why, they began to come back to the monastery more frequently to picnic, to fellowship, to pray and to worship. They began to bring their friends to show them this special place. And their friends brought their friends.
Then it happened that some of the younger men who came to visit the monastery started to talk more and more with the old monks. After a while one asked if he could join them. Then another—And another. So within a few years this monastery on the brink of extinction, once again become a thriving order and, thanks to the rabbi’s gift, a vibrant center of light and spirituality returned.
“… Jesus told the people to ‘count the cost’ before becoming Christians. ‘Make no mistake,’ Jesus says, ‘if you let Me, I will make you perfect. The moment that you surrender and put yourself in My hands, that is what you are in for. Nothing less than that.
You have free will, and if you choose, you can push Me away. But if you do not push Me away, understand that I’m going to see this task through… This I can and will do,’ Jesus says.” ~ C.S. Lewis ~
Grace & Peace,
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UPCOMING EVENTS AT SEDONA UMC
Saturday, February 4th — Heart to Heart Women’s Conference at 8:00am
Friday, February 10th — Family Movie Night — Dinner & a Movie, A Valentine’s Celebration, Free Food & Fellowship at 6:00pm, Movie at 6:30pm
Saturday, February 10th — Men’s Breakfast — 8:00am at Golden Goose Cafe
Sunday, February 19th — Blood Pressure Screening after Worship
Tuesday, February 28th — Shrove Pancake Supper — 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 1st — Ash Wednesday Service at 7pm
Tuesday, March 14th — Lenten Bible Study starts with Max Lucado’s, “He Chose the Nails” 10:30am
Join us for a Dinner and a Movie, a Valentine’s Celebration. There will be an Italian Dinner and a great movie from Pastor Fred’s collection. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm
Ask a friend and bring them with you!
As usual, the fun keeps reeling. Don’t forget — it is FREE!
A Women’s Conference
Saturday, February 4, 2017
8:00am until 3:30pm
Held at Sedona United Methodist Church
Come and join an inspired community of women. Be empowered, Be equipped.
Our Story of Jesus Bracelets are on sale now. These lovely and meaningful bracelets tell the story of Christ’s life with symbolic beads. Please call our church office (928-282-1780) if you’d like to place an order. The price of each bracelet is $22.
The proceeds from our bracelet sales are applied towards mortgage reduction. Thanks for your continued support!
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