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: Mondays through Thursdays 9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed on Friday and on major holidays
Phone number is: 928-282-1780
Fax number is: 928-282-6377
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by Welcoming all people, Worshiping God joyfully, Caring for each person, Discovering Christ’s transforming love, and Serving God’s world.
To share the happiness that is Christianity for all people.
We appreciate everyone who has helped to make this event a success in the past. The Special Events Team looks forward to seeing you at the “Love” Concert with Dr. Lily Chou on Mother’s Day.
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In honor of all mothers for Mother’s Day, Dr. Lily Chou will perform a concert with focus on the theme of “Love.” Chou will play composers spanning almost 250 years and encompassing the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary periods. She will tell the story of why each composer wrote that particular work, whether it is his love for his God, his country, his parent or child, his sibling or friend, his teacher, or student or even a pet! Knowing the background stories, is sure to enhance your listening pleasure. The entire “love” offering will be donated to the church, so please bring friends and be generous.
Dr. Lily Chou has been our music director since last September. She is a retired Methodist ordained minister of the N.C. Conference, having served eight Methodist churches. She began piano lessons at age five in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. for her college education. She received a B.A. cum laude from Bob Jones University, majoring in piano and minoring in English; a M.S. from Juilliard School of Music, a D.M.A. from Duke Divinity School. She has performed in five continents and in such prestigious halls as Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Carnegie Hall in New York, Chicago Cultural Center, Sanders Theatre of Harvard, and city halls in major cities of the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, etc.
Chou was once broadcast live on TV for 300,000,000 when she played Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto with the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. She has taught in several universities and colleges in this country, Taiwan and the Philippines. Over forty of her graduates overseas have received their high degrees in the USA.
Lily and her husband, Leland, have been residents of Sedona for five years. They have two sons, Philip and Leon and a granddaughter who is one and another coming in May! Lily’s vision is that many will come to know the love of God through the language of music — whereas once she sneaked a little God into her music, now she sneaks a little music into her God.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38 ESV
As we enter this Easter Season, having walked the Lenten journey and faced our wilderness experience, let us look now where we go from here. We strive to be more like our Lord with giving as our focus. However, I am frequently reminded how we may look at giving so strongly, that we forget to look at RECEIVING.
I am reminded of a dear friend who was one of the most ‘giving’ individuals I have ever met. She was always available to council, listen, reach out, supply resources and love teach, and assist in every sort of trial faced by those she loved. This was just her personality, gifts, and calling. She was always the “Cheerful Giver” who could be counted on when the journey got rough. Countless members of her family, faith community, and surrounding community were the beneficiaries of her loving care. Then came the day that she was in need. It was sudden, devastating, and unexpected. No longer was she able to reach out and give. She and her loved ones needed help and support. It was, however, so very difficult for her to be a “Cheerful Receiver”. She felt undeserving, uncertain, and distressed, knowing she needed what others could give, yet feeling guilty, uncomfortable, and unable to lovingly accept what they had to offer. This became a difficult situation. Those who loved her were so called to reach out and give, they saw needs she had that their gifts could fill, they wanted so desperately to ‘give back’ some of the loving care that they had received from her in the past. It seemed like there was no way they could get around the hesitancy they perceived from their loved one. Here is where we all need practice!!
“Give and it well be given to you”, “Ask and you well receive”, “As you give, so shall you receive”–we have heard this over and over in our life. BUT, do we realize that the one giving must have a ‘fertile field’ onto which to plant their gifts? The one to whom they are giving must be willing and able to receive what if offered. That takes practice!!
–Can we easily say “THANK YOU”? (refraining from the popular “No Problem” response!)
–Can we easily welcome the hugs, smiles, meals, transportation, resources, listening ears, and shoulders to cry on?
–Can we allow ourselves to see the love held out by the giver, and practice gratitude, graciousness, and calm in the face of the gift?
–Can we see in the eyes and action of the one giving to us, the need to be needed, the drive to return a loving kindness, and the loving hand of Jesus that is reaching out to us?
As we journey ahead from the Easter experience, let us practice cheerful receiving, loving patience in the receiving of other’s gifts, and gratitude for the ‘returned favors’ and love that comes our way. In this way, we refill our pitchers and are better able to pour out again to others.
As we give, let us also learn to receive.
Alice Stephenson BSN,RN, Parish Nurse
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