The Sedona United Methodist Church has been serving Sedona and the Verde Valley for over 35 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: Tuesdays through Thursdays 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fridays 9:00a.m. to Noon
Closed on Monday and on major holidays
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.
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A Message from Pastor Fred Mast
Lenten Greetings to our Sedona UMC Family and Friends,
Can you believe that we prepare to enter the season of Lent in just two short weeks? Are you ready? Ready to make this journey once again, together?
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” — Mark 1:15
It’s a humble journey, the one we prepare to begin. A journey so humble, so modest, so unassuming, and it begins so unremarkably, unlike other journeys in our lives. Journeys that start off with the excitement of loaded suitcases, satchels filled with degrees or wedding licenses or retirement gifts. But this journey, it’s a humble, humble journey we prepare to begin. This Jesus-Journey humble? Really?
The scripture above seems pretty sensational, on the surface anyway—it starts, after all, with a baptism featuring a beastly voice dressed in animal skins. And then there’s the trek through the wilderness littered by Satan and wild beasts, “cleaned up” by the presence of angels. And if that’s not enough to get your attention—the passage ends with a powerful message booming out of the Super Hero Jesus, who strides into Galilee to change humanity and the entire world forever!
Oh, no! It’s a humble journey we begin. The gospel writer Mark’s terse account of these awesome things isn’t spectacular. No, his telling of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry is remarkably understated, unlike Matthew’s and Luke’s spectacular account. Take the baptism, for example. Jesus, dripping wet from the nondescript River Jordan, a river that at this point is hardly deep enough for a good dunking. But in Matthew and Luke’s account—Jesus sees the heavens torn apart when he gasps for breath, up from under the water, and watches the Spirit from heaven soaring intently into his life. Jesus hears the voice that reverberates in his ears and his heart, a voice that sounds like love-talk from a parent after the great recital or a big game winning basket, or at the bedside in the evening of a very normal day: “You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.”
Jesus sees and hears, but we folks, waiting our turn on the shore for baptism, we’re absorbed in conversations with our friends or in messages we’re punching out on our iPad. We don’t notice anything unusual going on. It’s pretty quiet from where we are, even though Jesus’ ears are ringing and his senses smarting.
Oh, and how about the wilderness wandering? That’s pretty dramatic, isn’t it? No arguments with Satan are scripted for us by Mark. No details are given about the hungers for food or power-hungers that make our mouths water and stomachs growl. Nope. Mark’s account isn’t like that—not at all. Just, “He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”
His booming voice, changing the world as he strode into Galilee? How we wish it were so! His words of life-changing importance were no doubt called out into a world noisy with the slapping of fish nets and the lively bartering of the market place and the hum drum of everyday life. No doubt Jesus’ voice had to compete with those everyday distractions as well as with the strident voices of other prophets shouting doom to the Roman oppressors.
It’s a humble journey, a humble journey with Jesus that we begin in Mark’s Gospel as we enter into this Lenten season. It’s a quiet, unassuming, modest journey. But—at the same time it’s an amazing, remarkable, life-changing journey for us Jesus people, for us Easter people, because as we peek out of an empty tomb to watch it begin, we know that this journey is filled with God’s voice ringing in our ears and hearts, Satan’s temptations and wild beasts lurking in the shadows of our lives, angels when we need them, and our unashamed witness about how we follow Jesus.
Our journey is like Jesus’ journey. It’s both humble and obedient to the point of death, as well as it is glorious and world-changing. It begins with an undignified smudge of ash on our foreheads and the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. Foreheads that were splashed with baptismal waters years earlier and a voice: “Child of God, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit, and marked with the cross of Christ forever.”
Our travels are marked by a trail of muddy footprints as we make our way through a wilderness littered by the beastly issues of home and school and office, stress and sickness and sadness, confusion and chaos and violence. Like Jesus, we call out as we travel with words similar to those that Eugene Peterson uses in his rendering of this gospel The Message: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.” What simple and glorious words to speak! And that is our journey, a humble, modest, and glorious journey. Come and journey with me once again: “Our Journey to the Cross of Jesus Christ!”
Grace & Peace,
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Did you miss Pastor Fred Mast’s sermon from Sunday Morning? Or would you like to hear his message again? Perhaps you would like to share the message with a friend or neighbor?
Sedona United Methodist Church Sunday Sermons are available for listening online or available for download.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT SEDONA UMC
Saturday, February 3rd — Men’s Breakfast at 8:15am at Golden Goose
Friday & Saturday, February 9-10th — Heart to Heart Women’s Conference
Monday, February 12th — Sedona Muses Lecture Series, 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 13th — Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesday, February 14th — Ash Wednesday Service, 5:00pm until 5:30pm
Friday, February 16th — Family Movie Night Fellowship at 6:00pm, Movie at 6:30pm
Tuesday, February 27th — Lenten Study Begins, VOC or West Sedona
Sunday, March 25th — Palm Sunday and Easter Cantata at 9:30am
Thursday, March 29th — Maundy Thursday Feast of Friends at 6:00pm
Friday, March 30th — Good Friday Service at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 1st — Easter Sunday, Sunrise and Traditional Worship Services
BIBLE STUDY AT SEDONA UMC
Sunday School for Children 9:45am
Men’s Bible Study — Every Wednesday at 9:00am in the Conference Room.
Anna’s Circle Bible Study — Every Thursday at 9:45am in the Conference Room. This study is for women.
Family Movie Night will be held on Friday, February 16th. This month, there will be “A Valentine’s Celebration” with dinner and a movie. Join us on this very special night for an Italian Dinner and a great movie from Pastor Fred’s collection. The fun starts at 6:00pm with lots of great food and fellowship. Movie starts at 6:30pm.
Ask a friend and bring them with you!
As usual, the fun keeps reeling. Don’t forget — it is FREE
Cross Magnet Pins and Cross Necklaces are now available on Sunday Mornings. First time guests can get their free pin by visiting the “Welcome Center” at the front door. Members and friends of Sedona United Methodist Church can purchase a Cross Magnet Pin for $10 or a beautiful and adjustable Cross Necklace for $15.
For more information, please contact the church office at 928-282-1780.
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