Welcome To Cedar Cross!


Thank you for visiting our website. We hope it will give you insights and information into our church and its ministry.

I believe the United Methodist Church offers a distinctive and meaningful face to Christianity. Our denominational motto is Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. Because we believe that God’s love is the bedrock of faith, we value the inclusion of all people and we believe that when we embrace diversity, we embrace God. We stress the primacy of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. We affirm the reality of God in our everyday life through the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that faith is more than dogma or assenting to a rational proposition, but is grounded in a relationship to God in Christ. We believe that relationships are primary, that life is interconnected and that we have a responsibility to each other and to the creation.

Recently our congregation voted overwhelmingly to become what is called in our denomination, A Reconciling Church.  This means that we welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to fully participate in the life of our Church.  More than that, we actively support same sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT people.  In other words, we take the motto Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors seriously

We are blessed at Cedar Cross United Methodist Church with people of all ages.  We have over 125 children in an incredible Vacation Bible School each year, we have an active youth program, and younger adults, too.  Most of all, Cedar Cross has a good and warm spirit.  People love each other here.  I think if you join us you will feel this spirit – I sincerely invite you to come.

Yours in Christ, James Clarke, Pastor


Passion/Palm Sunday, March 29: Services at 8:45am and 11:00am. The sermon: “The Way of Death.” The scripture: Romans 6:1-11 and Mark 11:1-11

Thursday, April 2: Maundy Thursday, 7:30pm with Communion.

Friday, April 3: Good Friday, 7:30pm. Tenebrae


Easter image 2015

We welcome you to worship with us on Easter Sunday, April 5. There will be two worship services at 8:45 and 11:00 am. The two worship services are identical, except for music. At 8:45, we are led in music by the Cedar Cross Praise Band and Vocalists. At 11:00, we sing the traditional Methodist hymns and there are two anthems by the Cedar Cross Chancel Choir. The entire order of worship for the 11:00 Easter Sunday is available by clicking on the link, “Easter Sunday Order of Worship.” The earlier 8:45 service differs only in the music.



You may now listen to complete recordings of Pastor James Clarke’s sermons as preached during Sunday morning worship services at Cedar Cross United Methodist Church in Mill Creek, Washington, located in the metropolitan Seattle area. You can also hear songs by the Cedar Cross Praise Band and vocalists. You’ll find these by clicking on the link for, “What’s Going on at CCUMC,” the column on the right side of this page, or go to the top of this page for Worship, then Sermons.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015: “THE TRUTH OF EXPERIENCE” (Scripture: Mark 1: 9-13)

Cognito Ergo Sum.  What does it mean? “I think therefore I am.” And who said it? Rene Descartes, who can be considered the father of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment is the philosophical movement aligned with the Scientific Revolution and grounded in Newtonian physics that sees the world in a materialistic way. And God as a Distant Creation like a Watchmaker who wound up the world, set it in motion, but then does not have anything to do with it. This is the worldview we have inherited. A worldview is how we see things the assumptions we make about the world without thinking about them. It is what everybody knows.

To hear this sermon, click on this link: https://soundcloud.com/cedar-cross-umc/the-gift-of-love

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015: “MIRACLE!” (Scripture: Mark 1: 29-39)

Do you believe in miracles? If not, we all should after that game two weeks ago. You know which game I’m talking about. (NFC Championship game) Could you believe that? A fake field goal, are you serious?! After the 4th interception statisticians said that there was a 2% chance for the Seahawks to win. The guy who intercepted it slid to the ground like you do when you know you’ve won. (That turned out to be a mistake.) Third down and 6. Third down and 7 – how often did we hear that? Then third and 19?!

To hear this sermon, click on this link: https://soundcloud.com/cedar-cross-umc/miracle









What’s Going On at CCUMC

But We’ve Always Done It This Way

But We’ve Always Done It This Way

At our last Beta-Vitality event the words above were identified as… evil.  Well, not evil, but not helpful and to be avoided.  If the church stays the same it...

Easter Sunday Order of Worship

Easter Sunday Order of Worship

THE ORDER OF WORSHIP FOR EASTER SUNDAY Prelude: “Crown Him with Many Crowns” arr. Mark Hayes. Povilas Stravinsky, pianist Lighting the Candles: The candles on...


Sermon March 15: The Way to Salvation.

  The sermon by Pastor James Clarke for Sunday, March 15, 2015: The Way to Salvation. The scripture: Mark 8:31-38: Lose your life and save it. Pastor Jim brings...

Faith in an HIstorical Context

Faith in an HIstorical Context

In our Adult Sunday School class we continue to talk about the story of our faith in an historical context.  Hopefully not in some dry fact based way that we may...