The Pastor’s Sermon, February 22, 2015: The Truth of Experience. Scripture: Mark 1: 9-13. NOTE: Hear a live recording of this sermon by clicking on this link: https://soundcloud.com/cedar-cross-umc/just-the-facts Cognito...
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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
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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 15, 2015: “SEEING THINGS AS THEY REALLY ARE” (Scripture: II Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9)
We have two letters to the Church in Corinth because this Church was so hard to deal with; full of leaders who were into themselves, arguments and divisions, competition, hidden motives and playing politics. Listen to the mood of Paul’s letters. I can imagine that Paul simply wanted to give up on these Corinthians. But he stays in relationship with them, and continues to be in dialogue with them. In this text, Paul is again defending himself. The Corinthians are accusing him of being a big shot; of thinking he’s always right. They are ready for battle! And Paul says that he does not come to proclaim himself. He has never boasted of himself, but only Christ.
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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