Welcome To Cedar Cross!

 

Pastor Jim 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.

We are a Progressive Congregation:  We believe that faith is not about belief in doctrine but about a journey in relationship to God through Jesus Christ that we all take together and share in the community of faith.  As our denominational motto declares, we believe in having Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors:  we share about our lives, our passions, our joys and concerns and in so doing ignite the Holy Spirit amongst us.

We are united in our devotion to Jesus Christ, but recognize that we experience Christ differently and have a variety of images of Jesus. We believe diversity is a strength and that when we embrace diversity we embrace God.  We take the Bible seriously but not literally.  We affirm the presence of God through the power of the Holy Spirit;  not a distant and omnipotent God to “believe in” but a present and loving God to open our hearts to; we believe in the primacy of God’s love and grace.  We believe in spiritual growth and social justice.  We stress relationships, believe that all of life is interconnected and we have a responsibility to each other and the creation.

We are a Reconciling Congregation: 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.

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

Sunday Worship at Cedar Cross: May 29

Sunday | Worship 8:45 and 11:00 | Sunday School 10:00

This Sunday, listen to Pastor James Clarke’s final sermon from Revelation. As Pastor Jim said last Sunday, “Revelation is about revealing the truth. That’s what it means. It pictures the future, but like all prophecy, it is not prediction. It may imagine a future, but the meaning and power are about addressing the present. And that is difficult, alarming and challenging.” The Cedar Cross Praise Band leads us in songs at 8:45 and the Chancel Choir offers an anthem at 11:00. Other than music, our worship services are identical. As United Methodists, we welcome all to receive communion.

Day of Pentecost: Feel The Burn

In his sermon for the Day of Pentecost, Pastor Jim shared with us thoughts and feelings he brought back from attending the United Methodist General Conference in Portland. In concluding his Pentecost sermon, Pastor Jim said, “The Holy Spirit we celebrate on this special day is not the power to define our beliefs and circle the wagons…. It is the Power of God as compassion in the world. It is not the power to build walls, but to break them down across the barriers of language and culture. Isn’t that what the Day of Pentecost was all about? I want to be a Pentecostal! A Pentecostal of compassion and justice. A Pentecostal of love and grace. A Pentecostal that would be willingly talk with all. I want us all to feel the “burn” of openness and acceptance; of loving the least of these; and for justice.” Read Pastor Jim’s sermon by clicking on Worship Sermons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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