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Welcome To Cedar Cross!

Pastor Jilm closeupThank 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

Pastor Jim’s sermons on the Cedar Cross website

Click on the link at the top of the page for “worship” and then select “sermons”

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” (September 9, 2018)
The gospel text for this sermon, the story of the Syrophoenician Woman, is a story of a woman who persisted before Jesus: A woman who is desperate – her daughter is unwell, and she wants Jesus to heal her. The story is about her persistence and it is a story of inclusion. We are desperate today as well. We too must reach out beyond the barriers that divide us with persistence and courage.

“Words That Hurt, Words That Heal” (September 16, 2018)
We have the freedom to say what we want, but not without being criticized for it… complaining about political correctness is simply a means to excuse being mean, dismissive and racist. It gives permission for people to be judgmental and not compassionate . . . I believe it is important to identify and celebrate the different ethnic backgrounds that make up America, to refer to African-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and to Euro-Americans – not white-Americans, Euro-Americans. Words matter; even hyphens matter.

“Freedom of Simplicity” (September 30, 2018)
A we begin our Stewardship Program, Pastor Jim is using as a reference the book by Richard Foster: Freedom of Simplicity. Richard Foster says witness for simplicity “is profoundly rooted in the biblical tradition, and most perfectly exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ. In one form or another, all the devotional masters have stressed its essential nature. It is a natural and necessary outflow of the Good News of the Gospel having taken root in our lives.”