In our Adult Sunday School Class, we have been talking about spirituality from an historical perspective. At once we are learning some of the Story of the Church,...
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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, Jim Clarke, Pastor
CHRISTMAS AT CEDAR CROSS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Our Sunday services are identical, except for music. At 8:45 am, we are led by the Cedar Cross Praise Band and vocalists. The 11:00 am service includes traditional hymns and an anthem by the Chancel Choir.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered at both services. In the United Methodist Church, all are welcome to receive communion. If you desire communion, come forward, receive the bread, dip it in the cup, and prayerfully return to your chair.
Christmas Eve, December 24: Glory to God in the Highest; Peace on earth and goodwill among all people.”
Part of all three services: Lighting the Christ Candle; Hope, peace, joy and love. Four candles, four promises continually offered to us by God; scripture reading; and Pastor Jim Clarke’s Meditation for Christmas Eve is “Incarnation.”
6:00 pm Candlelight Service with Children’s Time. Christmas time and hymns for children include: O Come, All Ye Faithful; O Little Town of Bethlehem; What Child is This; Away in a Manger and Silent Night.
8:00 pm Candlelight Service with the Choir and Special Music. Chancel Choir: “A Carol for the Baby” and “Who’s The Little Baby.” Special music soloists: “O Come, Little Children,” “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” and “I Need a Silent Night.” Hymns include “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night” “Joy to The World.”
10:00 pm Candlelight and Communion Service. Emmanuel: God you are with us. Christmas hymns; the pastor’s meditation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; Candle lighting. “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World”
The First Sunday after Christmas. One service at 10:00 am Pastor Jim Clarke’s sermon is “The Rest of the Story.” The scripture is Luke 2:22-40.
After worship, join us for coffee and fellowship. Cedar Cross United Methodist Church is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network and all are welcome.