Please join us for
HOLY WEEK & EASTER
at St. John the Baptist!
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
(April 14, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.)
We journey with Jesus up to Jerusalem, beginning with the joyful blessing of the palms in the Parish Hall. Then ~ after processing outside (weather permitting!) accompanied by cacophonous percussion, and back in through the red front doors while singing "All Glory, Laud, and Honor" ~ the more somber atmosphere of Holy Week begins to unfold as we participate in the dramatic reading of Luke’s Passion Gospel.
Wednesday in Holy Week
(April 17, 8:15 a.m.)
This simple morning celebration of the Holy Communion is a quiet opportunity to continue our walk with Jesus by immersion in Word and Sacrament.
(April 18, 7:00 p.m.)
We join Jesus and his disciples in the upper room where he gathers with his closest friends in the world to encourage them to love and serve one other, and to gather to break the bread and share the cup. We gather for the Holy Communion and the solemn Stripping of the Altar, symbolizing the abandonment of Jesus by his followers on "the night in which he was betrayed."
(April 19, Noon & 7:00 p.m.)
We follow Jesus as he carries his cross to Golgotha, where he offers his life in love for all humankind. A simple Stations of the Cross will be offered at noon. Afterwards the church will remain open until 3:00 p.m. for those who wish to come and go, sitting in prayerful meditative silence on this most solemn day. At 7:00 p.m., John's Passion Gospel is read, a sermon is preached, and we pray the Solemn Collects. Finally, we are invited to write down those specific, personal sins and burdens that we ask Jesus to carry (for us, for loved ones, for the world), and then come forward to nail them with a hammer and nail to a large wooden cross.
The Great Vigil of Easter
(April 20, 8:00 p.m.)
We come to the tomb of Jesus, expecting to anoint the shattered body of our Lord. Instead, we are witnesses to the Resurrection: God has raised Jesus from the dead! Death is swallowed up by life - for Jesus, and for all! The Great Vigil of Easter ~ this most ancient, mysterious, and beautiful liturgy ~ begins just after sundown with the kindling of the new fire, the Lighting of the Paschal Candle, the deacon’s offering of the Exsultet, a recital of salvation history in word and music, the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and the return of "alleluia" during the first celebration of the Holy Communion of Easter! (This is also a good way to avoid the crush of Easter morning!)
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
(April 21, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.)
This festive service includes the flowering of the cross, special music, and the return of the Alleluia. Come early, and help us make our many guests feel at home!
WEEKLY EVENING PRAYER
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
The Daily Office is an ancient practice of daily prayer that marks the hours of the day. The purpose of this devotional practice is the sanctification of time (a reminder that all time is sacred since all time belongs to God) and the sanctification of the individual/community (a way for us to be drawn closer to God and to one another).
Christian monasteries and convents in the early Church formed their entire lives around the daily rhythm of prayers, psalms, Bible readings, canticles, verses/responses, and the Lord's Prayer. The Rule of St. Benedict was particularly influential.
During the English Reformation, Thomas Cranmer ~ the compiler of the first Book of Common Prayer (1549) ~ simplified the Daily Office so that both clergy and laity could participate fully. (Today, the offices can be found in our Prayer Book on pages 35-146.)
For some, this service will stir vivid memories from the past in the Episcopal Church. For others, it will be a new and perhaps even awkward worship experience. For all, as we pick up the rhythm, we hope that this traditional yet timeless liturgy will enrich our common prayer during the Season of Epiphany as we share the good news of the Light of the World with all!
FREE TUESDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY SUPPER
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Come one, come all! The food is amazing!
SJB Tuesday Night Suppers in the Denver News! Click HERE to read an article dated last winter from The Denver Post about the feeding ministries in the High Rockies, with special mention of Nancy French and all those who help at St. John the Baptist on Tuesday nights! And click HERE to watch the video from one of the suppers, broadcast by Fox 31 News in Denver.