Summer tends to be the sleepy season at Lakewood UCC. School lets out, people go on vacation, and church activities shift down a gear. Everything just moves a little slower. Hopefully by now though, everyone’s feeling rested and eager to get going again. We’ll kick off our Fall season on September 9 with our choirs back in action and a celebratory potluck after the service. Our youth group, YAC, will have its own kick-off as well. More information on that to come!
Join us for our annual “Worship in the Park” service in Anderson Park* (4355 Field St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033). We’ll get things rolling with a pre-service sing-a-long, then an hour of worship followed by a picnic lunch. Steve and Phil Goebel will provide their special homemade root beer and Fellowship will supply the ice cream to make floats. We’ll also have water available. Please bring any other food and drink you want. This is always one of our most popular services of the year, so mark your calendars now! Contact: Steve Goebel.
*Due to construction, the pavilion at Prospect Park was not available this year. We are meeting in a new location: Anderson Park (4355 Field St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033). See a map here.
You are invited to join us for a brief vespers service in the courtyard. Vespers is a simple service of evening prayers and songs, a way of giving thanks for the day that has been and reflecting on where God has been in the midst of the fullness of life. This will be a casual yet meaningful intergenerational service. See Rev. Mollie with questions.
You are invited to join us for a brief vespers service in the courtyard. Vespers is a simple service of evening prayers and songs, a way of giving thanks for the day that has been and reflecting on where God has been in the midst of the fullness of life. This will be a casual yet meaningful intergenerational service. Please see Rev. Mollie with questions.
Christ has risen! Easter is the high point in the Christian calendar and a day of great joy and celebration. Again this year, we will be creating a “living cross” as a symbol of resurrection and new life. All are invited to bring a flower to put on the cross following worship. We will have plenty of flowers available if you are unable to bring your own. Join us for worship beginning at 10:15 am, but we encourage you to arrive by 10:00 am as the sanctuary is usually very full this day.
On Holy Thursday, sometimes called “Maundy Thursday,” we recall the Last Supper, as well as the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. The word “Maundy” is rooted in the Latin word “mandatum” which means: “to give, to entrust, to order.” According to John’s gospel, on the night of the last supper, Jesus gives his disciples a commandment: “that you love one another; even as I have loved you, you also ought to love one another” (John 13:34).
Tenebrae means “Service of Shadows”, and is marked by 12 readings of scripture by candle light and punctuated with music. After each reading, one candle is extinguished and the sanctuary becomes progressively darker, concluding with complete darkness. This is often regarded as one of the most powerful worship services of the year. The Frugal Meal and Worship are each a separate event, so feel free to come to one or both of these offerings.
Join us for this special service of music, prayer, a short sermon/reflection, communion, and the option of receiving ashes. Ash Wednesday is the official beginning of the season of Lent, a time usually marked by confession, discernment, and increased awareness of spiritual practices. If you’ve never been to an Ash Wednesday Service we hope that you’ll try it this year. It is a great way to prepare your spirit for the season of Lent.
Join us for Christmas Eve worship! The service will be less than an hour long and is designed to be a casual, welcoming, and meaningful worship experience particularly geared toward families with younger children. We include lessons, carols, candlelight, a children’s sermon, and an “instant pageant” where children and adults can become part of the Christmas Story. Contact: Logan Bennett or Curt Preston.
Join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ with a traditional evening candlelight service and carols. We’ll start with a medley of Christmas songs at 7:00 pm., move into the service proper at 7:30 pm., and conclude with a candlelit Silent Night. Following the service, join us in the Fellowship Hall for hot cider and good conversation. Plan to arrive early, as this service is always packed!
World Communion Sunday offers us a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On this day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations.